My family travel wish list – with a side of luxury
Since having my daughter, my biggest travel luxury is being able to relax while we’re away. That’s not to say I object to a Michelin-starred restaurant on site, an incredible spa, a bar where they whip up the perfect cocktail or pillows so comfortable you want to cram them into your suitcase. (I have never done this).
But now when I’m choosing a hotel, I’m looking at practicalities like equipment, on-site facilities and whether it’s genuinely child-friendly rather than simply tolerating smaller guests.
The dream, of course, is having both together. And while I was flicking through the new Kids in the Med brochure from ITC Luxury Travel – and daydreaming about some of the hotels featured in the Kids Beyond The Med version – I started thinking about my real family travel luxury wishlist.
Always at the top of my list is somewhere which fits around my daughter (and me). Is there an early dinner for her, for example? Will I be sitting on the bed in darkness when she sleeps or is there space elsewhere in the room? Is there a kids’ pool? Are we close to restaurants and places to visit?
Somewhere like the lovely Sani Resort is hard to beat – six beaches, four separate hotels, interconnecting and family rooms, restaurants nearby and kids menus and early dining at the many restaurants on site too.
Family friendly facilities
I know my daughter would go wild for the idea of teddy turndown services but I’m busy checking the fine print when it comes to a creche or kids club. A creche where they can only start when they’re potty trained? Not much use if you’ve got a two-year-old. Or where you discover that the three months up tag only applies if you stay as well. Hmmm. And paying more than my high-priced London preschool… No thanks.
I certainly don’t want to ditch my daughter for the whole holiday but she’s now old enough to love playing in kids’ clubs, and the odd hour alone is a definite luxury! So hurrah for places like Olympic Lagoon Resort in Paphos on Cyprus where the creche is for six months up, sessions five days a week and free. Plus there’s babysitting for 10 Euros per hour.
I finally got the hang of packing light for myself after my daughter came along – mainly because her paraphernalia took up most of the suitcase space. Anything I don’t have to lug around is a major bonus.
Fortunately more hotels are making sure they’ve got everything from bottle warmers and sterilisers to stair gates and potties, with some running the Baby Go Lightly service where you can order what you want online first. The lovely Martinhal Resort on the Algarve and Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque in Tenerife are probably better stocked than we were at home…
And throw in someone who can make sure I don’t get the room that’s up nine flights of stairs, or the beachfront hotel where you have to navigate a rocky path? That’s definitely starting to sound like my perfect holiday.
Compiled in association with ITC Luxury Travel*
Main image courtesy of Pixabay. All resort images courtesy of ITC Luxury Travel