Delphina Hotels, Sardinia

At the beginning of last summer I was helping to compile a piece about hotels with great kids’ clubs for The Telegraph, and my trip to Sardinia was part of that.Delphina has eight luxurious hotels in different locations in the north of the island and we visited several. They are all different and don’t remotely feel like part of chain.

We stayed at Valle dell’Erica which had an incredible spa, private beaches and amazing food. I didn’t have the children with me this time, but I visited the kids club which caters for kids from babies to teens and includes a pizza-making station and a “Robinson Crusoe” outing where the kids paddle round to an “island” (the next cove) in canoes and camp out overnight.How cool is that?

We also visited Le Dune which is much larger, a little less luxurious but kid-heaven with a 10,000 metre-square playground which includes an Indian village and a kids’-only pool. There’s an aviary for gathering eggs and a garden where they pick organic veggies for cookery workshops and the miniclub’s restaurant. There’s also tennis, minigolf, trampolining, a riding school, kayaking, archery and a climbing wall.

It was my first time in Sardinia and I’m desperate to go back – such a beautiful island and an incredible coloured sea. The hotels were fabulous – managing to find that difficult balance of being child-friendly and luxurious too. Again not majorly cheap (although La Dune isn’t break-the-bank territory), but a brilliantly restful holiday for frazzled parents and non-parents alike, depending on the hotel you choose.

From €88 per person per night at Le Dune, €140 at Valle Dell’Erica, half board. The first child under six stays free at Le Dune and under-2s stay free at both resorts. http://www.delphinahotels.co.uk/index_en.html

About catherinecooper

Journalist and author specialising in travel with children. I write for several national publications and am author of Travelling with Children: A Parent's Guide. You can see some of my articles at www.catherinecooper.net
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