Junior Meets: 2013 Junior Design Award Winner, Scott Dunn
Scott Dunn were the winners in our category for Best Family Tour Operator. The company's Katherine Rose shares her travel wisdom
What are your three family holiday hotspots?
For keen skiers, Val d’Isère is one of the best family resorts around. We offer fully staffed chalets and fabulous hotels where children can be looked after by a private nanny or join the Scott Dunn Explorers children’s club (for ages four months to 13 years). The club is conveniently located in the centre of Val d’Isère and has toys, games and creative activities. The majority of our chalets have swimming pools - so you can enjoy some family time together at the end of a day on the slopes.
With sunshine almost guaranteed from April into late October, Cyprus is a great option. Here, our luxurious Almyra and Anassa hotels in Cyprus offer Explorers Children’s clubs for ages four months to 12 years, as well as an Escape club for teenagers. The children’s clubs at both hotels have just been had an impressive make-over, and boast lots of new toys, games and equipment.
For a really indulgent break, we recommend a stay at one of our villas in Portugal and Mallorca. They come complete with a Scott Dunn chef, host and nanny. The nanny will take care of your children, whilst you relax by the pool and enjoy a sorbet freshly prepared by your personal chef. It’s hard to beat!
Which children’s activities should not be missed at the resorts you work with?
For babies and toddlers it has to be a beach activity. Sand sculpting and jumping in the waves is always a highlight.
Our cooking classes receive wonderful feedback. Children love exploring the resort kitchen garden and getting messy making all sorts of local delicacies – which of course they enjoy eating afterwards.
For the older ones, cycling on the trails through the orange groves at Verdura in Sicily is very popular, as are the golf and tennis lessons at Pine Cliffs in the Algarve.
What are your must-have items to pack in a suitcase when travelling as a family?
A wet-suit - Children love to spend time in the water. However, not all swimming pools are heated and during early summer the sea can be chilly and in late summer the air temperature is cooler. A wetsuit or shortie wetsuit will keep your child warm and prolong the fun. It also doubles up as sun protection.
Food pouches - If you’re on the go with a baby or toddler, you’ll find re-sealable, squeezable food pouches, like those from Ella’s Kitchen, are very handy.
Sticker books - Keep boredom at bay during long journeys with sticker activity books – Usborne have a good range.
Black-out blinds - If your child is used to sleeping in a dark room, then black-out blinds are a must-have in order to get a decent night’s sleep. Gro Anywhere blackout blinds suction onto windows or doors and are light and compact to carry. Scott Dunn will provide these on a complimentary basis for families staying at our Scott Dunn villas or a hotel where we have our Explorers Children’s Clubs.
If you had to sum your business up in a sentence, what would it be?
You can trust Scott Dunn to craft a holiday to perfectly suit you and your family… and trust them to be there should you need anything while you are away.
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