Natalie Keeler goes in search of the best eco-friendly holiday destinations, both with and without your baby.
For a perfect blend of breathtaking scenery and modern, stylish interiors, Valsana Hotel makes for an idyllic getaway on the border of the Arosa forest. As the first hotel in Switzerland to be powered by ice battery, this hideaway is the ideal spot for couples looking to escape city life and experience nature at its best. The architecture has even been designed to reflect the alpine landscape. Inside, you’ll find tennis courts, a gym and extensive spa facilities, too. From £185 per night based on two sharing.
If you’re looking to go off the radar before baby arrives, this rural retreat is sure to hit the spot. The hotel, which has just unveiled a newly-renovated spa, now offers a luxurious selection of treatments designed to help you reconnect with nature. Take a dip in the indoor water-circuit pool, or visit the yoga and meditation room. For those keen to explore, the village of Pollensa is a short walk away, or if you’re feeling up for the challenge, take a short climb to the top of Puig de Maria at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains. From £215 per night based on two sharing.
With its spacious interiors, luscious meadow garden and cliff-top hot tubs, this eco-luxury, grown-ups-only retreat proves a great source of last-minute relaxation before baby arrives. Experience amazing views of Cornwall’s north coast from the comfort of your suite, or enjoy drinks on the terrace before settling down for a sumptuous sunset supper. Inside, enjoy peace and quiet in the spa’s tented treatment rooms, while the hotel’s library also makes for a cosy hideaway. From £330 per night based on two sharing.
With more than two million plants populating its vibrant 116-acre park, this tropical paradise has made a mission out of preserving and enhancing the environment – so much so, only bikes and electric vehicles are permitted. Start your day with a lazy breakfast of mouthwatering sliced meats, warm bread and pastries, followed by a trip to the spa for a cleansing sea-mud body wrap or honey and salt massage. For a mid-morning cool-down, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, or bask in the tranquility of the hotel’s three spectacular pools. From £215 per person, per night; under-twos go free.
This retreat in the market town of Grossarl will ensure baby’s first holiday is a breeze. Book the dedicated family package and you’ll have access to a range of facilities, including highchairs, buggies and cribs. Childcare is available for babies as young as one month, while the restaurant offers a special menu for tiny taste buds. For parents, a trip to the spa provides the perfect opportunity to relax, but little ones don’t have to miss out completely – Moar Gut even offers gentle massages for its smallest guests. From £149 per person, per night.
If your little one is so well behaved that even the prospect of a nine-hour flight doesn’t faze you, make the most of it and head to this extraordinary aqua-themed resort in the Bahamas. The aptly-named Paradise Island is home to the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, where more than 50,000 species roam freely among lagoons, caves, coral formations and underwater ruins. While many of the on-site activities are better suited to adults, there’s still plenty on offer for parents with a tot in tow, including shallow water interactions with dolphins. From £180 per night based on two adults and a baby.