Sharon Reid


Luxury and children are not normally synonymous, not discounting the offspring of both the rich and famous – one can only assume that a luxury lifestyle is the norm for their pampered progeny. Yet a luxury lifestyle is not just the preserve of the privileged one percent, families looking to treat themselves to a luxurious stay at a five –star retreat can do so courtesy of a few select hotels who have managed to balance fun –filled child -friendly activities with adult appreciated indulgence. Below is a selection of hotels that effortlessly fulfil the needs of adults and children.

Where? The Arch, Marble Arch, London

Great for: city kids

What’s on offer?Family Fun Package at The Arch London (2)

The hotel offers a package which accommodates up to three guests per room, with connecting rooms available on request. Little ones will be treated to an indulgent experience throughout their stay with a host of family amenities such as children’s sized bathrobes and slippers, as well as a speciality Archie Bear. There is a large toy box filled with toys and a wide selection of children’s books to be enjoyed with complimentary cookies with milk. In the hotel’s stylish restaurant Hunter 486, young children will dine complimentary with their parents throughout their stay with kids sized cutlery, plus colouring books. Each morning the whole family will be treated to a complimentary English breakfast before setting off to explore the city. The Family Fun Package starts at £390 per night.

Where? Babington House, Somerset

Great for: active kids

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Babington House hotel boasts its own lake, tennis courts and croquet lawn. There are 32 decent-sized and lavishly-designed bedrooms, while the retreat’s split-level mini-houses are ideal for families. The Little House kid’s club is open daily and offers free crèche facilities for children from 12 months and up. During the summer holidays, the hotel offers cooking classes and outdoor activities. For the colder months, the hotel even has a small cinema with sink-in chairs showing a variety of family-friendly films.

Where? Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire

Great for: country kids

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Set amid 500 acres of luscious green fields, children can admire the beautiful British countryside while watching the hotel’s horses frolic in the surrounding paddocks. Infants can embark on a treasure hunt or play a game of Frisbee, while parents take advantage of the spa. Other activities to keep the kids entertained, include cycling, croquet, tennis, boating on the Basingstoke Canal or even ‘owning a pony’ for a day.

Where? Chesterfield Hotel, Mayfair, London

Great for: toy loving kids

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On the doorstep of Hamley’s, The Chesterfield Mayfair boasts arguably the best location for toy-hungry children. Inside the hotel, kids might even spot a sighting of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’s very own Willy Wonka, whilst sampling the hotel’s Charlie and The Chesterfield Afternoon Tea. The offering provides kids with a golden egg, a chocolate Wonka bar, and a golden ticket. For children, the Little OopmaLoompa Afternoon Tea consists of peanut butter and jam sandwiches, a selection of Wonkatastic pastries and delights, and a choice of a milkshake or a sophisticated tea.


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