It’s so hard to please the whole family when it comes to holidays, are we right? Some love to fly and flop. Some love to sightsee and explore. Others just want to play sport and keep moving. Read a book by the beach, no thanks!
If that’s reflective of your household, read on for a selection of destinations around the world that should keep everyone as busy as they want to be. From tennis to golf, surfing to skiing, cricket to football, diving and sailing, we’ve got an awesome active holiday for you.
Tennis & Golf at Puente Romano Beach Resort, Marbella
Puente Romano Beach Resort in Marbella really has it all. A top flight tennis academy and club where the stars play. It’s one of the most important professional tennis clubs in Southern Europe with facilities of the highest quality, including 8 clay, 2 plexipave and 4 Pádel courts. The tennis academy offers coaching for all ages, starting with ‘mini tennis’ groups for the over 3s, up to adult lessons. The tennis academy runs programmes all year round with intensive courses for children in the summer.
Avid golfers need not be left out. The magnificent Marbella Club Golf Resort is just 20 minutes away from Puente Romano by shuttle. With limited play and twelve minutes between tee times, over-crowded rounds are not a concern.
Lastly, Puente Romano will beautifully look after those who are in need of good food, wine and some much needed R&R. The Six Senses Spa, beach, pools and gardens are all at your disposal.
Football at Chia Laguna, Sardinia
Sardinia’s Chia Laguna is a well-known destination for young football fanatics. Set against a stunning landscape, two exclusive football schools: the Juventus Training Session with club official trainers and the Campioni Football Academy organised by the Premier League players Andy Johnson and Michael Johnson. These top professionals bring their experience to the field and let their students in on their big game secrets.
For the non-footballers, Chia Laguna offers incredible diving with the chance to spot dolphins, rays and sunfish in waters that are home to relics of the ancient sailing civilisations. Keen horseriders can hack along the sandy beach, hikers and cyclists can hit the trails up into the hills for stunning views and golfers can play a round of two at the Molas Golf Club, the former venue of the Italian Open.
But it’s not all Go Go Go at Chia Laguna. Head to the Chia Natural Spa for rejuvenating treatments, be entertained under the stars in the Piazza degli Ulivi and enjoy delicious food at the many resort restaurants.
Diving and Sailing at Hillside Beach Club, Turkey
With a choice of over 30 diving sites within a 15-30 minute boat ride, this corner of the Med has some of the best diving in the region. Divers are absolutely spoilt for choice, from shallow calm reefs to eerie caverns, walls and dramatic drop offs, thrilling tunnels and swim-through arches coated in soft corals. Get your SSI, PADI and CMAS certifications after completing two or three-day courses.
Catch the wind in your sail and head across Fethiye’s legendary blue waters, weaving through the Gulf’s islands, past beautiful beaches and a backdrop of dramatic mountains. If you’re experienced go it alone, or as a novice alongside Hillside Beach Club’s Sailing School, which offers introductory training courses, and IYT WW certified professional courses.
After all that water-based activity, relax next to the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea on one of the resort’s three beautiful beaches, each with their own vibe.
Ski Niseko – Japan’s own St. Moritz
Tired of the Alps? Looking to make your next ski trip completely and utterly awesome? Then head to Japan for some of the world’s best powder. We know it’s a long way, but committed skiers will view this as a once in a lifetime ski trip, before becoming completely and utterly hooked on skiing in Japan!
Up on the North Island, Hokkaido is legendary for the masses of snow that comes in each winter. It receives dump after dump of snow after the freezing Siberian air soaks up precipitation on its way over the Sea of Japan. This results in season averages of 15-18m of fresh powder. Niseko is regarded as Japan’s own St. Moritz with deep, reliable coverage and easy to find untracked snow. Especially popular are the tree runs amongst snow-dusted pines among mountains with a gentle, enchanting beauty.
Stay at the Hilton Niseko, where large suites have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Traditional Japanese touches, fine dining, and a spa which includes access to a number of hot springs make this a a perfect complement to the area’s high-quality skiing experience.
Cricket Camp in the Caribbean
Do your kids love cricket? Would they love it even more if they could play under the Caribbean sun, with expert coaches to get them match season ready? April is a terrific time to take a family holiday to St Lucia, where your budding Joe Root or Heather Knight can perfect their game, while you get to relax by the beach.
We love Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, a former sugar plantation set in over 100 acres of lush rainforest where elegance and relaxation are the order of the day. The accommodation is a truly 5* experience. Beautiful guest rooms have private walled gardens and plunge pools.
Of course there is more than R&R on offer at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. St Lucia is an aquatic wonderland filled with dazzling underwater wildlife for snorkellers and divers alike, boasting spectacular coral formations, fascinating shipwrecks and reefs teeming with tropical sea life. Or explore the island by ATV, Island Buggy, bike or on horseback.
Surf the Atlantic Waves in Portugal
Are your teens bored by the pool? Do they seek more thrills than snorkelling and diving? Then perhaps surfing the Atlantic coastline of Portugal is just the sort of super-cool, all action holiday that they need. Noah Surf House is located on Portugal’s west coast within easy reach of Lisbon. It’s an unparalleled location offering unique conditions for surfing. Santa Cruz lies at the centre of this coast with deserted beaches and crowdless waves.
It’s a world away from the traditional family resort with just 8 rooms and 13 bungalows. It describes itself as a place of joy, sun, sea, friends, family, good food and of course surf! While teens will love the cool laid back atmosphere in harmony with the environment, younger children will love the surf, sea, sand and the time that you spend together as a family.
It’s a centre for wellness of body and mind. An almost unreal getaway from day to day life, where only the really important things matter. Being together and enjoying the waves.