Europe, Hotels and resorts

A luxury holiday is a great opportunity for pampering, relaxing and indulging – a real getaway from the mania of work and everyday life. But what if you have the kids in tow? Is there a way to spoil yourself with a luxurious retreat whilst keeping teens and youngsters entertained? We’ve taken a look at the five-star Helona Hotel on the Greek island of Kos, which provides a luxurious retreat with opportunities for each member of the family to indulge in their ideal trip away.

For Mum and Dad

The lavish health spa at the Helona offers plenty to spoil yourself with. The four treatment rooms include a special chromotherapy – or Colour Therapy – room, a double Ayurvedic suite, VIP cabins and a wet room with a floating bed. The spa also has a steam room, a sauna, Jacuzzis, a variety of beauty treatments and there’s a heated indoor swimming pool and a gym.

The Helona sits on a private beach away from the busier tourist areas of Kos, so it’s easy to enjoy a relaxing break away from the masses of holidaymakers. A short bus ride or a 10 Euro taxi journey takes you to Kardamena, which has plenty of restaurants, bars and nightclubs for an evening out.

The main infinity pool and most of the rooms offer beautiful views to Nissyros Island and the Aegean Sea and the hotel houses 21 swimming pools, with private plunge pools for suites and villas. The rooms are well equipped and spread out, so you can enjoy a peaceful stay without feeling smothered by fellow guests.

For active youngsters

Guests at the Helona are free to make use of the windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, tennis and mountain biking facilities on offer at the nearby Lakitira Resort. Kids from as young as four years old can enjoy learning new activities or improving skills – a nice way to keep them entertained during the day so that you can enjoy some peaceful ‘r and r’ by the pool.

Keeping them entertained

If watersports and racket sports don’t get them excited, then kids can enjoy making friends at the wide range of children’s clubs offered by the resort. Children 2 to 17 years old can get involved with activity programmes which include games, sports and crafts for no extra cost. Entertainment runs from 9am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, with evening crèches and chilled-out entertainment such as movies from 7.30 to 11.30pm. For a small extra cost, the Baby Club offers nannies for children from four months and extra baby-sitting can be arranged through the resort’s Childcare Manager.

With its idyllic short-haul location, relaxing spa and great range of childcare and activities, the Helona is a great option for families who want to indulge in a luxurious break away. For more information visit: www.markwarner.co.uk