So, the kids are back at school and life goes back to normal… well, until half term that is. It is amazing how quickly October half term comes around and it is always a popular school holiday for families to take a break. If you are anything like us, then a short break in the sun at this time of year is more than welcome. We have selected six stunning properties that are perfect for a half term break. If you would like further information on these or to book please call us on +44 1993 899 430.
Terre Blanche Resort, Provence, France *Special family offer available
A short 45 minutes from Nice International Airport is Terre Blanche Resort, a luxury five-star hotel that nestles in the hillside of this beautiful area of the Côte d’Azur. Offering the best of authentic Provence, Terre Blanche is the perfect choice for those looking to get away from it all.
Choose a stunning villa or beautiful suite for your stay; villas are ideal for families, with larger ones featuring a plunge pool and large terrace, whilst spacious suites accommodate two children under 12 free of charge. All suites and villas are luxuriously decorated and well-appointed ensuring a supremely comfortable stay.
If you are a golf fanatic, then this really is the resort for you. Two amazing courses are right on your doorstep and combine immaculate greens with stunning views. Back at the resort, your taste buds are in for a treat with four different restaurants to choose from, all overseen by the critically acclaimed Yannick Franques.
Children will love the Kid’s Club (ages 2 to 12) which boasts a range of artistic and musical activities, botanical explorations, shows, games and other organised activities.
*Special Family Offer: For a Premier Suite or a Premier Villa booked on a B&B package, receive 50% off the second connecting Premier Suite on B&B package rate.
Crete in late October is sublime… temperatures hover in the low 20C’s with ample sunshine to beat away any Autumn blues. Amirandes is the perfect location to make the most of this often glorious weather. Set on the northern coast of Crete, this resort spills down to the edge of the sea allowing you immediate access to a stunning stretch of beach. Accommodation is offered in a variety of rooms, suites, bungalows and villas, all of which have been carefully designed to maximise light and space. Many of the villas and bungalows have private gardens, terraces and pools providing families with plenty of private outdoor space to enjoy.
When you are not lapping up late summer sun on the beach, you will want to be back at the resort making the most of the fabulous array of cuisine on offer. No less than eight restaurants vie for your attention, all featuring a variety of sumptuous dishes. Restaurants are child friendly and the Tasty Corners Kids free lunch buffet is a fantastic option.
Not only are children well catered for on the food front but Amirandes also has four children’s clubs suitable for different aged groups with games, arts and crafts, sports and parties organised for children up to the age of 12. As well as a more relaxed place for teens.
As part of the Rocco Forte collection, Vedura Golf & Spa offers the high levels of luxury and service come to be expected from this hotel group. Set on 230 hectares with nearly two kilometres of private Mediterranean coastline, three Kyle Phillips golf courses, a 60-metre infinity pool, six clay tennis courts, a world-class spa, four restaurants, five bars and much more, it is the perfect destination to escape to for an active half term holiday.
Verdura has been carefully designed as a family friendly resort with amenities and activities designed to make the children feel as welcome as the adults! Tailor-made activity programmes are run for children of all ages allowing them to be left enjoying themselves whilst you get in a round of golf or enjoy a treatment at the renowned, award winning spa.
Accommodation is available in a range of stylish rooms and suites many of which feature spectacular views. The Grand Suites are particularly impressive with their own internal courtyard complete with orange trees… fresh orange juice anyone?
This fabulous beach resort brings sophistication and style to the traditional beach holiday and offers a gateway to Marbella’s blue skies and the majestic Mediterranean sea. If you are after a luxurious experience at the very heart of the Costa del Sol then Puente Romano is the perfect choice for your half term holiday.
Whether you choose a room, suite or grand suite, you will find the same attention to detail with Mediterranean colours incorporated into the décor, marble floored bathrooms and balconies to help you make the most of the Andalucian sunshine. Suites provide guests with extra space and in the case of Grand Suites, whirlpool baths and outdoor terraces. The accommodation is very family friendly with a range of options including adjoining rooms or suites with multiple bedrooms.
Kids will really enjoy the wide range of leisure and entertainment activities available at the Kid’s Club where they will be supervised by experienced professionals, allowing the adults to escape for a bit of down time. We would suggest heading to the Six Senses Spa during your stay to enjoy a tailored treatment provided by highly skilled local therapists.
Outside of the hotel, the whole family can make the most of the beach with the numerous water sports available including jet skis, water bicycles and paddle boarding. Having worked up an appetite, Puente Romano will certainly not disappoint with its gastronomic options serving dishes from all over the world.
A collection of superb ‘sky villas’ await you at Kata Rocks. This exclusive, award winning resort offers a seductive blend of style, serenity and renowned Thai hospitality.
The resort makes the most of the natural topography of the surrounding area. A key consideration during its design was that the villas should blend with the environment and we fully believe that this has been achieved. The result is stunning accommodation which not only offers guests all the mod cons but superb, panoramic views out to the ocean. Many villas have their own private infinity pools which are long enough for proper swimming. Large indoor spaces open out onto sizeable terraces replete with sun loungers… perfect for taking in spectacular sunsets.
Stepping outside of your suite you will discover an oceanfront restaurant, lounge, library and a bar with an unbeatable view – perfect for a sundowner. The poolside bar and restaurant have amazing views out over the Andaman sea which is dotted with yachts and fishing boats. The restaurant proudly serves seasonally inspired Mediterranean cuisine featuring regional gourmet twists with a Spanish accent. Only the freshest produce and finest ingredients are used to ensure an inspired gastronomical experience.
And during your stay make sure you visit the Infinite Luxury Spa – providing personalised treatments using natural ‘ILA’ spa products, it definitely lives up to its name!
Sometimes it is fun to venture slightly further afield in terms of location - Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman certainly ticks that box. With temperatures hovering in the low 30C’s this is a great destination for those of you who are after some real heat on your half term holiday!
Luxury villas await you, all with a private Butler service and many with their own infinity pools which are always a hit with the kids. And if it is activities you are looking for then Six Senses Zighy Bay will not disappoint. The resort provides an incredibly comprehensive 45 page booklet detailing all the different activities available which includes microlight flights, scuba diving or even moonlight kayaking. The kids are well catered for on the activity front as well with a huge selection of things to do including Diving for Gold, Pizza Making and Wadi Swimming. All activities for the kids are coordinated through the Chaica’s Club for children aged 4 to 10 and the Teen Club for, well, the teenagers!
With all the activities on offer you will work up an appetite which can be sated at the unique restaurant which is perched at the top of a cliff offering amazing views. Choose from a 3, 5, 7 or 9 course set menu all filled with superb dishes. For wine lovers there is also the opportunity to dine in the resort's Wine Cellar where the master sommelier pairs exquisite wines with your meal for a bespoke sensory adventure.
Our expert travel team is here to help you plan the perfect half term getaway. For further information on any of the resorts featured or to book please call us on +44 1993 899 430 or click here for contact details.