Finding the perfect luxury holiday rental that will please the whole family can be one of the most challenging aspects of planning a vacation, especially for an extra special occasion like the festive season. Mountain retreats with heavenly private spa facilities; beachfront villas and Tuscan getaways designed with children in mind; amazing African adventures or a villa within resort which has a fabulous and fun holiday program, savor an unforgettable family holiday this year at these spectacular and luxurious rentals.

La Datcha – Val Thorens, France

For families wanting to stay active both inside and outside this Christmas, the stunning La Datcha Chalet is the place to stay. Located in the French resort of Val Thorens, the sprawling 1200 m² chalet is currently available the week of December 23rd through Ultimate Luxury Chalets. It features the has exceptional views over the resort and mountains as well as an incredible range of private facilities from a swimming pool to a Formula 1 simulator.

Take the luxurious chalet’s lift in between its five floors including comfortable common rooms with vast south-facing windows, eight spacious ensuite bedrooms, a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a hammam, a sauna and a gym. Hours of fun can be enjoyed in the two cinema rooms or over rounds of golf on the golf simulator or racing around your favourite race track on the Formula 1 simulator.

The chalet is equipped with staff on hand throughout your stay to ensure you have a perfect family ski trip. The chalet also has a wonderful chef who can prepare exquisite holiday meals with delicious French festive season specialties.

Create special family memories in the French Alps with Ultimate Luxury Chalets here.

Greensleeves Villa – Barbados

The gorgeous Greensleeves villa, found on Barbados’ breathtaking west coast and in the repertoire of Blue Sky Luxury, is the perfect holiday retreat for families who would like relax right on the beach within the exquisite privacy or their own tropical paradise.

This stunning nine-bedroom villa sits on three acres of land with over 600 feet of oceanfront and two breathtaking beaches. Golden bamboo-framed, Mongolian temple doors at the entrance usher you over a Japanese water garden, brimming with colourful koi. Greenery and tropical flowers, provide a verdant oasis for hummingbirds and whistling frogs.

Families will adore the villa’s spacious two-bedroom children’s wing featuring magical bunk beds and a jungle gym, a separate kitchen with a lounge and adjoining nanny accommodation – just in case you need a break from the little ones! For your leisure, head to the in-house cinema with its high-tech entertainment system; cool and plush – complete with popcorn or lounge by the free-form pool, which boasts a mini island with coconut trees and swim-up bar. For some active pursuits there is a private floodlit tennis court in a large, a lovely shady park across the road or the white sandy beach in front of your luxury villa, perfect for snorkeling and watersports.

The efficient and warm staff and concierge service is on hand to cater to all guests’ needs throughout their stay and ensure that your every need is met – from the airport meet-and-greet, to in-house spa treatments and reservation of your activities, like those suggested specifically for families in this useful article by Blue Sky Luxury.

Reach out to Blue Sky Luxury here to start planning your dream family end of year holiday to Barbados or be tempted there in this great preview of the villa.

Villa Trevo, VILA VITA Parc – Algarve, Portugal

Families looking to enjoy the facilities of a fully-staffed five-star resort and a festive holiday ambiance, all within the privacy of your own exclusive, free-standing property, then the Villa Trevo is an excellent option. Located in the VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa on Portugal’s Algarve coast, the stunning clifftop villa boosts the finest luxury amenities, incredible views of the Atlantic and can accommodate up to 12 guests.

Dramatic views of the coastline and the shimmering blue Atlantic can be admired from all of its five bedrooms, as well as from the main lounge, gardens, terraces and the pool. The villa has been tastefully decorated in a classic Mediterranean style of subdued tones, unique furnishings, artwork and decorative pieces. The villa’s two kitchens are equipped with Gaggenau and Smeg appliances. Guests will savor the villa’s spacious suites, range in size from 90-272m2.

When not relaxing on the Dedon furnishings on the poolside patio and panoramic sun terrace, guests can make their way to the fully-fitted gym with sauna and steam bath. The outdoor area also features a barbecue area for al fresco entertaining, a fabulous infinity pool, a shaded garden gazebo and a stunning rooftop sun terrace complete with a large tub Jacuzzi and mesmerising views of the sea and surroundings.

Guests have full use of the amenities of the hotel, including the beach and various restaurants, and those visiting over the holiday season can make the most of the resort’s VVP Christmas & New Year Programme which includes delicious Portuguese Christmas specialities, the arrival of Santa with a bag full of presents, a daytime New Year’s Eve party for the kids and a chic ball in the evening, capped off with fireworks at midnight.

Discover the cultural delights and the gorgeous nature of the Algarve at your own luxurious villa by contacting VILA VITA at this link.

Villa Leopoldo – Florence, Italy

Combine culture and the magic of Tuscany this holiday season at this gorgeous 19th-century villa nestled on most beautiful hills above Florence and in the exquisite Excellence Villas line by Trust and Travel. Located only 15 minutes from the center of Florence, one of Italy’s loveliest cities over the Christmas season, children will love its fairytale charm, amazing sports and game facilities and magnificent grounds.

The graceful villa is set within a 40-acre garden overlooking a valley of vineyards, olive groves and umbrella pine trees. The villa was built in 1874 by the Florentine architect Leonardo Pasqui and restored to its original grandeur by an American couple with a large family in 2007, hence their careful attention towards family-friendly facilities.

The villa has two grand living rooms decorated with antiques, frescoes, Impruneta terra cotta floors, you’ll also find refined yet comfortable sofas, a Koch & Korselt piano and a large fireplace. The formal dining room with seating 16 can be beautiful set for delicious holiday meals abundant in Tuscan holiday specialities and using products straight from the villa’s farm, olive grove and vineyard and prepared in the expansive, professionally equipped kitchen with a fireplace and pizza oven. There is an elevator to travel between the different floors and two small belvederes on the top of the villa with awe-inspiring 360° view of the Tuscan hillside.

The villa’s fabulous infinity pool is surrounded by a well manicured lawn as well as lavender, rosemary and rose bushes. The pool house has a full kitchen with outdoor shaded dining area, changing room, shower and WC, plus there is another patio in front of the dining room where you can enjoy al fresco dining on warm evenings. The sport court that be used for tennis, soccer or basketball, or the trampoline is a favorite with the younger kids.

Inside there is a large play room with ping pong, table soccer and exercise bike as well as a separate game room with video games consoles (WII and X-Box) and an excellent collection of board games and a TV room with flat screen satellite TV, dvd and dvd library.

Florence is also simply enchanting over the holiday season, providing a enchanting backdrop for the family to learn about the Renaissance, Italian art and Christmas traditions.

Enjoy an enchanting festive season in Florence at the splendid Villa Leopoldo with Trust and Travel at this link.

La Rive Farmhouse – Franschhoek, South Africa

Soak up sunshine, beaches and exquisite nature while exploring South Africa’s stunning Western Cape with your family this Christmas. The beautiful six-bedroom La Rive farmhouse, situated in quiet and picturesque Franschhoek, is the perfect family base in the region.

In the heart of South Africa’s wine country, the carefully restored farmhouse brings together Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture and furniture with artwork by famous South African contemporary artists. The kids will love spending their days playing in the spacious, airy patios and cooling down in the large swimming pool whilst the parents relax with a crisp glass of local white wine. There grounds also a “secret” garden, with a number of paths leading to various alcoves, benches and lawns, the ultimate place for a game of hide and seek.

Each of the farmhouse’s rooms has its own personality, character and style. The villa’s live-in chef and butler, can work with you to design a magical holiday dinner as well as assist you with anything else you may desire during your stay.

The area has a wide range of family activities. Right in town, you can take the children to Babylonstoren farm where they can stroll through the gardens, see traditional farming techniques, feed some of the animals and you can enjoy a glass of the farm’s wine. The Saturday village market is a great place to pick up some local handicrafts and time some homemade treats. Cape Town is only a 30-40 minute drive, plus there are various animal sanctuaries in the area.

Start planning your perfect and sunny family end of the year holiday to South Africa with La Rive here.

San Lorenzo Lodge – Dolomites, Italy

This splendid retreat high up in the Dolomites, available through Homebase Abroad, is the perfect place to spend quality time with the family in a breathtaking natural and wintery setting. This luxurious, cozy four-bedroom lodge boosts an on-site spa indoors where you can warm up after an active day in the mountains and a stainless steel lined year-round whirlpool outdoors, where you can rest while taking in the amazing scenery of the surrounding 27 hectares of dense woodlands and mountain peaks beyond.

Built as a private hunting lodge of the ‘vescovi’ or bishops in the 16th century, it has always been a place of sport and repose. Charmingly decorated with a chic mountain feel, the lodge feels far removed from the modern world, yet is outfitted in the contemporary amenities.

The kids will love the range of outdoor winter activities like hiking and sledging which you can do right from the lodge or a short distance away is the Dolomiti SuperSki circuit at Kronplatz with its long, sunny, family-friendly runs.

At the end of a busy active day, make the most of the lodge’s private spa with a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath with chromotherapy, whirlpool and emotional shower or the outdoor 5 x 3m heated whirlpool with both water and air jets. It remains approximately 39 degrees year round and is fed by spring water. Afterwards snuggle up in a fur blanket on the lounge area next to the toasty fire pit before digging into one of chef Georgia’s tasty and healthy mountain meals.

Treat the family to an excited Christmas at your own mountain retreat at the San Lorenzo lodge through Homebase Abroad here.

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp & Bush Villa – Masai Mara, Kenya

As a fifth generation run family safari service, our Kenya experts at Cottar’s value family tremendously. They accept kids of all ages and children aged 0-5 yrs stay for free. Rich with family history and the history of Kenya, at Cottar’s guests can return to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, the golden era of professional guiding and adventure!

“We have a number of fun family activities that the kids will love (and most parents too)!” explains Karen Darnborough, marketing manager at Cottar’s. “Our Masai Warrior School is very popular, you’ll learn how to make your own bow and arrows and then test them out on a target to see who the best shot is. Learn to make a fire using just sticks and dried grass, dress up like a traditional Masai and get dancing. Swimming and fishing in our nearby waterfall is also on offer, how about a bit of volleyball in the afternoon or spend your time swimming in the 25m private pool. Or use up some energy on a bush walk or run, getting up close and personal with the wildlife or enjoy a traditional game drive. Activities for the whole family to enjoy!”

The Cottar’s family are passionate about Kenya, its conservation and community. They know the wildlife and the people of our area intimately and you are welcomed in and treated as personal friends and we hope all guests leave feeling like part of their family. They tailor every experience to suit the individual interests of each family member… then the adventure begins.

“Nothing beats watching a child’s face change from awe to delight as they come face to face with their first elephant or make their first bow and arrow with their guide,” continues Karen. “They will be immersed into the authentic safari experience and tribal interaction, looked after by our guides who truly engage with children and enjoy teaching them all about their surroundings, flora and fauna and the wildlife. With numerous activities they are sure to be kept busy and captivated throughout your stay: Maasai Warrior School, Day & Night Game Drives, Guided Bush Walks, Bush Meals & Sundowners, Cultural Visits, River Swimming and Fishing, Balloon Safaris and a private 25m Swimming Pool.”

Within the Cottar’s Camp is their private Bush Villa, equipped with everything to keep your family entertained in comfort and style surrounded by breathtaking views onto the savannah plains that carry the great annual wildebeest migration. The villa is over 10,000 square feet in size, and features a large living room, dining room, a phenomenal viewing deck, and five en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views. It has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered with electric and solar energy. So for any family, big or small, it’s the perfect getaway, providing something for everyone.

Have an incredible experience for all ages in Kenya’s enchanting Masai Mara with Cottar’s at this link.

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