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.

Scott Dunn Explorers kids clubs

Kick back and relax while your toddler makes new friends, learns new skills and explore their imagination. Choosing somewhere with a kids' club for your family vacation is a great way to ensure everyone has a wonderful time. Feel happy in the knowledge that your children are receiving the best care throughout their vacation, in a safe, stimulating environment under the supervision of friendly, experienced, UK-qualified childcare professionals. Our children's clubs are available in the Algarve, Cyprus, Crete, Dubrovnik and Thailand.

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.

Anahita the Resort, Mauritius

On the east coast of Mauritius in a natural tropical setting, Anahita the Resort offers a unique and luxury private suite experience with outstanding facilities, including the superb OurSpace children's club, run in association with Scott Dunn. Children can have a fantastic time at the OurSpace children’s club whilst you perfect your swing on either of the Championship golf courses, or indulge in a spa treatment.

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

An incredibly family friendly resort, Carlisle Bay has excellent facilities for young children, including clubs suitable for all ages. "Cool Kids Club" for children from six months to six years, includes facilities like a sand pit, paddling pool, jungle gym and mini tennis courts, and activities range from painting to treasure hunts and turtle watching. A contemporary and luxurious hotel situated in a quiet cove on the unspoiled south coast, with a backdrop of lush tropical rainforest, it is a haven for families.

Esencia, Mexico

Overlooking the turquoise Caribbean and the powder white sands of the Mexican Riviera, Esencia is an intimate boutique hideaway and the perfect choice for families. A superb base to explore the cultural delights of the Yucatan Peninsula, Esencia offers fantastic two-bedroom cottages, which are the perfect choice for families and afford plenty of space and privacy and have their own private pool.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Maldives

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa boasts superb accommodation and facilities on an idyllic Maldivian island, perfect for families, with a wide range of activities and a kids' club. Just a short speedboat ride from Malé, Kuda Huraa boasts Maldivian charm with secluded white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The facilities on offer Kuda Huraa include a fantastic kids' club, a dedicated children's pool and a comprehensive babysitting service.

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh is a grand and luxurious hotel situated on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. With a huge range of facilities, family-friendly two-bedroom Residential Suites and fantastic family offers, it's a perfect vacation for families with toddlers. The 'Family Package' includes complimentary upgrade to a two-bedroom suite with the second bedroom for the children, 3-hours of daily babysitting, personalized children's menus and a 20% discount on spa treatments so mum and dad. It's just a 5-hour direct flight from the UK and a 10-minute drive from the airport to the resort.

One&Only Cape Town, South Africa

One&Only Cape Town is located at the heart of the Victoria and Alfred waterfront and welcomes children and families. Offering excellent accommodation, an abundance of enriching activities and a dedicated KidsOnly program, One&Only Cape Town is an ideal location for a family vacation to South Africa.

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.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your family vacation

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