With holidays finally on the cards following two years of Covid-related delays, family villa holidays are set to be the talk of the summer for UK travellers in 2022. Here, we pick out the best family villas to book for summer 2022.
With searches for “villa holidays” up 130% in the past three months (via Google Trends), the freedom to enjoy your own space and to also have enough room for the whole, often extended, family are just some of benefits of a family villa holiday for summer 2022 – just remember to renew your passports ASAP! Here are some of our favourite family villas with availability this summer.
The Best Family Villas To Book For This Summer
Villas Della Marchesa at Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi Coast, Italy
The iconic 19th century Hotel Santa Caterina, located in the Amalfi Coast, is opening their Villas della Marchesa this summer. The new villas can sleep up to 14 people and offers panoramic views directly out to sea from every room and suite – perfect for two families getting together for a summer holiday.
The villas boast vast garden terraces which have been newly landscaped, a 36m swimming pool with a solarium and a wine cellar. The space offers guests their own private sanctuary amongst the Amalfi lemon groves and makes it ideal for those travelling in larger groups, with plenty of space for guests to celebrate with exclusive lunches or dinners. It is possible to arrange personalised home cooking and wine lists from the hotel brought to the villa.
The main villa consists of three bedrooms: two junior suites and a front sea view double room. All rooms and suites have clean lines and muted tones, dotted with splashes of Mediterranean colour for that classic Hotel Santa Caterina appearance – that the hotel has become famous for over the years.
In addition to the villas, guests will also be able to enjoy the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Glicine, which has been awarded a Michelin star three years in a row. Hotel Santa Caterina is the only Leading Hotel close to Amalfi that benefits from direct sea access, with two private elevators carved into the rock of the coast that lead to their private beach club, where guests can soak up the Mediterranean sun and swim in the heated pool.
Prices start from €4,000 per night. For more information visit hotelsantacaterina.it.
Martinhal Sagres Beach & Family Resort, Algarve, Portugal
Located on the eastern tip of Portugal’s Algarve coast, Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts’ flagship hotel, ‘Martinhal Sagres’, remains the leading light in luxury family holidays. With award-winning kids clubs, a huge variety of activities ranging from mountain biking to surfing and sleek and stylish design, Martinhal keeps even the most active of kids entertained and gives even the most stressed of parents a chance to breathe and unwind.
Martinhal Sagres is incredibly spacious, with the facilities and green areas spread out over 220,000 square metres and with its own access to a 700m beach.
Individual houses and villas at Martinhal Sagres, some with their own private gardens and private heated swimming pools, allow families to enjoy their own little space in the Algarve. Families can choose from stylish townhouses with impressive views over the Sagres peninsular and park, Ocean Houses with private verandas perfect for al fresco meals overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Garden Houses and the exclusive private collection of Luxury Martinhal Villas, each with sea views and private garden with swimming pool.
Martinhal’s Extended Family Package includes a 30% discount on a double room when booking a 2 or 3 bedroom Village House. This special offer is valid for travel until 28th December 2022.
Prices from €428 per night for a Two-Bedroom Ocean House. For more information visit martinhal.com.
JW Retreats with JW Marriott, Venice
If you want to introduce the kids to a bit of culture, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is an oasis away from Venice’s labyrinth of canals and bridges, set on its own private island ‘Isola delle Rose’. Their villa retreats – a cluster of residences set apart from the main hotel – offer another level of seclusion with their own private gardens, with select properties including private pools.
Villas include the ‘La Residenza Pool Deluxe’, a collection of one bedroom villas with plunge pools, offering stunning rooms that seamlessly open onto a deck with plunge pool and private garden, where guests can recline with views over the lagoon and Venetian skyline.
Larger groups of up to seven can book the ‘Villa Rose’ – a luxury private villa with a swimming pool, entirely secluded within the island resort’s own gardens. All interiors are finished in designer Matteo Thun’s fluid style, rooms filled with light and air, merging with the surrounding nature.
The first floor has views over the lagoon towards the Venice skyline and the two master bedrooms each have sleek light-filled bathrooms, one even complete with a soaking tub. The villas, just a short boat ride away to St Mark’s Square, make an ideal base for exploring Venice’s cultural scene.
From €701 per night (JW Retreats) and € 5,111 per night (Villa Rose). For more information visit marriott.co.uk.
Martinhal Cascais, Portugal
Martinhal Cascais luxury resort combines the best of Cascais, Estoril and Sintra, whilst being within easy reach of Lisbon. Martinhal Cascais offers an amazing experience for the whole family, providing a five star hotel as well as a selection of stylish luxury family villas – a perfect home from home that allows families to enjoy the best of both the city and coast.
The contemporary two-bedroom villas provide modern conveniences and have been designed with families in mind. The villas feature loft-style double height living spaces, with an open plan kitchen linking to the private terrace. Each house has its own parking spot and all villas are located just a short walk from the main hotel, right next to the Kids Clubhouse and heated pool.
As a leading family resort, Martinhal knows that sightseeing with the kids can be a challenge. Their Family Concierge team are on hand to help guests experience the best of Portugal’s vibrant capital and recommend activities that little ones and parents will love. With plenty of family-friendly museums, castles, tropical gardens, aquarium and more, there is a lot to keep everyone entertained in Lisbon.
From €553 per night for a Grand Deluxe Villa. For more information visit martinhal.com/cascais/.
Glamping at Luxury Family Hotels’ Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford Upon Avon
For those families looking to swap the usual villa walls for an escape to the countryside under canvas but want to stay in the UK, Luxury Family Hotels is delighted to announce the return of Woolley Grange’s Glamping suites from 2nd April, with several upgrades and new additions for 2022.
This year families no longer have to leave their furry friends behind as the site is now fully dog-friendly, meaning staycation fun for little ones and furry friends alike. The hotel’s pop-up café and bar ‘The Hideout’, has been transformed into a woodfired pizza experience, where guests can opt to dine in or take away to enjoy on their own private terrace or even a picnic in the sun.
All glamping suites have been fitted with woodburning stoves to keep guests cosy and warm on those chillier evenings. The launch of the UK’s first ever pop-up spa in partnership with all-natural British wellness brand Bramley, offering guests of all ages an exclusive menu of al-fresco inspired natural spa therapies, featuring exclusively-crafted, Woolley Grange essential oil.
Luxury Family Hotels’ glamping suites bring new meaning to spending a night under canvas, with a large master bedroom, twin bedroom, bathroom (with an all-important flushing toilet and shower), lounge with woodburning stove, and private terrace with outdoor seating. Each morning, glamping guests can enjoy a fresh continental breakfast from The Hideout from 7.30am.
Guests at Woolley Grange Glamping site also have access to the hotel and its facilities, including heated indoor and outdoor (in season) swimming pools, spa, OFSTED-registered childcare and the Woolley Grange Restaurant. A staple of all Luxury Family Hotels properties, all bookings come with 90-minutes of complimentary childcare per night stayed.
From £445 on a bed & breakfast basis. For more information visit wolleygrangehotel.co.uk.
Villa Kontokali, Corfu
Situated in a prime hilltop location right in the middle of the east coast of Corfu, this luxury villa is close to the charming old town with its Venetian fortresses and great choice of restaurants, bars and boutiques, and a 20 minute drive from sandy beaches such as Glyfada.
From £4,100 per week. For more information visit theluxurytravelbook.com.
Luxury Pods at Cynefin Retreats, Wales
Set amongst woodlands and meadows, luxury greets nature at Cynefin Retreats, this collection of four bespoke luxury self-catering pods (sleeping two) on the Welsh borders are set to offer guests a unique indoor-outdoor escape.
June 2022 will see the addition of three new spacious two bedroom houses enabling families, friends and their furry friends chance to relax and explore the idyllic Welsh borders landscape within the comforts of boutique, hand crafted accommodation – expect king- size beds, rainfall showers, private hot tubs, wood burners, iPod docks and luxury toiletries made from Welsh lavender grown locally.
Generously proportioned, the three new houses boast two stylish, spacious bedrooms with expansive sliding glass doors that lead out onto expansive terraces with private hot tubs and fire pits. Stylish décor takes its cues from the countryside, with plenty of soothing natural tones, whilst kiddie essentials from high chairs to cots, have not been overlooked.
Tucked away on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Black Mountains and the winding River Wye, there is no shortage of activities. Whether it’s a relaxing, family weekend spent boating on the River Wye, playing hide & seek in the woods, chilling under the starry skies, or a high octane experience tackling the challenging hikes & cycling trails.
Alternatively, a wander around the characterful literary town of Hay-On-Wye, just a five minutes’ drive, with its fantastic Thursday market and colourful array of independent shops, galleries pubs and restaurants are not to be missed. A series of curated walks, yoga workshops and fishing weekends are offered throughout the year.
From £220 per night for a one-bedroom luxe pod, from £360 per night for a two-bedroom house. For more information visit cynefinretreats.com.