Becoming a parent involves shedding parts of your old self

Perhaps your ability to hit the pub as if there were no tomorrow, or to stay up all night for no reason but to watch the sunrise, or to look forward to the prospects of joining hordes of strangers at a concert only to have your ears blasted while some idiot chucks a pint of warm beer all over the crowd. You might have once rocked the tiniest tank top but the other day you spotted a barely-dressed teenager walking down the road and thought to yourself: ‘Kids these days, what are they wearing?’ ‒– to your horror.

So the child in you has become the parent, and as frightening as that may sometimes seem, there are perks to getting older. For one, you can finally embrace that latent desire for the finer things in life. And considering the reality that raising children is no easy task, you need luxury now more than ever. Just because you’re travelling with kids doesn’t mean you want to downgrade on the champagne or settle for a step-up from a campsite. Luxury has become a family holiday prerequisite.  We compare top luxury family hotels when traipsing over to the continent with kids.

Le Portetta, Courcheval, France

For those looking for a skiing holiday and the best in snow-covered luxury family hotels, Le Portetta comes out tops. Parents can ski the slopes freely in the knowledge that their little ones are in the highly-regarded care of nannies at the Scott Dunn Mini Explorers kids’ club. After a day on the slopes, enjoy gourmet pizza on the terrace with a huge log fire burning nearby.

Pian di Cascina, Umbria, Italy

If moseying about with your family on 20 acres of countryside in Umbria before lounging by the pool sounds like a family holiday dream come true, Pian di Cascina is a fine choice. Once a 17th-century farmhouse and today, a villa with seven flats each with private outside space.  This variation on the luxury family hotels list is a popular choice with those in the know so there’s no shortage of socialising by the pool and with a wealth of activities available ‒– including bike riding, tennis, badminton and boules ‒– kids can take advantage of unbeatable old-fashioned fun. Consider signing up for the delightful pasta-making courses.

AR Diamante Beach, Calpe, Spain

For real body and mind relaxation on a dazzling stretch of coast, Calpe is hard to beat. It’s a pedestrian friendly town that exudes peace and safety. The beach-side promenade buzzes with laid-back cafes and the top hotels in Calpe seem to have been designed with family bliss in mind. AR Diamante Beach hotel is making waves in the travel award industry. Already a past winner of Spain’s Best Leisure Hotel, this year it’s a front-runner in the 2015 World Travel Awards for the prestigious title of Spain’s Leading Family Resort.

The hotel boasts some of the friendliest staff around. Their extensive kids entertainment programme includes Broadway shows, dance classes, aerobics on the beach, kids yoga, magic and games nights, crafts, water volley and the list goes on and on. With kids kept wonderfully busy, parents can bask in the luxury of the hotel’s world-class spa, on-site gourmet cuisine and beautiful seaside pools.

 

For families looking for even more adventure, near-by excursions include the Terra Natura Park & Aqua Natura Park  - a must for animal lovers, while thrill-seekers will feel at home at Terra Mítica Park. Water-babies will delight in the water slides and rides of Aqualandia Park.

For more information about staying in one of this year’s top luxury family hotels, get in touch with AR Diamante Beach. Or contact AR hotels to find out more about their quality portfolio of hotels in Calpe; their team look forward to hearing from you.