Spring may be around the corner but it’s never too early to plan our dream summer holidays!
Our partner Travel Matters have created a list of their top 5 destinations in Europe for summer 2019 along with advice on resorts and packages.
Our top 5 in Europe for summer 2019
We know that quality time spent with your family is precious and your family holiday is decided by the way you spend time together. We’ve searched for some summer sun ideas so you don’t have to.
A favourite island of ours is Crete.
Domes of Elounda – A stone’s throw from the Venetian castle on the UNESCO protected islet of Spinalonga, this all-suite and villa property sits amid verdant amphitheatre gardens and olive groves, its attractive domed structures blending harmoniously with the surroundings. Recently renovated in 2018 the Domes Private Residences transformed along with the Domes Luxury Residences and the exceptional Domes Luxury Villas, form the resort’s ‘Haute Living Selection’ offering à la carte dine around and enhanced VIP services as well as boasting heated private pools and ample space to relax.
Great for gourmet, spa and beach – what’s not to like? Prices from £1,185 per person and includes flights, 7 nights accommodation with half board and private transfers.
Hopping over to Cyprus – the Anassa – meaning ‘Queen’ in classical Greek, the hotel sits majestically on one of the finest beaches in Cyprus. The design of this member of The Leading Hotels of the World is that of an authentic Cypriot village, featuring a central square and a small traditional church with a bell tower. For atmospheric dining and fine fusion cuisine, wind your way down the stone steps to Basiliko, sample local specialities at Amphora or the gourmet delights of Helios. In addition to a serene indoor swimming pool, there are three further pools, one with a swim-up bar. Tennis and squash are also available, along with a full range of activities at the watersports centre. A Roman-style spa offers treatments, whilst kids from four months to twelve years are entertained at the renowned children’s clubs. From £1,770 per person and includes flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers.
Pretty Provence – the Terre Blanche resort is in an undiscovered corner of Provence, providing spectacular views over picturesque villages to the hills beyond. Savour the vivid flavours of Mediterranean cuisine indoors or alfresco in the one Michelin-starred Restaurant Le Faventia accompanied by captivating vistas. The resort lies in the middle of two 18-hole Dave Thomas designed golf courses, with clubhouse restaurant and on-site Terre Blanche Golf Academy. Swim in the large outdoor heated infinity-edge swimming pool and for added enjoyment a whirlpool, two tennis courts and children’s play pool are close by. A beautiful, spacious spa offers a range of Provençal inspired signature treatments, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, VIP couples’ suites and beauty centre. The supervised pleasures of the complimentary kids’ club will keep children entertained. From £865 per person and includes flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers.
Just under a 3 hour flight to the Algarve in Portugal, the Vila Vita Parc blends Moorish charm with Portuguese hospitality. Cobbled pathways and calming water features bring together the village ambience that suits families and couples equally well, combining exceptional accommodation with superb dining options in a choice of ten seasonal restaurants and seven bars. In addition to fine gourmet dining at the intimate two Michelin-starred Ocean Restaurant and the Aladin Grill, you can find traditional Portuguese fare at Adega, one of many alternative dining options. Recreational facilities are second to none, including tennis, seasonal watersports and pitch and putt, or board the Vila Vita yacht to visit the Algarve’s tiny bays and coves, only accessible by boat. The Health Club boasts an indoor/outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, ice cave and steam bath, whilst a complete range of massage and therapy treatments await in the ancient Roman-inspired spa. Children are superbly catered for with every facility from a crèche to Annabella’s kids’ park. From £970 per person and includes flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers.
Tenerife not only enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other part of Spain, it’s home to one of Travel Matters favourite The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Sparkling with five stars, it gets our vote for all-round appeal. Picture a spectacular Moorish-style private estate atop a hillside flanking the island’s highest mountain, with exuberant gardens stretching down to the sea and looking out to La Gomera. You’ll experience attentive service and luxuriously appointed accommodation with a vast spectrum of leisure facilities including golf, the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, Ritz Kids Club and seven outdoor heated swimming pools. One of the finest hotels in Tenerife, this luxury resort is ideal for families and couples alike. Price from £1,275 per person and includes flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers.
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Travel Matters Shop : 10 Blandfield Road (off Nightingale Lane) London SW12 8BG
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