Family holidays are a time to disconnect from work, focus on the kids, have fun times together and create memories to last a lifetime. Your dream family beach holiday starts right here as we take you around the world to phenomenal villas which aren’t merely beautiful; each one is ideally adapted to families with their fantastic amenities, an incredible range of activities and, of course, stunning sea views.

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The Beach House, Ricketts Luxury – Anguilla

The exceptional Beach House, available through our experts at Ricketts Luxury Properties, is the premier private villa in Anguilla. The award-winning beachfront villa has been designed with the highest level of detail in contemporary style. It consists of eight spacious en-suite bedrooms, ten bathrooms, two powder rooms and vast living and dining spaces open to lush, tropical manicured gardens, and the soft white sands and impossibly turquoise waters of Meads Bay – recently voted the best beach in the world.

With its unique blend of high-style and low-key elegance, The Beach House offers every convenience for the ultimate in modern island living. Complete with a 44ft infinity pool, outdoor jacuzzi, fully outfitted gym, full-size tennis court, built-in BBQ, and 12-seat private cinema, the villa is appointed throughout with premium brand amenities, entertainment, lighting and security systems. The top pick for celebrities, CEOs, and those seeking an ultra- chic yet relaxing lifestyle, The Beach House recently won best architecture at The International Property Awards. So many of its features make it perfect for families, its Estate Manager, Alison Strand, mother of three, tells us more:

“At The Beach House, we know that the best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way,” says Allison.” After all, when the sand has washed off, the salt washed clean, and the tans have faded, the memories will last forever.

“That’s why The Beach House makes the ultimate family get-away – we understand that your priority is to craft shared moments as a family, to make memories that will last a lifetime.

“As a mother, I know what it takes to put a family vacation together. My role is to work hand- in-hand with you to create a fully bespoke experience tailored to your every wish and need. Before you arrive, I work with you to plan a range of services, activities, dining experiences, and excursions for you and your family. Once your journey begins, our full-service team is waiting to exceed all your expectations. At The Beach House, you get the personal touch from every member of our qualified team. We are waiting to make your dream Caribbean escape come true.”

The 1,600 square foot Entertainment Room, featuring a wide selection of children’s board and card games, pool table, ping pong table, basketball free throw and, and a kids’ favourite:  the air hockey table. This is an excellent spot to entertain the kids in the evening, and even to escape the afternoon heat.

The Beach House is equipped with snorkels, masks, fins, life vests, single and double kayaks, and three stand-up paddle boards. You can take advantage of a number of watersports including windsurfing, sunfish sailing, water trampoline, water skiing, wake boarding and glass bottom kayak tours.

Allison and her team can also arrange fabulous kids parties which just might be the cherry on your son or daughter’s cake during this magical Caribbean holiday.

The sky nor the beach is the limit at the amazing Beach House. Start planning your trip to Anguilla with Ricketts Luxury Properties here.

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Puma Estate, Papagayo Luxury – Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica

Mix natural adventures with beach time and family fun by staying at Papagayo Luxury, located on the gorgeous Papagayo Peninsula in the lush Costa Rican tropical dry forest. One of their best villas for families is the Puma Estate, and if you can get away before Christmas, Papagayo Luxury is offering the 7th night free now through December 14th (including Thanksgiving).

The Puma Estate House is a luxurious custom designed six bedroom / six and a half bathroom home featuring magnificent ocean views throughout the home. The property is backed by the Four Seasons Arnold Palmer Signature Course and Golf Club. This home is particularly well-suited for two families traveling together as it has two identically sized master suites (stacked). There is a flexible bed arrangement as a king can convert to two twins (for teens that don’t want to share a bed). It also has a sixth small, spare bedroom with a full/twin bunk bed, when guests need extra space for more kids or for their nanny.

In addition to comfortable living spaces and terraces, the estate includes a private pool and hot tub. Plus it’s a short drive from the Prieta Beach Club, a small putt putt course at the driving range and Nacascolo Beach, which is a long beach with flat water (bay side).

Scoop up this great deal on the Puma Estate for stays before December 14th or reach out to Papagayo Luxury at this link to check availability for other times.

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Samujana – Koh Samui, Thailand

The beautiful Samujana resort, featuring stunning private villas, offers an amazing family holiday on the picturesque island of Koh Samui. Samujana was chosen by Smith Hotels as one of the World’s Best Family Resorts 2016, below are some of the reasons it made the list.

Perched on a hillside overlooking a coral cove with private beach access, this private resort, designed by award-winning designer Gary Fell, is comprised of a collection of oversized and opulent villas, some of which feature private cinemas and games rooms making are perfectly suited to families. They have experienced and qualified bilingual babysitters and nannies available on hourly, daily and weekly rates, so parents can take a little break for themselves.

Family activities at Samujana include cooking classes, Muay Thai boxing lessons and a range of watersports such as waterskiing, snorkelling and diving. Its team of chefs provide delicious in-villa dining experiences including family-fun barbecues which you can enjoy poolside.

The island also has tenpin bowling, two modern cinemas, and even a jumping castle playzone. A number of excursions can be arranged from tours to see the waterfalls and temples or to one of its family attractions like the Aquapark, Butterfly Garden or Coco Splash Waterpark.

Book your dream family holiday to Thailand at Samujana.

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Kauri Cove Villa, Touch of Spice – Moturua Island, Bay of Islands

Have a private island in New Zealand’s exquisite Bay of Islands just for you and your family by staying at the Kauri Cove Villa by Touch of Spice. Step off your private helicopter transfer straight onto a white sand beach and find a split-level beach haven designed by renowned New Zealand architect Pete Bossley tucked into the native bush.

“Right on property there’s access to all the best non-motorised water toys, including kayaks, stand up paddleboards, a dinghy, top notch snorkelling and fishing equipment, and an ocean trampoline,” explains Jacqui Spice, founder and CEO of Touch of Spice. “Rock pool exploring, sprat fishing or the good old-fashioned playground will keep the wee ones entertained. For the big kids, ATV Quad adventures, jet skis, parasailing, deep sea fishing charters and heli flight-seeing tours are all on the motorised menu.

“If white knuckles are not your thing, there’s the Department of Conservation Moturua Scenic Reserve walk or exploring Maori artefacts and indigenous history at any one of 27 recorded archaeological sites on the island. Your concierge in residence would also be delighted to book a private yoga teacher or horseback riding session, in addition to assisting with anything mentioned above (or anything you may dream up).

“Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the internationally ranked golf course, spa services and world-class dining at Kauri Cliffs, just a short helicopter ride away. There is truly something for everyone on this island retreat and Touch of Spice can offer bespoke packages that will leave you never wanting to return to the mainland.”

The Kauri Cove Villa is still available for the Christmas and New Years holidays. Plan your family holiday to the beautiful Bay of Islands with Touch of Spice at this link.

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Tres Soles Villa, In Villa Veritas – Punta Mita, Mexico

For a fantastic family holiday in Mexico, our expert Laura Blair of In Villas Veritas take us to the gorgeous Tres Soles Villa on the Punta Mita Peninsula found on Mexico’s Pacific coast north of Puerto Vallarta. Since it has eight bedrooms, two of which are masters, it’s ideal for extended families or two families traveling together. Laura Blair of In Villas Veritas tells us more:

“The pool is lovely and fun for kids as it winds around palm islands,” describes Laura. “There is a gentle slope down to the fantastic beach so no big drops.

Alternatively, it’s just a few minutes’ drive from the punta mita resort and residents’ beach club where you can meet other families and kids. There you’ll find beach service, a pool, club bar and restaurant, golf and tennis. There’s also tennis in the private villa community a two-minute walk from the villa.

There are wonderful nature and adventure activities for those more sport-minded. Everything is possible here such as tennis, golf, scuba, hiking, zip lining, whale watching, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and more. Or you can just relax in the sun with a good book and a Margarita (and still see the whales migrating from your chaise lounge). This includes full staff for all services including a wonderful chef so you don’t even have to leave the property and still have plenty to do with the house, pool and beach.

Escape to this remarkable villa and lovely part of Mexico with In Villas Veritas here.

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Skiathos 1L Villa, Five Star Greece – Greece

With its exceptional climate, spectacular natural beauty and fascinating cultural discoveries, the Greek Isles are an ideal family destination and our expert Ileana Von Hirsch of Five Star Greece has the perfect family villa on the Island of Skiathos.

“The Skiathos 1L Villa has something for all ages in a family group,” says Ileana. “The island has an airport so it’s more readily accessible. The villa has a private sandy beach with easy swimming, plus onsite there is a huge pool set in lawned gardens, a family cook and staff, and separate guest cottages for when family tensions rise…

“A friendly boatman to take you out on day trips to explore the gorgeous beaches of the wilder north coast, cross over to the lush and mountainous island of Skopelos, where Mamma Mia was filmed or try your hand at water-skiing at Tourlos Beach. For some cultural discoveries, visit the secret monasteries in Skiathos’ green hills, seek out some homemade almond sweets or “Amigdalota” or shop for some artisanal jewellery at Varsakis in Skiathos town.”

Have a superb family getaway to Skiathos with the help of Five Star Greece at this link.

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 Villa Athena, St Barth Properties – Anse des Cayes, St Barthélemy

The breathtaking and relaxing island of St Barthélemy is a fantastic family destination in the Caribbean and our local experts at St Barth Properties have just the right property for families: the Villa Athena.

This marvelous multi-level villa features floor-to-ceiling windows and an airy, open feel. Admire the sparkling sea and Anse des Cayes from inside or from one of its many terraces. The long, heated pool and surrounding terrace with a pool bar is highlight. There are two spacious living rooms, a guest bath and a dining room. The villa is furnished in a chic minimalist décor and also includes a sleek professionally-equipped kitchen.

The seven bedrooms include a master suite with an outdoor shower that is located in a separate bungalow. All the bedrooms have king beds convertible to twins, beautifully appointed en-suite baths, terraces with sea views. Two on the lower level are “master-sized” with king/twin beds. Four bedrooms (two with outdoor showers) have king/twin beds and are located on the lowest level. There’s U.S. Satellite TV, a sound system and Apple TV in the bedrooms.

The Villa Athena is still available for Christmas, however, there is a minimum stay requirement of 14 nights. For further information or to reserve, contact St Barth Properties here.

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