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Will October Half Term be the New August Holiday?

Will October Half Term be the New August Holiday?

So summer plans may be on hold, but we’ve always preferred getting away as autumn sets in. Could the lifting of travel restrictions, new air bridges agreements, and the combination of attractive holiday offers see October Half Term becoming the new August for family holidays?

Need some inspo on where to head? Here’s some travel to stir the senses.

A Home Away From Home At Il Borgo Di Petroio From Tuscany Now & More, Italy – Now Open 

Set on an important 900 acre estate, this beautiful stone farmhouse rises in the hills above Rufina. Il Borgo Di Petroio from Tuscany Now & More makes for a perfect family villa thanks to its large size and recent renovation. The villa features large rooms with high white wash beamed ceilings, air-conditioned bedrooms and contemporary en-suite bathrooms.

The whole family can take advantage of the professional kitchen and spacious dining room as well as natural lighting pouring in through the doors and windows from the wide garden just outside. Tuscany Now & More’s expert concierge team can arrange cooking classes for all ages.

A guest house – perfect for grandparents or teenage children is attached to the main villa. It features more rooms and leads to a charming courtyard with a second kitchen, brick oven and large fireplace. The villa’s large private swimming pool is the perfect place for children to play and for parents to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills, while sunbathing under the Tuscan sun.  A playful or competitive match of tennis can also be enjoyed on the estate’s astro-turf tennis court.

This 5 bedroom property sleeps up to 14 people and Tuscany Now & More (www.tuscanynowandmore.com, 020 7684 8888) offer Il Borgo Di Petroio from £4,933 per week.

Thrilling Holiday Adventure at Quinta Do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal – The Campus Now Open & The Magnolia Hotel opening on 22nd June 2020

Combine a thrilling holiday adventure in Quinta do Lago with the relaxed contemporary accommodation at The Magnolia Hotel. Nestled within the beautiful Algarve region, the hotel offers access to the brand-new multi-sports hub, The Campus, and the hive of activity in the surrounding Quinta do Lago area. Fit for all family members, the incredible resort offers an array of sports and activities, as well as an unrivalled food and drink offering. Perfect for kids, parents and grandparents, guests can take advantage of Quinta do Lago’s three award-winning golf courses and The Campus’ brand new high-performance sports and fitness training centre which offers celebrity rugby, football and dance camps with the likes of Anton Ferdinand, Jamie Redknapp and Brian O’Driscoll.

For more information please visit The Quinta do Lago website (www.quintadolago.com) or contact on +351 289 005 300. The Family Cottages are available from €216/£188 per night on a B&B basis and kids stay and eat for free. For more info, visit https://www.themagnoliahotelqdl.com/special-offers

Family Fun in the Alps at Courmayeur Mont BlancOpening from 29th June 2020 

Courmayeur Mont Blanc, situated on the Italian side of Mont Blanc is a veritable playground for families. With its car-free cobbled streets, family-run hotels, charming atmosphere, short transfer times and the superb offering of hiking, biking and fresh air, it’s no surprise that Courmayeur Mont Blanc is already a firm favourite among mountain-loving families, many of whom return year after year. 

Treat the children and the whole family to a nature holiday in Courmayeur Mont Blanc, in the heart of the Alps. Courmayeur Mont Blanc, where the whole family can embrace the great outdoors, delicious mountain gourmet and unique aspects of Courmayeur from Skyway to white water rafting. There are also indoor sports at the foot of Mont Blanc. The Courmayeur Forum Sports Centre has facilities for ice skating, indoor climbing, tennis, table tennis, golf and 5-a-side football.

For more information on Courmayeur Mont Blanc visit: https://www.courmayeurmontblanc.it/en. Images: Courmayeur Mont Blanc.

Rebalance and Reset with Family Fitness at Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa – Opening 1st July 2020

If you’re in need of a health MOT but the family deserve a holiday too why not combine the two at one of Europe’s leading spa hotels which also happens to be a superb beach resort? With its new 7 night Family Wellness Package, Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa is the ultimate family friendly wellness destination, where spa lovers can relax and enjoy a wide range of Longevity wellness programmes and treatments, whilst the family don’t have to compromise on a fabulous holiday at a stunning beach resort in the Algarve, Portugal. Families can enjoy a variety of activities together including yoga, fitness and healthy cooking sessions.

Idyllically set within the tranquillity of 11-hectare gardens and offering direct access to a secluded sandy beach, Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa is home to one of the best Thalassotherapy Centres in the world. Complemented by five outdoor pools of fresh or sea water, four tennis courts and two excellent restaurants providing quality healthy cuisine, the resort also offers a superb Kids Club and a range of options for kids to stay healthy and active alongside their parents.

Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa (longevityvilalara.com, reservations@longevity.pt, +351 967 108 244) offers the 7-night Family Wellness Package from €2,347 / £2,028 based on two adults and one child staying in a Junior Suite Garden View and from €3,422 / £2,957 for a family of two adults and two children.

Marine Activities & Children’s Exhibitions s at MarBella Corfu, Greece – Opening 4th July 2020

Situated in the tranquil south-east corner of Corfu and fringed by the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea, the luxurious MarBella Corfu, offers a breadth of family friendly activities including Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Safaris and robotics workshops. One highlight is the incredible Posidonia Meadows found on the seabed right in front of the hotel. Located only in clear, unpolluted water, these mesmerising ‘grassy’ meadows are bursting with beautiful sea life and great environmental benefits. This summer, guests will be able to delve a little deeper into the life and workings of a Posidonia Meadow through an insightful exhibition taking place at MarBella Corfu. Comprising educational video presentations, stunning photographic exhibitions and children’s workshops, guests of all ages will be able to fully appreciate the beauty and environmental benefits of these fascinating ecosystems.

MarBella Corfu (www.marbella.gr, +30 2661 071183) offers a Family Garden View Room from £253 per night on a half board basis (based on a family of 4 sharing). Images: MarBella Corfu.

Watersport Activities for all the Family at Windjammer Landing, St Lucia – Opening 17th July 2020

Nestled into 60 acres of lush hillside on St Lucia’s north western coast, Windjammer Landing is a Mediterranean style resort on a large crescent-shaped stretch of beach, boasting six swimming pools (two of them for kids), a selection of signature restaurants and bars, spa, fitness centre, watersports programmes and well-equipped kids club. 

With complimentary windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding, pedal boating, day and night tennis, 24-hour fitness centre access, and water aerobics guests are encouraged to be as busy or relaxed as they like. Motorised water sports and scuba diving are also available and the St Lucia Golf and Country Club’s 18-hole course is just a 25-minute drive away. At the end of an action-packed day, Windjammer’s Spa provides the perfect tranquil setting to relax and unwind. For younger guests, the Jacquot Kids Club offers a fun-filled daily programme of activities for children aged from 4 to 12, while teens can participate in escorted outings both at the resort and further afield.

Rooms at Windjammer Landing (www.windjammer-landing.com) start a US$266.00 per night with villas starting at US$448.00.

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