UltraVilla began as an invitation-only coalition for premier independent villa experts, established to provide a hallmark of excellence and has quickly become the world’s first and only global luxury rental consultancy. Now encompassing the best of the best in elite travel experiences, it offers a trusted directory for high-end travelers and travel agents to the world’s top holiday rental experts working with the most exclusive rental properties. And with families making the most of the winter travel before spring is upon us, UltraVilla has hand-selected the most spectacular beachside villas, mountain chalets and sprawling lodges for us here at LuxeGetaways to showcase destinations where children’s vacation dreams can truly come true.
1. Chalet Rock n’ Love
In the French Alps, children may never want to hit the slopes while staying at the magical Chalet Rock n’ Love by Ultimate Luxury Chalets. This 1410 square-foot five-bedroom chalet in family-friendly Tignes is decorated in a sleek, bright pop-art style. Children will adore the car-shaped beds, games room with a mini car pool table, jukebox, guitars and drum kits, as well as the outside Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool with wave machine.
2. Chimera Chalet
Over in Switzerland, the resort of Klosters is a family ski paradise. The authentic mountain charm of this traditional village is carried over into PT Ski’s picture-perfect Chimera Chalet. It can sleep up to 10 guests in five en-suite bedrooms. It features a vast open-plan living space with a double-height living room, a cozy games area separated by a large double sided fireplace and a dining area. Their kids’ ski programs cater to children of all ages, ranging from the under fives in their “Pandas” course to older teenagers daring to go off piste.
3. Grizzly Creek Ranch
The best of winter in America can be savored at the Grizzly Creek Ranch by Mountain Home. This vast 2,000-acre ranch, located in Montana near Yellowstone National Park, can accommodate up to 30 guests in six homes. The recreation barn with a pool table, foosball and ping pong is a favorite for children. The ranch itself is a magnet for nature lovers, providing endless active pursuits year-round right on or nearby the sprawling property.
4. The Beach House
Sun seekers can receive their quota of rays and family fun in Anguilla at The Beach House by Ricketts Luxury Properties. This award-winning beachfront villa features eight spacious en-suite bedrooms and fabulous family amenities such as a 1,600 square-foot entertainment room, 44 foot infinity pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, full-size tennis court, built-in BBQ, and 12-seat private cinema and access to water sports. Birthday parties and other special family activities can be arranged.
5. Samujana Resort
For exotic and sunny family adventures look no further than Samujana Resort on Koh Samui Island, Thailand. Selected by Smith Hotels as one of the World’s Best Family Resorts 2016, the estate comprises 25 private luxury villas and their fantastic family program includes Muay Thai boxing lessons, in-villa cooking classes and an array of water sports. Nearby family attractions include tenpin bowling, two cinemas, an aqua park and a butterfly garden.
6. Kauri Cove Villa
Breathtaking New Zealand is another ideal “wilder” beach destination, especially the beautiful Bay of Islands. In this unique subtropical microclimate, Touch of Spice has the stunning beachside Kauri Cove Villa, set on its own private island. A dream for water sport fans, the property is equipped with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling, parasailing and fishing equipment, jet skis and an ocean trampoline, plus deep sea fishing charters and helicopter tours can be arranged.
7. Laragai House
Winter is the perfect time to go on safari and the Laragai House, available through cazenove+loyd, is the ultimate family lodge. Located next to Mount Kenya National Park, this private villa has eight bedrooms, making it an excellent option for multigenerational families or two traveling together. Built into its natural surroundings, it features a thatched roof, locally made furniture and incredible panoramic views. There’s a large heated swimming pool, a games room stocked with table tennis, croquet and boules as well as a clay tennis court in the garden. Safaris, bush walks and other activities can be organized with their private guides.
8. Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Bush Villa
Kenya is also home to one of the earliest safari businesses, the fifth-generation run Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Bush Villa. They accept children of all ages, plus those aged five and under stay for free. Their secluded 10,000 square-foot Bush Villa is ideal for families, featuring a large living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck and five en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views of the savannah the great annual wildebeest migration. It has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD player and a private swimming pool. Cottar’s custom designs each group’s itinerary, complementing game drives with activities like Maasai Warrior School programs, guided bush walks, balloon safaris, bush meals and sundowners, cultural visits, river swimming and fishing day trips.