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my top 3 kid-centric family vacations to the med

family vacations to the mediterranean kidcentric Scattered around the Med are a few breezy alternatives to the all-contrived ‘hi-de-hi’ holiday resort. Far from the madding crowd and with an understated elegance reserved for pure pleasure seekers – these family vacations to the med are the sort of spots that quietly attract the literati and glitterati with their families. It’s comforting to know that they, like us, are as keen on a holiday with the kids that is short on compromise and won’t send you stir crazy.
And be sure to pack with a purpose…. here are five surefire ways to help your kids travel green..

1. Fair-trade, handmade cushions, purses, bags and travel toys that benefit the local communities in which they’re made at Shared Earth 2. Green Baby’s wash savvy tee shirt is designed to reverse in a variety of ways allowing kids to wear it as four different shirts. 3. Available at Ethical Babe, a natural, organic sunscreen 4. A recycled backpack featuring a jungle scene that can be colored over and over again with washable markers at KatesCaringGifts.com 5. This eco-friendly travel pillow from ZiaSleep.com is the perfect size for children. 
 
1. SICILY The five-star Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa is offering bags of fun for children this summer thanks to the introduction of a new Very Important Kids (VIK) club.

Throughout July and August, VIK children, aged four-12 years-old, can take part in a host of complimentary activities from 10am to 7pm, including creative workshops, various sports and team games, trips to the surrounding area and swimming lessons with qualified instructors.

jack kid pool While the children are exhausting themselves, parents have the chance to relax and unwind by the pool or in the first-class spa and wellness centre, visit the nearby UNESCO town of Ragusa, lounge on the resort’s private beach or stride the fairways of the resort’s two championship golf courses.

From July 1-August 31, a week for a family of four staying in the five-star hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis starts from €3,570, with an upgrade to two interconnecting deluxe rooms, with private balcony, available on request at the time of reservation, from €945.
Breaks include free access to the VIK club (Tuesday to Sunday), for children aged four to 12, access to the private beach and a 50 % discount on all food for children up to the age of 18 during July.
What’s more, children aged seven to 12 years have the chance to learn from the resort’s golf coaches, with specially organised golf and sports camps running between July 23-29 and August 13-19, including the chance to play on the same fairways that European Tour golf stars Matteo Manassero and Eduardo Molinari graced during last year’s Sicilian Open. These camps have limited availability and are priced at €450 per child.
 
The five-star Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa lies near to the town of Ragusa, the cradle of Sicilian Baroque architecture, with its neighbouring towns listed among the pearls of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Modica, Scicli and Noto.

Donnafugata offers two championship golf courses, the signature Parkland Course, designed by Gary Player, and the testing Franco Piras Links layout, a spa and wellness centre, swimming-pools and three restaurants and is the ideal destination for a holiday focused on sport and relaxation in a truly exclusive setting.

The resort has 202 rooms – each with terrace or balcony, Wi-Fi access, satellite television and coffee maker. Each is elegantly furnished in keeping with its status as a five-star hotel. The three restaurants and various bars of the hotel offer a wide assortment of dishes prepared with top-quality local products, creatively presented and accompanied by perfect wines to enhance their flavours. It also boasts a golf academy complete with a 70-bay driving range, putting/pitching greens, and a highly qualified multilingual golf professional. 
 
2. MAJORCA Throughout the summer, accommodation specialists Mallorca Farmhouses are discounting properties by up to 50 per cent on last-minute bookings.  Ideal for those looking for a luxury getaway for less, Mallorca Farmhouses offer a selection of exclusive villas, traditional farmhouses and country cottages all with a private pool and maid service.
Established on the island for 23 years, Mallorca Farmhouses offers traditional fincas, country cottages and rustic retreats for holiday rentals.  Many of the company’s properties are located within or near rural villages on the Spanish island. The company operates a simple tiered discounting procedure where customers save more the closer to the departure date. 
 
 
The discount process works like this:
book four weeks in advance and save 10%
book three weeks in advance and save 20 %
book two weeks in advance and save 30 %
book one week in advance and save 40 %
book the same week as departure and save up to 50%  
3.  SARDINIA The Sardinia Villa Collection is a small, specialist company with an exclusive portfolio of glamorous retreats and heavenly destinations on the Italian island of Sardinia. Studded across the idyllic sandy beaches, majestic coastlines, breathtaking mountain ranges and bustling towns of the island are a collection of family friendly properties to suit you, whatever your budget and specifications. With jaded parents in mind the company will arrange anything from babysitters to X-box and have a full range of baby equipment including cots, highchairs, Bumbos, sterilisers, baby monitors, child gates, bed rails, toys, baby baths and children’s DVD’s available to hire. They will even stock your villa with baby food and diapers before your arrival to help avoid those pesky baggage allowances on some airlines. 

VILLA THALASSA This little villa sleeps up to six guests. Surrounded by lush Mediterranean gardens and with a private swimming pool, some of the most stunning beaches in Sardinia are within easy reach of the front doorstep



Sleeps:

 









6

Rooms:

3

Prices from:

€ 3500 pw

info@thesardiniavillacollection.com

One Response to my top 3 kid-centric family vacations to the med

  1. iffatali September 7, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.
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