AND THE CHILDREN CAME TOO…..

HOW TO KEEP YOUR SANITY WITH THREE OF THE BEST FAMILY HOLIDAYS

This month we begin our Lucky Onion Three of The Best… Travel Series. Because whilst we are always striving to do our best, we also appreciate that other people out there are doing a brilliant job too. We salute you!

BEST FOR TODDLERS: MARRAKECH

Africa? With toddlers? Are we mad? Trust us. They will love the tortoises, the snakes, the monkeys in the square, the warmth. You will love the atmosphere, pretty pools, shopping and grown-up excitements – there are some really good restaurants (try Nomad) and sexy bars aplenty (try Le Comptoir). If you are feeling all-swinging opt for the ridiculously rock star villas at the new Mandarin Oriental– each comes with its own pool, hot tub, Hamman and sitting room with giant TV. If that sounds a bit flash, try our best-kept-secret Dar Zemora, a gorgeous villa with bird song where you can stay in the little pavilion and the monitor reaches to the swimming pool. So you can sunbathe whilst babes slumber for that lunch time nap. To discover more see www.mandarinoriental.com/marrakech and www.darzemora.com for details.

BEST FOR TWEENS: ISLES OF SCILLY

A near forgotten piece of England. Very Enid Blyton bucket-and-spade in style. Tresco is precious, like a step back in time with glorious beaches where the children can roam free, cycling from one sandy patch to another, ocean on one side, green fields with plodding horses on the other. No cars, no traffic. Just picnics, salty air and seagulls swooping overhead. The spa has beautifully soft treatments by organic British brand ila, the Ruin Beach Café has to be one of the best al fresco feasting spots anywhere. If you’ re not going to make it for half term, book now for next summer. The place is full year-on-year. The Flying Boat cottages are a great idea with paths straight down to the sea. There’ s a sailing school, gorgeous gardens, yoga. Otherwise? Just crabbing, boating, paddling and collecting treasure. To discover more see www.tresco.co.uk for details.

BEST FOR TEENAGERS: VENICE

If there a cooler way to do Venice with teenagers? This new star is pretty unbeatable. It’ s 15 minutes by shuttle boat (so exciting) to St Mark’ s Square where all that essential culture awaits, but when everybody has had enough or starts to moan you can retreat from the crowds to the peace of your own private island and the new JW Marriott. Here you will find swimming pools, rose gardens, lawns, fresh air. There are lots of good restaurants and an excellent cookery school where wannabe chefs can master fresh pasta. The rooftop bar has amazing views of the city and Mum can retreat for facials in the clean boxed spa. Top marks all round. To discover more see www.jw.marriott.com for details.

Next month? Our favourite London Boltholes. Stay Tuned.