If, on balance, you’re actually rather fond of your children, despite those tedious conversations about Sylvanian Families, Pokemon Cards, I-pad restrictions and Fortnite (delete as applicable), you may see the family holiday as a chance to reconnect with the joys of parenthood. And yet a week or two away can seem a little daunting without the promise of some down time just for you. (Who hasn’t spent hours in the pool adjudicating handstand competitions and blowing up inflatable unicorns the size of Gibraltar?!)
So if you like the idea of the odd break from your progeny but don’t want to pack them off to a kids’ club on day one of your holiday and retrieve them at the end, Simpson Travel’s Beach Life programme is the perfect solution. Available during the peak weeks of the summer holidays at their flagship beachfront hotels, Bella Mare in Corfu and GK Beach in Crete, Beach Life is a complimentary programme of supervised activities for children aged 5 to 11. With no need to pre-book, guests can register on arrival at the hotel and choose from a weekly programme including T-shirt design, mocktail making, scavenger hunts, table football, arts and crafts, beach chill outs, pool games, table tennis, cookery and a movie night. Activity sessions last two hours affording parents a welcome opportunity to kick back and unwind, safe in the knowledge that the children are making new friends and having fun under the watchful eye of Simpson’s UK-qualified nannies.
7 July – 23 August 2020
Simpson Travel’s GK Beach Hotel enjoys a magnificent spot by the soft sands and warm waters of western Crete. It offers a good choice of family-friendly suites, a Simpson-run beach bar and restaurant, a massage room with a range of treatments and a dedicated hotel minibus providing transfers to some of the area’s leading attractions, including the Venetian harbour in Chania, the ancient ruins in Aptera and Platanias water park. Beach Life activities take place in and around the hotel grounds.
5 July – 28 August 2020
The Bella Mare Hotel offers luxury beachfront living along the coolest coastline in the Ionian. Situated in the oh-so-fashionable north east of Corfu, the sublime location, superb facilities and spectacular views are sure to capture the imagination, matched by stylish contemporary interiors, beautifully tended gardens and a laid-back beach club vibe that sets the tone for a wonderfully relaxing family holiday. Though Beach Life activities take place in and around the hotel grounds, guests staying nearby at The House @ Bella Mare, Villa Eva and Villa Georgia are also welcome to participate.
- A complimentary programme of supervised activities for children aged 5–11 available in the school summer holidays
- Available in Crete at GK Beach Hotel between 7 July and 23 August
- Available in Corfu at Bella Mare Hotel, The House @ Bella Mare, Villa Georgia and Villa Eva between 5 July and 28 August
- Garden games and table-tennis available
- No pre-booking required
- Operates 5 days a week
- Sample activities include; T-shirt design, mocktail making, scavenger hunts, table football, arts and crafts, beach chill outs, pool games, table tennis, cookery and a movie night.