Choosing suitable accommodation and having on-site baby equipment will help make your first family holidays run more smoothly – and, yes, having the option of childcare can even mean enjoying a few precious hours to yourself.
1. Private pool in the Peloponnese
Offering a private beach, fabulous pools and exceptional service, Costa Navarino in Greece also boasts Scott Dunn’s trusted Explorers kids’ clubs for babies from four months, as well as for older children. Interconnecting rooms are available, as well as rooms with private infinity pools.
Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com) offers a week at Costa Navarino, The Westin, from £5,300 per family travelling in July/August, based on a family of four, half board, including flights and transfers.
2. Seaside babes in Portugal
Set in the seaside town of Cascais, a half-hour drive from Lisbon, the upscale Martinhal Cascais Family Hotel and villa complex includes three pools – one with UV covering – complimentary kids’ clubs from 13 months up, indoor and outdoor play spaces and a baby concierge. There’s also a gym, spa and water sports.
Rooms at Martinhal Cascais start at €235 (£204) per night for a couple and a baby in June or September, room only. Fly to Lisbon.
3. Creche in Cornwall
Luxury Family Hotels offer two hours of free childcare in their Ofsted-registered crèches each day, plus baby listening service in luxurious settings with play areas, pools and spas. Fowey Hall Hotel has wellies, buckets and spades for the nearby beaches – enjoy a candlelit dinner once the babies have been put to bed.
Luxury Family Hotels (luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk) offers four nights at Fowey Hall Hotel in June from £609, including breakfast and dinner for the adults each evening and a cream tea for two.
4. Halkidiki babe-watch
At the luxurious Ikos Olivia, on the Gulf of Toroneos in Halkidiki, nannies will be happy to watch your children aged four to 12 on the beach for 30 minutes free of charge while you enjoy a nap, a swim or simply a stroll on the sands. There’s also a crèche for babies, free kids’ clubs, three pools and a choice of five restaurants.
Loveholidays (loveholidays.com) offers seven nights at the Ikos Olivia from £1,249 per person based on two adults and an infant occupying a double room all-inclusive, including flights from Gatwick travelling on June 1.