50 fabulous hotels for a family-friendly break in the Mediterranean

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Le Dune in Sardinia is one of Forte Village's five-star hotels and boasts a multitude of activities for families

Whether your children are looking for the full gamut of watersports while on holiday (surfing, stand-up paddleboarding or diving), educational gains (archeological digs, theatre courses, pizza-making), or are happy with simply help-yourself gelato and a swimming pool (or seven) – this comprehensive guide, selected by Telegraph Travel experts, covers all the bases – from budget to luxury – for a fun-filled family break. 

SPAIN

Whether you like secret coves where the children can run wild, or miles of sand with all sorts of watersports on offer, there are beaches to suit all families in mainland Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands. All ages will love learning to dive in Menorca, paddleboard in Ibiza or kitesurf in Fuerteventura. There are plenty of toddler-friendly beaches with shallow water, from the Costa del Sol to Formentera and Gran Canaria. Head to northern Spain –Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country – for unspoiled beaches where you can surf before scoffing superb seafood. Stay in a hotel packed with facilities to keep everyone amused or go for simple pleasures in a no-frills place right by the sea.

WHERE TO STAY . . . 

Menorca

Melia Cala Galdana

Meliá Cala Galdana

Menorca, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

This is one of the few Menorca hotels that are actually on the beach. The hotel has a shallow pool for children, a club which keeps ages nine months to 12 years busy day and night with games, crafts, discos and films, and nightly entertainment. Other activities can be arranged by the hotel, from scuba diving to equestrian shows. Family rooms feature interconnecting bedrooms, and menus all have child-friendly options. Read expert review From £327 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Cugo Gran, Mahon, Menorca

Cugó Gran

Mahón, Menorca, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

This is an ideal location for families with a penchant for all things natural, with plenty of hiking, cycling and picnicking areas. The villa offers a wide selection of entertainment options for children: a play area with treehouse and swing, outdoor chess, life-sized Jenga and croquet equipment. Qualified sitter and nanny services are also on offer. Cots and beds for small children are free of charge. Read expert review From £450 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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PURAVIDA Resort Blau PortoPetro, Majorca

Blau Privilege PortoPetro Beach Resort & Spa

Santanyi, Majorca, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

This is a one-stop shop for families, with three large pools, 10 tennis and two padel courts, two baby and toddler pools, and kids' clubs including a Mini Club and Teen Club. Bikes can be hired and there are regular alfresco barbecues, and film and music nights. Aside from family rooms with connecting doors, cots and high chairs, child-friendly menus and babysitting services are available. Read expert review From £145 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Majorca

Zafiro Palace Alcudia, Majorca, Spain

Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Port d'Alcudia, Majorca, Spain

9Telegraph expert rating

This is a family paradise with facilities to put a smile on every child's face. As well as pools that run the length of the six blocks, the central pool has a swim-up bar and an inflatable bubble to jump off, and the paddling pool features a pirate ship. There's also a water slide, bicycles, mini golf and a playground, and three kids’ clubs for different ages with activities throughout the day. Evening entertainment takes place in a large, tiered arena and is very family orientated. The all-inclusive option provides multiple dining options with ices, snacks and drinks on tap. Babysitters can be hired, and pushchairs, car seats and cribs requested. Read expert review From £276 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Ibiza

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

The preening, posing party vibe won't suit all families but the Roxity Club means children are well catered for with personal X Boxes, 65ft HD television screens, F1 racing simulators, age-specific activities (four to 11 years) and an area for teenagers with a small cinema. The main pool has a children's area and kids can have a Jelly Gum massage in the spa. Cots are available and some rooms have sofa beds. Read expert review From £304 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Occidental Ibiza

Ibiza, Spain

7Telegraph expert rating

This sprawling complex allows plenty of space for activities and places to explore, from the games rooms and arcade, to tennis and volleyball courts. There are three swimming pools outside, plus a children's wading pool. Most people stay on an all-inclusive basis, and there's a pool bar for snacks and ice cream, plus nightly entertainment shows performed by the in-house team. Read expert review From £128 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa, Ibiza, Spain

Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa

Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

This sleek five-star resort is right on Playa d’en Bossa beach and will keep all members of the family happy, from small kids to teenagers, and parents who might want to do a bit of partying as well as relaxing. There are three clubs for children in different age groups between two and 14, with a huge range of sports and fun activities to keep them busy. Cots are available in Junior suites and suites. Read expert review From £331 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Costa del Sol

Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Spain

Kempinski Hotel Bahía

Estepona, Andalucia, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

Gardens of hibiscuses, olive trees and bird of paradise flowers unfurl past three pools, with plenty of space to sunbathe on the lawn, to a sliver of Mediterranean beach. There are tennis and volleyball courts, and golf and watersports can be arranged. Rooms have sofa beds, cots are available, and there are interconnecting rooms and babysitting services. Children's shampoo and other toiletries are provided on request. A good kids' club takes place in high season. The beachside location is a boon. Read expert review From £381 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa hotel, Marbella, Spain

Puente Romano Marbella

Marbella, Malaga, Spain

9Telegraph expert rating

If the three outdoor pools (plus one for families) aren't enough, there's an equestrian centre, which offers riding lessons and daily excursions, as well as all sorts of watersports including stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing, and a tennis school. There are family-sized rooms; cots and extra beds for children under 12 are free. Yachts can be arranged if you fancy a day out with the family. From May to September there's a kids' club. Read expert review From £614 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Costa Brava

Sallés Hotel & Spa Mas Tapiolas, Costa Brava

Sallés Hotel & Spa Mas Tapiolas

Costa Brava, Spain

9Telegraph expert rating

Parents can relax at this family-friendly retreat in the Solius Valley, especially in the spa where their children can join them at specific times of the day. There’s a large outdoor pool, a paddling pool, an outdoor playground, wonderful playroom full of toys, games and books, padel court and 18-hole pitch and putt. Cots for children aged under three can stay for free and extra beds are available with breakfast included. Read expert review From £158 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

The best luxury hotels on the Costa Brava

Clipper Hotel & Villas, Costa Brava

Clipper Hotel & Villas

Torroella de Montgrí, Costa Brava, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

A great-value, family-friendly hotel moments from the wonderfully wild Mas Pinell beach. Children adore the pools (two are outdoor – one main and a smaller one for children – as well as a heated indoor pool). Inside, there's a billiards table near the bar and a comfy lounge area with the daily papers and board games. Cots and beds for children under three are free. Read expert review From £148 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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La Palma

La Palma Princess & Spa, La Palma

La Palma & Teneguía Princess

La Palma, Spain

9Telegraph expert rating

With its pools, budget-friendly prices and plethora of activities including kids' club, disco, adventure playground and mini golf, this hotel is an ideal choice for a family getaway on the most beautiful island in the Canaries. There's also an artificial beach of white sand; a thermal spa, sauna and gym; table tennis; billiards; tennis courts; a football pitch and archery. Read expert reviewCheck availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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La Gomera

Hotel Jardin Tecina, Tenerife, Spain

Hotel Jardín Tecina

La Gomera, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

This is a little cracker of a property is perched atop a cliff on the pristine island of La Gomera. On-site it has five swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course, sea-view rooms, and very decent half-board dining options. There's even a popular Mini Club with a full agenda of activities and a mini disco for the children. Family rooms provide plenty of space and a babysitting service is available at an additional cost. Read expert review From £77 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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CROATIA

Croatians love children and treat them with respect – like little adults, which is why they're often allowed to join in with the adults, be it for late-night meals or sports activities. One thing to bare in mind is that beaches are of pebble-and-rock, not sand, so rubber beach shoes are recommended for those with sensitive feet. Active teens will love Croatia's adventure sports, and the easy-going outdoorsy lifestyle will appeal to children in general. Dubrovnik generally markets itself as a 'couples' destination so it's the trickiest, but elsewhere, especially on the islands and in Rovinj, you'll feel most welcome.

WHERE TO STAY . . . 

Rovinj

Amarin Family Hotel, Rovinj

Amarin Family Hotel

Rovinj, Istria, Croatia

9Telegraph expert rating

Everything is child-orientated at this design hotel by the sea in Rovinj. On arrival children encounter a bouncy net installation, where they can jump about and glimpse the indoor pool, the kids' gym and the garden pool. The grounds have rope climbing frames and slides, outdoor pools, volleyball nets and free scooters to whizz around in. There's a kids' club (painting, collage and hand-printing, and sports), cinema, spa with indoor pool and gym and 24-hour child care, as well as two beached to explore, with watersports on offer. And so much more. Read expert review From £267 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Dubrovnik

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

8Telegraph expert rating

If you're after a chill-out seaside holiday, with swimming and sports activities, this location is idyllic, and the residences are ideal for families. There are two pools for families, a Sports Academy training football, tennis, water polo and basketball with occasional celebrity sportspeople; and a Marco Polo kids' club, offering games, activities and trips, so parents can have some time alone. Babysitting services available. Read expert review From £227 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

The best budget hotels in Dubrovnik

Korcula

Port 9 Hotel, Korcula, Croatia

Port 9 Hotel

Korcula, Croatia

7Telegraph expert rating

This family-friendly resort offers unpretentious accommodation options. The atmosphere is easy-going and ideal for children: they will love the two small beaches (one pebble, one sand), sea and the woods, and there's a Kids' Club in a colourful playroom with toys and bean bags, a playground, two children’s pools, canoes and bikes for hire, and tennis. Family rooms and extra beds are available; cots are free. Read expert review From £104 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

The best hotels in Korcula

Brac

Bluesun Hotel Brac

Bluesun Hotel Elaphusa

Bol, Brac, Croatia

8Telegraph expert rating

A great one for active families, with windsurfing and scuba diving facilities, plus hiking and cycling routes, and bikes for rent. There's a wellness centre with several pools, a tennis school, a kids' club (May-September), and extensive sports facilities for teenagers. The hotel is set on the seafront promenade in Bol, a 10-minute walk from Zlatni Rat beach. Children up to two years-old stay for free. Read expert review From £145 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Rabac

Valamar Girandella Maro Suites, Istria, Croatia

Valamar Girandella Maro Suites

Rabac, Istria, Croatia

8Telegraph expert rating

An all-inclusive resort by the sea which offers great value for families. The team includes qualified nursery teachers. Three Kids' Clubs (split into newborn to three-years-old; three to seven; seven to 12) provide daily activities and the kids' cinema shows evening films (in English and German). The Aqua Maro pool complex (with swimming lessons available) has a warm shallow circular indoor baby pool; an indoor pool (with slides) opening onto an outdoor pool, plus a 40-metre outdoor infinity pool. Below the complex are several pebble beaches with sunbeds/parasols, plus watersports and an inflatable aqua-park. Read expert review From £171 per night

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Lošinj

Hotel Aurora, Losinj

Hotel Aurora

Lošinj, Croatia

8Telegraph expert rating

The Aurora is one of the nicest places to stay on the island of Lošinj. The hotel's seaside location and pebble beach, outdoor swimming pools (including a shallow toddler's pool with a small waterslide), buffet restaurant with plenty of choices for children, and evening entertainment all add up to make this a fantastic place for families. Eight tennis courts, a bowling alley and mini-golf round it off. Read expert review From £119 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Family Hotel Vespera, Lošinj, Croatia

Family Hotel Vespera

Lošinj, Croatia

8Telegraph expert rating

As you might expect for a place under the Kinderhotels brand, it doesn’t get much more family-friendly than this. The range of family-oriented facilities is endless – from kids' clubs and dedicated entertainment programmes, to interconnecting family/single-parent rooms, and plenty of water fun provided by outdoor seawater pools (including two suitable for toddlers, with a slide and waterfall) and a pebble beach. Plus, Vespera guests also get discounted entry to the nearby Čikat Aquapark. Read expert review From £152 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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GREECE

Ancient history, swathes of sandy beaches and oodles of watersports activities: it must be Greece. There are over 6,000 islands off the mainland, and with 60 beaches on Skiathos alone, that's a bucket load of coast to explore. And there's something to suit everyone. Where Rhodes has an abundance of gentle beaches and all-inclusive seaside hotels that offer everything on a plate (kids' clubs, watersports facilities, babysitting and wellness in one place), Mykonos is a good one for day trips to Unesco-listed ancient temples before heading into Mykonos Town for dinner.

WHERE TO STAY . . . 

Skiathos

Skiathos Mystery, Greece

Skiathos Mystery

Skiathos, Greece

8Telegraph expert rating

What this bijou operation might lack in showy facilities, it more than makes up for in attentive, friendly service and spot-on local knowledge. As well as the usual reservations and recommendations, the concierge is happy to arrange fishing trips, guided walks and day excursions on request. Children are very welcome here and cots, high chairs and babysitting are available. There’s a compact but cooling swimming pool. Read expert review From £122 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Crete

Daios Cove hotel, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas

Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece

8Telegraph expert rating

Facilities at this family-friendly resort include a Crèche Club supervised by Worldwide Kids, a game-stocked kids' entertainment room and dozens of well-monitored watersports, as well as two tennis courts and several outdoor pools. It sits in a natural amphitheatre that descends in stages to a private sandy beach. Rooms, villas and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the dazzling Vathi Bay. Read expert review From £318 per night Check availability Rates provided by Mr & Mrs Smith

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Candia Park Village, Crete, Greece

Candia Park Village

Crete, Greece

9Telegraph expert rating

This delightful resort and its self-catering apartments make it a good option for budget-conscious families, and children up to the age of 11 stay free. It has several pools; one large main pool is surrounded by a handful of kids' pools. There are volleyball and tennis courts, a few shops selling snacks and sun cream, and a mini club for tots (classes include cookie making and stone painting). Older children have pool tables and a room full of video games. Read expert review From £170 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Creta Maris Beach Resort

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

8Telegraph expert rating

An all-inclusive resort overlooking a sandy beach, with good facilities, several pools, and restaurants serving first-rate food. The small sandy beach is clean (but can get crowded in high season). There's plenty to keep the younger family members happy, with mini golf, tennis and archery, as well as video games and a kids' club. Read expert review From £316 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Club Marine Palace & Suites

Club Marine Palace & Suites

Panormos, Crete, Greece

8Telegraph expert rating

A large pool surrounded by sunbeds (and with clearly defined areas for toddlers) is the central focus of the resort (there are smaller pools scattered around the property). The Aquapark (apparently the largest in a Greek resort) has candy-coloured towers, slides and several large pools. There is also an (indoor) Thalasso spa pool with a full circuit of hydro massage jets: it costs €8 (£7) a day to use the pool, sauna and hammam. There are also tennis courts, a video games room and a children's club – something for all ages. Read expert review From £393 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Rhodes

Mitsis Grand Hotel, Rhodes, Greece

Mitsis Grand Hotel

Rhodes, Greece

8Telegraph expert rating

The hotel prides itself on its family-friendly atmosphere and offers a host of services and facilities; from complimentary cots and babysitting services, to a playground and a children's outdoor pool. Concierge services can arrange tours, day trips and watersports excursions. A bridge room, electronic game room and a tennis court are also on-site. A shopping arcade features souvenir stores. Read expert review From £166 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Mykonos

Santa Marina, hotel, a Luxury Collection

Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort

Mykonos, Greece

9Telegraph expert rating

Luxury unbounded. Top-level facilities at this immaculate hotel in Mykonos include helipads and a private pier, and the concierge can arrange private drivers, helicopter and yacht transfers, sailing tours and horseback riding. Families can stay in a Family Sea View Suite with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and cots are available upon request. Children have a separate play area as well as a saltwater kids' pool. Read expert review From £916 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

The best hotels in Mykonos

Santorini

Erosantorini, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece

Erosantorini

Santorini, Greece

9Telegraph expert rating

Unlike most places on Santorini, you don’t have to navigate dozens of stairs, so it’s great for babies and toddlers (though do note there are sheer drops around the pool.) Travel cots, changing mats, baby baths, high chairs, bottle sterilisers and warmers are provided. Teenagers will love the outdoor cinema and underwater sound system. All children receive age-appropriate toys, games, books, movies, mini robes and slippers. Cooking lessons and craft sessions can be arranged. A luxury option for certain, but a goodie. Read expert reviewCheck availability Rates provided by Booking.com

The best hotels in Santorini

ITALY

Across Italy, children are greeted like celebrities and pop stars, and nowhere more so than along the sunny Mediterranean where the mantra is 'Un bimbo che non gioca, felicita ne ha poca' ('a child who doesn't play has little happiness'). Quite apart from pizza, pasta and rainbow-coloured gelato, Italy's Mediterranean coastline offers unparalleled variety: from the silky, ivory sands of Sardinia to the black-volcanic beaches of the south. You can stay in watchtowers, castles or cone-shaped trulli, or in crayon-coloured fishing villages. With islands, caves and grottoes galore, there are swashbuckling adventures to be had, and endless opportunities for simply messing about in boats.

WHERE TO STAY . . .

Amalfi Coast

Belmond Hotel Caruso, Italy

Belmond Hotel Caruso

Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

Caruso is the best located hotel in Ravello and facilities and services are endless, starting with the immaculate infinity pool, several restaurants and boat trips along the coast. Child-sized robes and slippers are available, toys are placed on children’s beds and a dedicated team dream up activities for young-uns (some carry an extra charge) including pizza-making lessons, video-making and painting with a local artist. Read expert review From £941 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hotel Marina Riviera, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Hotel Marina Riviera

Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

A relaxed atmosphere, panoramic rooftop terrace complete with heated pool, incredible restaurant, and nearby beach make this a great hotel for families, and its location in Amalfi town makes it a convenient launchpad for various day trips and ambling along the seafront. The property is family-owned by the Garganos, and you'll be welcomed with all the warmth of the Italian south. Read expert review From £306 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro, Amalfi Coast

Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro

Maiori, Amalfi Coast, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

Maiori's expansive beach of dark volcanic sand is a good place for children, and the hotel's vibe is relaxed and unstuffy: more of a friendly boutique hotel than a swanky five-star affair. Family-friendly facilities include a swimming pool with water cascade and its own area of private beach. There's a terrace pizzeria with wood-fire oven (open in high season), and family rooms sleep up to six. Read expert review From £320 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Liguria

Belmond Hotel Splendido

Portofino, Liguria, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

With the park, pool and beach across the road, plus its proximity to the picture-perfect (and uber-chic) village of Portofino, there’s plenty here to keep all the family happy whether they want to lounge by the sea or go sightseeing. Cots and extra beds can be added to suites free of charge (for under-18s). There are children’s menus and high chairs in the restaurants and special treatments in the spa and bathrobes, slippers and activities books are provided for younger guests. The Kid’s Club caters for four to 12-year-olds. Read expert review From £1,089 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Sardinia

Le Dune, Sardinia

Le Dune

Sardinia, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

Forte Village resort is a self-contained paradise with no less than 21 restaurants, and sports and children's facilities to boot. Le Dune is one of the resort's five-star hotels. Along with kids' clubs and a children’s restaurant, there’s an enormous Acquapark with slides. There are also more than a dozen Academies (these cost extra) that you can sign the kids up for, including magic, dance, chess, DJ, as well as rugby, tennis, and a football academy with Chelsea trainers. Read expert review From £697 per night

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Colonna Resort, Porto Cervo

Colonna Resort

Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

The isolated position and excellent facilities appeal to families, and the reasonable 'all-in' packages make it pocket-friendly. Children are well catered for, with seven pools, and a small private beach nearby. The Mini Club with activities including a cinema club, for children aged between three and 10 years, is a plus. Bookable excursions include helicopter tours, dolphin-watching and trips to the mountains. Read expert review From £288 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hotel Le Sabine at Resort & SPA Le Dune, Badesi, Sardinia, Italy

Hotel Le Sabine at Resort & SPA Le Dune

Badesi, Sardinia, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

Popular with families and it's easy to see why, with swimming pools, multi-sports courts for football, tennis, basketball and archery; and windsurfing, horse riding and scuba diving activities. Nightly live music, plus 'baby dance' to get the children off to sleep more quickly, complete the offerings. You'll even find an aviary with peacocks and chickens, plus cinemas, and 'fantasy playgrounds' with inflatable pirate ships and forts. Read expert review From £97 per night

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Sicily

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea, Sicily, Italy

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

Children are catered to the moment they arrive with a welcome kit. Infinity pools, private beaches, watersports, and complimentary boat cruises (May to September) appeal to those of all ages. Even underwater photography activities can be organised. Family-friendly DVDs, buckets, spades and snorkels are provided. There's a child-friendly menu at Restaurant Oliviero, and teen and child spa treatments are available. Read expert review From £654 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Puglia

Masseria Torre Coccaro, Puglia

Masseria Torre Coccaro

Savelletri, Puglia, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

It would be easier to list the activities that this family-orientated masseria doesn't offer rather than the masses they do. Among the most popular are the regular 'Festa di paese' nights, recreations of pugliese village fairs complete with food stalls and traditional music. Families can use the resort's mountain bikes, and the Masseria lays on several activities for children including pizza-making courses. There's also a supervised beach club. Read expert reviewCheck availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy

Borgo Egnazia

Fasano, Puglia, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

Guests are allocated a 'local advisor' who helps tailor their stay. Whether you want to hire bikes, drop the children at the friendly kids' or teens' clubs, take them to the miniature farm, escape for a Vair spa treatment, learn to make orecchiette pasta or local pottery, play tennis, golf, take up windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking – or just peg out at one of the resort's two private beaches or three outdoor pools – there's something for everyone. Read expert review From £976 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Don Totu hotel, Puglia

Don Totu Dimora Storica

Salento, Puglia, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

One of the nicest things about this walled palazzo is how safe and private it feels. A handful of bikes – electric or push – are available to borrow, a rooftop cinema is set up for films once a week, and children (and grown-ups) can help themselves to gelato all day. The coast is less than 10 minutes' drive, or you can cycle. But ultimately you'll want to spend your time beside that dazzling pool. And you can hire the whole place out. Read expert review From £342 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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MALTA

Malta has it all for a family holiday: it's easy to get around, English-speaking, and family-oriented, with child-friendly resorts, food, beaches and sightseeing. What child doesn't love a castle? The tiny fortified cities of Mdina and Gozo Citadel are idea for older children to explore, as are Fort St Angelo and St Elmo. At the temples of Mnajdra and Hagar Qim or Ggantija, kids can absorb the Neolithic in open playable spaces. Or why not get lost in the spooky labyrinth of Byzantine catacombs? Mellieha Beach slopes so gently it is even suitable for toddlers, while there are boat trips, swimming and watersports galore across the islands.

WHERE TO STAY . . .

db Seabank Resort + Spa, Malta

db Seabank Resort + Spa

Mellieha, Malta

7Telegraph expert rating

This all-inclusive resort hotel is ideal for a classic beach holiday. The property boasts one of the largest hotel swimming pools in Malta, and there's an outdoor terrace with a glass-walled indoor pool and kids' club with gated play area. The club offers crazy games, bowling, basketball, mini golf and mini discos. Other evening entertainment includes magicians and live music. The Jungle American restaurant has a children's play area. Read expert review From £159 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Malta Golden Sands, Malta

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands

Mellieha, Malta

8Telegraph expert rating

As well as having a small stretch of private beach, the hotel sits right on the broad sands of Golden Bay. Its four swimming pools include outdoor, indoor and children's pools, while the watersports centre offers diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, paragliding and more. There is a kids' club in summer and a daily programme of activities in high season. The hotel has seven restaurants, but Flavours' sumptuous buffet has a children’s area and covers all bases. Read expert review From £180 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

The Westin Dragonara Resort

St Julian's, Malta

7Telegraph expert rating

A five-star in Mellieha with facilities for all ages. Two large outdoor pools and a children's paddling pool overlook the sea. The hotel's private shoreline is rocky, but there is also a little patch of sandy cove ideal for children to go paddling. There's an extensive range of watersports, and children are entertained in bright play areas. Under-threes may use the facilities accompanied by an adult. Child-friendly menus are available and you can order food ahead so no long waits at the table. Read expert review From £245 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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FRANCE

For fairytale glamour, there is no Mediterranean coastal stretch as mythical as the French Riviera – long-time celebrity playground which, with careful planning, families can enjoy too. From five-star palaces on the sands in chi-chi St-Jean-Cap-Ferret, to a remote ancestral mansion on a car-free island best explored by bicycle, or ecological treehouses in the hillsabove Nice, all budgets and hankerings for swashbuckling adventure are well-covered. Moving west into the Camargue, land of cowboys and white horses, and beyond into the canal-kissed Languedoc, you can expect better value for money and exciting outdoor action. Family-friendly hotels on centuries-old horse farms and chateau resorts are de rigueur here.

WHERE TO STAY . . . 

Côte d'Azur

Hotel Royal-Riviera, Provence, France

Hotel Royal-Riviera

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Côte d'Azur, France

9Telegraph expert rating

Kid-tastic. The Royal Kid Programme gives children a passport at check-in, age-appropriate gifts and free ice-cream vouchers at the pool. One under-14 can stay in their parents Deluxe room or suite for free. Interconnecting rooms and family-sized suites are available. Entertainment spans from active watersports to the languid: chill out at the hotel's private beach, beside the sparkling turquoise pool. Read expert review From £459 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Le Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, France May 2009

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Provence, France

9Telegraph expert rating

Club Dauphin is the hotel's pièce de résistance; a huge heated infinity seawater pool. Book a swimming lesson with Pierre Gruneberg, the club's famous swimming instructor, whose pupils have included everyone from Charlie Chaplin's children to Robin Williams. The hotel has a babysitting service and kids' club. Children under 18 are free if accommodated in their parents’ room in a cot or rollaway bed. Read expert review From £1,071 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Le Mas du Langoustier, Ile de Porquerolles, France

Le Mas du Langoustier

Porquerolles, Provence, France

8Telegraph expert rating

If you don't mind spending money on your children, come here. It's private, sprawling and has a Michelin-starred restaurant. There's a pool and tennis court in there somewhere, and then you're on the rocks, overlooking a creek and beach which, though not private, feels that way. The different blues of the sea are as clearly defined as colours on a flag and, over on the wooded headland, stand the remains of a fortress. Read expert review From £173 per night

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Château St Pierre de Serjac

Château St Pierre de Serjac

Puissalicon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

9Telegraph expert rating

Laid-back luxury is the vibe at this sophisticated 19th-century chateau. Activities include swimming, boules, tennis and bikes, and the Mediterranean, river and lake beaches are all half an hour's drive away. The kids' club runs in July and August, with activities such as building dens or archaeological digs. Self-catering houses, many with plunge pools for families seeking privacy, and cots and babysitting are available. Read expert review From £208 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Orion, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Côte d'Azur, France

Orion Tree Houses

Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Provence, France

8Telegraph expert rating

Families will love this ecological retreat with a beautiful, natural pool and four treehouses, especially the King Louie (each is named after a character in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book) with its second mini-cabin for kids. Colonel Haithi can sleep up to five, and cots are available. It's so relaxed in this woodland escape, you'll drift asleep to the sound of crickets and miniature frogs. Read expert review From £259 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Le Mas de Peint, Camargue, Arles, France

Le Mas de Peint

Camargue, Arles, France

9Telegraph expert rating

Children will love the wild setting at this unpretentious Provençal farmhouse; there’s a comfortable home-from-home vibe and endless outdoor adventures. The lovely large pool is set within its own walled garden and is open between June and September, during festival season (horse parades, bull marching and running, and the important Saintes Maries pilgrimage). Miles of sandy beaches are a short, scenic drive away. Read expert review From £248 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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chateau les carrasses, languedoc roussillon, france

Château Les Carrasses

Quarante, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

9Telegraph expert rating

Les Carrasses, a turreted 19th-century castle with luxurious hotel suites and self-catering cottages, offers a heated infinity pool, clay tennis court, volleyball court, boules pitch and complimentary mountain bikes. Beyond the usual cots and highchairs, there's a kids' club for four-12-year-olds, free children's bikes and an early kids' dinner. Reception lends out DVDs, board games and iPods loaded with catchy playlists. Read expert review From £260 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

 

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