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Family Luxury Holiday Guide

 

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Company Details
This section lists the companies that provide luxury family activity and adventure holidays along with a summary of what they offer. If you need more details, please click on the links to visit the company website or request their brochure.
 
Companies Listed
Country Kids, Powder Byrne, Simply Salema.
 
Country Kids

On a stunning farm estate in the South of France, Country Kids offers luxury family holidays with regulated crèche, babysitting, catering, petting farm, heated pools and amazing children's facilities.

Fantastic accommodation for six families per week: wine cellar, bar, shop, activities AND blissfully content toddlers ensure parents have the type of holiday they thought impossible with kids in tow. (Voted in the top 4 European resorts for families with kids under 5 years old.) Open all year with a full summer package and a half price winter package.
Destinations

France: Languedoc, South of France.

Based on Country Kids domaine Le Mas Pandit, which is situated between the villages of Octon and Brenas in the Herault department (34) in the South of France, with the closest airport being Montpellier, just an hour away. Other airports include Nimes 122 km about 1.75 hours, Perpignan 160 km about 1.5 hours, Carcassonne 164 km about 1.8 hours and Marseille 215 km about 2.5 hours. Each of these airports is serviced by low cost airlines.
Accommodation In an ancient Roquefort dairy 6 beautifully appointed apartments (2 with 2 bedrooms; 4 with 3 bedrooms). Each apartment has 2 metre beds, 2 flat screen TV's, DVD's, Sky, IPod stations, WIFI, fully equipped kitchens and all the kiddy gear you could need. All with private entrances and shaded outdoor eating areas.

Kids equipment included in the price; sterilzers, mini-blender for baby purees, umbrella push chair, changing mats, cots, bed guards, toys, games and books to suit all ages, wooden cots and bedding, DVD collection, moses basket and bedding, high chairs, baby bouncy chairs, bath toys, baby bicycle seats, bath mats, potty, plastic mattress protectors, plastic plates and cups and portable restaurant seats.

A daily continental breakfast is delivered to your apartment. Two catered communal meals plus two fully catered evenings are provided at the resort. And on the two babysitting nights included in the price as kids dinner is provided in the kids club so mum can get ready to go out in peace! On arrival there is a basket of food, fruit and veg so no need for a supermarket dash when you get there.
Activities

Country Kids offers supervised on-site activities for kids and parents, as well as two great adventure activities such as horse and carriage rides, canoeing, horse riding and mountain climbing. There are also plenty of free onsite activities including a heated main and baby pool (with safety regulation fencing), separate adults only pool and jacuzzi, tennis court, petting farm, climbing frame, sandpit, soft play equipment, ball pond, table tennis, table football, trikes and bikes. Children will enjoy exploring the resort - there is a small river and even a waterfall in a magical grotto! Massage and spa treatments are available on site.

Childcare & Kids Clubs Country Kids offers a fully regulated crèche with English staff open 6 days a week May-September. A full, fun and stimulating programme of fantastic activities for kids with indoor and outdoor covered play areas and huge soft play. The crèche is at the heart of the holidays and kids wake up asking to play there freeing up mum and dad for the weekly winetasting and yoga sessions and to relax by the pool or go out sightseeing.
No booking is needed and included to an unlimited extent. Drop in and collect as you wish. You can take babies from 3 months. The crèche and it is voted number 1 activity by kids and parents!
2 nights babysitting is included and all babysitters have worked for Country Kids for years and have come only by recommendation. Parents go out for hassle free romantic dinners knowing their kids are in safe hands.
Minimum Age None.
Powder Byrne

Powder Byrne offers a luxurious portfolio of summer retreats across the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. We understand the importance of location and carefully select each of our resorts to offer you the perfect place to relax in the sun, with only the highest levels of customer service, accommodation and cuisine. It’s this ‘hand-picked’ philosophy that makes a Powder Byrne holiday an exquisite and often unique choice.

Our holidays aim to strike the right balance between relaxation time for you and full-on entertainment for your children. The idea is to give you the chance to get the most out of your summer holiday, while the kids are being looked after in our crèches or in our famous summer programmes by our highly trained staff. In addition, under 2s travel free with Powder Byrne.

Powder Byrne also offers more adventurous holidays for the more intrepid families with exciting experiences in their Air & Space portfolio. Adventures in the Canadian Rockies, summer Alpine fun in Switzerland and Arabian adventures in Jordan are all on offer. Powder Byrne also offers ski holidays – see the Skiing & Boarding section for details.

Beach Destinations

Elba, Tunisia, Portugal, Mallorca, Cyprus.

Longhaul: Jamaica, Mauritius, Antigua, Abu Dhabi..
Accommodation

Luxurious 5 star hotels.

Activities

Many activities are available at the resorts such as swimming, tennis, golf and water sports. LTA accredited coaches available for tennis coaching in selected resorts and also ASA accredited swimming programme.

Childcare and Children's Clubs

pb Crèche: Available for babies and toddlers aged 4 months - 3 years, run by English-speaking qualified Powder Byrne nannies.

Scallywags: An exciting programme of fun activities for 4 – 9 year olds, including new swimming and tennis programmes. Kids will also enjoy ball games,water sports and treasure hunts to name but a few! We’ve also included a day trip or two to local water parks, zoos or aquariums.
TheZone: Cool programme for older children (9 - 12 year olds) with fun sports and cool activities, from tennis and golf sessions to banana boating and donut rides. And for thrill seekers, there’s no end of exciting activities from water-skiing and windsurfing to wakeboarding, horse riding, surfing and kayaking. Off-site trips also take place during the week, meaning that water park trips, boat trips and fishing trips can be part of the fun as well.
13+: Golf academy, tennis coaching, scuba diving courses and sailing available as a flexible pick and mix system for children aged 13+

Graeme Le Saux Football Workshop: For football fanatic kids aged 7 – 13 our Graeme Le Saux football workshop in Elba is perfect. Led by Graeme Le Saux and his assistant, the five day course is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn new tricks and improve key football skills. Emphasis is placed on ball control, passing, dribbling, tackling and kicking skills, as well as general ball techniques.

Minimum Age

Crèche: 6 months.

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Simply Salema

Simply Salema is the sister company to Simply Morzine, the luxury French alpine ski company. It offers family holidays based at a luxury beachfront villa in Salema on the Western Algarve. Salema is situated within the Costa Vincentina Natural Park, a protected area of outstanding natural beauty. There are an excellent range of activities for all ages available all year round. Simply Salema can arrange a programme of activities for your family or you can just do your own thing if you prefer.

Destinations Portugal: Salema, Western Algarve.
Accommodation The accommodation is in a luxury beachfront villa, ‘Casa das Estevas’, which combines traditional Portuguese style with modern comforts. The location is remarkable, one of the few beachfront properties along Portugal's Western Algarve, with all rooms and terraces having uninterrupted views of the sea and coastline. With the ocean just 50 metres away you can hear the waves lapping onto the shore. A footpath leads directly from the villa to a secluded cove, whilst Salema's village centre is a short 5-minute stroll. The villa is available for exclusive occupancy all year round on a self-catered basis. It will accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 ensuite bedrooms, all with balconies. There is a large open-plan lounge and dining room with log fire, flat-screen television, DVD and hi-fi. Outside there is a roof terrace, and in front of the villa a large terrace with private swimming pool, sun loungers, BBQ and dining area. An extensive games room features a table tennis table, full size pool table, darts board and table football. A range of baby equipment is available including cots, baby linen, stairgates, plastic crockery and cutlery. There are also indoor and outdoor games, videos, DVDs and freeview TV.
Activities Should you wish, Simply Salema can personally design a programme of activities for your holiday which you can choose to suit your individual requirements and budget. There are a range of sports and other activities to choose from:
Watersports: Swimming, sea kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, scuba diving, reef fishing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing.
Other Activities: Mountain biking, golf, boat trips to remote beaches, jeep safaris, walking, dolphin watching, climbing, horse riding, game fishing, tennis, blokarting.
Childcare and Children's Clubs Children's Clubs: During the school holidays, daytime kids activity clubs are available at the nearby golf/holiday resort ‘Parque de Floresta’ for younger children and teenagers alike.
Babysitting: Simply Salema can recommend a local babysitter.
Minimum Age There is no minimum age for the holiday. Some of the individual activities have minimum height, weight and/or age restrictions.
 
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