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Looking to escape with the family this summer? Whether you’re after a villa in the Algarve or a charming trullo in Tuscany, if you’re bringing the children along with you, you’ll want somewhere family friendly that caters for parents and kids alike. With everything from quaint cottages and swish hotels to chic and stylish villas, travel gurus Baby Friendly Boltholes are experts when it comes to picking family escapes ideal for you, dad and baby. Here are their top picks of the season…. 

Elounda Gulf Villas, Crete, Greece

These luxurious family-friendly villas are in a quiet, scenic location above one of the island’s best beaches. Just a kilometre from the pretty harbour town of Elounda, there are plenty of shops and pretty waterfront tavernas nearby, where you can feast on local cuisine, and just a few minutes by car you’ll find the larger town of Agios Nikoloas, with many more restaurants set around an inland lagoon. The villas are bright, airy and spacious, and come with nursery equipment, a brand new outdoor play area, a kids’ club and crèche, to keep the kids thoroughly entertained. Some villas come with their own outdoor pool, where you can relax and soak up the rays, or there’s a private beach club with sun loungers and stunning sea views. If that’s not enough, there’s a spa and gym open daily.

From €5,040 for a 7 night stay

And an exclusive offer for Sheerluxe Readers: 25% off stays in 2-bedroom Elounda Private Pool Villas completed by July 14, 2017, + Free Half Board + Kids Eat Free at the Argo Restaurant + 2 x Family Meze Lunches + Free Spinalonga Boat Trip + €100 Spa Credit. Prices from €4357.50 (approx. £3663) per villa per week.

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Our other top picks...

Hotel Martinhal, Algarve, Portugal

With a crèche, kids’ club and wide range of child-friendly facilities including watersports and an indoor and outdoor pool, the luxurious 5-star Martinhal Hotel is amongst Europe's most popular family-friendly resorts. Plus, those travelling with babies and toddlers will appreciate its long list of baby-friendly equipment. It’s set above a long, wide sandy beach and nature reserve, near the historic port of Sagres, on Portugal's unspoilt western Algarve coast, with interiors to match the glorious natural surroundings. Hotel Martinhal is all about the ‘nature meets luxury’ vibe. As well as the kids’ club and crèche, there are outdoor play areas, conveniently located near dining areas, with kids’ club staff on hand to entertain little ones between courses.

Various prices, from €987 for seven nights


Can Gall, Ibiza, Spain

Tucked away down a quiet lane surrounded by olive groves, this charming villa is a hidden oasis set in the heart of Ibiza. Rustic and traditional in style, with open beamed ceilings and old stone walls, this relaxing haven has its own infinity pool with breath-taking views of the lush scenery.  There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from – it is Ibiza after all – and if you’re worried about baby, the villa’s owners can arrange a nanny service for you, so you can both enjoy a night out on the town.

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Alsagra – Il Tramonto, Tuscany, Italy

With its rolling hills dotted with olive groves, stunning medieval towns and quaint, rustic villages, Tuscany is one of Italy’s most romantic and beautiful destinations. Perugia, the region's capital, is 20 minutes away by car, and in the summer, festivals like Umbria Jazz bring every bar and restaurant alive with live music sessions. Surrounded by natural beauty, the pristine shores of Lake Trasimeo are just 30 minutes’ drive away, where you can take a walk through the wooden lanes to a nearby Etruscan tomb. For families, Alsagra is a hidden gem. Mums and dads can watch the sun set with a glass of wine, breathing in the soft scents of the surrounding olive groves, and there’s a toddler pool for tiny tots to splash around in.

From €1,100 for a seven night stay

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Baobab Suites – Vitality Rio, Tenerife, Canary Islands

With stunning sea views, balcony pools and a selection of stylish suites, this chic apartment is set on the sunny south west corner of Tenerife, and offers a blissful retreat for families in search of sun, sea, sand, and a glass or two of sangria. Those with young children will love the amenities on offer – there’s a free kids’ club with a bright and colourful playroom filled with toys for children of all ages, as well as a programme of activities for children up to ten, and for mum, there’s a spa where you can de-stress with a relaxing massage treatment. The Blue Flag, Playa del Duque beach – where you’ll find most of the local restaurants – is just a short 15-minute stroll, or there’s a free shuttle during the day that can ferry you back and forth.

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La Maison de Maitre, Aquitaine, France

A glamorous self-catering stay in the western region of France. Surrounded by glorious views of picturesque French countryside, this charming, 18th century renovated barn comprises three luxury self-catering suites, ideal for a quiet family escape. A relaxing retreat offset against leafy parkland, fields and beautiful orchards, with an outdoor pool to cool down from the summer sun. Lounge by the pool, or pack up a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful grounds.

Prices range from £625 – £995 per week for Coco Suite

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San Martino Farmhouse, Tuscany, Italy

Set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, this sprawling five-bedroom farmhouse is the perfect place to unwind on a family getaway. Just 20 minutes from the Chianti wine route, you can indulge in a spot of wine tasting, to sample to fruits of the region, or relax at the farmhouse and soak up the sun. Splash around in the pool, where there’s a shaded sun deck, loungers and covered bar, or enjoy alfresco feasting on the outdoor terrace. There’s also a play area for little ones.

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Sani Club, Halkidiki, Greece

The local family-friendly beaches have been given the seal of approval by Conde Nast Traveller, so you know you’re onto a winning resort. Set on its own ecological reserve covering 1,000 acres of Greece's Kassandra peninsula, there are miles of fantastic beaches, surrounded by pine forests and stretches of crystal clear sea. Without a doubt, the beaches are a major highlight for families, with soft sand, shallow water, sunbeds, fluffy towels, showers, beach bars and waiter service, all part of ‘the ultimate beach experience'. Families can dine out somewhere different every night, enjoying traditional Greek to gourmet to Asian fusion with child friendly menus, then pop along to the Garden Theatre to watch live shows under the stars.

From €1,302 for a seven night stay

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Tregea, Cornwall

This chic five-bedroom house is just five minutes from the golden sands and clear waters of Harlyn Bay, where the entire family can enjoy endless days of seaside fun. Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant is just two miles away, and there are shops, pubs, and restaurants in the nearby local village of St Merryn. The garden comes kitted out with a trampoline and outdoor play gear; plus, there’s a private hot tub boasting breath-taking sea views. Fire up the BBQ, pull out the toys, open a bottle of wine and soak up the stunning coastal sunset.

From £1,800 for a sever night stay

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