Family Trips To Book Now

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Okay, okay, so we’ve just had some time off, but what better way to get through January than to book a family trip (or trips). Beach or mountain, we’ve got you covered.

Save with Sani

Ahead of the 2024 season, Sani Resort, a world-class luxury holiday destination, is offering all guests up to 20% off their next holiday. The luxury family-friendly resort offers five award-winning hotels – Sani Beach, Sani Club, Porto Sani, Sani Asterias and Sani Dunes. Located on the Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki, 80 km southeast of Thessaloniki International Airport, Sani is nestled in a peaceful 1000-acre reserve, surrounded by pine forests and beautiful beaches. For nearly 50 years it has set the benchmark for luxury hospitality in Europe, with world-leading facilities including a private marina, the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, the Chelsea FC Foundation and the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Sani also hosts two globally renowned cultural events, Sani Festival and Sani Gourmet.

The resort welcomes Little Guests to experience the magical kingdom of Sani and its surrounding nature, with free stays for little ones at Porto Sani, Sani Beach and Sani Club, and reduced stays at Sani Dunes and Sani Asterias. With a complete range of high-end baby equipment and custom furnishings, guests can travel without the pushchair, cot, bottle steriliser and bedding. As well as the staples, the hotel can supply from white noise machines to soothe your baby to sleep, to baby monitors to put parents’ minds at ease, all available upon request.

Book before the 31st January 2024 and receive up to 20% off at the below hotels at Sani Resort. Subject to availability. (https://sani-resort.com/offers/special-offers)

Sani Beach – Enjoy up to 20% off when you book to stay between 11 April – 1 May & 12-17 May 2024. 

Sani Club – Enjoy up to 20% off when you book to stay between 25 April – 17 May 2024.

Sani Dunes – Enjoy up to 20% off when you book to stay between  18 April – 1 May 2024.

Porto Sani –  Enjoy up to 20% off when you book to stay between 11 April – 1 May & 12-17 May 2024. 

Ikos Discounts

Ikos Resorts are also offering guests up to 20% off their next spring and summer holiday. As summer sun planning begins, why not head to one of Ikos’ breathtaking Greek properties and enjoy Taittinger, complimentary Tesla rides and endless activities. Across Corfu, Halkidiki and Kos, families can rejoice and relax at Ikos Resorts where up to 2 children under 12 can stay free, allowing for non-stop family fun which doesn’t break the bank.

Guests will experience unconditional luxury; dining on menus designed by Michelin-starred chefs, exploring the coastline in a Tesla and relaxing with spa treatments by Anne Semonin Paris whilst kids can spend their days in the expert led kids club or playing with professionals on the Football Escapes courses.

Book before the 31st January 2024 and receive up to 20% off at the below hotels at Ikos Resorts. Subject to availability. (ikosresorts.com/offers/special-offers/)

Properties include, Ikos Odisia, Ikos Dassia, Ikos Aria, Ikos Oceania & Ikos Olivia. Dates and discounts vary across hotels – please see more details in the link here.

Clever Skiing at Madonna di Campiglio

Image: Paolo Luconi Bisti

At the heart of the Dolomites, Madonna di Campiglio is a firm favourite for seasoned skiiers and this year a clever innovation to passes means you only pay for the time you actually skied. Starpass is the next-generation card that replaces the traditional season ticket. It’s available online (at mypass.ski or using the mypass app) and is associated with the MyPass Ski card (which has annual cost of 10 euros). You can have the card sent to your home or pick it up at the ski area. 

Starpass uses the MyPass Ski system, so it only charges you for the time you actually skied, because it calculates the difference between your first and last time up the slope. The price you pay depends on whether it’s low, high, or very high season. By skiing on the “right” days, you can both save money and enjoy perfectly groomed, uncrowded slopes. Plus, the price of the ski passes you purchase will never reach the highest list price. When you get to the Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta ski area, you can skip the lines at the ticket office and head straight to the slopes.

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Dreamy Dorset

Escape to the picturesque Dorset countryside to recover from the festive excesses and snuggle up in a cosy hideaway at Outbuildings. The family-run Outbuildings have 7 gorgeous, rustic-chic lodges sleeping 2-6 adults. In February they will launch two more. Think a mini-Soho Farmhouse, without all the people you might run into!

This family run converted farm sleeps 2-6 people in each of its 7 (soon 9) beautifully appointed lodges – each one converted from traditional barns and farm buildings. It’s a place to escape the rat run and immerse yourself in quiet indulgence. Think champagne in the woodland outdoor hot tub, cuddling up in the Hay Barn Cinema with hot chocolate, pizza and naughty treats on tap, ordering delicious cocktails to your sofa (Text for a Tipple) and cooking up a storm with the Breakfast Bites hamper. 

Two new lodges will open in February 2024, located in ‘The Byre’. Both will have outdoor copper baths, showers with a view, and big beds looking out of wall of glass. 

Three times a week local chef Mark Kick, formerly of The Ivy, whips up a delicious menu of local, seasonal produce in The Cart Shed. Alternatively, you can enjoy home-cooked ‘ready meals’ in your lodge or the Baaaa. 

While most rooms suit adults-only, cots can be supplied on request, but please ask when booking.

holidayoutbuildings.com

Book a Festival!

You may have gathered that we’re all in favour of booking things to look forward to and this one should be on your list. Elderflower Fields invites you to the happiest little corner of the Sussex countryside for a weekend of adventure and fun. Taking place 24-26th May, this award-winning family festival is filled with music, art, nature, sport, science, and a chance for kids to be kids and parents to relax in the beautiful surroundings of the Ashdown Forest.

Designed for those with young children, Elderflower Fields is an opportunity for little festival first-timers to lead the way into a magical world of Moonshine Fandango fun, Leapfrog Lawns games, and Urban Woods adventure. Many families return year after year with the knowledge of a safe and nurturing holiday filled with new experiences and unforgettable family memories. Set in the exquisite High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, expect the finest locally sourced food and drink, a woodland spa for adults, and plenty of camping space with excellent facilities and glamping upgrades available.

This year’s theme ‘Fairytales Gone Wrong vs Rubbish Ideas’ will fill the woods with upcycled wonder. A world of wonky stories and imaginative ideas. Celebrate the wealth of creativity that can be found in pre-loved and post-use helping achieve the Festival Vision 2025 pledge for sustainable outdoor events. Of course, all with a sprinkling of Elderflower Fields magic!

south.elderflowerfields.co.uk

And finally…

If you’re not quite ready to book a trip, stave off Blue Monday with an easy visit to London Wetland Centre in Barnes. Take a look here to find out more.

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