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12 Best Luxury Family Resorts in Europe

This post on best luxury family resorts in Europe is packed with incredible stays that will leave you eager to plan a luxury getaway.

The latest travel trends see travellers swapping far-flung destinations for places a little closer to home, as well as a massive increase in families looking for luxury hotels. With this in mind, I have hand-picked some of the best luxury family resorts in Europe to whet your appetite.


These hotels are some of Europe’s best, so they won’t be cheap… I have visited some of these personally, while others are still on my own wish list. However, I have researched these far and wide, so you can rest assured that these are some of the best luxury family resorts in Europe.

My Top 3 Hotels & Resorts for Luxury Family Holidays


Martinhal Resorts: Portugal
✔️ ⭐️ Rating: 9.2
✔️ Luxury Beach Houses
✔️ Outdoor Play Areas for Kids
✔️ Variety on the kids menus


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Sani Resort: Greece
✔️ ⭐️ Rating: 9.1
✔️ Ultimate Family Resort
✔️ 22 Dining Options


Sensatori TUI BLUE

✔️ Choice of Greece, Turkey, Spain
✔️ Dedicated Teen Activities
✔️ On the shores of Lake Geneva

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1. Sani Resort: Greece

⭐️ Rating: 9.1/10 | 🏨 Accommodation type: Family Rooms & Suites | 📍 Location: Greece | 🔗 Check Rates and Availability

I visited Sani Resort in 2019 and to say I loved it is an understatement. I returned in 2022 and it reinforced my opinion that it is one of Europe’s best family resorts. There are five different hotels to choose from, Sani Beach, Sani Club, Sani Dunes, Porto Sani, and the top of the range Sani Asterias.


Each hotel is furnished with its own unique style, although all hotels are located close together. Regardless of which hotel you stay in, you are free to use the facilities in all five hotels.


Sani Resort is set on 7km of white sandy beaches on a stunning peninsula, it feels more like a Caribbean resort than a Mediterranean one. There is a private yacht marina, stunning beach bars and 22 restaurants to choose from.

The Sani Dine Around programme allows you to dine in 22 restaurants throughout the resort as part of the half-board or full-board arrangement. There are separate toddlers and kids menus, as well as waiter service at the beach, and an ice-cream van touring the resort with free ice creams. Sani Resort anticipates your every whim.


Sani Resort is one of the world’s top family resorts, so kids clubs, entertainment and sports activities are a given. What sets Sani Resort apart is the quality of these facilities. Sani has a tennis academy in collaboration with Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, and a UEFA-approved soccer pitch with football coaching sessions, in association with Chelsea Football Club.


Children can enjoy a football camp with qualified coaches in various camps ranging from age four to sixteen years, and a Chelsea FC Foundation kit is given to all attendees.

sani resort chelsea football academy - one of Europes best luxury family resorts

There are many activities free of charge including the Sani Adventure Park, with high ropes and zip lines, archery, aerobics, hiking and paddle-board yoga. Selected sports such as waterskiing, catamaran, canoeing, parasailing etc incur extra charges, as well as the soccer camp, tennis lessons and diving.


There are kids clubs for children aged 4-11 and as well as a separate teen club, and a Crèche Club is available for children aged 4 months – 4 years. Bottle warmers, sterilisers and baby phones are supplied free of charge to your room, and buggies, bikes and trikes are available for hire.


I love the Babywatch babysitting programme that is available on all beaches. This complimentary service allows you to leave your child with qualified staff at the beach, while you and your partner pop in for a quick swim, or enjoy a quick walk – without having to book a crèche session.

Baby swimming lessons are also available in the indoor pool at Sani Club.

sani resort babywatch

TOP TIP: All kids clubs, soccer, swimming, and tennis camps MUST be prebooked before you arrive.  

I am convinced that Sani Resort is one of the best luxury family resorts in Europe, and I am not alone there. According to TripAdvisor, Sani Resort is one of the Top 10 Hotels for Families in the World, one of the Top 5 Hotels for Families in Europe and the Top Hotel for Families in Greece.

Read: My ultimate guide to Sani Resort

Read: Best family holidays in Greece for 2022 – My top 20 picks


How to get there:

Sani Resort is about 40 minutes from Thessaloniki airport, and Ryanair operate regular flights from many European airports, including Dublin.

There are five different hotels to choose from, but also a huge choice of room types.

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Search Jet2 Holidays, TUI and Love Holidays offer discounted holidays to Sani Resort.


Martinhal Sagres one of the best luxury family resorts in Europe

2. Martinhal Resorts: Portugal

⭐️ Rating: 9.1/10 | 🏨 Accommodation type: Family Rooms & Apartements | 📍 Location: Greece | 🔗 Check Rates and Availability

Martinhal Resorts were specifically designed with families in mind and are without a doubt some of best luxury family holiday’s in Europe. There are two resorts on the Algarve, Martinhal Quinta and Martinhal Sagres, as well as Martinha Chiado in the heart of Lisbon.

We had the pleasure of staying in Martinhal Chiado in Lisbon, and Martinhal Sagres on the Algarve, and I can confirm they we both superb for families. Not only were our apartments beautifully furnished, but the attention to detail was mind blowing.


It is no surprise that Martinhal have won numerous awards for their family friendly accommodation – they really have thought of everything. I love how Martinhal manage to cater so well for families but yet manage to keep everything understated.


The furniture has no sharp edges, there were hooks for hanging up clothes everywhere, and as for the bathrooms – expect child steps, a choice of potties, toilet seats and even a nappy bin!

family apartments in Lisbon
Living room at Martinhal Chiado, Lisbon

Everything you could possibly want for babies and toddlers can be pre-ordered via their baby concierge before you arrive, including high chairs, sterilisers and suitable strollers for the cobbled stone streets in Lisbon.

family holiday in Lisbon

Breakfast can be served to your room if preferred, and the kids club offers evening sessions if you fancy a night out in Lisbon on your own.


The variety on the kids menus in Martinhal Sagres was something I had not seen before. There was separate menus for babies, toddlers and older children, with lots of healthy options.

family play areas outside restaurants at Martinhal Sagres
Family play area outside As Dunas Restaurant in Martinhal Sagres

The play areas outside the restaurants, including sunken trampolines, meant adults could enjoy a leisurely mean or post dinner drink while their kids played happily outside. Staff were also on hand in restaurants to play with younger children.

All resorts have kids clubs, ranging from creches to teen clubs – extra charges do apply, and they need to be pre-booked in advance. Teenagers can try surf, paddle board and diving lessons, enjoy tennis and football academies, or games consoles in their dedicated teen-clubs. However, I did feel that the resort caters more for younger children.


There is a choice of pools, and plenty of outdoor play areas including playgrounds and football pitches. There are a wide selection of activities for the whole family including water sports, horse riding, jeep safaris and boat trips.

Watersports at the beach in Martinhal Sagres

There is also a wide selection of rooms to choose from, including town houses and villas for larger families. We stayed in a two-bedroom Ocean Beach House at Martinhal Sagres and loved it!

best apartments for families in the algarve
Two bedroom beach house, Martinhal Sagres

Likewise the attention to detail is superb with stair gates, bathroom accessories and every possible accoutrement available in the kitchen. The view from the balcony, and our garden with private sun loungers will stay with me forever!

Read: My review on Martinhal Sagres

Read: Family holidays to the Algarve, my top picks on where to stay


How to get there?

Faro (Algarve) and Lisbon airports are served by many European airlines, including Aer Lingus and Ryanair, and accommodation can be booked directly via the links below.

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Ikos one of the best all inclusive luxury resorts in Europe

3. Ikos Resorts: All Inclusive Luxury Family Resorts in Greece and Spain

I had a sneak peak at two Ikos Resorts in Greece, and had the pleasure of staying overnight in Ikos Olivia in Halkidiki. There are two Ikos resorts in Halkidiki, as well as Ikos Dassia and Odisia in Corfu, Ikos Aria in Kos, Ikos Andalucia on the Costa del Sol and the newly opened Ikos Porto Petro in Majorca.


Ikos brings the term all-inclusive to a whole new level. Not only is the food superb, but the choices available are remarkable, with menus curated by Michelin-starred chefs. Making them one of the best European resorts for families!


The all-inclusive arrangement includes branded spirits in your mini bar, over 300 wine labels to choose from, waiter service to your sun lounger, and 24 hour room service – I could go on and on.

family facilities at all inclusive resortss

It is not only in dining where Ikos stand out from other luxury all-inclusive resorts, the facilities available are superb too – you are even given a complimentary Mini Cooper to explore the local towns and villages.


I love that Ikos Resorts encourage you to discover the local areas, and dining in selected local restaurants and access to museums is included in your stay in selected hotels.

Ikos resorts all inclusive arrangement includes mini cooper hire

The resorts are super stylish too, with private beaches, bright modern rooms and signature spas. There are also countless activities for adults and children, including kids clubs, baby club (separate charge), full entertainment programmes and sports facilities.


How to get there?

There are flights available with Ryanair to Thessaloniki airport where Ikos Olivia and Oceania are located. Ikos Andalucia is located close to Malaga airport, which is served by many European airlines. Ikos Aria ( Kos ) and Ikos Dassia and Odisia ( Corfu ) are both available as package holidays with TUI, Love Holidays and Jet2 Holidays or can be booked separately via links below.

Ikos Dassia Ikos Aria Ikos Olivia Ikos Oceania Ikos Andalucia

Sensatori are luxury family resorts by TUI

4. TUI Blue Sensatori Resorts: All Inclusive Luxury Family Resorts in Greece, Turkey and Spain

TUI is renowned for offering great value package holidays, but this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style! TUI has a wide selection of luxury hotels and resorts to suit all tastes including all-inclusive Sensatori Resorts with an emphasis on sweeping pools, spas and sophisticated dining.


There are many TUI Blue Sensatori Resorts but only six are available to book from Ireland. There are two resorts in Turkey, as well as Sensatori Atlantica Caldera Palace in Crete, Sensatori Altantica Dreams Resort and Spa in Rhodes, and Sensatori Biomar in Majorca.

sensatori resorts are one of TUI's exclusive collections

Sensatori resorts offer family suites as well as swim-up rooms, they even offer private pools at some resorts. Daily activities include yoga, pool pilates and archery, as well children’s entertainment including kids clubs and the Play House, where children can enjoy the Crazy Kitchen and Silly Science Lab.  Some resorts have waterslides and tipping buckets too.

If you just want to relax, you can enjoy some quiet time in their luxury spas or chill-out at one of the adult-only swimming pools.


You can expect sophisticated dining options at Sensatori Resorts. Dishes change daily at the buffet, with cooking stations and a separate children’s buffet as standard. If you prefer waiter service, each resort has at least three à la carte restaurants in the all-inclusive offering. It is no wonder they are among one of the best luxury family resorts in Europe.


How to get there?

Sensatori resorts are exclusive to TUI and can be booked as package holidays from many European countries including Ireland and the UK.

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The Princessa Yaiza luxury family resort in Lanzarote

5. Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote: Spain

⭐️ Rating: 8.8/10 | 🏨 Accommodation type: Family Rooms & Suites | 📍 Location: Spain | 🔗 Check Rates and Availability

I recall staying at the Princesa Yaiza many years ago at Christmas time, and how I loved swimming in the heated outdoor pool. Luke was a toddler and loved the dedicated whirlpool bath for children – I considered this pure luxury at that time!


The Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort is regularly regarded as the best family resort in Spain, and it caters particularly well for younger children. Its stunning beachfront location, choice of dining options, and selection of family entertainment ensure guests return year after year.


There are eight restaurants to choose from, including three buffet areas, as well as three swimming pools, with dedicated adult-only areas. The Thalassotherapy Centre is a welcome place to relax while the children play happily in the dedicated children’s park, Kikoland.

Princesa Yaiza luxury family resort

There are kids clubs available up to 16 years, with a a separate BabyKikoland for children aged 4 – 36 months, as well as a teen club. The hotel has its own mascots, Hooky, Cooky and Kiko, who make regular appearances throughout the day, even at breakfast time.


There is a wide variety of sports available including beach volleyball, football and tennis. There is also a dedicated football academy in peak season.


Rooms are spacious and large families are well catered for with a selection of 2 bedroom suites. The Princesa Yaiza may not be as luxurious as Sani Resort or Forte Village below, but one of the major advantages of holidaying here is that you can travel here all year round, as temperatures in the Canary Islands rarely go below 20 degrees celsius.

Read: Family holidays in Lanzarote, my top 20 picks on where to stay


How to get there?

There are regular flights to Lanzarote with many airlines, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Easyjet. TUI and Jet2 Holidays also arrange package holidays from many European countries including Ireland and the UK.

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Forte Village Sardinia is one of the best luxury family resorts in Europe

6. Forte Village: Sardinia

⭐️ Rating: 8.7/10 | 🏨 Accommodation type: Family Rooms | 📍 Location: Italy | 🔗 Check Rates and Availability

For many years Forte Village was known as one of the best family resorts in the world. It now boasts eight different hotels with a huge choice of accommodation options to suit all tastes. There are four and five star hotels as well as bungalows and some of the nicest luxury villas in Europe, that have their own private pools. It is the ultimate luxury European family resort!


Its stunning setting on Sardinia’s south coast, complete with a white sandy beach and 50 hectares of gardens, certainly attracts attention, but it is extensive activities for adults and children of all ages, that has made this one of the best luxury family resorts in Europe.


You may expect top notch kids clubs, but their sports academies must be some of the best in the world. This is the first family resort where I have seen a rugby academy, but there are also hockey, swimming, boxing, tennis and cycling. The star of the show is the Real Madrid soccer academy, where children will learn skills from the Fundación Real Madrid coaches.

Football academy at Forte Village Resort

The Acquapark boasts six full-sized water slides, as well as aa pirate ship and mini slides for younger children, and there is a 5-lane Olympic swimming pool located behind it.


Leisureland is home to a bowling alley, go-karting track, and DJs and bands that play non-stop. A train will take your kids back to Leisureland after mealtimes, if you want to relax and enjoy a post dinner drink. There are plenty of adult-only areas here too, and a world-class Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa.

There are numerous dining options including a dedicated children’s restaurant, and the main Piazza offers live music, entertainment shows and designer boutiques.


How to get there?

Forte Village is 45 minutes drive from Cagliari airport, which is served by Ryanair from many European airports, including Dublin.

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luxury family resorts in Greece

7. Domes Resorts: Corfu and Crete

Domes of Elounda has been one of the most popular luxury resorts in Greece for many years – it is practically a landmark at this stage. Its stunning location overlooking the UNESCO-protected island of Spinalonga, as well as its sophisticated dining, luxurious suites with private pools, and luxury spa, has seen it win numerous awards.


It caters extremely well for families too, with kids clubs, a wide choice of activities and entertainment, and carefully curated kids menus.

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luxury family holidays in Corfu

Domes of Corfu is the latest addition to the luxurious Domes Resorts. Originally the Louis Grand Hotel, it has been transformed and boasts a host of family friendly activities. It’s stunning private beach, as well as two pools, splash pool and kids clubs are sure to keep your children entertained.


There are three restaurants, four bars, and adult-only pools, spa and gym. Beach parties, themed Greek nights, and live music will entertain you by night, and children have their own hangout area too.

How to get there?

Domes of Corfu is available as part of a package holiday with TUI or Jet2 Holidays, or you can choose to book flights and the hotel separately. I have links to both options below.

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Evian Resort is one of the best luxury family resorts in France

8. Evian Resort: France

⭐️ Rating: 9.1/10 | 🏨 Accommodation type: Family Rooms & Suites | 📍 Location: France | 🔗 Check Rates and Availability

Complete with a Michelin Star restaurant, two Spas and two golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, Evian Resort is one of the best hotels in France, and a member of Leading Hotels of the World.


It also boasts a dedicated Kids Resort that is open all year round from 9am to 6pm, as well as evening sessions on Friday and Saturday. Daily evening sessions are available during French school holidays. There are separate baby and teens areas, making it not only a paradise for adults, but also one of the best luxury family resorts in Europe.


Set in 245 acres on the shores of Lake Geneva, its stunning scenery, wide range of activities in the French Alps, and the option to choose the 4-star Hôtel Ermitage or 5-star Hôtel Royal, ensure it is a popular choice for summer holidays as well as luxury ski holidays for families.

How to get there?

Evian Resort is just 41km away from Geneva airport which is served by Aer Lingus from Ireland, as well as many other airlines throughout Europe.

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best family hotel in Rhodes

9. Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas: Rhodes, Greece

⭐️ Rating: 9.5/10 | 🏨 Accommodation type: Family Rooms, Suites, Villas | 📍 Location: Greece | 🔗 Check Rates and Availability

If you’re looking for luxury family holidays in Europe, then I’d advise checking out Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas with their stunning seaside location in Prasonisi, this exclusive resort is arguably Rhodes best hotel. I visited this area many years ago, where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean Sea – it is spectacular. The hotel received a Travellers Choice award winner from TripAdvisor this year and has almost 3000 5-star reviews.


Luckily, this hotel manages to cater equally well for families as well as adults, with a kids club, mini disco, evening entertainment and a host of activities available. There are six swimming pools, including an infinity pool and an adult-only pool, as well as a luxury Thalasso Spa – so if you want to relax while the kids are playing, you can do that too.


There is a host of rooms to choose from including family suites, family bungalows and even villas. You can also opt to book bed and breakfast, half board or choose the premium all-inclusive arrangement.

How to get there?

Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort is sold by TUI Holidays so you can choose Rhodes holidays with flights and hotel included, or alternatively book your own flights with Aer Lingus or Ryanair and select the hotel only option below.

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luxury family resorts in Europe for ski holidays

10. Gradonna Mountain Resort, Austria

⭐️ Rating: 9.5/10 | 🏨 Accommodation type: Chalet & Suites | 📍 Location: Austria | 🔗 Check Rates and Availability

The luxurious Gradonna Mountain Resort is the prefect choice for active families looking for Luxury family resorts in Europe. Located in the middle of the mountains of East Tyrol, with a choice of children’s activities and luxury chalets, this is a great choice in summer or winter.


Enjoy doorstep skiing in winter or hiking and biking in summer – regardless of time of year, you are guaranteed a fun filled holiday with plenty of outdoor activities.


There are indoor & outdoor pools, kids and teen clubs with activities, as well as child care and a dedicated children’s area in the restaurant. However, it is not just the extensive facilities that families love, Gradonna Mountain Resort’s modern decor creates a luxury feel to this 4-star superior resort. Make sure to check out the gorgeous chalets – some of which can sleep up to 8.


How to get there?

The closest airports are  Salzburg, 166km and Innsbruck 188km, which are served my Aer Lingus, Ryanair and multiple airlines throughout Europe.

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all inclusive resort in Greece with waterslides

11. Nana Golden Beach Resort, Crete, Greece

⭐️ Rating: 10/10 | 🏨 Accommodation type: Family Rooms & Suites | 📍 Location: Greece | 🔗 Check Rates and Availability

The Nana Golden Beach Hotel is one of few all inclusive hotels in Greece that consistently receives 5 star ratings on TripAdvisor – there are almost 2000 Excellent rated reviews, the best you can get! With six pools, eight restaurants and a new waterpark with waterslides for children 8 years and above, it is no surprise it is so highly sought after.

It is located on the coast with private stretches of beach with a host of water sports available, there is also a scuba diving centre next door.


There is a selection of sports activities including fitness classes and tennis academy, as well as a Spa and wellness centre with beauty salon. Evening shows are performed in an open-air amphitheatre and there is mini disco, kids clubs from 3 – 12 years, and teen clubs from 13 – 17 years.

This resort is a super choice for anyone looking for luxury family resorts in Europe with waterslides on site, it has spacious two bedroom family rooms and suites too!

How to get there?

The closest airport is Heraklion in Crete, which is served on a package holiday with TUI and on a scheduled flight with Aer Lingus.

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Marbella Corfu a luxury family resort in Europe for families with 3 children

12. Marbella Hotel, Corfu, Greece

⭐️ Rating: 8.7/10 | 🏨 Accommodation type: Family Rooms & 2 Bed Suitesl | 📍 Location: Greece | 🔗 Check Rates and Availability

The MarBella Hotel is considered one of the best luxury hotels for families in Corfu. It manages to cater equally well for adults and children, and has a creche facility from 4 months to 4 years.  

Its stunning setting, choice of dining options and choice of pools – including an infinity pool and aqua park, make it a dream choice for a luxury family holiday.


There are numerous activities available too as well as a day and evening entertainment program, and a choice of room types including one and two-bedroom suites ensure there is plenty of space for larger families.

The MarBella Hotel can be booked independently or as a package holiday on an all inclusive arrangement.

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I hope this post on top luxury family resorts in Europe will give you some inspiration for your next European Adventure! Note some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

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