Stylish getaways aren’t just for adults only. From sleek, Sri Lankan estates to scandi-chic Ibizan abodes - we’re out to prove family-friendly doesn't have to be function over form. Whether it's a sleepout under the African stars, a zip line, water slide, outdoor cinema or private playground, these properties offer unforgettable villa experiences for all the family.
1. Leobo Private Reserve, South Africa
Adventurers young and old alike will delight at this uber-cool safari lodge, an 8000-hectare estate in South Africa's Waterberg region - a malaria-free destination with no dangerous animals. Four luxury bedrooms include one bunk room and one room for a nanny, while a full team of staff are on-hand to look after you during your stay, including a game ranger. A heated infinity pool and a jacuzzi on the roof boast sweeping Savannah views, while the property's own research-grade observatory can be used for star-gazing. Guests can take advantage of Leobo’s AS350 B2 Squirrel Helicopter, while kayaks, quad bikes, polaris buggy, mountain bikes and on-site horses. Kids will love the hippo-sleepout deck down by the river, offering a chance to sleep under the stars.
2. Can Selva, Ibiza
A haven of rural relaxation set across 30,000 square metres of Ibizan countryside, this effortlessly-cool estate boasts 5 luxurious bedrooms, stylish indoor-outdoor living and super-chic interior design. Perfectly located close to the pretty village of Santa Gertrudis, an infinity pool and extensive al fresco decking take in open views of the surrounding valley and undulating lawned gardens, while an outdoor cinema area in the walled courtyard, kids play area with trampoline, zip wire, rope swing and table tennis provide endless entertainment for the whole family.
3. Villa Maliyadda, Sri Lanka
Designed by Reda Amalou and AW2 of Paris, this sprawling beachfront compound is set atop a bluff on Sri Lanka’s south coast. It may boast contemporary tropical architecture, bespoke interiors, fitness centre and full team of staff, but kids will be most interested in the oversized pools and waterslides. There's even a children's activity coordinator on-hand to organise on-site activities like kids cooking lessons or expeditions to nature reserves, so parents can enjoy uninterrupted days spent by the beachfront pool.
4. Villa Zest at Lime Samui , Koh Samui
Designed by award winning Architects, GFAB - Villa Zest fuses family-friendly function with high design and minimalist interiors. Featuring five bedrooms set over three floors, the villa opens out onto an expansive deck and infinity pool, with al-fresco feasting area and lounge sala affording views of the national marine park and Five Islands. A specially designed 6-bed bunk room is kitted out with a flat screen TV suitable for playing 3D movies and Sony Play station games, while kids can enjoy a large outdoor trampoline, tree house and zip line, guaranteeing hours of fun in their own secure private outdoor play area.
5. Mariposa, Jumby Bay, Antigua
Set across nine acres of tropical gardens and private beachfront on one of the world's most undisturbed private islands, Mariposa is the ideal location for a high-end family hideaway, with no cars in sight, miles of powder-white beaches and winding cycle paths to safely explore the expansive private island resort of Jumby Bay. Located on the eastern end of the island, Mariposa boasts 8-bedroom and amenities for all the family - including an infinity pool, tennis court, fire-pit, croquet lawn, basketball court and 9-hole putting green on site, as well as access to Jumby Bay's water sports and kids program.Search Villas