With the summer and Easter holidays approaching The Luxury Travel Book has compiled a list of its favourite family villas and city apartments in Europe and Cape Town. Families staying at The Luxury Travel Book properties will revel in Greek drama at one of the largest Greek theatres in Italy, see elephants and lions on safari in Africa, explore the canals of Venice and visit the Colosseum in Rome, build sand castles on the safest beaches in Mallorca and play kings and queens in the Royal Palace of Seville.
Villa Cala Bassa, Ibiza, Spain: This lovely five-bedroom villa is well suited to a multigenerational family trip. Originally an old finca, the property is situated in the pretty village of San Agustin, just five minutes’ drive from San Jose, and close to the beaches of Cala Bassa and Cala Conta.
A separate Annex with a fully equipped kitchen has two of the property’s five bedrooms and is ideal for teens looking for some space from Mum and Dad or for young parents with babies, to ensure everyone in the main house gets some sleep!
The villa has been modernised throughout to the highest of standards without losing the original features and character of the finca. The large pool will be treasured by guests of all ages and is surrounded by a decked terrace. There is an outdoor dining area with a barbecue seating up to 16 people, as well as a separate outdoor dining area for raucous children. There are two chill out areas with wonderful views for when parents or grandparents need some downtime.
The villa is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden and has 180º views of the sea and countryside. There is parking at the property for four cars so large families can easily hire cars and explore the local area.
Rates for a week self-catered start from €7,500
Apartment Alcazar, Seville, Spain: This historic three-bedroom duplex apartment is in a listed 19th Century building right in the very heart of Seville. Easter is an ideal time to visit Seville as the picturesque city comes alive with the famed Semana Santa celebrations. This year’s holy week will take place from 20th – 27th March.
Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir it is perfect for families looking to inject some culture into their holiday; it is only a five-minute walk from the main sights including the Cathedral, the Reales Alcázares (Royal Palace), and the archive of the Indies, to name but a few.
The property is also close to the main shopping areas, the famous Maestranza bull ring and the Arenal district, popular for leisure and dining within the historic centre.
There are magnificent views from the apartment’s two terraces of Seville’s picturesque skyline with its myriad parapets and rooftops, and privileged views of the Cathedral of Santa María de los Reyes and the iconic Giralda. Rates for a week self-catered start from €1,890
Case Alto do Cerro, Algarve, Portugal: This impressive five-bedroom villa is located in an elevated position with spectacular views over the Algarve coast and the Atlantic Ocean.
With its large heated swimming pool, BBQ and games rooms as well as beaches, golf courses and a variety of bars, restaurants and shopping all within 15 minutes’ drive, families of all ages will love this property. Teens especially will revel in the social atmosphere of Vale de Lobo with its tennis club, water sports and fun nightlife.
The charming town of Loulé is also just a few minutes’ drive away, originally a Roman settlement, the remains of a ruined castle can still be seen in the old quarter, and an indoor market is held six days a week, where delicious fish, fruit and vegetables can be purchased. Neighbouring Vilamoura is at the heart of the golfing country, with some of the world’s best golf courses, along with beaches offering all kinds of water sports. Rates for a week self-catered start from €3,325
Villa Siracusa, Sicily, Italy: Families will be transported back in time at this beautiful four-bedroom coastal villa nearby an archaeological zone which boasts one of the largest Greek theatres in Italy. During the summer a spectacular annual season of ancient Greek drama will keep families entertained for hours.
This beautiful coastal villa is located in the Plemmirio reserve, just a few kilometres south of the famous city of Siracusa – once one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean the city is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
The villa is surrounded by a lush garden and has spectacular sea views. The terrace nearest the sea has an infinity pool, with Jacuzzi area, and a staircase leads directly from this terrace to the coastline below providing easy access to the water. Rates for a week self-catered start from €5,550
Medburn Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa: This is a contemporary-chic and beautifully styled four-bedroom house that rests in the heart of Camps Bay. Cape Town is a fantastic destination for families; the overnight direct flights and mere two-hour time difference make it particularly attractive.
The property is ideally located for families looking to enjoy Cape Town’s cosmopolitan lifestyle whilst also relishing the peace, tranquillity and family friendly beach that Camps Bay has to offer. The V&A Waterfront is just 15 minutes’ drive away and has the Two Oceans Aquarium and in the other direction is the Hout Bay bird and monkey sanctuary, World of Birds. Guests daring to venture a little further afield can visit Boulders Beach where everyone will be amazed as they watch a breeding colony of over 2,000 endangered African Penguins.
For families looking for some adventure The Luxury Travel Book can arrange three-to-four-night safaris to Kruger National Park where kids will love trying to spot the ‘Big Five’, as well as smaller reserves closer to Cape Town such as Sanbona.
The property is surrounded by a beautifully manicured garden, deep-set balconies with wrought-iron railings and a magnificent tree-filled garden, large swimming pool and wide terraces. Weekly rates self-catered start from R31,500
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