A guide to the best places to take a baby on their first holiday, including the best holiday destination for babies in the UK and Europe.
Places To Go On A Baby’s First Holiday In The UK
#1. Craig Tara Holiday Park – Scotland
Craig Tara Holiday Park in Ayr is run by Haven and has all the key ingredients for a fantastic holiday with a baby. As well as direct access to a beach, the park also has a heated indoor swimming pool with waterslides, sports hall and brand new for Summer 2019 – the Lighthouse Harbour Adventure Village and Toddlers’ Play Village.
The Lighthouse Harbour Adventure Village opens in the summer and will have interactive play areas and space for events. The Toddlers’ Play Village will have a toy kitchen, pretend RNLI lifeboat and little shop to play in. There are also lots of activities and classes for toddlers including Discovery Babies, Aqua Jets, Gym Tots and junior science classes. Craig Tara is in a great location to explore the Ayrshire coast including the Isle of Arran, Culzean Castle and the Robert Burns Birthplace Musuem.
Check out special Tots Breaks at Craig Tara
Learn More – Craig Tara Holiday Park
#2. Bluestone, PembrokeshireBluestone is a 5* holiday park in Pembrokeshire, south west Wales with luxurious lodges and the Blue Lagoon indoor waterpark. There is a separate area in the water park for babies, which is themed like a rock pool.
There are plenty of activities at Bluestone for babies including singing and dancing, storytelling and puppet shows. There is also an indoor soft play, Baby Sensory, Messy Play and a Hobbit and Fairy’s Secret Village.
Prices From – 4 night midweek Baby breaks at Bluestone start from £199 per family.
#3. Crieff Hydro, Perthshire, Scotland
Crieff Hydro is a family friendly resort in Perthshire with a hotel, and over 50 self-catering lodges, apartments and cabins. There are 6 different places to eat, and a swimming pool complex and onsite cinema (included in the price). There is a activity centre which includes an indoor castle with trampolines, ball pool and separate baby area. Educational activities like nature trails and painting are included in the price too.
There is a Spa onsite which offers a New Mum Treatment package designed to relax and revitalise new parents! Note – Prices include up to 2 childcare sessions a day, but this is only for children aged 2+.
Learn More – https://www.crieffhydro.com/
#4. The Sands Resort, CornwallThe Sands Resort is a baby friendly hotel 10 minutes from the beach in Cornwall. There is an outdoor playground (with a pirate ship), indoor and outdoor swimming pool and an indoor soft play for children. The warm indoor swimming pool has got a separate baby splash pool.
One of the best thing about The Sands Resort is the spacious 2 bedroom family suites. They are kitted out with ‘proper’ wooden cots, blackout blinds and 2 bedrooms which are separated by a door, so you don’t have to creep around in the dark while your baby is asleep. The master bedrooms have spectacular sea views with a comfy king size bed, sitting area, TV, DVD player and a chill box for keeping milk and water cool. Family friendly dining is also available at The Sands Resort. There is also a Spa at the hotel offering treatments, and an Ofsted registered crèche.
Learn More – The Sands Resort
#5. Moonfleet Manor, WeymouthMoonfleet Manor is a baby friendly hotel set in a Georgian manor just 5 miles away from the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset. Part of the Luxury Family Hotels group, Moonfleet Manor prides itself on offering exceptional facilities and activities for both children and parents.
All the family rooms at Moonfleet Manor are beautifully furnished with enormous double beds, complimentary toiletries, and DVD players in each room. Plus, there is loads of baby equipment available to borrow so you don’t need to bring it all with you.
All guests get 2 hours of complimentary childcare per day in the 4 Bears Den Creche. There is an indoor play area with a dedicated Under 5s area, and regular free family friendly activities such as a Toddle Waddle and mask making. The hotel has spectacular sea views, overlooked by the outdoor playground with giant sandpit and swings and slide.
There is a swimming pool complex at Moonfleet Manor with 3 pools, including a toddler swimming pool. There is also a Spa offering a comprehensive list of treatments for parents. From 7.30pm onwards, the restaurant is reserved for adults only dining, which parents can enjoy by making use of the free baby listening service.
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#6. Clydey Cottages, Pembrokeshire
Clydey Cottages is a complex of 10 luxury cottages deep in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside. They have excellent facilities which makes it a great choice for a baby’s first holiday.
Meet Farmer Malcolm at 9.30am every morning to take part in the daily Clydey Cottages morning animal feeding session. First up, is Iggle the pig who chomps on an egg (and spits the shell out), before being hand fed the rest of his breakfast by the little farmers. Babies can also bottle feed lambs, feed the guinea pigs and rabbits and wake up the pygmy goats with a rendition of ‘Wakey, wakey Mr Goat’ at the top of their voices. There is also a spectacular indoor swimming pool at Clydey Cottages, and an indoor soft play area and Spa.
Pembrokeshire has spectacular beaches, and loads of days out including Folly Farm and the Dyfed Shire Horse Museum.
Learn More – https://www.clydeycottages.co.uk/
Learn More – 15 Baby And Toddler Friendly Places To Stay In Wales
#7. Ribby Hall Village, near Blackpool
Ribby Hall Village offers 5* baby holidays at their holiday village near Blackpool. Each break includes 3 / 4 nights accommodation in a luxury lodge, access to the family swimming pool with water slides and splash zone, and 2 indoor soft play areas and an outdoor adventure play area.
There are also loads of activities for babies and toddlers such as Messy Play, Baby Ballet and Balance Bikes. And if all that isn’t enough, Ribby Hall Village is just a 10 minute drive from Blackpool – one of the most famous seaside resorts in the UK!
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#8. Wheeldon Trees Farm, The Peak District
Wheeldon Tree Farm have 9 award winning cottages in Derbyshire close to Buxton and Bakewell. They provide an excellent base for a exploring the Peak District, and attractions like Chatsworth House and Farm, The Heights Of Abraham and Crich Tramway Village.
There is an adventure playground onsite, a Games Room with books, toys, DVDs and games and a free hop on and hop off bus from right outside the door. Toddlers will love meeting the alpacas, lambs (or sheep depending on the time of year), hens, ducks and bunnies which live at Wheeldon Trees Farm, and little farmers can join in with the animal feeding at 9.30am every day. There are over 20 items of baby and toddler equipment available to borrow at Wheeldon Trees Farm.
Learn More – https://www.wheeldontreesfarm.co.uk/
#9. Glynn Barton Cottages, Cornwall
If you are looking for an amazing baby friendly cottage in Cornwall with animals to feed, an indoor swimming pool and loads of outdoor space to play in – look no further than Glynn Barton cottages. Run by James and Pippa, with help from their 2 young sons, Freddie and Max, these delightful 8 cottages are in an ideal location just round the corner from the Eden Project.
As well as the great location, the facilities on site are great for babies. They have a heated indoor pool, soft play barn, games room (with loads of toys), huge outdoor fort, tennis court, toddler ride on area and daily animal feeding. There is also 13 acres of space to explore, including a nature trail which is excellent for spotting wildlife.
#10. Humble Bee Farm, Yorkshire
Perfect for a baby’s first glamping break, Humble Bee Farm has wigwams, yurts, tent pitches and even self-catering cottages on their arable farm in Yorkshire. All the wigwams are heated, and are large enough for a travel cot. The farm is a low noise site and prides itself on offering relaxing and peaceful breaks for families.
The farm is close to the seaside towns of Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby which have lovely sandy beaches. There are lots of animals on the farm including chickens, sheep and cows, and children can help collect the eggs in a morning. There are also 2 playgrounds and loads of space to run around in.
Humble Bee Farm offers various nature events through the main season too, including Pirates and Princess Day – see website for full details.
Learn More – https://humblebeefarm.co.uk/
#11. Robin Hill Farm Cottages, Devon
Robin Hill Farm Cottages are 6 cottages in a beautiful rural setting close to Bideford in Devon. Each cottage has its own enclosed garden, patio and BBQ.
There is a lovely indoor pool heated to a toasty 30 degrees, where babies can learn to swim with a private ASA registered instructor. As well as the pool, there is a hot tub and games room with toys suitable for babies all the way up to big kids!
Outside there is a little play house, climbing frame, slide, swing ball and football net. Robin Hill Farm Cottages are near to a couple of sandy beaches and some great all weather attractions including the Big Sheep and the newly extended Milky Way which is a brilliant soft play centre.
Learn More – http://www.robinhillfarmcottages.co.uk/
#12. Nettlecombe Farm Cottages, The Isle Of Wight
Nettlecombe Farm Cottages are ideal for families looking for somewhere to go on their first holiday with a baby. The luxurious cottages are located on a working farm just outside the seaside town of Ventnor in the Isle of Wight.
There are cows, sheep, ponies and donkeys in the meadows, and children can help feed the alpacas, chickens, emus, geese, pigs and donkeys in the daily animal feeding sessions. You can even meet Comet and Dancer – the resident reindeer! There is a play area including a big Wendy house, wooden tractor and rustic climbing play facility. And when the little ones have finished playing, they can just run around and let off steam in one of the three grassy play areas.
Learn More – https://nettlecombefarm.co.uk/
#13. Bosinver Farm Cottages, CornwallIf you are looking for a cottage in Cornwall to go on your 1st holiday with a baby, look no further than Bosinver Farm Cottages. Bosinver Farm Cottages come highly recommended by parents for the sheer range of things for babies to do on the farm. This includes going on pony rides, feeding the animals and collecting eggs. They really have thought of everything at Bosinver – you can even borrow a set of baking equipment if you fancy getting busy in the kitchen with your little one on a rainy day.
The 20 cottages are set in 30 acres of peaceful farmland and woodland. There is an indoor swimming pool heated to a toasty 30 degrees, and a play barn full of soft play equipment. There is loads of baby equipment including stair gates, high chairs, booster seats, bed guards, Bumbos, baby baths, changing mats, strollers and baby back packs which can be borrowed.
#14. North Hayne Farm Cottages, Devon
North Hayne Farm Cottages are award winning farm buildings set in a secluded dell in North Devon. Each cottage has their own private tub and patio, and are named after characters like Squirrel Nutkin and Peter Rabbit.
If you stay at North Hayne in the spring, your baby could help bottle feed the spring lambs or take them for a little walk. Collecting fresh eggs is all year round activity as are free donkey rides. There is a playbarn for babies and toddlers, and a games room and a babysitting service and holistic treatments for adults.
Learn More – http://www.northhaynefarmcottages.co.uk/
#15. Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Cornwall
The Bedruthan Hotel is set in a stunning clifftop position above the beach on the North Cornwall coast. It is also within walking distance of the famous Bedruthan Steps. The facilities for babies are excellent – there are baby exploring play areas including ball pools, slides and swings plus wooden ride on toys and even a baby rocking horse.
There are 3 outdoor swimming pools at the hotel including a shallow one for little ones, and an indoor one too.
Baby Breaks at the Bedruthan Hotel include complimentary childcare sessions, baby listening services, breakfast in bed and babysitting. There is loads of baby equipment available to borrow including baby back packs and bottle warmers.
Learn More – The Bedruthan Steps Hotel And Spa
#16. Birchill Farm, Devon
These 4* and 5* baby friendly cottages in Devon countryside are close to the beaches and also to Exmoor and Dartmoor. They are ideal for a first holiday with a baby. As well as 8 acres of grassland to run around in, there are alpacas, goats, ponies, donkeys and ducks to feed with Farmer Simon.
There is also an indoor play barn and an outdoor play area with a farm themed baby and toddler zone with a pretend farm shop, pony spring rider and a Birchill Farm tractor playframe. There is also a box of toys in each cottage and a library of children’s books to use during your stay.
Learn More – http://www.birchillfarm.co.uk/
#17. Monkhouse Hill Cottages, The Lake District
Monkhouse Hill Cottages have 9 cottages set around a courtyard in 5 acres of paddock, lakes and woodland in the Lake District. Some of the cottages even have their own private hot tubs.
Babies will love the toy boxes that little guests can borrow during their stay, which includes mega sets of Bob the Builder and Happy Street. There is an outdoor play area with swings, a slide, a tunnel and a secret house, as well of 5 acres of grounds to run around in and explore.
Families with babies can make use of the Baby and Toddler Rescue Cupboard which includes everything you may need to borrow including baby monitors, baby baths and baby carriers.
Guests are also free to use the swimming pool, steam room and sauna at the nearby North Lakes Spa.
Learn More – http://www.monkhousehill.co.uk/
#18. Bridge Farm Cottages, Yorkshire
Bridge Farm Holiday Cottages in Driffied, East Yorkshire are great for a first holiday with a baby. As well as animals to feed, these delightful cottages offer younger guests a large sand pit to play in, pedal tractors, diggers and a 2 storey wendy house.
All the cottages have underfloor heating and wood burning stoves.
The seaside towns of Filey, Scarborough and Bridlington are easily accessible, along with Flamingo Land theme park (with a Peter Rabbit playground) and The Deep sub aquarium in Hull.
Learn More – http://www.bridgefarmholidaycottages.co.uk/
Places To Take A Baby On Their First Holiday In Europe
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#19. Fergus Club Europa, Majorca
This hotel is great for families with babies and toddlers. It is a village style complex set in a lush pine forest near to Paguera. There is a splash park with slides, water cannons, buckets, a playground, and a supervised Baby Club for children aged 2-4 where they can do arts and crafts, play games and listen to stories.
There is a daily shuttle bus to the beach and resort centre.
Double Baby rooms are available which are located in a quieter area of the hotel and have additional benefits like a baby changer and socket protectors.
Learn More – FERGUS Club Europa
#20. The Almrya Hotel, Cyprus
The Almrya Hotel in Cyprus is renowned for providing excellent facilities for babies. There is a specially designed children’s swimming pool which is shaded by an awning to protect babies from the sun on hot days.
The ‘Baby Go Lightly’ service lets parents’ pre order essentials such as potties, high chairs, prams, sterilisers and even crayons, colouring books, books and children’s DVDs so you don’t need to bring them with you.
There is also an indoor playroom and an outdoor playground, as well as a crèche which you can book when you arrive (extra cost).
Learn More – The Almrya Hotel In Cyprus
#21. Royal Son Bou Family Menorca
Regularly voted Trip Adviser’s best family friendly hotel in Spain, the Royal Son Bou Family Club is a great choice if you are looking for a baby friendly hotel in Menorca. There is a huge children’s swimming pool with a pirate ship and waterslides, and this area is enclosed and surrounded by artificial grass. The hotel is great for beach lovers too with direct access to Son Bou Beach, which is the longest on Menorca.
There is a Kid’s Club for babies aged 0 -2 and a Mini Club for children aged 3-4. Typical activities at the clubs include lego, face painting, t shirt painting, finger painting and crafts. There are 2 restaurants to choose from including one with a children’s buffet.
Learn More – The Royal Son Bou Family Life Menorca
#22. Ibiza Tropic Garden, Ibiza
The Ibiza Tropic Garden hotel has a seafront setting, and is close to the cente of Santa Eulalia and the beach. Santa Eulalia beach is one of the best on the island with its white sand and bright blue sea, and there is also a pretty marina to wander around. This 4* hotel has a massive lagoon style swimming pool and lots of gardens to sunbathe in. There is also a children’s swimming pool, splash park with jets, sprinklers and water sprays and a playground with slides.
The apartments are all decorated in a bright and modern style, and have kitchenette facilities. All Inclusive basis is available if you don’t fancy cooking. Santa Eulalia is known as one of the best places in Ibiza to try paella so don’t miss the opportunity to try it out!
Also, the Ibiza Tourist Train leaves from Santa Eulalia, and travels 15km on a scenic route stopping off at beaches along the way – a must do thing for train mad toddlers!
Learn More – Ibiza Tropic Garden
#23. Magic Natura, Benidorm
Magic Natura is Europe’s first animal and water theme park located just outside Benidorm in Spain. All guests get free entry to the Terra Natura Animal Park and the Aqua Natura Waterpark so it is great choice for animal lovers and water babies!!
The animal park has over 1500 animals including tigers, rhinos and elephants and there aren’t any bars or barriers to stop babies being able to see everything.
Accommodation is in 1 bedroom / 2 bedroom Polynesian lodges and some of them have a Jacuzzi.
Learn More – The Magic Natura Benidorm
#42. Anna Hotel, Halkidiki
This family run hotel gets great reviews from families who love the recently refurbished swimming pool and modern rooms. As well as a large outdoor swimming pool, there is a little kids pool with swings, slides and a sea saw in it which babies and toddlers will love. The hotel is also close to the beach and the centre of the lively resort of Pefkohori. Families will enjoying eating at the pool bar and restaurant which serves traditional Greek food. 2 bed family rooms and triple rooms are available. The hotel offers Half Board and Full Board food options.
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#25. Hard Rock Hotel, Tenerife
This unique hotel is perfect for families looking for a stylish hotel in Tenerife, which is also really baby and toddler friendly. Don’t be put off by the concerts taking place on the hotel’s open air stage, and the music playing around the hotel – this hotel loves children too!
There are incredible swimming pools, including a lagoon, and lots of sunbathing spots and even Balinese beds and hammocks to chill out on. There is a kids splash park with fountains, jets and waterfalls, and a playground with a sandpit.
Free Kids Clubs at the Hard Rock Hotel are available for children aged 6 month plus. The Lullaby club looks after children from 6 months to 3 years old, and runs activities like story time, music and drama. Whilst the little ones are at the kids club, parents can head to the Rock Spa for the ultimate pampering experience.
There are 10 bars and restaurants at the Hard Rock Hotel ranging from a Tapas Bar, Asian restaurant, Steak House, Beach bar and Swim Up Bar. The buffet breakfast is really popular for its range of waffles, yoghurts, smoothies, ham, cheese and breads. All rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel are enormous suites with a flat screen TV, MP3 docking station and 24 hour room service. Bathrooms contain showers and a whirlpool bath.
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#26. Alfagar Alto Da Colina Aparthotel, Portugal
The Alfagar Alto Da Colina Aparthotel has amazing facilities for babies and toddlers including a splash park with tipping water buckets and fountains and a Kids swimming pool. There is also a playground with a climbing frame, slides and a shaded area for when toddlers want to let off some steam.
The hotel offers plenty of day time entertainment as well as live music and cabarets in the evening.
The 1 bedroom apartments at the Alfagar are all really spacious and well equipped, with limited kitchen facilities including 4 cooking rings, a fridge, kettle, microwave and a toaster. There is also a buffet restaurant onsite as well as snack bars and pool bars. Guests can upgrade to Half Board basis if they wish. The hotel is 900m from the beach, and just over 2km from the Albufeira resort. There is a shuttle bus 3 times a day to the Old Town.
Location wise there are two beaches within a 10 / 15 minute walk from the hotel with beach bars, and the resort of Olhos De Agua is a 20 minute walk away. Albufeira resort is just over 2km away and there is a shuttle bus 3 times a day to the Old Town.
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#27. Imagine Roussillon, France
Imagine Roussillon is a family friendly resort in the South of France surrounded by vineyards and peaceful countryside, but less than 10 minutes’ drive from sandy beaches at Canet Plage. They have just 6 luxurious baby and toddler friendly apartments, 2 swimming pools, a fitness studio and Kids Club at Imagine Roussillon, and they are specialise in holidays for families with babies and kids up to age 10. At the same time, parents can have a holiday at Imagine Roussillon, as they offer massages, fitness classes, a gym, jacuzzi, café bar, free wifi and meals to help tired parents relax.
The apartments are large and air conditioned, with loads of baby and toddler equipment waiting for families on arrival e.g. cots, high chairs, blenders, changing mats, baby monitors and so on.
The pool is warm and toasty – the perfect temperature for babies. Babysitting is included in the cost of holidays so parents get some time off!!
Learn More – https://imagineroussillon.com/
#28. The Clube Humbria, Portugal
The Club Humbria is a great option for a baby’s first holiday in Portugal. Recently nominated as one of Tripadvisor’s Best Hotels For Families, the apartments are light and airy surrounding a large pool area, and the beach is just a 10 minute walk away. There is a new splash park with tipping buckets and slides, and a children’s playground.
The apartments are spacious and have a little kitchenette with a proper fridge and sink so you can prepare small meals.
Learn More – 3HB Clube Humbria
#29. Viva Blue (Playa De Muro)
This popular hotel is minutes walk from beautiful Alcudia Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches in Majorca for babies and toddlers.
The Viva Blue hotel is great for families with babies and toddlers. There is a pirate ship swimming pool which is heated and an indoor swimming pool. The baby pool has a large umbrella above it to protect baby and toddler’s skin from the strong sun. There is also a children’s play area next to the children’s club.
There is plenty to do if you can drag your little one out of the swimming pool including boat trips, shopping in Alcudia and Inca, a horse carriage ride and a mini train ride. You can also wander into the Old Town of Alcudia or Port where there are loads of little shops, cafes and restaurants in a Roman walled town.
Learn More – Viva Blue Hotel