The Luxury Family Hotel
The pioneer in child-friendly country house chic. a&u weekly editor, Claire Gill, stayed at The Elms in Worcestershire (pictured) with her young family and reported the welcome was so genuine and kind she could have been coming home. Cot ready made, changing mat, nappies, sterilizer and bottle warmers all at hand. It is a family hotel so kids are everyhwere, but the size and relaxed attitude made it feel like a happy house party. Warm swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, lovely creche, tennis court and beautiful views.
luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk, 01299 896 666
A safe choice for a range of top-end family frinedly hotels. A perennial favourite is the Sheraton Algarve Pinecliffs. Gorgeous apartments with pools offer great family accomodation and the Porto Pirata kids' club is available for children from 6 months.
travelbeam.co.uk, 0845 845 0145
Tots to Travel
A holiday lettings agency with a great range of genuinely family friendly villas and cottages across Europe, especially strong in France. Each property has been personally vetted and approved so you can expect gated pools, cots, high chairs, blenders, changing mats etc.
totstotravel.co.uk, 0845 269 4126
Baby Friendly Boltholes
This website has an excellent slection of cottages, villas and boutique-y hotels. They are particularly strong on self catering options in the UK. A lot of these come with every bit of baby paraphernalia you could possibly need.
Mark Warner's latest addition is the 5* Levante Beach Resort in Rhodes. Set on an amazing stretch of sand with wonderful sailing, the baby club is available from 4 months. There is a free evening drop in creche from 7.30-11.30pm where little ones are put down to sleep or read a bedtime story.
markwarner.co.uk, 0844 273 5136
The Family Holidays Company
A new accomodation-only specialist with a range of family-friendly hotels from the founder of Quo Vadis. Extremely competitive with an ever-changing range of offers. Recommended is the all suite Porto Sani Village in Halkidiki which has creche facilities from 4 months +.
familyholidayscompany.com, 01920733 007
Scott Dunn have now opened their fourth Summer children's club in the Med. Located at Verdura in Sicily it will take children from 4 months. Mums and dads can unwind in the gorgeous Spa or play golf on th ethree championship golf courses.
scottdunn.com, 020 8682 5040
Puente Romano in Marbella has recently been added to Powder Byrne's collection of upmarket family hotels. The highly reccomended pb creche (from 4 months) will be running throughout June, September and October and is complimentary outside school holidays. Plus helpful pre-purchasing service for baby essentials, as well as pre-travel service to answer any queries, including a call with the creche manager.
powderbyrne.co.uk, 020 8246 5300
Tots Too has all the staple family-friendly luxury hotels on its books but also some smaller boutique options. We like the look of the Skiathos Princess Hotel which has a creche from age 6 months.
totstoo.com, 0207284 3344
A stylish bolt-hole by the sea in Cornwall, providing a lovely environment for adults as well as being totally child friendly. We like their Tinys and Toddlers, which includes 3 nights accomodation and supper for the adults on 2 nights.
rosevine.co.uk, 01872 580 206