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Company Details
This section lists the companies that provide family watersports 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
Activities Abroad, ActivityBreaks, Mark Warner, Neilson Beachplus Clubs, Simply Salema, Sudwindsports, Sunsail Clubs.
 
Activities Abroad

“We’ve been. We love it. So will you.”

Activities Abroad offer more than just the usual family holiday experience; we have developed an extensive programme of overseas activity holidays in a number of different countries, featuring a wide range of activities.
We offer a selection of activities over the course of the week (we also throw in a free day for some down time!) allowing individual family members to participate in as few or as many as they wish over the course of their holiday.
Exhilarating experiences such as Canadian canoeing in the UK or France, surfing in Portugal, white water rafting in Iceland, Slovenia and Costa Rica, snorkeling in the Red Sea or Mediterranean, kayaking in Spain or a lazy boat day in Turkey are a few of the many opportunities available.
We love what we do, we live and breathe it, eat and sleep it. We care about sending people on the very best experiences. We have visited every single one of our destinations and selected the best locations, trips and accommodations. We would never send anyone on a trip that we don’t love ourselves.
Destinations Costa Rica: Costa Rica Active Adventure - San Jose, Tortuguero NP, Sarapiqui, Arenal.
Egypt: Sinai and The Red Sea.
France: Alps Maritimes Active Adventure.
France: Ardeche Active Adventure.
France: Morzine and the Alps.
France: Pyrenees Active Adventure.
Germany: Bavarian Activity Week.
Iceland: Active Iceland Family Adventure.
Italy: Tuscan Family Adventure.
Italy: Veneto and the Asiago Plateau.
Malta: The Island of Gozo.
Portugal: Atlantic Activity Adventure.
Slovenia: Slovenia Multi-activity - The Julian Alps.
Spain: The Catalan Coast Adventure.
Spain: Catalan Pyrenees Taster Week.
Spain: The Catalan Pyrenees - Level 2.
Turkey: Turkey Active Adventure.
UK: Lake District Activity Week.
Accommodation Wherever possible the accommodation we use reflects the local environment and local culture. A range of accommodation is used including apartments, farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels.
Activities

On our summer holidays we offer a selection of activities over the course of the week (we also throw in a free day for some down time!) allowing individual family members to participate in as few or as many as they wish over the course of their holiday.

A typical week could include a combination of the following: Lazy boat day, sea kayaking, picnic hike, mountain biking, gorge walk and tubing (example options are from the Turkey holiday). Other activities include canyoning, climbing and high ropes course, white water rafting, caving, surfing, hydrospeeding, horse riding and snorkeling (and many more!).
All activities are provided by local activity providers. You choose to do as many or as few activities as you like - you only pay for the activities chosen.
Childcare & Kids Clubs None.
Minimum Age

Holidays: The minimum age for our holidays varies depending on the destination. Our summer trips generally start at 8 years old. Younger children are still able to travel and participation in activities is at the discretion of the local guides.

Age matching: We can provide you the age and gender of every child on every single summer activity holiday we offer.
Teenage departures: We offer teenager departure dates to certain destinations and children should be 12 years and over to travel on these dates.
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ActivityBreaks

ActivityBreaks.com offers fantastic short breaks and exciting experiences in popular European destinations at the lowest prices. The Activity Breaks team are committed to sourcing the best accommodation and leisure activities to provide you with the best possible deal. Unlike many holidays, the cost of doing each activity is already included in the price of our packages, leaving you with more cash to spend when you are out there!

Destinations Croatia: Watersports holidays in Dubrovnik and Zagreb
Italy: Italian Watersports breaks Italian Alps, Tuscany, Italian lakes and Sardinia
Slovenia: Watersports holidays in Bled.
Spain: Watersports and activity breaks in Andalucia
Accommodation

A range of accommodation options are available including apartments, hotels, riverside lodges and guest houses.

Activities

Activities are included in the cost of the holiday. Activities vary by holiday. For example, the Italian Alps multi-activity holiday includes: windsurfing, canoeing, use of mountain bikes, access to swimming pool complex and entry to an Alpine Park complex with treetop rope course.

Childcare & Kids Clubs

Dependent on the break.

Minimum Age No minimum age for holiday.
  Individual activities have their own minimum age.
Mark Warner

Mark Warner beach resorts provide great beachfront locations with fantastic watersports, a relaxed atmosphere and market leading childcare. Whether you want to soak up the rays by the pool, take up sailing or perfect your strokes on the tennis court - the choice is yours. Free windsurfing and sailing tuition is available for adults, whilst the children's clubs provide a daily programme of watersports and land-based activities. Pre-bookable childcare is included in your holiday cost for children over 2 years of age. Childcare for infants available at additional charge.

Destinations

Corsica: San Lucianu.

Egypt: Abu Soma, Port Ghalib

Kos, Greece: Lakitira, San Agostino.

Portugal: Ocean Club.

Accommodation

Mark Warner beach resorts are all situated in stunning beachfront locations. The accommodation available varies by resort but includes villa-style apartments, garden bungalows and hotel rooms. Some locations offer inter-connecting rooms. family rooms and suites. Accommodation is provided on a half or full board basis.

A range of baby equipment can be supplied including travel cots, steam sterilisers, nappy changing facilities, baby baths and potties

Activities

Watersports: Watersports and tuition available include dinghy sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kite surfing and scuba diving. All Mark Warner beach resorts offer free group windsurfing and sailing tuition with the latest equipment to suit all levels. You can also take to the water yourself, and the Mark Warner staff will rig and de-rig equipment for you as you require.

Watersports Courses: Specialist watersports courses are available including RYA Sailing, RYA Windsurfing and BKSA Kitesurfing. One-on-one private tuition is also available.

Other Activities: Many other activities are available at the beach resorts including mountain biking, tennis, swimming, volleyball, golf, canoeing and table tennis. 

Children's Tuition: A daily programme of watersports and land-based activities with free tuition is provided for children attending the children's clubs. Activities include sailing, windsurfing, tennis and football. A number of specialist watersports and tennis courses are also available outside the daily activity programme.

Childcare & Kids Clubs

Mark Warner childcare caters for all ages from 4 months right through to active teenagers spread over 6 children's clubs. There is a free evening creche service for the younger ones and an evening entertainment programme for older children.

Daytime Children's Clubs: Flexible childcare is available with pre-bookable morning, afternoon or full-day sessions. Childcare is split in to 6 Childrens Clubs for 4-11 months, 1-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-17 year olds.

Activities include face painting, art activities, pool games, beach games, mini tennis and the older children can learn to sail, snorkel, windsurf and try their hand at beach volleyball.

Evening Childcare: A free evening drop in creche service is provided on six evenings for the younger children (4 months to 5 years) from 7.30-11:30pm. For the older children (6-17years), there is a fully supervised entertainment programme until 10.30pm.

Babysitting : Additional babysitting can be arranged in the resort.

Minimum Age None.
Neilson Beachplus Clubs

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Neilson offers mediterranean beach club holidays where you can be as active or relaxed as you want to be…windsurf, waterski or cycle in the morning, play tennis in the afternoon or simply relax by the pool. Neilson Beachplus Clubs offer a range of activities with top-notch equipment, free tuition and fun children's clubs. The flexible activity programme combined with the varied children's clubs, enables parents to enjoy the best of both worlds so nobody has to make any compromises. You can stick together and learn new skills or all do you own thing and meet up at mealtimes to chat over the day's achievements. When you are off doing you own thing, you can be assured your children are having just as good a time doing theirs.
Destinations Greece: Halkidiki, Lemnos, Lesvos, Sivota.
Turkey: Ortakent.
Accommodation

Accommodation is in clubhotels located next to the beach with breakfast, lunch and four evening meals per week included in the price. The clubs are chosen primarily for their charm, relaxed ambiance, range of facilities, size and suitability for activities on and off the water. They are managed by and are exclusive to Neilson.

Activities

Watersports: Dinghy sailing, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing and windsurfing are included in the holiday price. Free dinghy sailing and windsurfing tuition.

Other Activities: Mountain biking, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball. 

Childcare & Kids Clubs

Crèche: Children aged 4 months - 2 years are supervised by qualified nannies during morning and afternoon sessions.

Daytime Kids Club: Supervised activities on and off the water for 2 - 4, 5 - 7 and 8 - 12 year olds.

Teenagers Club: Programme of activities for teenagers.

Babysitting: Free babysitting is provided on 2 nights a week. 

Clubs run for 6 days of the week and are free of charge for children over 2 years. 

Minimum Age None.
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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 & Kids 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.
Sudwindsports

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Sudwindsports organises kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing holidays in St. Pierre-la-Mer, a small seaside resort in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France. We offer a range of watersports for adults and children of all ages and levels on a sheltered lake or the Mediterranean Sea. All activities are taught in English by fully qualified instructors. We can also arrange your holiday accommodation in the South of France.

Destinations France: St. Pierre-la-Mer
Accommodation

A range of accommodation is available for families including a beachfront hotel with family rooms, a campsite with spacious pitches, mobile homes and a fun swimming pool and a beachfront holiday house just 30m from the beach (no roads to cross so safe for children to go to the beach by themselves!)

Activities Windsurfing: All ages.
Optimist sailing: Children under 12 years.
Catamaran sailing: All ages.
Kitesurfing/Kitebuggying: Adults and children over 14 years
Kite flying: Children under 14 years.
Canoeing: All ages.
Pedalos: Pedalos can be rented on the lake.
Childcare & Kids Clubs An international Kids Club is available at one of the campsites - Camping 'La Nautique'.
Minimum Age

None for holiday. 14 years for kitebuggying and kitesurfing.

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Sunsail Clubs

Sunsail Beach Clubs offer the best in family watersports and activity holidays. You can enjoy a wild time on the water, get active on shore or simply relax in beautifully unspoilt locations - it's totally up to you. You can benefit from the free use of the latest sailing and watersports kit, relax by the pool, pamper yourself at the health and beauty salon or keep active on shore with tennis or mountain biking, all while we look after the children in our Kids Clubs. The basic holiday price includes informal watersports tuition and use of tennis, mountain biking and watersports equipment. All day childcare and kids clubs are available for children from 4 months to 17 years - these are free of charge for children over 2 years. 
Destinations Greece: Club Vounaki.
Accommodation

Clubhotel accommodation with ensuite rooms. Price includes all breakfasts, afternoon tea and two lunches and four dinners per week. 

Activities

Free Children's Sailing Scheme: Free sailing tuition by RYA qualified instructors for all children from the age of 5 years. Runs as part of the Kids' Club daily activities providing a minimum of an hour a day on the water.

Children's Watersports Courses: RYA Youth Sailing Scheme for 8 - 12 year olds. Children aged 13+ can join the adult training courses. An extra charge is made for all training courses.

Free Watersports Clinics: Free sailing and windsurfing clinics covering the basics.

Watersports Courses: RYA dinghy sailing, RYA windsurfing, RYA catamaran sailing, RYA powerboating, JBWA waterskiing, JBWA wakeboarding, 3 day flotilla training, PADI scuba diving. An additional charge is made for all training courses.

Free Activities: Day yacht sailing (Med), windsurfing, canoeing, mountain biking, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

Chargeable Activities: Wakeboarding sessions, waterskiing sessions, day yacht sailing (Antigua), powerboating, scuba diving, tennis coaching.

Childcare & Kids Clubs

Crèche: In -house crèche for children aged from 4 months - 2 years.

Kids Clubs: Free supervised activities for children aged 2 - 12 year olds. Children over 5 years can try sailing and windsurfing

Teenagers Club: Programme of activities for 13 - 17 year olds.

Video Club: Free evening supervision for children aged 3 years and over. 

Babysitting: Babysitting is available in the guest's hotel room for an extra charge.

All childcare runs 6 days a week. Childcare is free of charge for children over 2 years. 

Minimum Age

None for holiday. 5 years for windsurfing and sailing.

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