Five of the Best Villas for Active Families
It is probably fair to say that expectations of the luxury family holiday have never been higher. With most families, adults and children alike, enjoying a full schedule of work and leisure activities throughout the year, down time is at a premium, but so is the expectation of a range of diversions and pastimes to match normal energy levels. Fortunately, there are a number of quality properties around the world that go the extra mile in providing for active families.
A private island might conjure visions of secluded splendour and relaxation. Whilst the marvellous Peacock Island in the Bahamas certainly delivers on that front, it also offers a brilliant cross-section of activities which make the most of its location. The private harbour offers a gateway into the cruising, fishing and water sports that the Bahamas is well-known for, and there is also a sea-view infinity pool, fitness centre and tennis court.
Greece is another nation that makes full use of its maritime charms. The Princess Alexia Villa in Argostoli, Kefalonia is right on the water front, with pretty gardens perfect for wandering through and mini nature treks for little ones. The well-maintained professional standard tennis court and pool round out the facilities for active families. Secluded sandy beaches for swimming and snorkelling are just two minutes away.
Corfu is a very appealing island destination for families seeking sport and culture as well as chilling out. The Alessia family villa in Gouvia, with room for up to 12 guests, is a picturesque walk from some of the island’s best beaches. On site there is an inspiring range of amenities, including a gym, complete with treadmill and bike, tennis court and a spa with treatment rooms. The Gouvia Marina is just 1km away from the property for families who wants to take advantage of the superlative sailing and fishing opportunities.
For those adventurous families who also demand VIP level pampering, the Private Villa Mykonos, in Agios Lazaros, can accommodate several families as well as staff in an ultra-luxe, new-built property. With 13 opulent en-suite bedrooms, the villa overlooks three gorgeous beaches and enjoys a swimming pool, pool bar and Jacuzzi. The high spec spa for unwinding after an active day includes a TechnoGym fitness room with sea views, infrared sauna, steam bath and massage room with sauna.
Finally, the Vila Flor Da Vida in Barrinha, Brazil offers an entirely unique range of activities. Enjoying a desirable beach-front location, with a pool and ping pong table, it is the perfect jumping-off point for kitesurfing. The area is legendary for it, including Prea, voted best kitesurfing destination in the world, and less than ten minutes away by quad bike or buggy. It is also a gateway into some of Brazil’s uniquely rich natural world, to be explored by horseback, hiking and fishing.
With such astonishing opportunities to seize, there is ample chance for families to set their own pace in creating a perfect experience for every member, from the most laid-back to the most energetic, in some of the most globally desirable settings.
By Phileas French, Travel Writer