Family holidays with a difference: our top five family beach hotels for 2020

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Treat your family to a memorable luxury beach holiday by picking the perfect hotel in the perfect destination, offering everything your family could want – and more. We have handpicked our top five hotels and resorts for an extra-special family holiday in 2020, where children can enjoy adventures from water sports to wildlife tracking, while you can indulge in a well-earned cocktail or a pampering spa treatment.

Sani Beach, Greece

Sani Beach is set on the beachfront in pretty Halkidiki, nestled in a curve of Cape Sani. It is part of the Sani Resort, which is home to an impressive range of hotels and facilities, ensuring that there is plenty on offer right on the doorstep, from several restaurants and bars, with buffets to tempt the fussiest of eaters, to an open-air theatre and exhilarating activities. There’s so much for everyone to experience, young and old, going beyond simply relaxing on the beach (although of course you can do that too).

Parents can unwind with cocktails by the pool, soothing spa treatments and wine tasting in the surrounding countryside, while children can keep active in the sports centre or learn how to sail. They can also create amazing memories by going ziplining through the trees at the Sani Adventure Park and joining the Sani Explorers club for fun activities such as wildlife tracking in the forest and mountain biking through the Sani wetlands.

MarBella Elix, Greece

MarBella Elix opens in June 2020, and will give guests the chance to discover a more off-the-beaten-track location in Greece in style. Perched on a hillside by the Ionian Sea in Thesprotia on mainland Greece, opposite Corfu, it has a stunning and secluded location. The rooms, including stylish and spacious family rooms, have beautiful, unobstructed views over the sea and the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, and some have their own pools.

Spend lazy days swimming in the large infinity pool and enjoying delicious Mediterranean buffets, and take the funicular down to Karavostasi Beach to soak up the sun – or it’s just a short walk through the pine trees. In between relaxing on the beach, the exceptional offerings for young guests include an adventure club that makes the most of the rugged coastal setting, from hiking and biking to kayaking and canyoning.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay is nestled on the Musandam Peninsula, with a mile-long sweep of sandy beach on one side and craggy mountain peaks on the other. It certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to a luxury holiday, including exceptional accommodation, a large pool with a swim-round island and a beautiful, award-winning spa surrounded by palm trees. You can arrive through the mountains by 4×4 or even paraglide into the resort.

The hotel’s impressive kids clubs cater for all ages. Younger children can get their imagination flowing with rock painting, sand art, treasure hunts, pizza making and more, while teenagers can enjoy adrenaline-pumping adventures such as adventure hikes and wadi swimming, and learn new skills such as archery and abseiling. In the evening, gather the whole family to watch a movie on the beach under the stars at the hotel’s very own Cinema Paradiso – a perfect end to the day.

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, St Lucia

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, sits in over 100 acres of lush tropical rainforest, with the white sands of Sugar Beach on one end, looking out over the Caribbean Sea, and the famous Pitons as the backdrop. This rather special hotel stands out even amongst the high standards of St Lucia, thanks to luxurious villas set in tropical gardens and plenty of options for both relaxation and adventure, from a blissful rainforest spa and a palm tree-lined pool to sailing trips around the coast.

There are plenty of activities that are ideal for kids whatever age they are, including traditional arts and crafts, fish feeding, glass-bottom boat trips, snorkelling with colourful fish and kayaking in the azure waters. We guarantee they will also love going on a tour of a local cocoa plantation to learn all about how chocolate is made – some of the world’s best chocolate comes from the Caribbean (and what child doesn’t like chocolate?).

Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Grand Velas Riviera Maya has a beautiful beach setting on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The whole family will find plenty of variety on a luxury holiday here, from relaxing on the beach to exploring dense jungle, Indiana Jones style, and visiting fascinating Mayan ruins such as the famous Chichen Itza (yes, even children will find them fascinating!).

Indulge in a truly pampering stay for all the family at this all-inclusive resort. As well as spacious family suites where you’ll feel like VIPs, pristine white sands, a lovely infinity pool and water sports galore, everyone will love exploring the lush jungles on horseback, ziplining through the trees and swimming in cenotes – these beautiful underwater caves are rather unique swimming pools. Other ways to keep the children entertained range from storytelling to karaoke. Even the very youngest guests are treated like VIPs, thanks to the baby concierge service.

Thomas Ryves is Marketing Director at Exsus Travel. Exsus Travel specialises in creating the very best luxury tailor-made holidays, honeymoons and family adventures in over 80 destinations worldwide.

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