Escapes With A Side Of Sport
Finding the perfect summer escape that successfully caters to everyone’s holiday agenda can be a minefield.
With sun worshippers, foodies, culture vultures and adrenalin junkies all to be accounted for, you’d be forgiven for thinking that simply staying at home is your easiest option.
Our solution? A selection of holiday destinations that combine relaxing surroundings, delicious local cuisine and enough activity to keep even the most energetic kids and restless adults smiling…
Cycling Holiday: Fontelunga Hotel and Villas, Italy
Hidden in the picture-perfect countryside of central Tuscany, Fontelunga is an authentic 19th century house that has been beautifully transformed into a boutique hotel of nine bedrooms and two private self-catered villas that carefully blends shabby chic Tuscan design with modern comforts.
Just an hour’s drive from the cultural capital of Florence and 45 minutes from both Perugia and Siena, the venue is perfectly located for those wishing to absorb some of Italy’s most famous cities while also exploring the region’s rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards.
Situated in Valdichiana, the largest open valley in the Apennine Mountains, sportier inclined guests can take full advantage of the hotel’s mountain bikes to explore the surrounding countryside and quaint local villages. Evenings can be spent refuelling over a heavenly plate of rustic Italian cooking and bottles of fine red wine.
Tennis Holiday: Maison Françoise, France
Sitting in 120 acres of one of the most beautiful valleys in the French Languedoc, Maison Françoise is an ancient wine barn that has been renovated into a striking stone walled villa (enter here for the chance to win a three-night getaway!). Boasting eight bedrooms, stylish designer interiors and a huge courtyard surrounded swimming pool, it’s perfect for large families and groups of friends looking for an excuse to escape to the French countryside.
Should you tire of relaxing by the pool on the comfy sunbeds, there’s plenty to keep you entertained including an impressive tennis court complete with tennis and badminton sets...and even a table tennis table. Once you’ve worked on your forehand, make sure to venture to the walled city of Carcassonne, only 35 minutes drive away, and explore the old medieval town and recommended Saturday market.
Then as the sun sets, catch spectacular views from the villa terrace with a cocktail in hand before retreating to the landscaped courtyard for lantern-lit suppers al fresco.
Watersports Holiday: Peligoni Club, Greece
For a family holiday with a bit of flare, the infamous Peligoni Club effortlessly combines boutique-style accommodation with endless watersports activities and a laid-back vibe that adds up to an all-encompassing get-up-and-go style getaway. Perched on volcanic rock at the northern tip of the island of Zakynthos, the humble sailing club has grown into an unrivalled hub for adventure addicts and sun seekers alike.
Despite a lack of sandy beaches, the founders were captivated by the tranquil untainted landscape when they passed by on a sailing trip back in the eighties. And the club has remained relatively unchanged, other than the addition of more home-away-from-home villas and devoted members.
Join a bohemian crowd for wakeboarding, windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and general letting your hair down surrounded by sapphire Ionian seas as far as the eye can see.
Surfing Holiday: Surf Maroc, Morocco
Wetsuits at the ready. Surf Maroc is Morocco’s best-known surf staycation, a collection of four beach side locations ideal for those looking to unleash their inner surfer and make time to unwind in between hitting the waves. Located on the oceanfront, our favourite accommodation is Amouage, where surf camp and yoga retreat meets chic boutique hotel. With eclectic interiors, lively communal areas and a serene spa and infinity pool, it\s perfect for uninterrupted post-surf relaxation.
Whether you’re a total beginner or dedicated pro, the surf school welcomes all comers and will point you towards the best waves for your ability. Meanwhile guaranteed sunshine, warm waters, first class waves and delicious food mean you can eat, sleep and surf on repeat.