Top 10 Family Holidays for Toddlers, Tots & Tiny Tearaways

Devon Family Active holiday

Where? Barton Hall, near Torquay, Devon

Why? Set in 19 ha of grounds, this family-friendly activity centre is ideal for younger kids. Qualified instructors provide a weeklong programme of sporty pursuits for children and their parents, including archery, snorkelling and a high ropes course. Parents can opt in or out as they like.
Contact PGL

Beau Rivage
Where? Mauritius
Why? A deluxe resort-style hotel with an informal atmosphere, the Beau Rivage has a wide sandy beach lapped by calm waters. Should the kids tire of sandcastles and swimming, the Mini Club (for three- to 11-year-olds) organises glass-bottom rides, mini football, fish feeding and a weekly disco.
Contact Scott Dunn

Pyramids & Mummies
Where? Egypt
Why? With a minimum age of just two this 10-day infant adventure is appropriately paced to allow young families the opportunity to see Egypt’s wonders. Although temperatures can be very hot, all hotels used in Cairo and Luxor have that all-important swimming pool.
Contact Explore

La Casella
Where? Umbria, Italy
Why? Consisting of four farmhouses that have been converted into 32 guest rooms, this idyllic Umbrian bolthole promises a relaxing Italian break for parents, while kids are kept busy with swimming, tennis and pony riding (minimum age four).
Contact Real Holidays

Country Kids & Country Tots
Where? Herault, near Montpelier, France
Why? With its complimentary crèche, splash-pool, play area, petting farm and two free nights babysitting, this stylish self-catering accommodation appeals particularly to parents with babies and toddlers. There’s also a huge range of nursery and play equipment on hand, so you can even revert to the days of packing lightly. The grounds include a tennis court, heated swimming pool and a farm shop fully stocked with homemade ready-meals.
Contact Baby Friendly Boltholes

Family Ski Obergurgl

Where? Austria

Why? Esprit caters for all ages, whether you have nursery-age tots or independent-minded teens. There’s a Snow Club and ski classes for children as young as three, while Esprit staff take the older ones to ski-school, collect them, give them lunch, run activities to keep them happy and then take them back to their chalets for tea.
Contact Esprit Holidays

The Sani Resort

Where? Halkidiki, Greece
Why? Managed by childcare specialist Powder Byrne, the Sani’s children’s club ensures that kids have the time of their lives. Tots as young as six months are catered for in the crèche, while a Babe Watch service allows adults to enjoy an occasional swim in total peace.
Contact Sani Resort

Atlas Mule Train
Where? Morocco
Why? A surprisingly accessible mountain adventure for children as young as two, this Atlas trek is mule-supported, which means kids can opt to ride when they tire of walking. Day walks are combined with a longer trek, staying overnight in a Berber village.
Contact Families Worldwide

Cycling in the Loire Valley
Where? France
Why? With trailer-bikes provided for four- to six-year-olds and kids’ bikes for older children, this flexible choice of self-guided family cycling trips makes light work of the rural (mostly flat) backroads of the Loire Valley. Luggage is transferred for you and there’s no shortage of perfect picnic spots.
Contact: Inntravel

St James’s Club
Where? Mamora Bay, Antigua
Why? As if this stunning property, overlooking a sheltered, palm-fringed bay, wasn’t tempting enough, the Just Kids Club keeps children as young as two busy with activities like treasure hunts, face-painting and beach games. Paradise-found for toddlers.
Contact St James's Club