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When it comes to planning a trip away for all ages, what should be fun can be quite stressful. Luckily these companies are here to make your life easier. From picturesque cottages on the coast to wild adventures further away, turn to the experts for peace of mind
Fowey Hall is a coastal manor perched just above an estuary, with everything you could need for a family holiday on site: a restaurant serving seasonal Cornish cuisine, a complimentary Ofsted-registered crèche, a family-friendly spa and plenty of places for children to play.
The whole hotel has just been refurbished – bedrooms and bathrooms have a contemporary, authentic look and feel; the restaurant has been redesigned; and lounge areas, spa, library, games room, Ofsted-registered crèche and indoor pool have also been upgraded along with subtle landscaping within the four acres of gardens.
For each day of their stay, guests can enjoy up to two hours free childcare in the Ofsted-registered Four Bears’ Den. The den is suitable for babies up to children of eight-years-old, with toys and baby facilities on hand. The indoor pool is available for the whole family to use, while treatment areas offer a tranquil environment for adults to relax and be pampered.
For parents who crave a lie-in, the unique breakfast club is available on Sundays and selected days during school holidays. The children will be whisked away for breakfast by friendly nannies, while parents curl back up under the duvet with a coffee and the newspapers. Parents can also enjoy a grown-up dinner date by taking advantage of the complimentary audio and visual child-monitoring system, which allows parents to personally monitor their child from anywhere in the main hotel on a handheld device.
So, whether you’re enjoying the hot tub with views over the estuary while the children are discovering the trampoline and zip wire in the gardens, there’s plenty to do for all the family.
SPECIAL OFFER: www.foweyhallhotel.co.uk/special-offers/seasonal-offer
What could be more relaxing that setting off on holiday knowing your trip will exceed your expectations? Offering bespoke luxury holidays and experiences, Travel Matters will help you design your holidays and adventures without compromise.
After spending over 20 years working in the luxury and adventure travel sector, Karen and her team know who the experts of travel are throughout the world. By working with only the best suppliers, they can guarantee you will receive the best quality of products and service.
Holidays are hard-earned and always precious, and Travel Matters believe they should be enjoyed in style. It is this commitment that ensures every client has the holiday they deserve. From an initial brief, a consultant will use their expertise and enthusiasm to design a tailor-made travel experience that offers something beyond the norm for you to remember. Creating a bespoke itinerary, the team build your holiday to suit your interests, time and budget.
Each consultant offers a dedicated and personalised travel service, so you can experience travel as it should be – hassle-free and tailored to your specific requirements, down to the smallest detail. Travel Matters partners with some of the world’s best travel suppliers and through their preferred relationships with specialist tour operators, Karen and her colleagues are able to get the very best for their clients.
The in-house team of travel experts, who are widely travelled themselves, can organise private safaris, yachts, villas, walking tours, rail journeys and road trips.
Drop in and see the consultants from Monday to Friday at Travel Matters, 10 Blandfield Road (off Nightingale Lane), SW12 8BG
020 8675 7878 www.travelmatters.co.uk
Tailor-make your next amazing travel experience with Flight Centre. At Flight Centre, you will find long-haul, tailor-made holiday specialists committed to everything from city breaks and beach holidays to big adventures – all around the globe. Whether you want to explore the technicolour corals of the Great Barrier Reef or laze beneath a swaying Caribbean palm tree, you’re in good hands when you book with Flight Centre.
Pop in-store and chat with the team (over a cuppa if you like!) and they’ll get to know you, your travel style and your budget to create a trip to suit you. The great thing about Flight Centre is that they are real people who love travel, and they pride themselves on their can-do attitude, passion for planning and first-hand expertise. They’ll build an itinerary that includes everything you want – from flights and accommodation to a range of unique experiences – taking away all the stress that comes with organising it yourself. And, as part of the global Flight Centre Travel Group, they have access to the best deals exclusively for you, not to mention financial protection and a 24/7 Emergency Assist team.
Visit the Northcote Road store or give them a call on 020 3202 1002 and let their lovely Travel Consultants tailor-make your holiday with ease.
If you’re looking for the perfect self-catering family beach holiday in Cornwall, Blue Monkey is the five-star, luxury cottage that more than ticks the box. Less than five minutes walk from the beach, the endless possibilities of a spring break await. From family time on the beach – walks, games, shell-hunting and, of course, sandcastle building – to discovering the pretty village on the Rame Peninsula, perfect for all the family as it’s car-free, Blue Monkey is a special place to make family memories.
This luxurious property sleeps 10, so why not invite the grandparents for a trip to remember or mark a special occasion (catered dinner parties can be provided). Whether it’s birthday or anniversary, or simply a desire to spend quality time together on one of England’s most beautiful coastlines, a spring break at Blue Monkey in Cornwall is just the ticket.
The property sleeps 10 with three double bedrooms, one twin and one bunkroom and is baby and dog friendly. There are bubbles in the garden, a concierge service, games for the children – everything you need for the perfect springtime seaside break.
Villa Pia is an award-winning, all-inclusive family villa on the border of Tuscany and Umbria, which offers affordable luxury for parents, babies and families of all sizes. The house has 17 bedrooms with eight additional rooms at Palazzo Regina just up the road, with baby cots, toys and feeding equipment all available.
Everyone eats well here – Villa Pia caters for all tastes including organic and ‘free from’ diets. With all meals and drinks included, you can help yourself to tea, coffee, cakes, milk, yoghurt, beers, wines and soft drinks. Delicious and nutritious breakfast and lunch spreads are all freshly prepared on site, and in the evenings children eat first before adults enjoy a lavish four-course communal dinner. You can even book an English-speaking babysitter if you wish.
There are adult and child swimming pools, a mini sandpit, tennis courts, table tennis, children’s playroom, soft play equipment, trampoline, ride-ons and bikes, yoga studio, piano room and gardens all on site. Mums and dads can enjoy proper relaxation while children swim, play and safely explore five acres of grounds. Why not try adult or children’s cookery classes, or book a massage?
There’s plenty to do in the area – children will enjoy a stroll into nearby Lippiano to get ice cream at the café or a visit to the chocolate factory in Perugia. Discover beautiful small towns nearby like Sansepolcro, Anghiari and Monterchi, or make a day trip to nearby Siena, Florence or Pisa.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Villa Pia is offering £100 discount on holidays booked week of April 18 and holidays throughout June 2020 (subject to availability). To be eligible for this offer, simply sign up to the Villa Pia newsletter HERE and quote NAPPYVALLEY when making your booking.
Don’t just take our word for it – Villa Pia was voted one of the Top Family Summer Holidays in Europe by The Guardian in 2018. Visit www.villapia.com
First and early holidays with the kids in tow needn’t be daunting or challenging. The experts at Baby-Friendly Boltholes have created an online ‘Little Black Book’ of stylish villas, apartments and family-friendly boutique hotels worldwide, and together with baby and toddler-friendly self-catering cottages and small hotels across the UK, you have a comprehensive selection of global holiday destinations that meet your family’s needs. Knowing you can enjoy a sunset drink whilst your newborn naps in peace or that the toddler pool is heated can make the difference between a holiday being relaxing, or not.
There are some wonderful properties available at the moment. The Hotel Migiorn in Mallorca, perfect for pre-school children, is a converted finca in a lovely rural location just 10 minutes’ drive from one of the best beaches on the island. The 10 suites come with spacious double bedrooms and separate living areas with sofabeds/space for toddler beds and a small kitchen – perfect for knocking up little meals or night-time feeds. Mini guests particularly enjoy the comfortably heated pool and play area, both of which are a real bonus in spring and autumn when it’s warm enough to be outside but not quite warm enough to swim were the pool not so well heated.
For parents who dream of lazy days at super-stylish beach clubs but can’t find the will or justification to leave their minis behind, Domes Zeen in Crete seriously hits the spot – young ones from babies to teens will enjoy it just as much as their parents. From movie nights in Bedouin-style tents to extensive children’s menus, this hotel takes a hip approach to family holidays.
EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFERS: Up to 25% off April & May stays at the Hotel Migjorn in Mallorca. Up to 35% off luxury private pool family suites at the new Domes Zeen in Crete in May, June, Sept & Oct. £100 off 2/3/4-bedroom Country Chic Cotswolds Cottages at Bruern in May-Sept. Call 020 3603 1160 and quote ‘NPV Discount’ for special rates.
Nothing is more relaxing on holiday than knowing your children are having a fantastic time. The Travel Designers team are really impressed with Simpson Travel, which offers bespoke crèches and holiday clubs run by British NNEB-qualified nannies and experienced club leaders at handpicked resorts. Giving your child personalised care and attention with a flexible timetable, means the whole family can enjoy a holiday to remember.
For the youngest ones, the Hatchlings Crèche welcomes tots from six months to three years. The small, close-knit team are friendly and professional, so you can enjoy some me-time knowing they’re in safe hands. The Turtles Club for four to six-year-olds, and Dolphins Club for seven to 11 -year-olds, are both designed to fuel their imaginations, help them develop new friendships and acquire new skills, ensuring a good night’s sleep at the end of the day.
Mousses Villas, Lefkada, and Periyali Villas, Zakynthos, are both Simpson Travel properties that offer Hatchlings childcare. Imagine sitting on the terrace of your private villa, choosing between a sandy beach just 10 minutes’ walk away or the swimming pool on your property? That’s as tough as it gets on this trip.
In fact, the holiday begins before you even leave with the complimentary infant pack including travel cot and linen, bed guard, night light, highchair, baby-gate, bottle steriliser and warmer, baby bath and non-slip bath mat, changing mat, hand-held blender, potty, child-friendly cutlery, plates and bowls, and even a toy box. They’ll even order nappies for you!
Let Travel Designers take the hard work out of planning a family holiday so all you need to do is turn up and enjoy it.
Call the award winning team at Travel Designers today to start planning your next family adventure. Whether it be a Mark Warner, Club Med or Neilson Holiday, to a family adventure in South America or a Cruise we can assist with all your family holiday requirements. Call 020 7720 8484 , visit www.traveldesigners.co.uk Remember to quote NVN at the time of enquiry to claim your exclusive discount.
Montengrand is a picture-postcard-perfect, peaceful, traditional rural French idyll, but only five minutes away from bustling little medieval town, Mirepoix, which has all the local conveniences you need, including a large supermarket, over 20 restaurants and pavement cafés, and a large weekly market. Just 40 minutes from Carcassonne airport and 1 hour 15 minutes from Toulouse, this collection of stone cottages offers a home from home. As well as a pre-arrival shopping service, there are comfortable superking-sized beds with Egyptian cotton bed linen, morning bread and croissant deliveries, an optional meal delivery service and even pre-bookable spa treatments available in your property.
Each cottage comes well-equipped with family-friendly tableware, toddler steps in bathrooms, plug socket covers, fridge locks, highchairs, booster seats and stairgates. Children will sleep safe and sound with bedside bars, wooden cots or toddler beds as needed, and audio monitors and night lights to give you peace of mind.
Outside there’s a large heated swimming pool (with self-closing, self-locking gate) and beautiful grounds with shady areas. If you want to explore, there’s bike hire suitable for all the family. There’s also a small team of trusted English and/or English-speaking babysitters who’ve been with Montengrand for years.
SPECIAL OFFER Enjoy a 10% discount on all stays for a minimum of 7 nights between 16 May and 11 July (including May half term week). All reservations for stays at Montengrand at this time will be entered into a prize draw to win a sumptuous five-course dinner for two at the Abbaye-Chateau de Camon and will include complimentary babysitting and transport to and from the restaurant. 10% discount on all reservations for minimum 7-night stays from 29 August.
Place to Place is an award-winning agency and has been tailor-making incredible family holidays for almost 20 years. They listen carefully to your requirements, and offer totally honest and impartial advice, so that your precious time away with loved ones is a holiday that you will treasure forever. The team takes enormous pride in what they do, so whether it’s the first time on the ski slopes, a restful beach holiday with a kids’ club, an adventurous safari in the African wilderness, or a multi-generational stay in a luxury villa or hotel, Place to Place are there to help.
They offer a totally complimentary service and never charge any more than you would pay direct, so you get all their expertise for nothing and the best options imaginable. Trawling through brochures and surfing the internet takes hours on end, but Place to Place are here to make your life easier in the most cost efficient way possible.
Families want to break from the norm and experience something more than a beach these days. It’s all about creating memories. Holidays grabbing the imagination at the moment include The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, a luxury family-friendly authentic working ranch, offering a plethora of activities and experiences such as horse riding, biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking and more. Londolozi Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands, South Africa, offers an amazing exclusive safari experience with big five game viewing where children can learn to track and guide amongst many other things, and at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort in Oman families can stay a few days on the beach before heading to the mountains and desert for more adventure.
Turquoise Holidays offer unique family experiences, whether it’s a safari, beach or city holiday. They have excellent relationships with all of the hotels and camps, the most competitive rates and, most importantly, insider knowledge you won’t find anywhere online.
You can rest assured that their expertise all comes from personal experience. The team have been to the destinations, flown on the airlines and road-tested all of the hotels, excursions and menus – no stone has been left unturned. They know the best flight time to ensure the smoothest journey for your family, the best kids’ club for all ages and even the tastiest choice on the children’s menu. Turquoise Holidays believes travel is the best form of education and they can’t wait to help with your next family adventure.
Currently, the most popular destination for Turquoise families is Mauritius. The Indian Ocean isle is just a 12-hour direct flight with very little (four hours) time difference, and a temperature that’s pleasant year-round. It’s never too hot and when it is cooler, the drier conditions are perfect for playing on the beach. At Heritage Le Telfair in Mauritius, children are spoilt for choice with activities. A complimentary Baby Timomo club is available for young ones up to three-years-old, with professional nurses trained in first aid and childcare and babysitting packages also available.
Twin-centre holidays are also popular options. Whether it be Bangkok, the Cultural Triangle and Koh Samui in Thailand (first the city, then a jungle elephant encounter before making a beeline for the beach), two islands in the Caribbean, or a Middle Eastern stopover en route to the Indian Ocean.
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