From outdoor activities and history, to food and plain relaxation, Europe this February has much to keep the whole family entertained if jetting away for a half term break is a must.
Fly to Méribel
Hit the slopes in Méribel
If the family are all skiing fans, or the time has come to introduce the little ones to your favourite winter sport, head to Méribel. Here adults can enjoy some luxury as children make the most of the excellent beginners’ slopes at Altiport, various play areas and trails, as well as a variety of off-piste activities, from archery to kayaking, horse riding and hot air ballooning.
The rooms at Le Kaila – Image courtesy of LivetheLife
Being so remote and in the mountains, the easiest way to get to Méribel is to fly privately into Chambéry (Challes-Les-Eaux) airport, which also allows you to bring your own ski gear with you, rather than in the unpredictable cargo hold. Méribel offers an impressive selection of breathtaking chalets – more than any other resort in the Alps – so there’s time to find one that suits, or to make the most of the 5-star hotel facilities of Le Kaila.
Spa Nuxe – Image courtesy of LeKaila
Boasting chic and subtle interiors, Méribel’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Ekrin, and Nuxe Spa, the hotel also offers kids their own dedicated area with games and books plus cooking and magic workshops, while the teenagers have billiards, video games and table football. If that is not enough to keep everyone happy when not on the slopes, Courchevel’s Aquamotion waterpark is also close by. For more information about Courchevel and other top ski resorts, read here.
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Charter a private jet to Rome
If the idea of delving into history sounds more interesting, Rome offers the perfect place to immerse the family in some very rich history. Who cannot be impressed by the Colosseum, especially for the first time, and no one will pass up the array of gelato on offer even if the weather dips.
Rome is home to stunning views
This is the place to bring text book learning from term time to life, and also offers the adults gastronomic delights to be shared with the whole family if they are up for it, or the option of simple and delicious pizzas and pastas if not.
The impressive Trevi Fountain – Image courtesy of TreviFountain
Apart from the obvious much-snapped sights like the Trevi Fountain and the Forum (which must be checked out if the family hasn’t before) try the Leonardo Museum if there’s someone in your group who’s a budding engineer, and also take in the view without the crowds from Gianicolo Hill in Trastevere. For a truly sumptuous base try Residenza Napoleone III, just off the fashion epicentre that is via Condotti.
The Napoleone Suite – Image courtesy of Residenza Napoleone
Interconnecting suites here can be booked to house the family, with a must being the opulent Napoleone Suite. Babysitting can be arranged, though keep in mind that lavish art (and breakables) make up much of the stunning décor. Skip the queues and get there stress-free by flying privately directly into Rome Ciampino Airport.
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Fly on a private jet to Canary Islands
Sometimes the best break is a simple break. If the chance of sun and poolside lounging is central to good family time but you cannot travel far, a great choice for a glimpse of the sun is the Canary Islands.
February has the potential to deliver some welcome warmth and Tenerife has some lovely beaches to explore when the sun is out. Stay at Gran Hotel Bahía Del Duque Resort, which, at over 100,000 square metres, is more like a small village, with rooms, suites, private villas with infinity pools, plus 8 restaurants and an impressive spa.
The Gran Hotel Bahía Del Duque Resort – Image courtesy of Bahia-Duque
If the scale doesn’t put you off there is more than enough to keep everyone entertained, with two tennis courts, a squash court, pitch & putt, botanical walks, giant chess, an astronomic observatory and a gym.
Tennis at Bahía Duque – Image courtesy of Bahia-Duque
If the weather is particularly good there are a range of aquatic sports, plus the chance to venture out on the hotel’s private yacht “Pámpano”. Fly into Tenerife South Airport and you’ll be relaxing at Gran Hotel Bahía Del Duque Resort in as little as 15 minutes!
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With so much to do and see just hours away, the time is almost here to whisk the family off by private jet to some very interesting, and different, half term holiday destinations in Europe.