The best luxury hotels for sporty families, from Spain to Italy
Join former England footballer Michael Owen, pictured, for football lessons at the Algarve resort of Quinta do Lago
Each week, our holiday hero, Neil Simpson, takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the groundwork so you don’t have to. This week: Luxury hotels for sports families.
Happy families are on the cards as a select group of resorts bolster their five-star facilities with summer sports academies to suit all ages, interests and abilities.
In Portugal, golf and tennis lessons, as well as a star-studded soccer camp, draw families to the resort town of Quinta do Lago in the Algarve.
At its heart is The Campus, a multi-sports complex that welcomes everyone from Olympic athletes to sports stars to vacationing families – and where former England footballers Michael Owen and Joe Cole are set to run summer football camps. week for 5 to 15 year olds. old in August from £550 per child (footballescapes.com).
Stay amid the retro glamor of the Magnolia Hotel where parents can get discounted day passes for the pool, gym, personal training and athletic rehabilitation sessions at Campus while their children are away. at the academy. A week costs from £1,318 pp plus flights (luisagnoliahotelqdl.com).
At the Magnolia Hotel in Quinta do Lago, pictured, parents can get discounted day passes for the pool, gym, personal training and sports rehabilitation sessions
A week-long stay amid the retro glamor of the Magnolia Hotel costs from £1,318 pp plus flights. Above, the hotel bar
In the heart of the resort town of Quinta do Lago is The Campus, pictured, a multi-sports complex that caters to everyone from Olympic athletes and sports stars to vacationing families
In August, children aged 5-15 can sign up for week-long football camps at Campus – it costs from £550 per child
At popular Spanish sports resort La Manga, budding footballers can follow training sessions, while the recently launched Golf Academy offers a range of private lessons, week-long courses and 90-minute family lessons for a maximum of six people.
Tennis is its other big draw, with 28 courts and coaches offering private, group, and weeklong lessons. For £25 you can sign up for an initiation session to padel, a fast-growing version played on a smaller court.
Families can book self-catering apartments around the complex or head to the five-star Hotel Principe Felipe for fine dining, a huge outdoor pool, wellness center and spa. A week costs from £965 pp plus flights (lamangaclub.com).
Active: In the Spanish resort of La Manga, families can head to the five-star Hotel Principe Felipe (pictured) for fine dining and a huge outdoor pool
The recently launched Golf Academy in La Manga offers a range of private lessons, week-long lessons and 90-minute family lessons for up to six people. Above, the resort’s golf course
Pictured above is La Manga Clay Tennis Court – visitors can enjoy private, group and week-long tennis lessons from the resort’s coaches.
An aerial view of La Manga. A week-long visit to the Spanish resort town costs from £965 pp plus flights
The luxurious Chia Laguna Hotel Village on the Italian island of Sardinia offers football and dance academies for ages 6 to 15.
UEFA-qualified coaches lead the football training sessions, while professional choreographers lead lessons at the dance school.
Parents, on the other hand, can take advantage of the mountain bike rental service and regular tours organized by knowledgeable hotel guides, or try hiking, horse riding, golf, tennis and water sports.
Or, while the kids are running around, there’s also the option of just heading to the resort’s spa, pools, or white-sand beach to unwind.
Hotels at the 50-acre Forte Village Resort in Sardinia, pictured, give guests access to basketball courts, a cricket pitch, 12 tennis courts and five football pitches
There are nine swimming pools, one of which is pictured above, and a water sports center at Forte Village Resort
Cyclists at the coast by Forte Village Resort. A week’s stay costs from £1,431 pp plus flights with Elegant Resorts
All-inclusive weeks cost from £1,415 pp including flights. Five-day academies cost from £335 pp for dance and £415 pp for football in August (sovereign.com).
Also in Sardinia is the 50-acre Forte Village Resort with eight hotels – four or five stars – which give guests access to basketball courts, a cricket pitch, 12 tennis courts, five football pitches, nine swimming pools and a water sports center. Golfers can hit the driving range or head to the nearby Is Molas course which has hosted four Italian Opens.
A week costs from £1,431 pp plus flights (elegantresorts.co.uk).
Guests can sign up for football, tennis, windsurfing, sailing, yoga and even Greek dancing lessons at the Ikos Dassia hotel in Corfu (pictured)
At Ikos Dassia, you can choose between rooms and suites with garden or sea views, or book a villa with a private pool
One of the bedrooms at Ikos Dassia. A hotel week with Jet2 Holidays costs from £1,579 pp including flights
In Corfu, professional instructors are on hand at the beachfront hotel Ikos Dassia. Guests can sign up for a mix of week-long academies or one-off lessons in soccer, tennis, windsurfing, sailing, yoga, and even Greek dancing.
There’s a spa and wellness center to soothe aching muscles, and guests can choose from rooms and suites with garden or sea views, or book a villa with a private pool.
A week costs from £1,579 pp including flights (jet2holidays.com/indulgent-getaways).