Over the last few years the world really has got smaller. Long-haul flights and connections are less stressful, and family holiday destinations such as India and Mexico, which were once considered choices for back-packers or single travellers, are now standard family holiday destinations. When choosing a family holiday destination the world really is your oyster, but before opting for the long-haul exotic option, it's worth looking at what's on offer closer to home. European resorts really have responded to the threat from the wider world and the results are some of the most breath taking, glamorous and unique luxury family resorts imaginable.
It's worth finding a travel company that specialises in luxury family resorts and has a specialist family or European team. Kuoni, Scott Dunn, The Luxury Travel Company and Virgin all have highly trained advisors who will discuss your family's specific needs with you and tailor your luxury family holiday to meet them.
An example of one of the truly spectacular luxury family hotels in Europe is The Anassa hotel in Cyprus. As well as having an award winning spa, beautiful scenery and gourmet restaurants, this luxury hotel also has first class children's facilities including a baby crèche and children's club, as well as a huge variety of water sports and activities for older children and teenagers.
France is also a fantastic choice for British families as it is possible to drive there which for those with babies or toddlers is often an attractive choice. Those who love their food or enjoy champagne could find a luxury family hotel in France the perfect family holiday destination.
Set in a hidden corner of Provence, the Four Seasons is an enchanting location. There are 110 spacious suites and bungalows dotted throughout the lavender-filled gardens, two championship golf courses, a brand new spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant. This luxury family hotel not only welcomes children but takes pride in making sure that the programme it offers stimulates and excites them. Arts and crafts, sports, treasure hunts and talent shows are all led by specialists who take a massive amount of pride in a children's club that has families coming back year after year.
Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey all have luxury family resorts that offer just as much glamour, pampering and 'wow factor' as their more far flung counter parts, but with the ease and security of knowing that you are close to home.