Southern Europe is one of the best places for a sunny summer holiday. But families often find it hard to plan a luxury break that works as well for parents as it does for kids. Especially if the adults in the group want to take the chance to get out on the green too. If you find yourself struggling with this, never fear: the golfing resorts featured here have something for everyone. |
Small and sparsely populated, Sicily is very popular among high-end holidaymakers. The island boasts an abundance of five-star hotels, and this 500-acre resort is one of the best. Guests can enjoy incredible scenery and top-level food and drink amidst stunning natural beauty. Adults are especially encouraged to relax in the golfing clubhouse after a round on one of Verdura’s three courses (two 18-hole links and one nine-hole). Golf lessons are available for all ages, and younger kids are well looked after in the Verdura Kid’s Club. Children from age four to twelve can make new friends, while enjoying everything from sports and science to cooking and art.
Vila Vita Park Resort & Spa
We’re heading away from Italy now to equally sunny Portugal. The Algarve is often regarded as the best place to play golf in Europe, and its well-earned reputation has attracted huge numbers of hotel operators, chefs and more. This in turn makes the region more attractive for anyone who fancies a luxury break, which encourages further spending – especially on children’s and family activities.
Even in such a glittering region, Vila Vita stands out as a truly excellent resort. Coach trips to a number of world-famous courses are on offer for keen golfers, with lessons available for all ability levels.
Children, meanwhile, will love the Annabela Kid’s Park – and parents will be pleased to know there’s a babysitting service on offer. Vila Vita also boasts tennis courts, a spa and four swimming pools, a lot of all-ages entertainment and a staggering eight different restaurants serving different cuisines.
Belmond Reid’s Palace
At nearby Madeira, Belmond Reid’s Palace gives Vila Vita a serious run for its money as a must-visit all-ages luxury break destination. The Fun at Reid’s kid’s club comes with its own pool and a dedicated staff of caretakers leading exciting supervised activities.
This luxury hotel has all the astounding views you’d expect, set in the picturesque Funchal Bay. Its nearby seaside golf courses make the most of the location, offering a total of 45 holes to explore. With everything from mini golf and putting challenges to tournament-level courses, there’s more than enough for players of all levels to sink their teeth into.
Each of these three resorts stands out as a provider of luxury breaks for the whole family. If you think it’s impossible to please everyone, book a holiday now to be proved wrong by some of the best hotels in the business.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing holidaymakers with a top luxury break, experience in Crete, Bermuda, Croatia and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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