Bequia Beach Hotel, St Vincent and The Grenadines

Bequia Beach Hotel, St Vincent and The Grenadines
Located 100 miles west of Barbados and nine miles south of St.Vincent – and measuring seven square miles -Bequia Beach Hotel is home to just 5,000 inhabitants. Touted as “a contemporary take on colonial Caribbean architecture, the hotel combines elegance and charm with a vintage fifties retro feel, reminiscent of the Caribbean of yesteryear”. The property is set within nine acres of lush tropical gardens, on one of the island’s best beaches, Friendship Bay with 58 distinctive suites, private villas and a penthouse suite if you’re feeling plush.
In case lazing on the beach isn’t enough, why not try out the world-class snorkelling and diving and local hiking trails? Bequia is also the perfect spot from which to enjoy day-trips to the neighbouring islands of Mustique and Canouan and to also visit further flung islands including the Tobago Cays, Petit St.Vincent and Mayreau, none of which are accessible by air.
Rooms start at £150 per room per night, breakfast included. British Airways flies daily from London Gatwick to Barbados. Flights start from £495 return, including all taxes and charges. From Barbados you fly to Bequia on a charter flight with SVG which flies from Barbados to Bequia twice daily from £140 return. To book, visit

The beach at Fowey Hall

Fowey Hall, Cornwall
Believed to be the inspiration for Wind in the Willows, no less, Fowey Hall is a luxury family retreat overlooking the splendid Fowey Estuary in Cornwall, which takes family luxury to new levels. Think a creche, play areas, zip wire and games room combined with  crèche, play areas, zip wire and games room alongside a lovely spa, special family-orintated 5pm teas and roaring fires. Not forgetting the exceptional wine list and baby-listening service so that you can properly enjoy it. Nestled between Looe and Mevagissey, the hotel is a stone’s throw from a rugged windswept beach, the Esplanade where to enjoy a pint of local ale in a traditional riverside pub, and nearby Readymoney Cove where you’ll find St Catherine’s Castle, built in 1536 by Henry VIII. But it being January, you’d be forgiven for setting up shot amidst the antique furnishings and modern comforts of this soothing retreat.
The Winter Break package offers £329 for a two-night stay, including breakfast and a two course candlelight dinner each evening. There is a regular train service from London Paddington to Par. For more information or to book: 0844 482 2152;

Reception at Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel, Algarve

Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel, Algarve
Set within a protected natural park near the historic fishing port of Sagres on the western Algarve coast,  Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is a luxury family resort to write home about. With five different kids clubs catering for children aged 6 months to 5 years, a baby concierge service offering biggies, bottle sterilisers, thermometers, cots and even nappies, as well as spacious family accommodation with stair-gates and baby proofing, even the restaurants on-site have a dedicated children’s play area where the kids can play on i-pads and games while the parents enjoy their meal.
If that doesn’t seal the deal, perhaps the specialist Spa Treatments including baby massage, teen and tween treatments – not to mention the all-important grown-up treatments – no doubt will. With temperatures rarely dipping below 18 degrees even in Winter in this part of Portugal, you might prefer to loiter at the bar while the kids utilise the five on-site pools.
The special active winter 7-night package starts from €84 per adult per night for half-board a room with a partial sea view. This includes specialist activities, complimentary Kids Club and creche. January flights to Faro with Ryanair from £30 Return from London Gatwick.

An eco yurt at Finca de Arrieta

Finca De Arrieta, Lanzarote 
Lanzarote is much more than brash hotels and laity tourists. As Finca de Arrieta will attest. Situated just outside the small fishing village of Arrieta on the north west coast of Lanzarote, this blessed out retreat offers 16 unique eco properties from luxury yurt camping to seaside eco barns. Perfect for a relaxed family getaway. The rural location is just 300m from Arrieta’s sandy beaches, and all properties are fully-fitted with renewable energy resources including solar panels and wind turbines as well as having bathrooms, self catered kitchens and access to the sights communal solar-heated swimming pool. Weather in Lanzarote is almost always bright and warm, with temperatures around 17 to 20 degrees in January.
The resort is also very family friendly and has a kids play area, with baby/toddler equipment provided on request. If you fancy getting out and about, excursions and activities are offered in the local area. The Mongolian yurts are more affordable but no less beautifully and innovatively designed, and take into consideration space for travel cots or mobile extra yurts for larger families.
From £535 per week for two guests in the Eco Palm YurtEasy Jet and Thompson Air fly from London Gatwick from £80 return.

Nature abounds at Yosemite National Park

House Keeping Camp, Yosemite National Park, California If you’re feeling ambitious… Set underneath the magnificent Yosemite mountains and alongside a fresh water lake, House Keeping camping puts you right in the heart of some of California’s most amazing landscape – without the camping. Each unit can accommodate up to six people, has hard floors, wooden walls and canvas roofs and access to electricity, mattresses and self catering facilities – while the simple, rustic design blends into the natural beauty and serenity of the area. Did we mention the wooded river bed with picnic tables, fires and fairy lights? It is also easy to access other walks and treks through the Yosemite mountains from the campsite. Perfect for a big family or group of friends looking for a fulfilling and beautiful hassle-free outdoors camping experience. As far as we’re concerned, as good as it gets.
The ‘Roasty Toasty’ winter deal is £62 per night. The camp is very popular and books up fast, even in winter, so if you don’t have luck this year, take note for next! Delta flies from London to San Francisco – a five-hour drive from the Yosemite – from £822 return.

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