The Long-Haul Villa: Skye House, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has bounced back with a resilience we’ve come to expect from the teardrop isle and continues to offer families a thrilling adventure amongst its beaches, hill country, jungles and incense-swirled temples.
The best way for a group to experience Sri Lanka is with a spacious villa, which comes with an army of smiley staff to cook, entertain the children, clean up, even teach you how to make curry including a morning market trip to pick out fresh vegetables. We love the gorgeous beachside villa Skye House, with its five ensuite bedrooms and a bunk room for kids, set around a coconut tree-dotted garden. A deserted white-sand beach is steps away and Galle, with its fort, lighthouse and buzzy restaurants is just 30 minutes by tuk-tuk. Your days will follow a relaxed routine by the pool at the villa or on the beach, and evenings are for al fresco curry feasts under the stars. Consider adding a week to explore Sri Lanka to see whales, leopards, crocodiles and elephants in the wild.
The Takeover: Mas de la Serra, Spain
When you’re a big group, it’s surprising what can become available to you. Take this restored farmhouse, Mas de la Serra, hidden away in glorious hilly countryside, dubbed ‘Spain’s Tuscany’. Take over all 11 bedrooms exclusively, and suddenly the infinity pool, dining terrace, stargazing spot and cosy restaurant serving Peruvian food, is all yours.
And that’s not all. The rugged countryside is full of adventure – kids love discovering hidden waterfalls and secret swimming spots. Young and old enjoy fishing in the rivers, searching for fossils and eagle-spotting. With a car, grandparents can make a break for the fascinating Medieval castle in nearby Valderrobres. Come evening, watch the sunset behind craggy peaks with a pisco sour in hand before family movie time in the cinema room.
The resort hotel: Heritage Villas, Mauritius
Mauritius is a surprisingly good option for families travelling in larger groups. Not only is it remarkable value, it offers reliable weather year-round, and gives your family holiday a certain exotic sheen that’s sure to please everyone from moody teens to me-time grandparents.
At Heritage Villas, it’s all so easy, with two, three- or four-bedroom villas that each come with a pool, golf cart and stunning sea views. Groceries can be ordered in advance, plus private chefs can come and cook in your villa, which means more time for the fun things like cocktails at the private beach club, a round of golf or hiking the UNESCO biosphere. Kids will love pootling around by golf buggy and babysitters are on-hand if grown-ups want to explore the five-star restaurants and bars on site.
The European Villa: Villa Lillì, Sicily
Spend your summer in sunny Sicily at spacious Villa Lillì. Located near the beachside resort of Mondello, close to Palermo, this stylish and modern villa has a cool, light-filled interior, wrapped around by verdant gardens overflowing with flowers. The uniquely shaped swimming pool, edged by loungers is the focal point for families, and the shaded terrace is the scene of many an al fresco dinner, where you can feast on Sicilian produce such as arancini and aubergine caponata.
The villa has its own bicycles which guests can use to head down to Mondello beach, 15 minutes away where there is a lively beach scene including a Michelin-starred restaurant. From here you can hire a boat to take a trip up the coast and explore the island of Ustica. In nearby Palermo, wander ancient streets framed by baroque churches, gold-mosaic palazzos and imposing cathedrals before a spot of shopping, pizza and arancini followed by ice cream.
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