A family vacation is a wonderful way to bring the family closer and to get away from the humdrum of everyday life, and a trip to Europe will expose the kids to so much different culture and history. But sometimes as a parent, it’s nice not to have to do all the planning, and that’s where these hotels come in. Specially created to make sure that kids and parents can all have a great time on holiday, these 25 hotels in Europe are all outfitted with special programming, kids’ clubs, and amenities that will help make for the best family vacation ever.
1.Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel
© Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel
The Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel is the first and only Grand Hotel geared exclusively to guests with kids. The hotel mascot is Lino, a friendly mouse who welcomes all kids to his world of games and entertainment. The Lino’s children world is a 1,250 m² space where children can play. Each child gets a color-coded bracelet that corresponds to the child's age group. Except for the family playroom, where parents can play with their kids, all other areas have skilled and dedicated staff who will take care of the children. There's also a restaurant where kids can have well-balanced and healthy meals.
Via Rezia, 22 Ortisei, Italy, Phone: +39-04-71-78-33-33
© Anassa Hotel
Anassa Hotel is a family-friendly hotel located directly on the beachside. Prior to their arrival, guests can place an order for all necessary baby items, such as a car seat, high chair, baby gym, bathtub, bottles and bottle warmers, sterilizers, and many others. Guests who need babysitting services can hire an English-speaking babysitter for €16/h for one child. Additional charges apply for two or more kids and after 10pm. There are four award-winning kids’ clubs – Globetrotters, Adventurers, Voyagers, and Pioneers – all suitable for children of different age groups. Even babies who are only 4 months old will find their place in the Globetrotter club, where experienced nannies will keep them happy and satisfied.
Alekou Michailidi Road 40 Neokhorio, Paphos, Cyprus, Phone: +3-57-26-88-80-00
© Aris Caves
Aris Caves is a luxurious hotel situated on the cliffside of Oia. Due to the steep cliffs, abundance of stairs, and low walls, all children should be at least 8 years old. It's an ideal place to relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the Santorini Caldera and the deep blue Aegean Sea. The hotel features cave-styled rooms with a high-end finishing. Each unit has a kitchen or kitchenette as well as some nice extras such as olive oil and coffee. Unfortunately, there isn't any on-site eatery, and there's no breakfast available, but the owner will gladly recommend nearby restaurants.
84702 Oia Santorini, Greece, Phone: +30-22-86-07-15-11
© Barcelo Montecastillo
The Barceló Montecastillo Golf & Sports Resort is a child-friendly hotel located in a secluded neighborhood. It features a children's pool, which is open during the whole year, as well as some children's activities in the Barcy Club, perfect for children aged 4 through 12, that are offered only during the summer season. Babysitting services are also available, but only upon request. For an obligatory fee of €20 per pet per night, all guests who come with their pets will receive a welcoming Pet Kit, which includes a little bed, water bowl, food, and a small bag with a gift and a map of all veterinarians and animal grooming centers in the vicinity.
Ctra de Arcos, Km 6 Jerez de la Frontera, 11406 Costa de la Luz, Spain, Phone: +34-9-56-15-12-00
5.Belmond Reid's Palace
© Belmond Reid's Palace
The Belmond Reid’s Palace is a historic luxury hotel settled at the top of a cliff, just a short drive from the center of Funchal. It was founded in 1891, but over the years it has lost very little of its original 18th century charm. During the early 20th century, Winston Churchill was one of its frequent guests. The hotel features three swimming pools, with one of the pools being built into the rocks. There's also an elevator that provides direct access to the sea. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s lovely gardens, outfitted with comfortable lounge chairs, or relax and be pampered in one of the treatment rooms at the spa.
Estrada Monumental 139,9000-098 Funchal Madeira, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-91-71-71-71
6.Blue & Green the Lake Spa Resort
© Blue & Green the Lake Spa Resort
The Blue & Green Lake Spa Resort is a kid-friendly hotel located in the heart of the Algarve. It features a Koala Club, which offers indoor and outdoor activities for children aged 3 to 12. The club’s focus is on allowing children to have quality fun in a creative and safe manner. Kids will have a blast in the balloon modeling and face painting workshops, and specially trained hotel staff will supervise all the kids’ activities. The hotel also features different theme parks, which will show the ocean to all its guests, as well as three big outdoor pools, including one with a natural sand bottom.
Praia da Falésia - Apartado 811 8126-910 Vilamoura Algarve, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-89-32-07-00
© Club Aida
The Club Aida is a self-catering resort with a lively atmosphere and is a perfect place for families with kids. The hotel has a large pool as well as a kids’ pool with two waterslides and a separate wading pool for small kids. The hotel’s program organization team offers various daily and nightly activities for both kids and adults. Kids can play in a bouncy castle and dance during disco nights, or they can do arts and crafts in the kids’ club. For an extra charge, ping-pong and air hockey are also available in a game room.
Armutalan Mahallesi, 212. Sk, 48706 Marmaris/Mugla, Turkey, Phone: +90-25-24-17-66-30
8.Crystal Tat Beach Golf Resort
© Crystal Tat Beach Golf Resort
The Crystal Tat Beach Resort & Spa is a family-friendly hotel located in Turkey, in a region of Belek called Üçkum, which is a hub for golfing located just 21 miles from Antalya Airport. It has 515 rooms, including some family rooms for up to two adults with two kids. In some of these rooms, bunk beds are available for children. There's a Crispy Mini Club for kids aged 4 to 12 years as well as a shaded children's pool with water features and two playgrounds. Kids can also get their own food and beverage servings. And for guests who are seeking some privacy and peace while the kids are having fun, there's an adult-only pool as well as some adult-only areas.
Belek-Üçkum Tepesi, Belek Antalya, Turkey, Phone: +90-24-27-10-26-00
9.Domes of Elounda
© Domes of Elounda
Domes of Elounda is a luxurious resort that is suitable for families with kids. Prior to their arrival, guests may request any necessary baby equipment, such as a crib, baby bathtub, high chair, stair gate and pool fence, sterilizer, bottle warmer, and baby cutlery. Any other required baby supplies, like nappies, cosmetics, wet wipes, and baby food (made in the EU), can be bought in the hotel’s mini-market. The resort has a free children’s club, which provides an array of stimulating activities for kids – expect tennis and drawing lessons, biking excursions, swimming, and watersports. A private babysitting service is also available upon request.
72053 Elounda Crete, Greece, Phone: +30-28-41-04-35-00
10.Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
© Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
The Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort is a kid-friendly resort located within walking distance of the beach and restaurants. It features an array of facilities and sports activities suitable for guests of all ages. There's a playground on the surrounding grounds as well as a children's pool. Kids will enjoy playing in a kid's club, suitable for children from 3 to 10 years of age, where supervised activities are available 6 days a week. A babysitting service is also available for an additional charge, and the hotel has all the necessary equipment for babies and toddlers, including changing tables, baby bathtubs, bottle warmers, and anything else traveling parents might need.
Viale Rovereto 4438066 Riva Del Garda, Italy, Phone: +39-04-64-56-66-00
11.Hotel Piz Galin
© Hotel Piz Galin
The hotel Piz Galin is a paradise for families. The hotel mascot, a rooster named Pizzi, is waiting for the youngest guests in Pizzi Land, a 1,000 m² area that is entirely equipped for entertaining kids. It features a Pizzi-theatre and Pizzi-garden as well as two indoor halls – Baby-Land, suitable for children aged 4 and under, and Mini-Land, suitable for children aged from 3 to 12 years of age. Numerous outdoor activities for whole families are available throughout the year, and families will love taking an excursion on a horse-drawn sleigh, having picnic at Lake Molveno, or enjoying a barbecue in the woods. Ski lessons with a drop-off and pick-up service for children are also available.
Via Dossi 1 38010 Andalo Province of Trento, Italy, Phone: +39-04-61-58-58-37
© Iberostar Anthelia
The Iberostar Anthelia is a family-friendly hotel in South Tenerife. It features two children's pools and a playground as well as free kids' clubs, all suitable for kids of different age groups (Kids Club – ages 4 to 7, Maxi Club – ages 8 to 12, and Teen Club – ages 12 to 17). A children's menu is available at the restaurant, and all kids under the age of 12 will get a welcome surprise when they check into the hotel – a plush cuddly toy. Complimentary children’s toiletries and free milk are available in the family guestrooms, as are special products in the minibar. Children’s products in the minibar include hot chocolate, yogurt, juice, and biscuits, but all for an additional cost.
Londres, 15 38660 Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain, Phone: +34-9-22-71-33-35
13.Iberostar Lanzarote Park
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Iberostar Lanzarote Park is a family-friendly hotel in Yaiza. It features a splash pool with eight water slides as well as a playground, mini-disco, game room, and three kids' clubs, suitable for children of different age groups and all included in the price of stay. Children 17 years old and under will have fun with a wide variety of activities designed especially for them. The hotel’s professional team supervises all activities. The 388 rooms are divided into three different buildings, each with different options, and guests can choose the perfect room according to their needs. The hotel has received an award from Ir Con Niños, a specialized search website for family holidays, which recognizes and rewards top family hotels.
Avenida Archipiélago, 7 C.P. 35580 Yaiza, Lanzarote, Spain, Phone: +34-9-28-51-70-48
© Kinderhotel Oberjoch
Kinderhotel Oberjoch is a kid-friendly hotel with numerous highlights for children, including childcare provided by approximately 25 kids’ coaches in five age-appropriate rooms, for kids from 0 to 16 years old. The hotel features a 2,000 m² indoor play area with a family bowling alley, gymnasium, soft play area, theatre, cinema, and many other facilities, as well as a 5,000 m² outdoor area with a mini zoo, giant bouncy castle, adventure rope course, and so much more. There's also a children’s wellness area, “Murmel's Dreamland,” with baby massages as well as chocolate massages and children’s beauty treatments. Children's swimming lessons are available for kids who don't know how to swim.
Am Prinzenwald 3, 87541 Bad Hindelang, Germany, Phone: +49-83-24-70-90
© LEGOLAND Feriendorf
The LEGOLAND Feriendorf (Holiday Village) is a part of the Legoland theme park, located in Günzburg in Bavaria, and suitable for families with children from 2 to 12 years old. The theme park features 55 attractions and is a unique experience for both kids and adults. The LEGOLAND Feriendorf has several different accommodation options, such as themed cottages, castles, and even camping barrels. Camping at a campsite is also an option. The LEGOLAND Feriendorf features 18 playgrounds, a bowling center, and a high ropes course. There are also three restaurants, all with a different theme –- a Jungle Buffet Restaurant, The Round Table Restaurant, and a Steak House Restaurant.
LEGOLAND Allee 1 89312 Günzburg, Germany, Phone: +49-0-18-06-70-07-57-01
16.Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
© Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
The Mandarin Oriental Bodrum is an all-inclusive resort, suitable for families with kids. It features numerous in-room amenities, such as cribs, baby bathtubs, high chairs, car seats for babies and older children, as well as Xboxes, iPads, board games, and beach toys, all available upon request. Babysitting or childcare service is also available with notice given to the staff at least 24 hours in advance. The hotel features a children's pool and an outdoor playground. Some restaurants offer a children's menu, which is also available through room service. The Kids Club is free for all resort guests between 3 and 16 years of age. There's also a small area suitable for changing and feeding babies and toddlers.
Cennet Koyu Çomça Mevkii Göltürkbükü 48400 Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey , Phone: +90-25-23-11-18-88
17.Marbella Club Hotel
© Marbella Club Hotel
Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is located between Marbella and Puerto Banús. Several room options are available, including private villas and adjoining rooms, suitable for families with kids. Families who come with babies can use the hotel’s babysitting service, which offers certified babysitters for an additional charge. Free cribs are also available. Older kids will have fun in the 5,000 m² children's club, which features a wide variety of sports activities, creative workshops, and a chill-out hour for all kids to settle down before going back to their parents. Children are also welcomed in all restaurants, where they can try tasty food from special menus created for the youngest guests.
Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 29600 Marbella, Spain, Phone: +34-9-52-82-22-11
18.Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort
© Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort
The Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort is a luxury kid-friendly hotel located on Lake Lugano, close to the border between Italy and Switzerland. All children who are staying in the hotel can take part in numerous activities organized for free in three age-oriented clubs – Mini Club, Club Bim Bam Bino, and Teen Space. For an additional charge, €20 per hour, but €40 per hour after midnight, a babysitting service is available upon request for children under the age of two. If needed, something can also be organized for older children. Restaurants are suitable for kids, with a play area and children's menus with tasty and healthy meals.
Viale Privato San Marco 1 22018 Cima di Porlezza Italy, Phone: +41-9-19-23-40-86
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19.Porto Bello Hotel Resort & Spa
© Porto Bello Hotel Resort & Spa
The Porto Bello Hotel Resort & Spa is located in a peaceful area, perfect for a relaxing stay. One child aged six or younger can stay for free when occupying the parents' or guardians' room and using the existing bedding. There are several room options available, including family rooms that can accommodate up to three children, while all other rooms are suitable for no more than two kids. There are no cribs for infants. The hotel features an on-site playground, children’s pool, and a free kids' club with supervised activities suitable for kids from 5 to 12 years old as well as in-room childcare, for an additional charge.
Akdeniz Bulvari 1. Sk. Konyaalti Antalya, Turkey, Phone: +90-24-22-59-40-41
20.Royal Garden Villas
© Royal Garden Villas
The Royal Garden Villas & Spa is a luxury family-friendly hotel located within the Costa Adeje golf course. It consists of 28 individual villas, all with a private solar-heated pool. Numerous hotel services are available, including laundry, dry cleaning, and ironing services as well as babysitting. In the restaurant, Jardin, the children's menu features dishes named after famous cartoons such as the Aladdin homemade burger and chips or the Peter Pan cheese and ham omelet. There are also two desserts created just for kids – Toy Story, which is a fresh fruit salad, and Ice Age, which is strawberry, chocolate, or vanilla ice-cream.
Calle Alcojora s/n, Costa Adeje 38670 Tenerife, Spain, Phone: +34-9-22-71-12-94
21.Royal Son Bou Family Club
© Royal Son Bou Family Club
The Royal Son Bou Family Club is designed just for families with kids. Apartments have cots and highchairs for free as well as bed bars for children's beds, and the restaurant, Los Olivos, has high chairs, plastic ware, and bibs as well as a children's menu. Even in the communal areas, everything is adapted to kids – there are access ramps for strollers, diaper changing tables in the restrooms, and sinks set to the height of kids. But the best place in the hotel is Club Kikoland, where they offer various children's activities suitable for different age groups. Kikoland's entertainers speak several languages, including Spanish, Catalan, English, Italian, German, and Dutch, so visitors from all countries will have a blast.
P.O. Box 11 Son Bou Beach 07730 Alaior (Minorca) Spain, Phone: +34-9-71-37-23-58
22.Saint Andrea Seaside Resort
© Saint Andrea Seaside Resort
The Saint Andrea Seaside Resort is located in a quiet neighborhood, just a 5-minute drive from Kolymbithres Beach, although not within easy walking distance of Naoussa. It features an on-site Greek restaurant, lobby and poolside bars, as well as cribs for guests with babies. Babysitting services are also available, but only by appointment. Free buffet breakfast with both hot and cold options is offered each morning, and some of the dishes from the menu can also be ordered through room service. There are several room options available, including two-story maisonettes for large families and rooms suitable for disabled guests.
Kolymbithres, Naoussa Paros, 84401 Greece, Phone: +30-2-28-40-28-89-04
© Sani Beach
The Sani Resort is a family-owned ecological reserve suitable for families with kids. All children up to 12 years of age can stay for free in Sani Beach, Sani Club, and Porto Sani. All these hotels feature professional care and organized activities for children from 4 months to 17 years old. Even a 30-minute break on the beach is available thanks to the “Babewatch” ladies who look after the kids. Children who want to learn how to play football or how to sail or dance can take part in one of Sani Resort Academies. Some of the deluxe suites at Sani Beach can accommodate up to seven people.
630 77 Kassandra Halkidiki, Greece, Phone: +30-23-74-09-94-00
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The Residence is part of the Vila Porto Mare resort. It has a lot of interesting activities for kids – live music, theme parties, traditional games, Wii consoles, table tennis, mini-golf, and board games as well as many exclusive events throughout the year. All facilities, which include an outdoor children's pool, a playroom, and a playground, are available to all guests of the resort, regardless of which outlet they are staying – Eden Mar, Porto Mare or The Residence. The hotel has rooms suitable for families with more than three people, and the restaurants – Il Basilico, Varanda Bar, and Med – all offer children's menus.
Rua de Leichlingen, 7 9004-566 Funchal Madeira Island, Portugal, Phone: +35-12-91-70-87-00
25 Perfect Family Vacations in Europe
- Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel, Photo: Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel
- Anassa Hotel, Photo: Anassa Hotel
- Aris Caves, Photo: Aris Caves
- Barcelo Montecastillo, Photo: Barcelo Montecastillo
- Belmond Reid's Palace, Photo: Belmond Reid's Palace
- Blue & Green the Lake Spa Resort, Photo: Blue & Green the Lake Spa Resort
- Club Aida, Photo: Club Aida
- Crystal Tat Beach Golf Resort, Photo: Crystal Tat Beach Golf Resort
- Domes of Elounda, Photo: Domes of Elounda
- Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort, Photo: Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort
- Hotel Piz Galin, Photo: Hotel Piz Galin
- Iberostar Anthelia, Photo: Iberostar Anthelia
- Iberostar Lanzarote Park, Photo: Courtesy of Iuliia Sokolovska - Fotolia.com
- Kinderhotel Oberjoch, Photo: Kinderhotel Oberjoch
- LEGOLAND Feriendorf, Photo: LEGOLAND Feriendorf
- Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, Photo: Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
- Marbella Club Hotel, Photo: Marbella Club Hotel
- Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort, Photo: Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort
- Porto Bello Hotel Resort & Spa, Photo: Porto Bello Hotel Resort & Spa
- Royal Garden Villas, Photo: Royal Garden Villas
- Royal Son Bou Family Club, Photo: Royal Son Bou Family Club
- Saint Andrea Seaside Resort, Photo: Saint Andrea Seaside Resort
- Sani Beach, Photo: Sani Beach
- The Residence, Photo: Courtesy of tigercat_lpg - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Africa Studio - Fotolia.com