Frangipani Holidays is a newly launched travel agency run by Clapham-based Claire Masse. This local independent travel agency focuses on organising tailored luxury family holidays around the world. As part of a larger franchise and Hays Independent Travel Group, Frangipani Holidays is ABTA and ATOL protected and has access to 100s of suppliers along with exclusive deals and prices. Frangipani Holidays can book package holidays, tours, family-friendly city breaks, skiing holidays, Disney trips, cruises, you name it!
Being a mum of two boys, now aged 4 and 7, Claire noticed that there was gap in the market for family holidays: “When I was booking holidays for my own family, I struggled finding all the information I needed online or with travel agents. Going on holiday with a young family is a whole new experience compared to when we used to travel as a couple. Parents have lots of new questions and can feel a bit lost.” Claire’s passion for travel started at a very young age, having spent her childhood holidays in her parent’s travel agency. She was lucky to travel as a child and spent 5 years in Hong Kong and Asia in her 20s.
Claire has put together her top 10 luxury family resorts in Europe – great both for kids and parents.
Top 10 Luxury Family Resorts in Europe
Ikos hotels have fast become the top all-inclusive luxury resorts in Europe. With properties in Greece and Spain, whichever you choose, you know you will get consistantly high quality food, top service and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.
Top tip: Book all your restaurants and kids club well before you arrive!
Sani is a village in itself, with a range of hotels and accommodation to choose from, there is something for every family. We love the variety of restaurants on property, 27 to be precise (and 13 bars!) and the different academies (football, Rafa Nadal tennis, golf, Bear Grylls, etc…)
Top tip: no need to bring all your baby food here, Annabel Karmel designed their baby and toddler menu.
With a kids club welcoming little ones from the age of 4 months, this hotel oozes Greek culture. With a beautiful beach, fantastic restaurants and friendly service, you will never want to leave! We love that resort’s restaurants all focus on locally sourced and in-season ingredients.
This 5* resort in Sardinia is perfect for families who want the comfort of a villa with the amenities of a hotel, you can choose from rooms, suites and villas. This resort is tailored to every member of the family – parents can relax while children dine at Mario’s, the kids only restaurant or dance at the nightly children’s disco.
Top tip: Take some time to try Forte Village’s incredible spa with its beautiful thalassotherapy course consisting of six pure Sardinian seawater pools.
With a location in the heart of Lisbon, Martinhal Chiado is perfect for trying out a city break with a young family. It offers a kids club from 6 months old and can provide all the bulky baby products you don’t want to fit in your weekend suitcase. Their sister property in the Algarve, Martinhal Sagres, is great for multigenerational family holidays, offering large villas with all the benefits of a luxury hotel.
Top tip: Martinhal Chiado is just 5 minutes’ walk from Lisbon’s Time Out market, where you can pick up some delicious food and there is a lovely playground!
Pine Cliffs is ideal for families who want a luxury resort that feels high-end and grown up. However it is very family friendly, Pine Cliffs was awarded “Best family resort” by the World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2022. The hotel’s 7000 square metre on-site children’s village for little ones from six months to eight years old is possibly the best kid’s club in Europe!
Top tip: Football-mad children will love the Estima Football academy.
Who said Ibiza wasn’t a family destination? 7 Pines is a stunning resort in Ibiza, offering breath-taking view of the Mediterranean and an incredible Montessori inspired eco-friendly Kids’ Club. It’s so beautiful and inspiring that you won’t feel bad dropping off the children while you go for a spot of shopping!
For an authentic and stylish Mediterranean getaway, Marbella Club is ideal with its restaurants, terrasses and beach club you just want to laze around at, and the truly engaging kids club activities on offer: perfume making, gardening at their own vegetable garden and sea-based activities.
Top tip: They have great offers for families with children under 4, who are able to travel outside school holidays.
This sleek and stylish resort near Paphos is a wonderful first holiday with a baby. The resort’s Baby Go Lightly service lets parents order online everything they will need for their baby before they arrive.
Top tip: The spa and state-of-the-art gym facilities here are really worth visiting. The sun deck and infinity pool are incredible!
Located just outside of Dubrovnik, Sun Gardens is perfect for families wanting to combine day trips with relaxing days at the resort. Sun Gardens organises great weekly children’s sport academies, hosted by world-renowned champions, such as the Campioni Dance Academy, new in 2023.
Top tip: The resort has an evening programme for children until 11pm in the summer. Perfect for a date night!
Frangipani Holidays is offering Clapham Mums cardholders a £100 discount when you book your next family holidays. Call or email them for a free quote and to start planning your holiday and mention Clapham Mums when you contact Frangipani.
Telephone: 0207 1678 332