Travel: Luxury European resorts

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It’s coming up to the School Sumer Holidays, some of you might even have started them.  We are really excited to be heading off to a Luxury European Resort ourselves in about 4 weeks and are very excited about staying at Bella Mare in Northern Corfu with Simpson Travel. I’ll report back on what we thought of it when we get back.

Our love of family friendly but luxury European Resorts actually started with Simpson Travel back in 2014 when we had a 4 year old and two 3 year olds and we travelled to Mousses in Lefkas. I’ve talked about this place a lot as being practically perfect in every way for younger kids, so I’d suggest you check it out.

There are however many suggestions of Luxury European Resorts in this post, and putting this together has definitely set me off wanting to visit them all.


Ikos Dassia

When it comes to family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, people don’t tend to think of Europe – but the Ikos chain across Greece is one of the most luxurious places to stay with kids. Ikos Dassia on Corfu is one of the newest additions, opening in 2018, and is perfect to balance exploring with some chilled out time as a family – as well as 8 different restaurants on the site, there are 7 pools and a stretch of beach, kids club and bikes to borrow. And they also have some special extras if you don’t like the idea of staying on resort for the whole trip, including a Mini Cooper to borrow for free, a free shuttle bus to Corfu Town and several different restaurants outside the resort included as part of the all-inclusive package. Read more about Ikos Dassia here.

Ikos Olivia

Ikos Olivia is a luxury 5* hotel located in the beautiful Halkidiki region on mainland Greece. Tracey and family have recently returned from their 3rd visit to Ikos Olivia, becausethis hotel has everything you need for a luxury, yet family friendly holiday. Take a look at Tracey’s write up.

Kiani Beach Resort

Kiani Beach Resort in Crete is family owned and has certainly got its act together when it comes to offering guests with kids the holiday they need. Whether you want to sit by the pool and let your children enjoy the kids clubs or take them off to explore the island solo or on organised excursions, the choice is there. We loved the pools, the mountain and sea views, the family-friendly apartments, the evening entertainment and the value for money all-inclusive package. Claire from Tin Box Traveller has a great post on it here.


What appeals to me about Sani is that there is a place for everyone. And Sani Beach is perfect for families with small children offering an abundance of kids facilities and a kids club. Whilst Sani Asterias offers more upscale luxury, and Porto Sani has more of an urban feel to it, being located just off the buzzing marina.


Medora Auri Family Beach Resort is a beautiful family friendly resort in Podgora in Croatia. Podgora is a small village in the Makarska riviera offering beautiful beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. The resort is really family friendly, has its own beach, and is an ideal place to stay to explore the beautiful Makarska Riviera. You can read more about why from Otis and Us here.


The Hard Rock Hotel is a luxury and modern resort that is sure to please the whole family. Beautiful rooms, pools, food and drinks, coupled with great kids clubs, play areas and a family friendly beach club means that you can enjoy a bit of luxury and keep the kids happy at the same time. The stunning rooftop bar is definitely a must do and offers stunning views and a a laid back atmosphere. Read more in this post:



It’s not often I go to a hotel and not really leave the vicinity… but it was really impossible to not enjoy the amazing views, food and facilities at the Valle Dell’Erica resort in Sardinia. From the gorgeous pools, the excellent kids’ clubs which the kids refused to leave, and the delicious cuisine, we were thoroughly spoiled…


Describing itself as a Luxury Spa and Cultural Hideway, Schloss Elmau – perched at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps does exactly what it says on the tin. These sorts of places don’t typically extend a welcoming hand to families with children, but this one extends a hand and gives you a hug. Meals are all inclusive for Small People (with separate meal times and delicious menus, but they are obviously also welcome to eat with you – even in the Michelin Star restaurant Luce D’Oro). Whilst you float about in the Adult only spa, children are off living their best lives cycling (skiing in winter!), paddle boarding, hiking, and conducting science experiments in amongst countless other supervised activities. Our stay here wasn’t cheap, but it was perfect in every single way, and when people talk about Heaven, I am kind of hoping it’s a little like Schloss Elmau. Just beautiful!

For the next travel round-up I’m after suggestions for the UK’s Best Beaches.  Please let me have a couple of introductory sentences explaining why you’ve chosen this post and send it to me by email to me [email protected] by 14th July 2019 I’ll include the first 15 posts which I receive.

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About Karen Beddow

Karen Beddow is the Editor of Mini Travellers, a multi award winning Family Travel blog. Karen left her full time role as a commercial litigation solicitor when her three children were then 6 and 5 (twins) to concentrate on her Family Travel blog so that she could spend more time with the children and travel a lot more. From camping to five star resorts, from Welsh beaches to African plains there isn’t many places the Mini Travellers won’t travel and they are determined to enjoy every moment of it. Mini Travellers is all about proving that travelling anywhere with kids is possible.