What's new in Family Travel this spring? From a special inside scoop to the best of the football academies we round up the best holidays with kids this season:
Our wonderful designer is called Amanda Grapes so ‘La Maison des Raisins’ is a play on her surname. Over the summer her family come back to Blighty and she is letting out her stunning French village house near Béziers in the Languedoc. From €2,500 per week, sleeps 8. lamaisondesraisins.com
Football academies seem to be all the rage. New programmes for the Easter holidays include Sani Resort in Greece partnering up with Chelsea FC Foundation, Amela Fushi in the Maldives, partnering with Futbultec, a Sydney-based football programme (available through Elegant Resorts), while the Chelsea Foundation Soccer School runs at La Manga Club from 23 March–23 April. Valencia School Soccer Camp launches at Elounda Peninsula and Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort from May while Chelsea takes up residence at the Forte Village from the end of May.
sani-resort.com elegantresorts.co.uk lamangaclub.com fortevillageresort.com
The Family Collection, the new brochure from ITC Travel Group, has just arrived on my desk. With family suggestions from across the collection (Inspiring Travel Company, Western & Oriental, Rainbow Tours and Villa Select), it is an indulgent, inspiring read! Call and ask for a copy or you can read a digital version online.
01244 432 877 itctravelgroup.co.uk
The Emerald Island
Ireland is top of our wish list for this year and Wilderness Ireland have some great new itineraries for family activity holidays that have caught our eye. Biking along the Great Western Greenway, Ireland’s longest off-road cycling trail in Connemara; hiking and canoeing the Causeway Coast; or visiting Star Wars filming locations on Kerry’s spectacular Skellig Islands, these are holidays that will live long in the memory. Prices from €1,850 per adult, €1,500 per child for a week, excl flights. wildernessireland.com
Giving Back to the Community
In researching the safari features and travel directory, I spoke to a lot of different travel companies and agents. Good operators will work with local communities to support efforts to educate them to look after the land for future generations. Companies like Transfrontier Parks (based in South Africa) run programmes that families and children can really engage with and their lodges and camps are more affordable than most. Ask your travel agents if they work with similar outfits. tfpd.co.za