Boutique family hotel expert Smith & Family (part of the Mr & Mrs Smith group) has twinned up with Take the Family to offer a cherry-picked selection of hotels and self-catering properties that welcome you and your children, at home and abroad. Not all have supervised crèches, kids' menus and adventure playgrounds, though some have all three. But they all deliver what’s important – a welcome to all ages in stylish surroundings.
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While family resorts definitely have their place on travels, Smith Family have realised that not all families want to pander quite so much to children and that sometimes, just sometimes, it’s nice to travel with kids giving them a glimpse into the grown-up world. Fine dining in a civilised environment with appreciative children makes a healthy change from pizza and chips and the ubiquitous colouring in pencils. There are, of course, resorts featured here, but they’ll all be a cut above the usual suspects.
This isn’t about travelling with a bunch of well-behaved children (although that’s nice) who will sit poised and collected at the dinner table; it’s about choosing places to stay that positively welcome children. There will be kids’ clubs to choose from at some resorts, but in other places the football may just be a game played with the hotel staff.
Kids respond well to all things lovely, and they’ll enjoy staying in these carefully selected properties for the same reasons you do: lovely food, friendly staff, luxurious accommodation and pampering spas. You could choose a ranch in Australia and watch your children learn to ride horses and herd cattle, a grand castle in the Highlands of Scotland, a trullo in Italy, a Kasbah in Tunisia or a chic pad in Paris. There’s a huge range of places and styles to stay, but they’ll all share the common good – kid friendly without detracting from the luxury of the surroundings.
All families differ and Smith Family have made it easy for you to find what you’re looking for with simple categories. They’ve grouped together the places with the best pools, the spots with free childcare, the best places with oodles of space for kids to run around, the closest to the beach or even the ones with free baby-listening services.
Your kids are coming, but you can still expect to find crisp white sheets on the bed, gastro delights, friendly and supportive staff and beautiful surroundings.