You may have booked your summer holiday months ago or not have anything in the diary yet! We asked family-friendly travel agency www.babygoes2.com for some last minute holiday ideas. From long to short haul, budget or blow the budget, there’s something for everyone. Babygoes2 customers get exclusive offers and the best prices plus there’s a £15 (€18.95) Amazon voucher for all My Nametags customers booking a holiday through babygoes2* and quoting My Nametags. Call 01273 230669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BREAKS IN THE UK WITH AUGUST AVAILABILITY
Cornwall – Court Farm Holidays: Very popular spacious child-friendly self-catering accommodation with hot-tubs on a 100acre working farm in Cornwall. Lots of shared facilities including heated indoor swimming pool, games room, play area and for the parents on site Spa Treatments and catering service. Cottage (sleeps 5) has some availability in August £1675 (€2116) for a week.
Lakeside Gloucestershire – Lakeside Lodge: Stylish, contemporary, spacious house (sleeps up to 8) with fab lakeside position and good resort type facilities including PC and internet access, plasma TV, honesty bar, library, south facing terrace, gym, outdoor tennis court, man made lakeside beach, freshwater lake swimming with diving platform, picnic areas, play area & trampolines, tree houses and dens, football pitch, petting shed with resident guinea pigs and rabbits.
Luxury in Suffolk - Ickworth – Luxury Family Hotel: Hotel and apartments set on the Ickworth Estate in Suffolk in 1,800 acres of parkland. Relaxed chic, very family friendly, with indoor and outdoor pool, gardens superb playground, walks with deer hyde, great food, crèche and kids club. Some August availability, rooms from £299 (€377) per night for a family of up to 4.
A fantastic luxury destination for families – not too hot or humid (it’s their winter right now) – but plenty of sunshine, lots to explore culturally and scenically, superb resorts with excellent facilities and activities for both children and adults. Flights are direct and can be overnight – so although long, are relatively pain-free.
Fantastic offer – Le Telfair – top 5 star on beautiful, sheltered south east coast: discounted rates plus guaranteed room upgrade, a second FREE room for children aged up to 17 and FREE FULL BOARD: valid for travel until September 30th – prices from just £1599 (€2020) per adult for a week including Air Mauritius flights.
For something completely different and an unforgettable holiday experience try a ranch experience in the USA. Sample life in the wild west – days in the saddle and evening round the campfire. There are ranches to suit families of all ages and experience and a wide choice of locations: Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado to name but a few. Prices from £1400 (€1768) per adult.
TOUR THE USA
Another great option for the adventurous family. Tour New England or California in your own RV (huge, luxury camper-van!) This is a once in a lifetime family holiday experience- all tours can be tailormade to suit your requirements.
Get luxe-for-less at the 5 star Buccament Bay resort, St Vincent Grenadines with a 50% discount this summer. Buccament Bay is arguably the top choice for a Caribbean holiday. 1, 2 or 4 bedroom villa rooms and a whole host of activities including excellent football, tennis AND, new for this summer, performing arts academies, diving, and water-sports. Adult prices from £1245 (€1572) ALL INCLUSIVE per adult. Book by: 31 July, 2014.
Villas with gated pools – Families with young children often worry about pool safely – so a gated or fenced pool is a huge plus. This is obligatory in France, and is becoming more common elsewhere in the Med. There are lots of options on www.babygoes2.com.
August availability – Lovely house in Menorca near Ciudadella: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, walk to sea and bathing platform, wifi, fenced pool. Available: From August to September vary from £895 – 2095 (€1130 -2646) . Central Algarve Guia: pretty 2 bed 2 bathroom house with air con, wi-fi pool and childrens pool. Short drive to lovely beaches. Available August £1350 (€1705) per week.
Small resorts – Small, intimate groups of apartments or villas with shared pools work really well for families with children. There’s plenty of space and flexibility, and the chance for children (and grown ups) to socialize around the pool, but all set within a peaceful environment.
Corfu: Kasomitria small group of apartments near sleepy unspoilt San Stefano in Corfu. Beach and taverna within 800m, shared pool. Good value. Tuscany: Orcio Spacious 2 bed appt with wi-fi in lovely restored stone building, Set in a great location in Tuscany, mid way between Siena and Florence, only 2 mins from nearest shops and restaurants. Gardens and shared swimming pool. And an estate manager on hand to help and who can arrange all sorts of extras – tours, cooking lessons etc.
Summer in the mountains – Swap hot, sticky beaches for sun-bathed mountains and crystal clear air….the charming Hotel Gruner Baum in the Austrian Tyrol is fabulous for families – with lots of activities and has a free night offer for the last week of August: 4=3 or 7=6 nights. Its package includes half board, daily child care from the age of 3, torch hike through the idyllic Kötschach valley, children’s swimming lessons, fishing. Great walking all around and lots to explore.
Villas or apartments with resort facilities – The privacy, space and flexibility of a villa combined with the facilities of a hotel –often including kids club babysitting, spa etc – is for many the ideal solution to the family holiday conundrum. There are some excellent options still with availability in August.
Spain: LAS LOMAS at La Manga: large upmarket resort with a great combination of activities and sports for all ages plus spa, restaurants etc. Any 7 nights after 24 August in a 3 Bed View Apartment on self catering inc return transfers £2,046 (€2584), 2 bed appt from £1600 (€2021).
Algarve: VIDEMAR: newish 5 star resort with contemporary styling, again with very good all round facilities including kids club.
Cyprus: APHRODITE HILLS Another very good 5 star resort with excellent facilities including spa, golf, tennis, watersports cycling, riding – good activities for all the children, including teenagers.
Tenerife: BAOBAB SUITES: new all suite resort with very spacious, stylish suites set in the upmarket Costa Adeje area. Kids club.
Active holidays – Mark Warner offer excellent activity-based holidays in some great locations throughout the Med. They offer really good sports and watersports tuition for both adults and children, along with excellent children’s clubs. The perfect opportunity to take up a new skill or perfect an old one! Good late minute summer offers too: currently up to 40% off peak season August holidays – starting at £650 (€821) per person including flights and half board. Sardinia, Rhodes, Corsica Kos, Sardinia all with availability. Special 5% discount for babygoes2 clients.