At Tiny Travelship we’re here to prove that your love of travel is one thing you do not need to sacrifice with kids in tow. Having a baby doesn’t automatically restrict you to high-rise hotels, beige buffets and nightly discos. We’ve all heard of the family-friendly juggernauts, but what if your tastes are a little more boutique? From a honey-hued hacienda in Spain, through to an artists retreat in Tuscany and an out-of-this-world hilltop hangout in Vietnam, parents are spoilt for choice with these 5 hidden gem family holidays that allow for a truly glorious getaway (no singing mascots in sight).
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Casa La Siesta, Cadiz
Book for: adult indulgences
Offering a completely new take on parent friendly getaways is Casa la Siesta, an adults-only country retreat that opens its doors to families four times a year. Mums and dads are encouraged to lean into slower paced siesta-studded days, whilst babes snooze next to the lavender lined pool or totter around the Eden-esque gardens. A name to know for foodies, the fresh, local produce is delicious. You’d be hard pushed to find a more resplendent abode to recharge drained parental batteries.
Villa Lena, Tuscany
Book for: a creative and culinary hotpot
An hour’s drive from Florence, nestled in the Tuscan hills, sits Villa Lena. More than just a picture-perfect agriturismo, this hotel-meets-art-foundation offers a one of a kind experience for the whole family. Inside the salmon-pink palace walls a roster of painters, film makers, musicians, poets, interior designers and writers are in residence, allowing parents to reignite their passions with expert masterclasses and workshops. Not just deliciously stimulating for the mind, the gourmet-garden-to-fork dishes are well worth the trip alone. Tiny travellers aren’t forgotten either, with their own classes to cultivate creativity. The glittering pool (complete with toys, floats and cocktail service) is the icing on this inspired cake.
"A creative country estate with workshops held by resident artists"
Rebali Riads, Essaouira
Book for: a home-from-home with hands-on-help
Rebali Riads strikes the perfect balance between a self-catered stay and hotel holiday. The spacious villas, designed as traditional riads, offer ample space for families laden with luggage and provide the all important amenities that make travelling tiny infinitely easier - fully equipped kitchens, separate sleeping spaces, secure gardens and private pools. As if that weren’t impressive enough, parents can get pampered in the onsite hammam, or get their blood pumping (in a positive way) via a game of tennis or volleyball. Children will delight in the resident tortoises, heated splash pool hangout, table tennis and beautiful beach in easy reach.
Riva Lofts, Florence
Book for: a family friendly city break
Culture vulture jaunts with kids are a lot easier when you have somewhere relaxing to return to every night. A ten minute walk from Florence’s main sights, Riva Lofts houses a collection of seriously fashionable riverside suites. Magazine-worthy interiors aside, the real showstopper is the swish swimming pool - a real rarity for city hotels and the perfect place for tiny travellers to cool down after a day of Renaissance reckoning. The parent pleasing ticks don’t stop there - the rooms are seriously spacious, the buffet breakfasts make our mouths water just thinking about them and to top it off - there’s a well stocked honesty bar in the garden for post bedtime, adults-only Aperols.
"A riverside oasis combining rustic charm with achingly chic interiors"
Book for: magical memories
There’s more to family travel than Disney and package holidays. If you know where to look there’s an abundance of authentic adventures waiting to be had, that don’t compromise on luxuries, big or small. In an otherworldly realm of rice paddies, lush lagoons and verdant jungle sits Avana Retreat – a one of a kind hideaway sure to be a core memory making experience like no other. A love letter to Vietnam’s stunning scenery and rich heritage, guests are treated to a culturally immersive stay, where Mother Nature nurtures all. There’s a complimentary Kids Club (3+) for young explorers, plus treasure hunts through the jungle. With tots taken care of, parents can experience Zen, floating on air in the spectacular 3-tiered Cloud Pool.