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Posted: 20 April 2010

Everybody's Activity Book by Pascale Estellon View from The Verandah
Antigua’s newest family-friendly resort, The Verandah, is offering great deals for families this summer. Part of the Elite Island Resort group, The Verandah is set in 30 spectacular acres on the northeast coast of the island, built around a big lagoon-shaped pool. There’s a spa, a children’s club – designed by interiors specialist Linda Barker – an adventure playground, water sports, volleyball, tennis and a fitness centre. There are also hiking trails in the nearby National Park. While August and September are low season in the Caribbean, that makes it an even better time for families to travel. Thomas Cook Signature offers seven nights at The Verandah on a room-only basis during September 2009 from £3,532 for a family of four.

Prices include flights and transfers. For further details, tel: 0844 871 6650 or visit

Everybody's Activity Book by Pascale Estellon Caribbean paradise
Set in the azure waters of the Caribbean, Aruba is the classic tropical island paradise. Walk along white sandy beaches, take a ride on a catamaran or be pampered in one of the island’s many spas. Children will love Aruba’s newest and wettest attraction, Morgan’s Island Water Park – the largest in the Caribbean, with a thrilling range of rides, including a dual slide, entitled the Dragon Revenge. Families can refuel at the Black Pearl, a self-service restaurant, the Jack Sparrow Bar or Treasure Chest coffee shop. Entrance to the water park costs $57 (around £38) for adults and $47 (around £31) for children aged 2–12 years.

For more information, visit and

Everybody's Activity Book by Pascale Estellon Sicilian sunshine
Book a luxury villa in Sicily before March 31 and save €150 per week with villa specialist soloSiciliy. Il Gattopardo, near the pretty resort of Taormina, is a 19th-century manor house with stunning lavender- and hibiscus-filled gardens. Surrounded by a private vineyard and lemon plantation, the villa is an hour’s drive from Sicily’s famous volcano Mount Etna.

A vine-draped gazebo overlooks the swimming pool and the interior of the house is filled with antique furnishings. The villa sleeps ten and costs €5,050 for a week in June. Smaller properties are also available, to see the full range of villas, tel: 020 7193 0158; or visit

Kids Learn To Knit by Lucinda Guy and François Hall Baby luxury in Sicily
The swish Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza in western Sicily has just launched a crèche for children, from newborns to four years. Supervised by trained staff, and complete with nappies, cots, milk and baby food, this dedicated baby area is situated near the pool and is a new addition to the existing Pony Junior Club for four- to 12-year-olds. This elegant resort also has gardens, a separate children’s pool and a private beach. Six nights at the Kempinski Hotel costs £23,500 for a family of four.

For more information, tel: 00 39 092 367 5000;

How To Knit by Fiona Watt Enjoy More in Mauritius
Keeping children entertained on any holiday can be a challenge, so Scott Dunn, the luxury tour operator who specialises in excellent children’s facilities, recently launched OurSpace, a children’s club offering fab, creative holiday experiences for young guests aged eight months and upwards.

The first OurSpace opened at the luxurious Anahita resort in Mauritius and the ratio of carers to children have been carefully considered, with one nanny for every two children under two and one to every three children aged between two and five. There are also activity specialists for older children.

The resort’s rooms have been divided to accommodate various ages: a sleeping room for infants, a computer room for when the midday heat is too strong and covered outdoor areas, including a swimming pool. Activities include beach volleyball, glass-bottomed boat trips, snorkelling and art classes.

Prices for a seven-night stay at Anahita start at £5,920 for two adults and two children (under 12 years of age) bed and breakfast, including return economy class flights (from London Heathrow) and private transfers.

The price for OurSpace is £28 per child, per day. Tel: 020 8682 5020;

Stitch & Sparkle by Charlotte Liddle California
The only problem with taking the family to America's wonderful West Coast county is deciding what to do once there, as it's so packed with adventures.

If you start in San Francisco you can visit Alcatraz and the California Academy of Sciences before biking across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Los Angeles has Universal Studios, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Disneyland California. You can cycle along the boardwalk from Santa Monica to Venice Beach. In San Diego there's SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Legoland California, Coronado Island (beach voted one of the top five family beaches in the US), Surf school and Knotts Berry Farm.

Virgin Holidays (0844 557 3860, ) offers a seven-night San Francisco to Los Angeles fly/drive holiday, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow direct to San Francisco and returning out of Los Angeles, with basic car hire included from £2,084(for a family of 4 children aged 11 and under).

Everybody's Activity Book by Pascale Estellon Simply Seychelles
Do the Seychelles on a budget this autumn by opting for a small, family-run guesthouse or apartment instead of a flashy resort. Children will love the islands, beaches, palm forests and unusual animals on the island. An 11-night Batfish Island Holiday, combining guesthouses on Praslin, La Digue and Mahé (above) costs from just £1,893 per person, including flights (Heathrow), transfers, car hire, six nights’ B&B and four nights’ self-catering.

Tel: 020 8232 9777 or visit

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wooww the article was full of insight, i really fell in love with the Sicilian sunshine . Its next in my bucket list, it seems so cool. Travelling plays a big part in my life, that is the only moment i get to be away from the everyday hustles and just chill you know. Last year i visited Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, it was a magical moment for me, it was captivating, you can check it out The trip advisers were so helpful, the guys knew exactly what they were doing, they made my trip so much easier, you can check them out as well

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