Family Travel Navigator – April 2015

Castiglion del Bosco

We’ve scoured the world for the best family destinations and resorts, new openings, great offerings and unusual holiday ideas to bring you the Mr Fox family holiday hit list for spring…

Ok, it’s only Easter, but travelling with kids requires some serious planning ahead. Not least because if you don’t get cracking, those well-organised early birds will snap up the best rooms, fill the most relaxing resorts and leave you with no choice but to go glamping, again. From a Tuscan hotel to in-resort tutors: swank in Portugal, art in Somerset and Kenyan culture, we’ve found some new and unusual holiday ideas for families. All you have to do is book.

 Under the Tuscan Sun: Castiglion del Bosco

Castiglion del Bosco

Ferragamo’s Castiglion del Bosco in Montalcino, Tuscany re-opened last week as a Rosewood property. One of the oldest and best-preserved estates in Italy, the 23 suites and 10 villas are ideal for foodie families who want privacy, space and a sophisticated base from which to discover the area: a UNESCO world heritage site. We expect the Rosewood stamp to bring superlative service to the party.

Wild Child: Kichwa Tembo 

Kichwa Tembo

andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in the Masai Mara re-opened last summer after a complete rebuild. Three new family suites made up of two interconnecting tents, are the ideal base for exploring this low-Malaria area of Kenya. Get kids exploring on the WildChild programme (from 6+) where they will go on fishing trips, scavenger hunts and short game-drives, getting to grips with local culture under the care of a dedicated ranger. A backpack with scrapbook, solar torch, magnifying glass and compass will add to the element of adventure.

In Resort Tutoring: Powder Bryne Mountain Academy

Powder Bryne Mountain Academy

Kids taking exams after Easter? Don’t let that stop you having a break. Instead, consider Powder Bryne’s in-resort tutor programme to help them prepare. Professional tutoring sessions in the morning (from London agency Bonas MacFarlane) allow kids – and parents – to relax in the afternoon and enjoy real downtime without niggling worry taking the edge off. Group tuition is available in Flims (Easter, from £450 for a 10-hour weekly programme) covering common entrance to GSCE and A Level, with further resorts for summer to be announced. You can book one-on-one tutoring for any age or subject from £1,280 per week (36 hours, 6 hours per day).

The Art of Family Travel: Hauser & Wirth

Durslade Hauser Wirth

Art lover? Then you’ll probably know that Hauser & Wirth opened an outpost in Bruton, Somerset last summer. And if you can’t face the journey there and back in a day, check into the gorgeous 6-bedroom Durslade Farmhouse attached to the gallery and make a weekend of it. This Easter they are teaming up with children’s arts charity the House of Fairy Tales for a special event, calling on children to help hatch a mystical Ogulon egg in an interactive performance. (Good Friday and Easter Saturday, entrance free)

Rumour Has it…. Six Senses, Douro Valley

Six Senses Duoro Portugal

Six Senses are opening their first European resort in the UNESCO-protected Douro Valley in northern Portugal this summer. A big, swish, grown-up affair with a whopping spa and swanky design by New York-based studio Clodagh Design, style-conscious families with older children take note. To stay a step ahead, snap up a Vineyard Pool Villa: which is actually two villas – one for you, one for them. Nice. There are no facilities for families except babysitting (and no kids’ club), but if you want all-encompassing downtime together, check-in.