Going on holiday with a baby doesn’t have to be stressful; in fact, young babies are often easier to take away than older children, since you are no longer bound by the tyranny of school holidays and the short attention span of toddlers! Whilst beaches and hot sun can be stressful for tots, there are plenty of places in the UK and Europe where you can holiday with all the comforts of home- here at Savoo we have rounded up the best of them for summer 2014.
Baby Friendly Summer Holidays 2014
3 Generation Holiday Cottage, Cornwall
Price: From £630 a week for a cottage in September
Luxury Bosinver Farm Cottages in Cornwall are the perfect destination for three generations to spend quality time together in a home away from home: from the youngest babies through to the oldest grandparents!
Choose from one large cottage for a community feel, or two or more small cottages if you need your privacy. All accommodation comes fully equipped with all the baby equipment you could ever need-including baby monitors, baths, strollers, booster seats and high chairs. The cottages also offer night lights, a toy box and a range of kid’s books and TVs.
Fancy a night out without the kids? Book one of the local experienced babysitters to come and look after the little ones for you.
Weekend in Center Parcs
Price: £349 for a Sherwood Forest weekend break in July
Center Parcs is renowned for its family friendly and activity packed holidays. Set in 400 acres of forest, all four villages have numerous restaurants, cafes and shops to choose from, along with a number of baby friendly activities.
Newborns can enjoy Sensory Playtime, where they will be introduced to textures, calming sounds, vibrant colours and shapes. And tots aged three to 23 months will be perfectly content in the crèche, whilst mums take time to pamper themselves in the spa. And don’t forget to try out the SwimaSong Swim Lessons, where your baby will learn aquatic skills with the aid of song and rhyme.
Peaceful Villa in Portugal
Price: £365 for a 7 night break at the end of June
James Villas are offering a number of last minute deals on accommodation across Europe, and we have found a great family friendly villa in Albufeira, Portugal for a reasonable price. Villa Fernandes comes with free Wi-Fi, free air conditioning, free cots and free highchairs, as well as its own pool and terrace.
The villa is located on the outskirts of the resort in a peaceful setting, so you and your family can relax in a secluded location. And if you do fancy visiting a restaurant, Albufeira is just a short drive away.
Park Resorts, UK wide
Price: £158 for 3 nights in Withernsea Sands, Yorkshire
Park Resorts have 42 coastal locations across the UK, all of which are affordable and very baby-friendly. All parks offer a range of children’s activities and entertainment for the under 5’s, including Pipsqueak Mousehouse sessions and Aqua Baby Quiet Time: a specially designed peaceful session in the pool for children under 2.
Whilst not all caravans or chalets are furnished with baby equipment, you can hire travel cots and highchairs for a small charge.
4* Majorca Family Resort
Price: Self-catering from £272pp
Thomson family resorts are recognised by the travel industry for their family friendly credentials, and the 4* Protur Aparthotel Bonaire is no exception. Located in Cala Bona, Majorca, the apartment hotel is ideal for parents of 0-3 year olds.
All parent and baby rooms come complete with Mothercare equipment, and the crèches are open six days a week; you can even hire baby equipment to save on luggage equipment. And don’t forget to take advantage of the Softy Play areas which are open all day, followed up with a parent and toddler session.
5* Holiday Village in Rhodes
Price: From £599pp all inclusive
For a baby friendly package holiday abroad which doesn’t compromise on luxury, head to First Choice Holiday Village in Kolymbia, Rhodes. This 5* destination is just a short walk from the beach and local town, and the price includes food and drink, five swimming pools and a range of sports and activities.
Pre-book yourself a baby equipment pack to save on luggage- a highchair and buggy, steam steriliser, bottle warmer and UV sun tent could all be waiting for you in the hotel on arrival. Children over three are eligible for the Kid’s Club, whilst there are parent and toddler sessions for younger tots.
Where would you recommend holidaying with a young baby?