We made it through January and there’s a tantalising glimmer of spring on the horizon, which means our thoughts have turned to one thing, and one thing only. Summer. Sun-drenched beaches, infinity pools, children running free, golden-hour sundowners on balmy August nights… the holiday countdown is ON.
Of course, summer holidays en famille (we’ve tried, but the children really do insist on coming, too) don’t have quite the same requirements as the indulgent retreats of our pre-parental days. We no longer need an alarm clock for starters. But that doesn’t mean we’re ready to throw in the towel on luxury or relaxation. And thanks to Mr & Mrs Smith’s hand-picked villas we don’t have to.
Yes, the travel club for hotel lovers has an ever-expanding villa collection that does a fine line in tranquil abodes for loved-up couples, but it also features beautiful spaces for families to relax, unwind and make as much noise as they want to, with no other guests to disturb. Think sleek interiors, glorious views, spacious terraces, playrooms, pools and good times galore, with all your favourite people.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite stays in Mallorca, Ibiza, Italy and – for those feeling staycation vibes in 2018 – the UK below. Get booking before everyone else does*.
The boho villa of dreams awaits at this stunning spot near the shores of Cala Jondal. Wrap-around views, terraced grounds, tennis courts (floodlit for evening matches) and a twinkly lit pool with daybeds so comfortable you’ll never want to be vertical again. A submerged wall creates a shallow end in the pool that’s perfect for children.
Sleeps 12/Bedrooms 6
Huge picture windows, sleek interiors and an open-plan indoor/outdoor set-up give this sophisticated property an elegant, airy feel. Children will be thrilled by the pool, nautical-themed playroom and adventure play area, while the grown-ups soak up the bucolic views, pick ingredients for dinner in the kitchen-garden and contemplate the possibility of staying forever.
Sleeps 10/Bedrooms 5
Why settle for a villa with one pool when you can have this curvaceous two-tiered beauty, complete with a lap pool and shallow children’s pool? And that’s not the only thing that makes this stunning villa a cut above. Interiors are spacious, gardens are gloriously green and children will fall instantly for the playhouses, trampoline and playground. A perfect spot for a family summer in the sun.
Sleeps 12/Bedrooms 6
A minimalist architectural dream: this pared-back Mediterranean villa – with its striking interiors, beautiful gardens and show-stopping 30-metre pool (there’s a separate pool for children) – makes a chic spot to spend the summer. While you’re busy watching the sunset and plotting to get rid of ALL your furniture back home, the kids will be having a ball in the sandpit, on the tennis court or just running free in the expansive grounds.
Sleeps 10/Bedrooms 5
Villa la Quiete
We’re pretty sure if you look up perfection in the dictionary you’d find a full-page description of this spectacular Tuscan estate (also pictured at the start of this feature). Olive groves, rolling hills, a kitchen-garden, two swimming pools (indoor and out) and interiors dotted with art and antiques make this a special place to stay. There’s plenty of space for the whole family to kick back and relax in style. If you need us, we’ll be in the hammock.
Sleeps 10/Bedrooms 12
A new addition to Mr & Mrs Smith is this mini collection of six cabins, cottages and villas in beautiful Charleston on the Cornish coast. The nautical-inspired interiors are simple and stylish, there’s plenty of baby kit (in four of the villas) and the location is spot on for a summer of beach-hopping, surfing and staycation indulgence.
Sleeps up to 6
*The Smith24 team is available to chat 24/7 (0330 100 3180) with consultants to ensure seamless service for every aspect of your villa stay, from booking your flights, nights and transfers to organising a private chef or a sunrise hot-air balloon ride along the coast.
Mr & Mrs Smith is the travel club for hotel lovers: an award-winning boutique-hotel booking service, specialising in the world’s most seductive stays. Founded in 2003, there are now more than 1,000 boutique and luxury hotels in the Smith collection, all hand-picked and anonymously reviewed. With Smith you’ll get the best prices guaranteed, free extras on arrival and around-the-clock service from Smith24, our in-house travel specialists, plus we can also book flights. The collection now also includes luxury villas, bespoke itineraries and unique experiences, too. Go to mrandmrssmith.com/family to browse and book.