Vila Monte Farm House, Algarve, Portugal
With outdoor play areas, children’s pool, bikes, open-air cinema and activity packs, this farmhouse is a must for families looking to soak up the last of the summer sun. Just 15 minutes away from this charming farmhouse is the traditional fishing village of Tavira, or alternatively Fuseta Island, where beach lovers will find their paradise. If you’re after something a bit different, Vila Monte can arrange pottery slinging, horse-riding, fishing, dolphin-watching and boating. The family-friendly pool has Roman steps and pool toys, and the hotel provides on request everything from bibs to baby baths. Restaurants have kids menus and will provide children’s cutlery. A charming boho finca-style stay awaits. Vila Monte Farm House has been shortlisted in this year’s Best Family Hotel category in the Mr & Mrs Smith Awards.

Smith extra: A bottle of sparkling wine on arrival

Rates from: Double rooms from £138.34 (€161), excluding tax at 6 per cent.  Rates include a buffet breakfast (usually €25 for adults and €12 for children) and parking

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Jnane Tamsna, Marrakech, Morocco
Expect your young’uns to be treated like royalty as they enjoy playing hide and seek in the glorious garden, splashing around in the toddler pool, or keeping active with tennis coaching, camel rides and bike hire. If your tots are picky, the kitchen tries to accommodate fussy eaters and will make baby purées and packed lunches on request. Though children are welcome in the restaurant until 9pm, with children’s options and high chairs available, babysitting can be arranged with two weeks’ notice (though short notice is alright for the odd evening) if you’d like a little alone time.

Smith extra: Organic bath products and 50 red roses in the room

Rates from: Double rooms from £152.01 (€177), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Jnane Tamsna is unable to accept payment by credit card. Rates include breakfast and soft drinks. Extra beds can be added to larger or garden rooms

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Casa Badiola, Tuscany, Italy
Casa Badiola offers a stress-free October break with all your family’s needs taken care of. Though the outdoor pool is closed, littl’uns will enjoy playing on the beaches on the closeby Tuscan coastline. Maremma Nature Park is a must for nature-loving explorers, and for aquatic adventurers, head to Elba Island for snorkelling trips. Back at the hotel, the kids’ club will take care of your young ones whilst you indulge in the spa at the L’Andada hotel closeby. Back at Casa Badiola, fuss-free living spaces provide a spacious holiday hideaway for the whole family. Try to bag one of the family suites here, and make sure to take advantage of the garden with its sun loungers and parasols.

Smith extra: Free daily access to the kids club (a minimum two-night stay applies)

Rates from: Double rooms from £179.30 (€209), excluding tax at 10 per cent.  Rates usually include breakfast

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Marbella Club, Marbella, Spain
In the running for Best Family Hotel in this year’s Mr & Mrs Smith Awards, this beach-side boutique hotel has 78 family suites, perfect for catching the last of the rays. Though unlikely, if the kids tire of the excellent kids’ club, golf and riding lessons can be arranged alongside bike rentals, while Marbella’s Old Town is just a stone’s throw away with its weekly markets and dolphin-watching opportunities. On return, kick back at the in-house restaurants, all of which have kids’ menus, and if you need a little grown-up time, babysitting can be arranged on-site.

Smith extra: A bottle of Oloroso sherry for BlackSmiths and SilverSmiths; GoldSmiths get a bottle of champagne

Rates from: Double rooms from £358.60 (€418), excluding tax at 10 per cent.  Green fees at the golf club are included in the room rate. Breakfast is not included

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Casa Badiola, Tuscany, Italy
Casa Badiola offers a stress-free October break with all your family’s needs taken care of. Though the outdoor pool is closed, littl’uns will enjoy playing on the beaches on the closeby Tuscan coastline. Maremma Nature Park is a must for nature-loving explorers, and for aquatic adventurers, head to Elba Island for snorkelling trips. Back at the hotel, the kids’ club will take care of your young ones whilst you indulge in the spa at the L’Andada hotel closeby. Back at Casa Badiola, fuss-free living spaces provide a spacious holiday hideaway for the whole family. Try to bag one of the family suites here, and make sure to take advantage of the garden with its sun loungers and parasols.

Smith extra: Free daily access to the kids club (a minimum two-night stay applies)

Rates from: Double rooms from £179.30 (€209), excluding tax at 10 per cent.  Rates usually include breakfast

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Voting  for Best Smith Hotel takes place on 1–30 September at Mrandmrssmith.com/awards, and anyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win a £1,000 Smith gift card.

Mr & Mrs Smith gets you the best rates, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call the Smith24 team toll-free on 800 905 326, or visit mrandmrssmith.com.

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