Get some sushi lessons in the Seychelles, acting classes in Puglia or the chance to be coached by leading sports stars
Babies and toddlers
Little ones without the baggage in Cyprus
Travelling with babies can be a logistical nightmare when you consider all the things you have to take, but Cyprus’s swish boutique Almyra Hotel has put paid to that. Guests staying at the four-star hotel with views of Paphos’s medieval castle can order a host of baby paraphernalia ready for when they arrive under the Baby Go Lightly programme. Everything from car seats to bottle sterilisers is on the list.
Details Seven nights’ B&B is from £739pp, including flights
Baby swimming lessons in Greece
From June to September babies and toddlers can take part in swimming lessons at the Sani Resort in Greece. The classes are for children aged 6 months to 4 years and last for 30 minutes a day on weekdays. The luxury resort has four hotels on a 1,000-acre ecological reserve on Halkidiki’s Kassandra Peninsula. There’s also a babysitting-on-the-beach programme, where staff will take charge of children for 30 minutes while parents relax, a teen spa and healthy “posh nosh for tots”.
Details Seven nights’ B&B at Porto Sani Village is from £969pp, including flights
Sushi lessons in the Seychelles
If your children are fussy eaters, the Little Sushi Masters classes at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles may change their minds. The classes, aimed at children aged 4-12, are led by the hotel’s sushi chef, who will help them to make maki and California rolls. The classes are part of the children’s programme at the resort, which includes marine education, learning creole , music and dance classes. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy the resort’s treetop villas, deserted beaches and views over the Indian Ocean.
Details Seven nights’ B&B is from £3,249pp, including flights
Animal conservation in South Africa
Children trekking through the South African bush can search for insects, bones and skulls, and learn how to identify animal tracks and droppings on a Bugs & Bones walk at the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. The reserve has 22 rooms split across four small Relais & Châteaux lodges, and the walk is part of a larger learning programme for children at the Blue Cranes Conservation Club. Children are encouraged to offset their own mini-carbon footprint by planting spekboom, a type of thicket, and take up green initiatives when back in Blighty.
Details Four nights’ full board is from £6,559 for a family of four, including flights
Sports and acting in the Caribbean
Buccament Bay Resort is a five-star all-inclusive villa resort in St Vincent and the Grenadines, surrounded by mountains and rainforest. Each villa comes with a plunge pool and there are six restaurants to enjoy, plus an activity programme for kids, hosted by sports stars from around the world. The 90-minute classes include football coaching with Don Hutchinson, Dion Dublin and Michael Thomas; tennis with Pat Cash; cricket with Martin Bicknell; and rugby with Lewis Moody. There’s also a performing arts academy.
Details Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £5,929 for a family of three, including flights
Film school in Puglia
If your older children are stroppier than a star in a teen movie, let them learn how to make their own film at Borgo Egnazia in Puglia. The five-star resort nestled between the hills and the sea provides a perfect backdrop for film classes at the Tarantari Kids Club. Aimed at 13 to 16-year-olds, the club looks at screenwriting, location scouting, directing and acting. Classes take place from Easter and right through summer.
Details Seven nights’ B&B is from £5,279 for a family of four, including flights