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Toddler-friendly Who? For parents still in the early years with tiring toddlers. Where? Martinhal, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal What? This mini-village has been designed to soothe frazzled parents, from the rocking horse in reception to stroller-friendly pathways down to the beach. All pools are heated and restaurants have play areas and a trampoline. There are five kids clubs catering for 6 months to 16 years-old, set around the village square. This year there’s a Deli & Bake in the supermarket and an ice cream corner at Mbar to add to the fun. For more space, opt for for a Village House, equipped with kitchen, stairgates and high chairs. How to book it: Tots Too offers seven nights from £5,108 for two adults and two children (departs July 25, room-only) staying in a one-bedroom garden house and including airport transfers and easyJet flights from Gatwick (luggage and reserved seats included), totstoo.com


Testy Teens Who? For parents with hard to impress, boredom-prone teens. Where? Heritage Le Telfair What? Heritage Le Telfair in Mauritius has a Cool Teens Club for 12 to 17- year-olds with a dedicated team of activity leaders, who run a wide programme of activities. The club has a TV room and video games, Wi-Fi zone, DJ booth and dance floor, juice bar, hangout areas with beanbags, iPod docking and Apple TV. There is also a pool with bar and sun beds, musical instruments, climbing wall, table tennis, pool table, tennis and a fitness centre. If that doesn’t keep them amused, nothing will. How to book it: Sovereign offers seven nights half-board from £5,695 for a family of four including a second free room for children up to 17 years old, access to UK airport lounges, private transfers and return flights with Emirates, sovereign.com


Eco warriors Who? Eco-conscious parents and their green offspring Where? Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi What? The island of Sir Bani Yas has been carefully nurtured to create an eco environment that now offers a desert retreat on 4,100 hectares with safari opportunities to see the likes of gazelles and tropical birds, along with distinctive flamingos nesting among the mangroves. Families can explore the salt-water lagoon, spot an abundance of free-roaming animals, or just enjoy afternoons lazing by the pool. Anantara has two appealing options on the island – Al Sahel Villa Resort with 30 thatched roof villas, or Al Yamm Villa Resort, which is a boutique beachfront oasis, also with 30 villas. How to book it: Kenwood Travel can offer four nights at Anantara Al Sahel Villas and three at Anantara Al Yamm Villas for a family of four from £6,300 including breakfast and flights with Etihad departing from Heathrow, kenwoodtravel.co.uk


Closer to home Who? Families who want to avoid the airport and enjoy a staycation. Where? Swinton Park, Yorkshire Dales What? Taking your kids to a castle that just happens to be a hotel too is certain to gain parents gold stars. This ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton has 31 guestrooms including five suites, one of which is set on three floors in the turret (extra gold star), or families can indulge in a spot of glamping at the Swinton Bivouac complex near Druid’s Temple on the Swinton Estate. There’s also a cookery school run by chef Stephen Bulmer, falconry lessons at the Bird of Prey centre and new from this June, private island dining on one of the estate’s lakes, ideal for family BBQs and picnics. How to book it: Family rooms at Swinton Park cost from £250pn, based on two adults and two children sharing, with breakfast. Two nights in a Meadow Yurt (sleeps five) at Swinton Bivouac cost from £170, swintonpark.com


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