Family holidays are, for many of us, a chance to catch up on some fun, quality time with the kids, but what happens when parents want to turn their attention towards each other for some fun of their own?
The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) recently conducted a study to see whether holidaymakers were getting “more romantic” on their annual holiday or not. Staggeringly 60% of those interviewed were not, despite the freedoms of being away. When asked what would raise their intimacy levels 29% answered more private space, not surprising when you consider the limited privacy afforded with standard package holiday accommodation.
However, when it came to timeshare holidays, a massive 71% of owners reported that they were enjoying more romance and intimacy on their holidays! Since timeshare accommodation generally offers guests greater comfort, space and privacy the results make perfect sense. So, with this in mind we thought we’d explore some of the timeshare resales on our books that have something for the whole family with a little more emphasis on romance!
Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort
We begin on the most Easterly point of Mexico in Cancun, at the Award-winning Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort. Overlooking the shimmering waters of the Caribbean Sea the resort achieved TripAdvisor’s 2014 coveted Travellers Choice award under the Family category, with an open-armed policy to families its easy to see why. Explore one of the Seven Wonders of the World at Chichen Itza, dating back over 1000 years, or spend a truly remarkable day at Xplor Park and have an exciting family day discovering the heart of the Riviera Maya.
When it comes to the accommodation here the 2-bedroom “lock-off” villas are especially good for families since they have a very private floor plan. As the children get older an adjoining door can be locked providing 2 separate living areas. The beautifully furnished villas feature large, generously soft beds, 2 bathrooms with roomy bathtubs and 2 private balconies, so be it a his and hers or parents and kids the choice is yours.
Dip into one of the 3 refreshing swimming pools, relax in the alluring infinity pool or share in tender moments on the white-sandy Playa de Cancun beach that sweeps out in front of the Westin Lagunamar whilst the children tear around in the dedicated Westin Kids Club. Settle down to a selection of traditional Mexican and International dishes at the Oceano Restaurant whilst the obliging staff at Viento Bar & Grill will bring dishes for you to share on the beach as the sun gently caresses your face.
Club Monte Anfi
A firm family favourite nestled within the Anfi Del Mar complex in South Gran Canaria is TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2014 winning Club Monte Anfi. The large club boasts activities for the whole family from the numerous kids clubs for children of all ages to the exclusive opportunities for parents to learn to scuba dive & jet-ski! Clamber aboard with the little ones on a sea excursion and glimpse the enchanting dolphins, whales and turtles that inhabit the surrounding waters or wander hand in hand along the dreamy promenade.
A spacious balcony for you and your family to admire the glistening Atlantic Ocean from is fitted to this luxurious 1 bedroom apartment available for just £4,500 on a floating basis. Cast your eyes out to sea from within your private jacuzzi fitted inside the separate master bedroom which presents grand beds and can mean an intimate night in store as the children sleep soundly through the night.
Anfi Del Mar plays host to a top-class selection of fine-dining restaurants which are sure to tickle your fancy during your next romantic break whilst for afters enjoy the stunning sunset with a refreshing cocktail. Spend quality-time with the kids playing on the white-sandy Caribbean Beach stretching out in front of the resort or kick-back on the sun-loungers by the large outdoor swimming pool.
Revitalise your love-life with a holiday on the famous banks of Loch Lomond at the Interval International Premier Resort of Cameron House, one of the worlds most prestigious timeshare resorts. Junior quad-biking and the Kids Zone are top activities for the children to get stuck into whilst you and your partner relish in the great outdoors. Take a romantic Loch cruise and explore the heritage of your new home-from-home or wander blissfully together through the tranquil highlands and enjoy an intimate pony trek into the wilderness.
Easily reachable from Glasgow city centre this exquisite 2 bedroom lodge has been traditionally furnished for a truly desirable Scottish highland break within the Trossachs National Park. Ease into the private sauna fitted to the lodge’s bathroom for an exclusive holiday and separate bedrooms for you and the children help you and your partner to re-imagine the romance of your relationship.
Two superb golf-courses present themselves, Wee Demon & The Carrick, which add to the relaxing ambiance of Cameron House. Dine with a difference at the Cameron Grill and indulge in the salmon bar with fresh local produce caught from the surrounding lochs. Relish in a soothing couples ESPA treatment or admire the natural landscape together from within the infinity pool overlooking the Ben Lomond Mountains as the children have a fun-packed time in the Cammie Club.
Rekindle the romance in the tranquility of Northumberland where 1000 acres of forest and moorland create the perfect family escape around 30 minutes drive from Newcastle city centre. The Interval International Premier Resort of Slaley Hall will be your setting for a romantic rural retreat with a mixture of grandeur and family-friendly atmosphere placing everything at your fingertips. Cherish the natural surroundings of the resort with a stroll into the grounds, race the kids through a 10 mile quad-biking track or test your aim with a day at the clay pigeon shooting range, you can have it all and more at Slaley Hall.
Coming well-appointed this enormous 3-bedroom lodge, available at £7,700, offers old-world charm within a wilderness hideaway and contains its own private sauna, so a wealth of luxury and relaxation awaits. Serve up a treat from the full-kitchen and unwind in the elegant living room whilst the 3 separate bedrooms mean you can share in the more romantic moments in peace.
Indulge in a candlelit dinner at Duke’s Grill within the dignified Edwardian Mansion of Slaley Hall or cosy up together by the roaring fireplace in The Whisky Snug. Enter the Spa at the Slaley Club and relish in a true couples experience with the Luxe Dual Treatment Room offering the ultimate pamper for two whilst the outdoor pursuits here are great for the children too!
Sheraton Vistana Resort
Nestled in South Orlando, Florida, a stones throw from the famous Disney attractions, is the RCI Gold Crown Sheraton Vistana Resort. Right on your doorstep are all the major attractions of Orlando from the aquatic antics at SeaWorld to the magic of Harry Potter in his Wizarding World at Universal Studios. If you’re looking for the ultimate family holiday with a little extra privacy you’ve come to the right place at Sheraton’s Vistana Resort!
There’s space for everyone here, yet for extra privacy this 2-bedroom villa comes as a lock-off so parents and kids can, almost, have their own villa each at this Interval International Premier Resort. Savour the privacy of your holiday to Orlando with two separate bedrooms and bathrooms and get stuck in together in the full-kitchen and cook up some heart-warming family meals.
Relax by one of the 7 outdoor swimming pools, soak away in the 8 whirlpool spas or play doubles against the kids at one of the 13 tennis courts that feature amongst the wonderful leisure facilities here. If you want some alone time to truly enjoy the Sheraton Vistana the resort hosts a daily programme of children’s activities so you and your partner can spend some quality time alone together.