The most beautiful hotels in Europe for baby friendly holidays

07/07/2020

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Sunny days are here and they bring with them the desire to escape to other horizons. The gentle warm summer wind blows the scent of the holidays on you… and a new member has joined the family! There are so many good reasons to plan your holiday with baby. Whether you come from France, Belgium or Switzerland, discover with us the most beautiful destinations in Italy, Greece or Spain, where you can stay with your newborn.

 

Mom kissing her baby's foot

 

Why Europe? Quite simply because we recommend that you give preference to the sea or the countryside with your baby, and opt for destinations located a few hours away from your home. We’ve set our sights on the Old Continent, a vast region with rich and varied landscapes, where you can discover top-of-the-range baby-friendly hotels.

 

1. Frequently asked questions

 

How to prepare a trip with baby?

The first smile, the first words, the first steps… all these little moments will remain forever engraved in your memory, just like his or her first holidays! To ensure that they are nothing but happiness and fulfilment, we advise you to prepare your baby’s trip well. To make sure you don’t forget anything in your suitcase, you can always consult this checklist we’ve put together, which includes all the essentials you’ll need throughout your stay for toddlers from 0 to 3 years old. Don’t forget, of course, to go to the paediatrician or doctor for a small health check-up before heading off on holiday.

 

Where and how to go on holiday with a baby?

Because every parent has asked themselves this question at least once in their life, we have tried to answer it in this ultra-exhaustive article, lovingly written by an experienced travelling mother. At what age can a baby travel? Which destinations should be preferred and which ones should be avoided? What papers do I need to travel with my new-born child? You will find all the necessary information you are looking for! Of course, the choice of the drop-off point remains the most decisive element, hence the importance of choosing a hotel with all the services that can make the stay easier for families travelling with a baby. And that’s what The Little Guest Hotels Collection is all about. We promise to find you the best possible establishment so that your baby can grow as much as you do on holiday.

 

What is the promise of The Little Guest Hotels Collection?

Every hotel in the prestigious Little Guest catalogue meets high standards of hospitality, making it easy for children aged 0-12 to stay. Toddlers have a place in these luxury establishments, which offer, among other things, safe baby clubs, baby equipment, early learning and development activities led by early childhood professionals and/or a babysitting service to enable you to make the most of your stay by striking the right balance between family and duo moments.

 

2. The most beautiful hotels in Europe for baby friendly holidays

 

For babies up to 10 months old

 

Hôtel Ermitage **** – Évian-les-Bains, France

Hotel Ermitage in France

 

A few steps from the shores of Lake Geneva, the sumptuous Hôtel Ermitage **** is nestled in Evian-les-Bains. This ultra-family-friendly establishment is set in a huge 19-hectare park and offers stunning views of the French and Swiss Alps. This is where young parents love to recharge their batteries and soak up the warm and friendly atmosphere! Thanks to their generous size and practical interior design, the hotel’s suites and rooms have been designed to accommodate happy families.

What’s there for your baby:

  • A baby resort which offers not only an early learning programme and various fun activities (painting, reading of stories and nursery rhymes, water games, musical awakening…), but also a baby nursery, a changing room and a siesta room;
  • A « Bébé Maman » (Baby Mum) programme, designed for young mothers and their infants from 4 to 10 months, which promises gentle moments of mother-child exchange in the morning and intense relaxation in the afternoon;
  • A special offer: the stay is free for babies (and for children up to 13 years old staying in the same room as their parents);
  • All the equipment necessary to welcome and comfort babies is provided (adapted menus, bottle warmers, baby monitors, organic cosmetics, bathtubs, beds, strollers, high chairs and pots).

 

What parents love:

  • The long walks on the shores of Lake Geneva, which can be easily reached from the Hôtel Ermitage;
  • The Quatre Terres Spa where you’ll find 9 treatment cabins, one of which is for two people, a rest area and its herbal tea room, a fitness room, a sauna, a hammam and two heated swimming pools, one of which is indoor;
  • The golf lessons and courses offered by the Evian Golf Academy of this « Best Luxury Golf Resort in Europe » (World Luxury Hotel Awards, 2015).

 

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Verdura Golf & Spa Resort ***** – Sicily, Italy

Mini club for baby and infinity pool for the parents at Verdura Resort in Sicily

 

Welcome to the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort *****, a top-of-the-range establishment where you can breathe the fresh air of the Sicilian countryside and the Mediterranean sea! You will find it among fields of olive and lemon trees, a dream setting that inspires families looking for sweetness and relaxation. The resort’s rooms, suites and villas, designed by the British hotel owner and interior designer Olga Polizzi in collaboration with Italian designer Flavio Albanese, are perfect for couples travelling with a baby.

What’s there for your baby:

  • A superb baby-club, the RBabies de Verduland, which welcomes every day (from mid-April to October) toddlers from 1 day to 3 years old and which consists of three areas supervised by experienced nannies: an entertainment room, an outdoor playground with a paddling pool and a room entirely dedicated to napping;
  • A baby-sitting service of very high quality to let Mum and Dad enjoy moments of their own;
  • A range of equipment essential to the smooth running of their stay (adapted menus, bottle warmer, baby phone, organic cosmetics, bath, bed, stroller, high chair and potty).

 

What parents love:

  • The incredible spa spread over an area of 4.000 sqm and its 3 infinity pools that open onto the valley;
  • The organized water activities and sports classes (yoga, Pilates, Zumba, aquagym, trekking, stretching, cardio pop dance, aquatic Zumba and many others);
  • The regional wines and Sicilian specialities tastings;
  • The two golf courses 9 and 18 holes, designed by the famous golf company Kyle Philips.

 

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For babies from 11 to 18 months old

 

Le Mas de Thau – Montagnac, France

A mother reading a book to her son at le Mas de Thau in France

 

Let’s discover Camargue with your family by staying at the Mas de Thau. This charming bucolic lodge offers a VIP welcome to its little guests and fills children with happiness! In addition to the secure outdoor swimming pool and the football pitch, the toddlers enjoy mini clubs entirely free of charge from 3 months onwards. The icing on the cake: the estate is located only 15 minutes by car from the Thau Pond, where you can find the beautiful beach of Meze for a relaxing holiday.

What’s there for your baby:

  • A complimentary crèche, a secure area with games, playmats, playpens, umbrella beds for napping and mini deckchairs;
  • Meals shared with the animation team every Wednesday in July and August;
  • A range of baby equipment for a comfortable stay;
  • A baby-sitting session OFFERED every Thursday evening and Friday morning

 

What parents love:

  • The free use of the spa where, every evening, they enjoy the sauna and hammam. Also available: cabins where treatments are given à la carte by an experienced practitioner (at an additional cost);
  • The romantic day offered by the lodge in Marseillan;
  • The local pastries and fresh bread distributed free of charge each morning;
  • The many gastronomic restaurants located in the vicinity of the estate;
  • The bicycle rides to visit the surrounding villages;
  • The opportunity to indulge in the pleasures of idleness by reading a good book by the pool, lulled by the scent of Provence.

 

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Martinhal Lisbonne Cascais Family Hotel ***** – Cascais, Portugal

Baby concierge at Martinhal Lisbonne Cascais

 

Its name says it all: the Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel ***** has been especially designed for families, and especially for children of all ages! Located on the Atlantic coast of the Portuguese capital, the hotel is set in a green setting, halfway between the city centre and a lush park. All rooms and villas are bathed in light thanks to their magnificent bay windows that open onto the peaceful gardens.

What’s there for your baby:

  • A complete baby kit which includes, among other things, gates for beds and stairs, beds and toilet seats adapted to their small size, bottle warmers and sterilizers;
  • An in-room babysitting service;
  • A baby-club for infants from 6 to 18 months, free during the off-season (from November to March) and at a price of 25€/2 hours during the high season (from April to October);
  • A 2.300 sqm playground to let babies take their first steps.

 

What parents love:

  • The Finisterra Spa where all types of massages are given (ayurvedic, relaxing hot stone or energizing);
  • Quinta da Marinha and Oitavos Dunes, two international golf courses easily accessible from the Martinhal Cascais.

 

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For babies from 19 to 24 months old

 

Cottages at São Lourenço do Barrocal  – Alentejo, Portugal

A baby at Cottage at São Lourenço do Barrocal

 

We will take you for an incomparable moment of escape to the Cottages at São Lourenço do Barrocal among the olive groves and old oaks of the Portuguese countryside. Immersed in a dreamlike scene, families revel in the small pleasures of life by staying in a cute, typical, and entirely private house. Little Guest’s favourite, this exceptional place turns out to be an ideal destination for parents with a baby. On the program: discovery, treasure hunts, games and laughter.

What’s there for your baby:

  • A giant treasure hunt organised for little ones to romp around in the countryside;
  • Creative themed workshops to develop young children’s abilities and familiarize them with nature;
  • A playroom with an enchanting universe;
  • Children’s and allergen-free menus prepared with fresh, local produce;
  • An aquatic pool entirely reserved for toddlers to splash around as much as they want.

 

What parents love:

  • The wide range of family activities available to practice with baby;
  • The relaxing moments at the São Lourenço do Barrocal spa, which offers a wide range of treatments by Susanne Kaufmann, numerous massages and treatments, as well as a hydrotherapy room;
  • The homemade breakfast offered by the house between 7:30 and 11:00 am.

 

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Domes of Elounda ***** – Crete, Greece

Kids area at Domes of Elounda in Crete

 

Live a waking dream on one of the most beautiful Greek islands: Crete. Perfect service, elegant design and harmony with nature make the Domes of Elounda ***** a prestigious address that families will be glad to discover. Being the perfect pied-à-terre for those who love to relax, this is where the magic happens to make your holiday a surreal escape. Idyllic setting, inimitable gastronomy, visits to historical sites, sports or discovery activities, modern rooms, everything is there, and more…

What’s there for your baby:

  • A range of childcare equipment with games, emergency bottles, bottle warmer, baby phone, cosmetics, bathtub, beds, stroller, high chair, pacifier, potty, and even car seats adapted to the age of your children during your transfers to and from the airport;
  • A special offer: the stay is free for toddlers up to 12 years old;
  • Gifts throughout the stay;
  • An upscale babysitting service;
  • A fully equipped and supervised crèche for maximum fun and safety;
  • The Bakaliko Mini Market where it is possible to buy absolutely everything necessary for baby’s well-being (wipes, small pots…);
  • Special baby menus, specially concocted by the Chefs of the different restaurants of the hotel.

 

What parents love:

  • The countless sailing excursions in the Gulf of Elounda, the culinary festivals, film screenings or barbecue evenings;
  • The opportunity to take part in a digital detoxification program that has many surprises in store for you;
  • The spa for deserved moments of relaxation;
  • Duo cooking classes;
  • The exploration of paradisiacal coves aboard a romantic cruise;
  • Fitness, diving or aquatic yoga lessons.

 

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Have a nice first trip with your baby!

 

Pernell Biardeau

Pernell, 24 years old, travel lover, from Angers, France

 

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