A Mediterranean beach break has long been a stalwart of family holidays – and for good reason. Travelling with kids isn’t always easy, but a European jaunt can deliver the holy trinity of a family holiday in just two hours: sandy, safe beaches, shallow aquamarine waters and guaranteed sunshine. Whether your child’s an awkward adolescent or still in nappies, there’s an entire wealth of activities out there to keep them occupied and entertained while you lounge pool-side with a glass of something cool. From surfing to ziplining, performing or DJ-ing, here’s our pick of the hotels with the best clubs for kids that will guarantee they have as much fun as you do on your next holiday.
The best hotel kids’ clubs in Europe are:
- Best for play: Delphina Le Dune, Delphina Le Dune
- Best for watersports: Peligoni Club, Peligoni
- Best for breathtaking sea views: Sani Beach Resort, Booking.com
- Best for year-round action: Hotel Club Le Crêt, Booking.com
- Best for active kids: Sun Gardens, Booking.com
- Best for luxury: The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Booking.com
- Best for fitness: Martinhal Cascais, Booking.com
- Best for budding acrobats: Club Med, Opio en Provence
- Best for ex-clubbers: Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Booking.com
The medal-deserving, endlessly enthusiastic staff at this award-winning kids’ club caters for children aged 18 months to 17 years, who can join in with or without their parents. The 10,000-square-metre “Fantasy Village” play area is just one of the standout features, with a pool, Native American reservation and cowboy fort amid sand dunes, while Duneland is an enchanted castle for kids with creative workshops, a play area, cinema, nap room and Peter Pan restaurant. Expect sports galore – tennis, mini-golf, trampolines, a riding school, kayaking, archery and a climbing wall, to name a few – while the resort itself has 500 rooms, six pools, 10 restaurants and beaches with water as clear as the Caribbean.
Price: Family suites from €244 per night (£202)
Who says teenagers are too old for kids’ clubs? Located on an unspoilt coastline, this one is adored by older kids, who can do practically every adrenalin-seeking watersport you can think of – sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and more. Other activities include volleyball, mocktail making and parent-free boat trips. There’s…