Want to guarantee a dose of warm sunshine for your next family break? One of these options should fit the bill and keep everyone entertained. Plus a chance to win a four night half term break in the South of France!
New Ikos Aria opens in Kos
The Ikos group have re-defined all inclusive luxury in the Med. Their latest, Ikos Aria, opens in an idyllic beachfront location on the island of Kos next month. Pools, playground, tennis courts, complimentary kids' clubs and a Football Academy are running over half term. Emily is heading out for a sneak preview later this month, so check back for her top tips.
Five nights from 25 May for a family of 4 in a junior suite with a private garden and sea view costs £2,627.65 ikosresorts.com
Kids can learn to play (real) golf, meet a giant tortoise, cook with the local, resident ‘Grandma’ and fish using traditional Mauritian techniques. It’s all on offer at the Shanti Maurice with the launch of Scott Dunn’s first Explorers kids’ club on the island (4mths–11).
10 nights from £8,960 for a family of 4, half board, including flights & transfers. scottdunn.com
Rio Ferdinand has partnered with the Inspiring Travel Co’s Football Escapes programme to provide footie courses in Dubai, Cyprus, Portugal and even Beijing (probably a little far for half term!) led by Premier League stars and UEFA-licenced coaches. Other famous names include Eidur Gudjohnsen, Dimitar Berbatov and Teddy Sheringham. It may be hard to stop Dads joining in the two-hour daily sessions held over a week, but courses are for children aged 5–15 only.
7 nights from £5,799 for a family of 4, b&b at Hotel Quinta Do Lago, including flights & transfers. 01244 355527 inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk
Shake it Out in Sardinia
Funk it up with Tinie Tempah and Katy Perry’s choreographer at the Chia Laguna Sardinia’s Campioni Dance Academy. While children (aged 5–15) are locking and krumping, parents can head to the pools/stables/Chia Natural Spa/tennis courts/watersports centre (phew) or just flop on the beach. There is also a range of clubs for kids aged 0–17.
Dance Academy costs €400 per child, incl one dance session per day for five days and an exclusive dance kit. chialagunaresort.com +39 070 932393431
New destination for an a&u favourite
We can't wait to try Powder Byrne's new offering for this summer. The gorgeous family-owned Danai Beach Hotel & Villas are on the Greek peninsula of Halkidiki. PB's Scallywags and TheZone programmes will be running over the May half term.
A week at Danai Beach over the May half term from £1,995 per person in a junior suite on a complimentary half board basis, incl resort transfers. powderbyrne.com
School in the Sunshine
The family is desperate for a sunny break, but one of the posse has 11+/Common Entrance/GCSEs (etc, etc). Combine sea and sun at the family-run Skiathos Princess on Mamma Mia island with daily online revision sessions with London tutor company, Minerva. Sessions can be booked in advance or at the resort.
Olympic Holidays offers 7 nights at the Skiathos Princess from £1,159 per person, B&B including flights & transfers. olympicholidays.com Lessons are £60 p/h. For more info visit santikoscollection.com
Win a four night family break in the sunny South of France
We are thrilled to have teamed up with the stunning St Pierre de Serjac in the Languedoc to offer a five star, four night stay over half term. This heavenly chateau is surrounded by its own vineyard in 200 acres of beautiful Mediterranean countryside. Stay in a luxurious three bedroom villa with a private pool for four nights from 25 May. Breakfasts and kids' club is thrown in.
All you need to do is get your flights (Toulouse, Montpellier or Beziers) or you can take the train via Paris or Lille. There are no hidden catches. But it really isn't too good to be true. Have a look at their website www.serjac.com and click here to enter. Closing date is 30 April. Good luck!