If you’re planning a family villa holiday this year, take a look at the new collection from Abercrombie & Kent. Now all their family villas are just as tailored to your needs as their range of custom-designed luxury holidays have always been. So, when they promise ‘a villa for every family’, you really can take them at their word.
A&K make a point of personally visiting and revisiting villas regularly, so every description is accurate and all photography is current: you might find that hard to believe when you see how spectacular most properties look, but it’s true. They also pay attention to the tiniest details, and clearly think long and hard about the difference between good and great on a family holiday. So, you can expect to find practicalities like: highchairs, stairgates and pool barriers; fun playgrounds and safe gardens for younger children; interesting local activities to let older kids spread their wings a bit, and plenty of cool stuff to keep teens happy, even at their trickiest.
Plus, every A&K family villa now has an age-group recommendation, so there’s no risk of finding yourself trying to fun up a sleepy fishing village for 16 year olds or hunting down quiet toddler space on a heaving beach.
And since part of the fun of a villa holiday is browsing the villas, here’s a sneaky look at some highly recommended ones A&K have picked out for kids of all ages and stages:
Corsica has a particular talent for family villa holidays. Happily, not everyone has cottoned on to that yet, so there’s still plenty of room on the island’s heavenly coast and the countryside is as peaceful and untamed as ever.
Le Mas D’Osu is a traditional Corsican property right down to its rural setting, rustic stone walls, beamed ceilings and pretty casement windows. But this is tradition with a cool summer kitchen, light-filled bedrooms, an enormous swimming pool you can actually swim in, as well as opulent bathrooms and even a pool-house gym.
Babies and toddlers don’t tend to notice lux design details, but they do love a bit of freedom and since Le Mas D’Osu doesn’t have worrying stairs and the pool is safely fenced, you can give them a little more of that than usual. There’s also a cute play area and plenty of lawn and shaded nooks around the beautifully landscaped gardens, along with an awesome trampoline to keep older kids entertained.
The villa’s in the sunny southeast, best loved for silvery sand beaches, clear seas and astonishing sights like the teetering clifftop town of Bonifacio. Historic Porto-Vecchio is a short drive away and you’re no distance at all from lively, water sport laden Plage de Santa Giulia.