Our favourite destinations for toddlers
Toddler friendly vacations
Vacations invariably take a different turn when your baby starts walking. Long-haul flights, jet lag and lengthy transfers are trying with a child who wants to be permanently on the move. Glass doors, steps and unfenced swimming pools become hazards. Fussy-eating and the need to stick to routine make meal times a challenge. Beaches are great but you need the ‘right’ sort (not too steeply-shelving, calm waters for paddling) and you don’t want a trek to get to them. And just keeping your child entertained and active can be exhausting. However, get everything right and not only will you have a fun and relaxing vacation for the whole family, but travel outside of school vacations and you’ll benefit from incredible off-season rates.
At Scott Dunn, we specialize in vacations for pre-schoolers and know the destinations and properties that work best for this age group. We provide our own outstanding childcare on chalet and hotel vacations in the Alps, villa vacations in France and Mallorca and at our Explorers kids clubs in five star resorts in the Mediterranean. In all our favorite toddler-friendly hotels, we know the rooms that work best and can arrange cots, high chairs, car seats and pre-arrival shopping so you don’t have to carry it all with you. If you do wish to travel further afield, we particularly recommend Mauritius, which offers night flights in both directions and a manageable minimal time difference; or our Explorers kids club at Niyama, which is the only one in the Maldives to take children under the age of 4.
With its gentle shelving sandy beach and warm, crystal blue waters, Eagles is the perfect introduction for our younger guests, especially babies and toddlers, to the delights of a Mediterranean vacation. There's a family-run boutique hotel with a great choice of interconnecting rooms and suites and the wonderfully family-friendly and luxurious Eagles Villas. The cherry on the cake is our Explorers kids club, gives your little ones the chance to engage in fun activities, whilst you relax in the spa or on the beach.
Daios Cove, Crete
Set on its own private cove and a firm favorite with our guests with younger children, Daios Cove in Crete, is a small luxury 5* hotel with an exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers kids club. One to three bedroom suites or villas, many of which have private heated pools, offer ideal accommodation for families with babies and toddlers. The gentle curve of the sandy beach in front of the hotel is ideal for paddling and for playing fun games on the sand. It is also ideal for early and late summer vacations.
Situated in western Cyprus, the 5*Anassa Hotel epitomizes luxury family accommodation, with the added benefit of having a dedicated Explorers kids club within the hotel. There’s a separate sleep room, shaded playground and colorful indoor area, so it’s ideal for families traveling with younger children. Both the Amphora and Pelagos restaurants have a varied children’s menu and there’s a huge range of activities onsite, including the opportunity for children to try some local Cypriot baking. Cyprus is perfect for early and late season too.
Pine Cliffs, Algarve
Home to our longest running Scott Dunn Explorers kids club, Pine Cliffs is a favorite amongst our guests and a renowned family resort located in the Algarve, Portugal. With an expansive golden sandy beach and a fantastic choice of accommodation, including 2 and 3 bedroom residences which have full kitchens, it’s the perfect place to vacation with younger children. There’s a variety of on-site and off-site activities and toddlers are well catered for with our exclusive Explorers kids club and numerous pools, some of which are heated.
Scott Dunn villas in Mallorca and the south of France
Scott Dunn’s luxury catered villas provide the ultimate relaxing family vacation. Each villa is staffed with a qualified Scott Dunn nanny ensuring you have a stress free vacation whilst your children are having the most fantastic vacation, entertained with a variety of exciting activities tailored to their needs. Our Scott Dunn chefs will prepare delicious homemade meals for your children and each villa has a dedicated playroom full of toys, games, books and creative equipment and are kitted out with a family in mind so that you have one less thing to worry about.
Our best ski holidays with toddlers
Scott Dunn chalets
Scott Dunn’s luxury catered chalets are an ideal home-from-home setting for taking toddlers on a snowy adventure in the Alps. Our highly trained team of nannies are on hand to look after your little ones either in the chalet or in our superb Scott Dunn Explorers Club in Val d'Isère, leaving you free to have your own fun on the slopes, safe in the knowledge that your children will be well looked after and having their own action-packed adventures. Freshly prepared early children’s suppers and boxes of toys and games in the chalets will keep little ones well fed and entertained.
Val d’Isère Explorers kids club
Our purpose-built kids club in Val d'Isère is run by our team of fully qualified nannies and activity specialists and is available to both our chalet and hotel guests with children aged four months to 13 years. Each day we will collect your kids and take them to the spacious club for fun-filled days, getting them outdoors in the mountain air exploring and having fun in the snow – usually rounded off with a hot chocolate trip! For some down time, there’s a dedicated sleep room ensuring that your little ones don’t get worn out and home-cooked, tummy warming lunches are prepared each day to keep their energy levels up.
Portetta, Courchevel 1650
With a fantastic ski-in ski-out location in Courchevel 1650, the Portetta is a family-friendly hotel with an exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers club – ideal for toddlers and staffed with qualified Scott Dunn nannies. Little ones are split into age-appropriate groups with an exciting program of imaginative activities, many of which take places outdoors in the snow. We follow our smaller guests’ routines; with a dedicated sleep room for naps and complimentary lunches each day for under 5s. The hotel has excellent room options for families from large family rooms to larger loft-style accommodation with equipped kitchens.
Our favourite winter sun destinations with toddlers
The Ritz-Carlton Abama, Tenerife
Just a 4 hour flight from the UK, the Ritz-Carlton Abama is a renowned, family friendly resort hotel on the sunny island of Tenerife that ticks all the boxes for families traveling with babies and toddlers. There’s a gentle, small private golden sandy beach, which is unusual for Tenerife, great restaurant choices serving varied children’s menus and a fun-packed Ritz-Kids Club, which is complimentary for children between the ages of 4-12 years. It’s a really cool, fun space with plenty of interactive games and a number of soft play areas to explore. Children under 4 years are welcome to use the kids club, when accompanied by an adult. There’s a great selection of family room choices too, with a good number of interconnecting room options and some spacious one bedroom suites, the best of which have far reaching sea views. Tenerife is a year round destination and as such makes a perfect family escape at the beginning and end of season.
PER AQUUM Niyama, Maldives
Home of the Scott Dunn Explorers kids club, PER AQUUM Niyama has become one of our most popular Maldivan destinations. Catering for little people aged 12 months to 12 years, this is the only resort in the Maldives that caters for younger children. Niyama, however, delivers the goods to the whole family, with a fantastic range of watersports on offer as well as some of the most unique dining experiences in the Indian Ocean, including Subsix, an underwater restaurant and lounge located half a kilometer off the shore.
Anahita the Resort, Mauritius
Wonderfully spacious apartments and beautiful villas offer a lovely community feel to Anahita the resort. The innovative dining options, including ‘dial a chef’ mean you needn’t leave your room and still eat some fantastic freshly cooked Mauritian fayre. The Our Space kids club also offers a wealth of activities and experiences for youngsters to enjoy. With a refreshed look for winter 2016, Anahita will continue to be a firm favorite among Scott Dunn guests.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
A tranquil Oasis of calm in the Caribbean, stresses just fall away as you roll down the long driveway to Carlisle Bay. An incredibly family friendly resort, with a world renowned kids club, you can rest assured that the children are more than well catered for and they will be returned to you at the end of each day, exhausted but very happy, and ready to do it all over again. Situated in a quiet horseshoe bay, the calm waters with a cooling breeze make the perfect setting for a very chilled out trip to the Caribbean sunshine.
Our favourite destinations for toddlers
With their new-found mobility, toddlers are quite simply unstoppable. This has the potential to make vacations rather challenging, however our family travel specialists understand what works best for children of different ages and can recommend experiences you and your young adventurers will never forget.