Byline: Alex Gorton
Just because you have children, you don't need to give up on the idea of a holiday you can enjoy just as much as them. The new wave of familyfriendly travel options are aimed at parents and children - think spas and fine dining alongside a dedicated children's concierge, kids' clubs and safe, wide beaches. New websites have sprung up to help families find the best hotels, too. Try totstoo.com, ciaobambino.com, chicretreats.com and originaltravel.co.uk for stylish travel ideas from tween to teen and beyond...
Retallack Resort, Cornwall
Close to Wadebridge and Padstow, the fantastic Retallack Resort offers self-catering houses and cottages (some with cots, high-chairs, stair gates, etc) plus creche, kids' club and adventure playground. As well as an indoor swimming pool complex (with sauna, gym and beauty treatment rooms), there are outdoor tennis courts, a pitch-and-putt golf course and children's activities including treasure hunts and family quiz nights. Besides a restaurant and cafe there's also a FlowRider - artificial surfing waves - for surf and body boarding lessons. A two-bedroom Rock Lodge sleeps up to four and costs from [pounds sterling]999 for six nights, including a free FlowRider session for all the family. www.retallackresort.co.uk, tel: 01637 88240.
Forte Village, Sardinia
Lying near the southern tip of Sardinia, the vast Forte Village resort has eight hotels and a host of facilities aimed at sporty children, including tennis courts, five-a-side football pitches and a selection of swimming pools, plus water sports including windsurfing and kayaking. The resort also runs sporting clubs, including a tennis academy and Chelsea Football Club's Soccer School, and the Kid City club has a range of games and activities, including painting and creative writing, while parents are well catered for with an extensive spa and 21 restaurants. Seven nights' half board from [pounds sterling]3,215 for four, including Chelsea Soccer Academy for 4-13 years. www.citalia.com, tel: 0871 664 0253.
Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus
Just a few miles outside Paphos, Aphrodite Hills has a family-friendly ethos and a fabulous nanny service. There are several free kids' clubs for children of all ages, offering activities such as painting, T-shirt designing and dance, as well as water and sporting activities. Parents of babies aged six to 35 months can take a wellearned rest by making the most of the creche, while teenagers can take part in karaoke, talent shows, camp-outs, discos and movie nights. There's also a 27-room spa, an 18-hole golf course and a tennis academy (with four clay and five hard courts) as well as a selection of shops, restaurants and bars.
Seven nights on a half-board basis costs from [pounds sterling]2,239 for a family of three, including flights. www.sovereign.com, tel: 0871 664 0227.
Camping Le California, France
Now that camping has become fashionable again, there's nowhere better to do it than in sunny France. For a well-priced holiday in the expensive eurozone, this Vacan Soleil campsite near St-Jean-de-Monts in the Vendee region on the west coast offers both good value and a great location close to the beach. Surrounded by forest, the campsite has a peaceful feel, while the shops and restaurants of St-Jean-de-Monts are within easy reach. Families can make the most of the site's swimming pools (including one especially for children), explore the surrounding area, visit the water park in nearby Noirmoutier and enjoy evening shows and plays. …