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The best far-flung children's masterclasses

From football to flamenco, children can learn vast amounts of sporting and cultural skills in these marvellous masterclasses from around the world


Posted: 15 August 2011
by Helen McKay-Ferguson

Sporting stars at Spain's La Manga Resort

The newest trend in holidays is the eduvacation – as well as happy memories and sun-kissed cheeks, children can return home with a brand new skill, too. 

La Manga Club near Cartagena in south eastern Spain is a world-class golf resort ideal for sporty families. At the junior sports academies, children can hone their skills in golf, rugby, tennis and football. The resort also has a children’s club, playgrounds, children’s menus, plus swimming lessons, dance classes, synchronised swimming, flamenco lessons, and jewellery and clay workshops. Meanwhile, adults can make the best of the luxury spa. Children’s academies start from £56 for the golfing course. Staying in the five-star Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe costs from £58 per person per night. 

Little soccer stars can pick up some footie flair from ex-England player Graeme Le Saux in his soccer school. The comprehensive coaching programme, which costs £300 for five days, will run at selected Powder Byrne resorts (www.powderbyrne.com), including the Hermitage resort in Elba, Tuscany. Prices from £1,540 per adult and £155 per extra bed for a child. 

At the Shanti Maurice beach resort in Mauritius, children can zen out with the Yoga For Kids sessions, which combine simple yoga movements and postures with breathing exercises. There’s also a children’s club with a special Mauritian Day where children can learn the local language, try out the local Sega dance and sample the delicious local fruits. Accommodation is in simply stunning private luxury villas, with prices starting from £444 per room per night. 

Located on the beach in Central Vietnam, The Nam Hai offers children’s classes in Vietnamese language and culture, alongside self-defence, yoga and ta’i chi. Book into a private villa – starting prices from £408 per night – with W&O Travel (www.wandotravel.com). 

While there aren’t any specific classes on offer, little science enthusiasts will find super fuel for learning at the beautiful city of Quito, capital of Ecuador. Get interactive at the Science Museum in Chimbacalle district, pay a visit to South America’s oldest Astronomic Observatory, try some wacky experiments at the Inti-Nan Equator Museum or ride a cable car to the summit of the beautiful Pichincha Volcano. A ten-night stay at Casa Aliso hotel costs from around £9,850 for a family of four (with two children under ten). Book your accommodation with Sunvil (www.sunvil.co.uk).

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