|Villa Bordoni Hotel & Restaurant in Tuscany, Italy|
Ammos Hotel, Crete, GreeceOn an island dominated by impersonal chain hotels and wallet-searing five-star palaces, the Ammos Hotel is a real find. Revamped a couple of years ago, it has colourful suites and studios that are superb for families, with small kitchens and surprisingly smart bathrooms. The hotel fronts on to a sandy bay with shallow water safe for even the tiniest paddlers, and the bright lights of Chania are just 15 minutes away, with enough life to keep most teenagers happy. But what really sets the Ammos apart is the service: Nikos and his team are happy to do just about anything from warming bottles to arranging helicopter trips. The garden-view suites are the ones to go for, as they sleep four comfortably.
Villa Bordoni, Tuscany, Italy
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Select Maris, Datca, TurkeyThink Mark Warner holidays aren't your bag? You may reconsider after checking out the family specialist's latest offering, the Select Maris, on the Datca peninsula, west of Marmaris. While offering facilities and activities for kids, this looks like the sort of place you'd expect to see supermodels, rather than toddlers – wooden decking with posh raffia sun umbrellas, a lagoon-style pool, and private beaches. Kids' clubs run in July and August for those who fancy playing pool gladiators or learning circus skills, and there's lots to do together, from tennis, boat trips and kayaking to sailing and windsurfing.
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