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Parrot Cay family-friendly hotel | Turks & Caicos

Whether you’re craving an urban adventure, a rural hideaway or some beachside bliss, the Smith & Family collection has a bolthole for you and your little Smiths. Ready to ask ‘Are we there yet?’ Our most recent child-friendly hotels include sophisticated New York city spot the Surrey, Ralph-Lauren-designed villas at Round Hill in Jamaica, Tuscan rustic retreat La Bandita and the Parrot Cay private island in Turks & Caicos. So grab your kids and caboodle and get going…

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The Surrey | family-friendly hotel New York

BEAUX-ARTS BEAUTY

The Surrey, New York, USA

Just for them Signature Surrey sticker books
Just for you Michelin-starred restaurant Café Boulud

Think a swanky city residence that welcomes children is a rarity? The Surrey, in Manhattan’s des-res Upper East Side district, is just that: a hotel that warmly accommodates Smiths of all ages, and where award-winning chefs happily rustle up simple dishes to please even the fussiest of eaters. The neighbourhood has an abundance of galleries and museums, many of which allow children in for free and offer workshops to keep everyone in the family interested (nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a host of art classes for all ages). Make sure to borrow the Bobbin bikes during your stay to cycle to Central Park, only a stone’s throw away from the hotel.

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Round Hill family-friendly resort in Jamaica

POSTCARD-PRETTY PLANTATION

Round Hill, Jamaica

Just for them Reggae lessons at the free kids club
Just for you Jamaican coffee bean body scrub at the spa

Set on a sprawling seaside estate, Round Hill has acres of tropical gardens and palm-shaded sands to roam on. The kids club, with its activities ranging from basket-weaving to basketball, will please high-octane players and craft-lovers alike; your little Smiths can make friends with fellow guests, and the experienced club co-ordinators will make sure no one is ever bored. With everyone kept busy and happy, parents are free to book into the resort’s spa for one of the invigorating hydrotherapy treatments and some well-deserved R ‘n’ R.

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La Bandita family retreat in Tuscany, Italy

HILLSIDE HAVEN

La Bandita, Tuscany, Italy

Just for them Free cookery class for little chefs
Just for you In-house hammam and access to the owner’s private wine cellar

A dash of laid-back luxury makes La Bandita a welcoming home from home. Set against a backdrop of Tuscan hills, this restored rustic farmhouse has a picture-perfect infinity pool where children can while away the hours. Roll up their sleeves and let them loose in the kitchen with in-house chef Dario, who’ll have them churning out pillowy gnocchi and to-die-for pizzas in no time. La Bandita is a back-to-basics bolthole, Italian-style, with olive groves to explore and meals in famiglia as its focus. Owner John knows the area inside out, so whether you’re looking for Montevarchi’s designer outlets or Montalcino’s abbey, he can point you in the right direction.

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Parrot Cay child-friendly retreat | Turks & Caicos

CARIBBEAN COMFORTS

Parrot Cay by Como, Turks & Caicos

Just for them Private beaches and watersports galore
Just for you Holistic therapists and wellbeing specialists

The Turks & Caicos islands are a honeymooners’ paradise, with turquoise seas, white sands and a liberal dose of hedonistic luxury. There’s no reason not to enjoy these earthly delights with the whole clan in tow: hurray for Parrot Cay, where staff welcome families with open arms and have created the perfect action-packed programme to keep everyone busy. Watersports centre? Check. Tennis courts? Check. Games room? Check. Yoga classes and an Ayurvedic spa mean adults are well looked after, too. Revived and restored, spend the rest of the day with your family snorkelling for sand dollars, spying iguanas or just paddling in the bay.

Need some more ideas for the Easter holidays? Browse through Smith & Family’s entire collection of child-friendly holiday destinations.

* Copy compiled by Georgina Conroy

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One Response to “New to Smith & Family: hotels in New York, Jamaica, Tuscany and Turks & Caicos”

  1. Really terrific choice of hotels in family friendly locations. Turks & Caicos looks stunning. Great place for honeymooners to start a family even. Jamaica amazing. Tuscany is another great location. New York has so much to offer for families also. Very nice pick indeed.

    By Fintan

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