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Escape to Europe this year for a short-haul holiday packed full of family-friendly activities. Here’s a few to inspire…

If you’re a parent of water babies, then look no further than the Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus. There is a separate swimming pool for younger guests, yet in the same area as the main pool so that you can still keep a watchful eye out. Or if they prefer to play in the sand, then the long stretch of Blue Flag beach is ideal, offering numerous watersports for teens too. Our Concierge team can book swimming instruction here for you or your children.

The hill-top retreat of Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa offers the perfect vantage point to survey the picturesque views of Mallorca island. The heated kids’ pool, and club, will give them a holiday while you enjoy a spa treatment or an al fresco tapas lunch. Private yachts are available for day excursions to explore the island’s beaches and nearby coves, as well as snorkelling in the Med.

Luxurious Tenerife resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, has fantastic facilities and varied accommodation types for families travelling with children. The newly refurbished deluxe rooms in the Citadel are very spacious and you can opt for two connecting or one/two bedroom suites. The Ritz Kids’ club is vast, the golf course superb, the restaurants diverse and the golden sand beach and some six swimming pools perfect for water babies. Younger guests will also love the whale and dolphin watching and the live video link to see the turtles at Loro Parque!

For an experience they’ll love to share with their friends when they’re back home, the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel offers ‘Sleep with the sharks’! This once in a lifetime experience is available during the summer holidays and includes transfers to the Palma Aquarium, dinner, games and activities, a night’s sleep ‘in’ the shark tank and breakfast the next morning. An adventure not to be missed for intrepid younger travellers.