Full teen ahead


As a family company, we've experienced all the joys and challenges of travelling with children, and we know that the older they get, the harder they can be to please! If you’re wondering how to tackle that eggshell walk towards holiday harmony with teenagers, read on for some tried and tested solutions.

 

GET ACTIVE

 


Corsica is Europe’s natural adventure playground, with almost limitless Instagram moments on the water and in the wild mountains of the interior. Raise a (happy) scream from even the most dedicated screen-ager with a canyoning excursion – three hours of adrenalin-pumping jumping, scrambling and climbing along mountain rivers and dramatic gorges in the shadow of the mighty Col de Bavella. And if they’re not so keen on getting wet, the new Bike Park de Bavella offers terrain to challenge all levels from novice to nutter!

Where to stay:


Hotel Alto di Pinarello
Porto Vecchio, Corsica


A Stella di Focce 
Porto Vecchio, Corsica


Casa Nina 
Porto Vecchio, Corsica

 

GO LARGE

 


Most teens are happy just about anywhere as long as they have their phones and their friends with them, so one easy way to keep the mood light is join forces with another family or two and take over one of our large villas. With over 100 properties sleeping eight or more people, you’ll find group-friendly houses in virtually all our destinations, and if you’d prefer to retain a little family privacy, ask us about our small groups of apartments and villas.

Where to stay:


The House @ Bella Mare 
Corfu, Greece


Ca Na Fustera 
Pollença, Mallorca


Villa Canim 
Kalkan, Turkey

 

CUT SOME SLACK

 


No-one’s advocating relinquishing parental responsibility here, but a little freedom can go a long way to promoting holiday harmony, and certain smaller resorts, such as Kalkan in Turkey and Nissaki, Kassiopi and Agios Stephanos in north east Corfu offer low-key, teen-friendly cafes and beach clubs for older children to meet and mix. Many are within walking distance of our villas, so you don’t even have to provide the parental taxi service.

Where to stay:


Villa Hanedan
Kalkan, Turkey


Leonora's House
Corfu, Greece


Villa Georgia
Corfu, Greece

 

SURF'S UP

 


Described as French style with Californian attitude, Hossegor is the surfing capital of Europe, and one of the coolest little resorts you’ll find anywhere in France. You’ll be amazed by how quickly even novices can ride the waves with some decent instruction; just be prepared to spend hours on the beach as the official photographer! Away from the sea there are plenty of shops, cafes and bars, all with the ubiquitous surf-chic style, but low-key enough that teenagers can safely go off by themselves on foot or by bike, leaving you to the luxurious privacy of your villa’s own pool if you prefer.

Where to stay:


106 Beach House 
Hossegor, Aquitaine, France


Villa des Roses 
Hossegor, Aquitaine, France


Villa Ami 
Hossegor, Aquitaine, France

 

FIND YOUR TRIBE

 


If bringing friends from home isn’t practical, you can still make it easy to find new ones for a week or two. Based at the Bella Mare Hotel in Corfu, Tribe provides an informal meeting place for tweens and teens, based on a loosely structured choice of activities over six days. Watersports, horse riding, cocktail making, a night out in Kassiopi and a trip to Corfu’s fabulous waterpark all feature, but the emphasis is on freedom, so there are no strict deadlines, just an open invitation to join a flexible programme that allows for up-time, downtime and those all-important lie-ins.

Where to stay:


Bella Mare Hotel 
Corfu, Greece