When it comes to family holidays, luxury doesn’t have to mean eye-wateringly expensive. Cue Sovereign – they’re passionate about getting their customers the very best value for money, with exclusive extras and offers to make your stay even more special. Add to that a complimentary airport lounge pass, hassle-free private transfers and 24/7 concierge service, and you’ll see why families go back year after year.
We’ve asked the experts at Sovereign to give us their top picks for luxury-for-less holidays. Read on for offers on some of their family-friendly hotels from beachfront properties in the Balearics to gorgeous Grecian getaways.
1/10 Four Seasons Hotel Limassol, Cyprus
Location: Opposite a golden sandy beach. A long promenade runs past the front of the hotel and leads into the centre of Limassol.
You’ll love… The spa. It’s the only Shiseido Spa in the Med and has a seriously impressive list of treatments. Vivaldi fine dining restaurant is another plus point, serving a menu of delicious (and creative) Italian dishes.
The kids will love… The children’s corner in the buffet restaurant. It comes with a selection of kid-friendly dishes and sometimes a few take-away activity packs. They’ve also got a dedicated pool complete with waterslide.
Seven nights bed & breakfast with flights departing August from London Gatwick from approx. £4,485 per family of four.
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2/10 Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque, Tenerife
Location: Set in landscaped gardens with direct access to gorgeous El Duque beach and Costa Adeje’s prom.
You’ll love… Trying out the hotel’s eight restaurants, which include Asian-fusion, seafood and Basque venues. There’s also an award-winning spa with family-friendly treatments available (think mother-and-daughter manicures and gentle facials for teens).
The kids will love… Homemade all-natural ice-cream from La Heladeria, splashing about in five pools, and taking part in treasure hunts and cooking workshops at the kids’ club. If they still need convincing, perhaps let them know they can get milk and cookies delivered straight to the room…
Seven nights bed & breakfast, departing July from Birmingham from approx. £2,899 per family of three.
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3/10 Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve
Location: On a clifftop, right above a honey-hued sandy beach (one of the best in the Algarve, in fact).
You’ll love… Lunches by the beach and champagne at the sunset-view Mirador Bar. Work off the calories on the nine-hole golf course or at the tennis academy.
The kids will love… Having their own space – all of the residences, villas and townhouses here have at least two bedrooms. The pitch & putt course also gets the seal of approval, as do the water games and footie tournaments organised at the kids’ clubs.
“A Pine Cliffs residence is a must for a family. They’re so spacious, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, plenty of space for the children to run around and a lounge for parents to relax in at night.”
– Louise Burling, Sovereign Travel Expert
Seven nights self-catering, departing August from London Gatwick from approx. £4,999 per family of four.
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4/10 Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort, Crete
Location: Skirting a private Blue Flag beach, a few kilometres from Elounda village.
You’ll love… The sea views, for starters – every room and suite in the resort has them. Then there’s the Six Senses spa, voted the world’s best by The Sunday Times, and the nine-hole golf course. Parents with really little ones will also appreciate the baby-proofing service – in-room plugs, corners and doors can all be made safe for toddlers.
The kids will love… The fact that the pools are right by the beach, so it’s easy to switch between swimming and sandcastle-building. They can also keep busy at the kids’ club with things like beach Olympics tournaments and treasure hunts. Travelling with teens? They can have a go at watersports like wakeboarding and surfing, or sign up for the golf academy.
Seven nights half board, departing August from London Gatwick from approx. £3,949 per family of three.
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5/10 Ikos Oceania, Halkidiki
Location: On a white-sand beach close to the small town of Nea Moudania.
You’ll love… The ‘babewatch’ service. It’s a complimentary half-hour of babysitting on the beach, so you can pop off for a swim while fully trained staff look after the kids. The Infinite Lifestyle all-inclusive set-up is a bonus, too. It includes the hotel’s top-notch restaurants (some with menus by Michelin-starred chefs), plus a handful of local tavernas.
The kids will love… The chance to go mountain biking or try their hand at watersports. The huge pool also gets the thumbs up, as do the activities in the mini club – sandcastle days, face painting and treasure hunts are all on the agenda.
“I love the fact that this hotel includes one of the local tavernas in it’s all inclusive. Guests can still get the feel of real Greece whilst staying in an all-inclusive hotel.”
– Sam Grist, Sovereign Travel Expert
Seven nights all-inclusive, departing August from Manchester from approx. £3,139 per family of three.
6/10 Chia Laguna, Sardinia
Location: Cocooned in gardens on the south Sardinian coast, 10 minutes’ stroll from a chalk-white beach.
You’ll love… The free baby welcome packs. If your little one is under 35 months, you’ll get a complimentary kit with bottle steriliser and warming facilities, a changing mat and a baby bath. As for where to stay, interconnecting rooms and family cottages are brilliantly spacious, with plenty of room for everyone.
The kids will love… The sports scene. There’s a football academy led by Premier League and Championship professionals, tennis lessons, dance classes and plenty of watersports to have a go at. There’s also a dedicated children’s restaurant where they can refuel afterwards.
Seven nights half board, departing July from London Stansted from approx. £3,649 per family of three.
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7/10 Insotel Punta Prima Resort, Menorca
Location: A mere 300 metres from Punta Prima’s beach – a photogenic curve of white sand.
You’ll love… The handy kitchenettes in the studios and apartments (ideal for preparing snacks and light bites). The sports facilities are also fantastic here – there are courts for tennis, squash and badminton, plus you can hire bikes to head out and explore.
The kids will love… Pizza parties, movie screenings and team games at the kids’ club. They can get involved with the sports, too – football, basketball, tennis and volleyball are all on the cards.
“The choice of food in the buffet restaurant is vast, so if you have any fussy eaters they won’t be disappointed – there’s something for everyone.”
– Sam Grist, Sovereign Travel Expert
Seven nights all inclusive, departing July from Manchester from approx. £2,799 per family of three.
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8/10 MarBella Corfu, Greece
Location: On a private beach (half pebble, half sand) in the little resort of Agios Ioannis Peristeron, about half an hour from Corfu Town.
You’ll love… The freebies. As a Sovereign guest, you’ll be treated to breakfast in bed on your first morning, plus a complimentary five-course dinner at the Greek or Italian à la carte.
The kids will love… Their complimentary beach activity set, picnics and parties at the kids’ club, and ice-cream sundaes at the American-style diner.
Seven nights half board, departing August from London Gatwick from approx. £2,885 per family of three.
9/10 Blue & Green The Lake Spa Resort, Algarve
Location: Wrapped in manicured gardens in the heart of Vilamoura, with the marina next door and the sandy beach a few minutes’ walk away.
You’ll love… The signature treatments at the spa. Choose from lavender, cacao, jasmine, coconut and vanilla, and indulge in a body scrub followed by a muscle-melting massage. Follow it up with a float in the lake-view swimming pool.
The kids will love… Their complimentary daily ice-cream. The free bikes and kayaks also go down a treat, and are great for spending time together as a family.
“The marina is just a few minutes’ walk away, with lots of great cafes and restaurants – little ones often love to go and have a look at all the boats moored up, too.”
– Natasha Starkin, Sovereign Travel Expert
Seven nights bed & breakfast, departing August from London Gatwick from approx. £3,375 per family of three.
10/10 Sheraton Fuerteventura, Fuerteventura
Location: Right on a wide sandy beach in Caleta de Fuste.
You’ll love… The restaurant selection. Tuck into Asian specialities at Wok-N-Zen, order Spanish dishes at El Faro de Antigua or sample Mediterranean cuisine at La Veranda. The spa is pretty special, too, with treatments like salt scrubs, milk baths and seaweed body wraps.
The kids will love… The children’s pool, with its toys and fun fountains. The kids’ club is also worth a mention, with plenty of fun activities and games to keep little ones busy (plus cots, just in case naps are needed).
“The gorgeous beach here shelves gently into the sea, making it ideal for families with young children.” Leanne Hall, Sovereign Travel Expert.”
– Leanne Hall, Sovereign Travel Expert
Seven nights bed & breakfast, departing July from London Gatwick from approx. £3,999 per family of four.