Take the teens to Stargazer, Bel Ombre, Mauritius
From making friends with 100-year-old tortoises to walking with lions, Mauritius offers up a range of family-friendly activities like nowhere else. A tropical island dropped in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the warm, clear sea, the golden sandy beaches and the luscious nature reserves and forests provide huge scope for adventurous kids and teens. Boasting the longest zip lines in the Indian Ocean, and epic canyoning at Tamarin Falls, Mauritius gets the adrenalin pumping.
Stay at Stargazer, The Hideaways Club's four-bedroom home in the exclusive Villas Valriche Estate on the south of the island. Part of the Domaine de Bel Ombre, a former 18th-century sugar plantation, Stargazer is built in contemporary plantation-house style with an infinity pool and open gardens with views stretching over the estate and down to the ocean.
Teenage kids will love the private beach with numerous water
sports available, and the Valriche Nature Reserve, home to monkeys,
is a short walk away.
Action for all ages at Chalet Soleil, Chamonix, France
Chamonix isn't just about blockbusting skiing and snowboarding in winter, it's a vibrant, action-packed town to visit at any time of year. Don't be deterred by the towering mountains surrounding it - including Europe's highest, Mont Blanc - the valley has plenty of easy-going trails, that follow the contours rather than cross them, which offer gentle introductions to mountain biking and hiking. For more adventurous and experienced families, those towering peaks are a world-class playground for epic experiences.
Check into Chalet Soleil, The Hideaways Club's four-bedroom Alpine lodge in the pretty hamlet of Les Tines, 4km from the centre of Chamonix. With a games room and a hot tub to soak in after an active day on the trails, Chalet Soleil is an utterly splendid mountain retreat.
Make the most of The Hideaways Club's Local Concierge team to take care of all the action for your family, from white-water rafting to rock climbing, clambering through the adventure tree park to taking a ride on the Montenvers rack and pinion railway to the Mer de Glace glacier.
Bring the grandkids to Casa Cielo, Sardinia, Italy
Families of all ages will find plenty to love in Sardinia, the Italian island with out-of-this-world beaches and a wild, rugged interior. The Mediterranean's second largest island, it's fiercely independent yet offers all that we know and love of Italy - fabulous food, unrivalled history and spectacular scenery. Kids young and old will want to make a beeline for the coast, where emerald seas and picture-perfect coves promise languid days under the summer sun.
Take a holiday at Casa Cielo in Golfo Aranci, just south of the popular Costa Smeralda and the heart of the international jet set. Surrounded by juniper bushes, yellow granite boulders and olive trees, Casa Cielo is a five-bedroom traditional stone villa with a large pool and plenty of secluded spots. Nearby are Porto Rotondo's beautiful beaches, and it's a five-minute drive to Golfo di Marinella, with its many shops and restaurants, and stunning sandy beach.
Teens will love the independence of staying in Casa Cielo's
separate annex, and kids of all ages will be unable to resist the
simple pleasures of playing in the pool and at the beach.
Surf's up at Villa Asmara, Bali, Indonesia
Indulge any surfing fans in the family with a trip to Bali, famed the world over for its warm-water waves and year-round swells. Holidaymakers may come for the surfing, but the island's other qualities - white beaches, ethereal temples, active volcanoes and volcanic lakes - also offer plenty to entice. It's a heady mix of tropical paradise amid stunning scenery, and any family members not bitten by the surfing bug will find the excellent coral-reef diving and the buzz of Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali hard to resist.
Stay at Villa Asmara, The Hideaways Club's five-bedroom luxury home near the village of Canggu on Bali's south coast. A peaceful, spiritual and welcoming spot, Asmara is set in lush grounds and designed in the style of a Balinese temple compound, with separate, smaller pavilions centred around one large, open-sided 'wantilan' or main pavilion. The swimming pool is elegant and resembles a traditional reflecting pool, overlooked by a giant Buddha head.
A great option for younger families too, the villa's live-in
staff will not only cook and clean, they can also provide
babysitting - leaving you free to venture out and explore the
incomparable Balinese cuisine.
Take the toddlers to Villa Palmeria, Algarve, Portugal
Owning your best life comes easy in the Algarve - one of the most quintessential family holiday destinations, its golden beaches are framed by limestone cliffs and the sun seems to always shine on long, lazy days. Children of all ages are warmly welcomed, and it's an ideal destination for a first foreign foray with a baby or toddler in tow, especially in late spring and early autumn when the climate is perfect for al fresco dinners and paddling in the sea.
The five-bedroom Villa Palmeria is the consummate spot to enjoy the best of the Algarve. Set among the exclusive resort of Dunas Douradas, the beach and the wetlands of the Ria Formosa Natural Park are both just a few minutes away, and numerous championship golf courses neighbour the villa, including Victoria Golf Vilamoura, home to the Portugal Golf Masters 2020 European Tour.
But for kids of all ages, Villa Palmeria's main appeal is its pool - set on the terrace by the open-plan living area, it's the ideal spot for holiday high jinx.