One of the questions many new parents ask themselves is ‘Can I still have luxury holidays now I have a baby?’ And the answer is an emphatic yes! Looking after a baby is tiring, and heading off somewhere which will pamper you is often the best thing to do to revitalise yourself after this life changing event. These are some of best luxury baby friendly hotels and cottages in Europe, where pampering is guaranteed!
Luxury Baby Friendly Hotels And Cottages
1. Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel – Algarve, Portugal
This luxury baby friendly hotel is located in a stunning position overlooking the Martinhal Beach, and close to the historic town of Sagres in the Western Algarve area of Portugal. You can choose to stay in the 5* Martinhal hotel overlooking the sea, or one of the plush self catering apartments with their own private veranda and designer furniture.
Babies are catered for at the onsite Mercado shop with a choice of nappies/ baby wipes, formula milk and baby food available to buy. There is also a special Baby Concierge service which is designed to make baby holidays as stress free as possible. Parents can pre book baby equipment such as sterilisers, safety gates, baby cots, baby baths and even pushchairs before arrival to save space in their luggage.
The Martinhal is 1 ¼ hours away from Faro Airport.
2. Kernock Cottages, Cornwall
Kernock Cottages are luxury baby friendly cottages in Cornwall have been awarded a 5* Gold Rating by Visit Britain. Set in a 25 acre estate, these 5 restored barns offer everything a family will need. Baby equipment such as cots, duvets, sterilisers, bouncy chairs, baby monitor, baby bath and a Bumbo can be borrowed free of charge for the duration of your stay freeing up valuable boot space.
The cottages contain all the equipment you would expect from a 5* cottage and are uniquely decorated with oak, bamboo and Rhodesian teak flooring, beamed ceilings and a mix of antique and contemporary furniture, paintings and sculptures.
Each cottage has its own private garden with terrace, BBQ and garden furniture and there are acres of garden, woodland and fields to explore if that isn’t enough!
3. Almyra Hotel, Paphos -Cyprus
The Almrya Hotel in Cyprus is a great choice for a luxury baby friendly holiday. Opened in 2003, the luxury 5* baby friendly Almrya Hotel is located on the seafront and has 189 sea and garden view rooms and suites. There are 4 freshwater swimming pools including a children’s pool and an infinity pool.
Baby friendly facilities include the ‘Baby Go Lightly’ service which allows parents to pre order all their baby equipment online before they arrive. This extensive list includes car seats for the airport transfer, high chairs, baby carriers, pushchairs, bottles and teats, bottle warmers, baby gyms, baby walkers, baby baths, nappies (including swimming nappies) and toiletries such as baby lotion and wet wipes.
If you fancy a little ‘Me Time’ you will be able to make use of the holistic spa at the hotel which has recently been voted ‘Favourite Spa in Cyprus’ by readers of ‘Spa Finder.
4. Clydey Cottages – Pembrokeshire, Wales
Tess Daly and Vernon Kay took their children to Clydey Cottages in Pembrokeshire, Wales and said that they loved their stay – but their children loved it even more. And it’s not surprisingly when you see the quality of accommodation on offer here.
All 10 of the cottages at Clydey have been rated 4*- 5* by Visit England, and have been lovingly restored from 18th century farm buildings. Super king beds, crisp white linen, fluffy towels, underfloor heating, ipod docks and WIFI are just some of the things which make a stay at Clydey Cottages a holiday to remember.
Then there are the superb leisure facilities. There is an indoor heated swimming pool heated to a toasty 30 degrees with a hot tub and sauna on the poolside. Beauty treatments are available at the Clydey Spa, and there is a complimentary Children’s Club if you want a bit of adult time.
Toddlers will love the daily animal feeding and egg collecting, or playing in the indoor play room or soft play.
5. The Ickworth Hotel in Suffolk
The Ickworth Hotel is part of the Luxury Family Hotels brand, which means that children are welcomed with open arms. It effortlessly combines the luxurious elements of a hotel with the toys, play and outdoor space that young children love too.
The hotel has apartments and family suites all of which are set up for families. Children can have High Tea at 5pm in the Conservatory in the main House, and later on there is Adults Only dining in the exclusive Fredrick’s restaurant where parents can enjoy a candlelit meal overlooking the Italianate gardens. There is a babysitting service available (£8 per hour) and a free baby listening service for guests staying in the main house.
The hotel is set on a National Trust estate so it is the ideal place to go on a family bike ride. Bike hire (including baby seats) is available for free to guests, and biking is a great way to explore the magnificent estate. There is also a swimming pool, and a wonderful Fairy Garden with ride ons, a wendy house and a trampoline for children.
All guests of The Ickworth receive 2 hours of complimentary childcare per day in the Bears Den crèche. This is a fabulous area for younger children as it has a ‘home’ area, reading area, special baby area and loads of toys. There are various activities on throughout the week including Messy Play, Cooking and a Gardening Club. The crèche is also open for families to play in over the lunchtime which is great for rainy days.
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