To coincide with the launch of Shorelines, our latest collection, we've partnered with luxury villa provider Oliver's Travels to bring you the best beach locations — because we could all do with a holiday!
Read on to discover their top beach destinations.
After a couple of years of disrupted travel, everyone’s trying to make this summer the best it can possibly be – holidays included! Here at Oliver’s Travels, we know just how important the place is when picking where to stay, and especially when little ones are along for the fun. To help you make it a little easier, we’ve narrowed your selection down to six of the best family getaways for summer 2022. From the peaceful Provence-Alpes to magnificent Menorca, there’s something for everyone.
We’ve also chosen a Chelsea Peers loungewear, pyjama or swim set from the Shorelines collection
to match each destination. Shorelines is a tranquil take on 'bed-to-beach' style, with modern loungewear, nightwear and swimwear in fun aquatic prints and lightweight fabrics — perfect for your upcoming holiday.
With a holiday in Corfu, you’ll truly get the best of both worlds, combining cobalt-blue waters and golden sands with charming villages and ancient towns. Warm European hospitality is guaranteed, and even warmer summers! However, there’s plenty to help you all cool off, with both Blue Flag beaches and an Aqualand water park on offer.
While the cuisine here typically focuses on fresh seafood and local produce, there’s plenty to keep picky eaters happy when dining at family-run tavernas. Moussaka may be an unfamiliar name to young ones, but it looks, smells and tastes every bit as comforting as their favourite lasagne. And when it comes to souvlaki, who wouldn’t want to try a wrap stuffed with chips?
What To Pack
To help you stay comfy on your travels, and on those relaxed evenings lounging back at the villa, Chelsea Peers has created the ultimate loungewear set – and there’s one to fit every member of the family too!
Staycations saw a major surge in the last couple of years, and while some families are eager to jet off somewhere international, we also know how nice it’s been to avoid airport stress. That’s why Cornwall still makes our list for the best family getaways for summer 2022 – you’ll get all the fun of a beach break with none of the check-in and baggage claim worries.
This family holiday hotspot is filled with outdoor activities for all ages – especially water babies, who’ll love trying out surfing, paddle-boarding, and even windsurfing. When you’ve all tired yourself out, it’s time to recharge on a traditional English scone enjoyed the Cornish way: jam and then cream. Prefer something savoury? Opt for a Cornish pasty – but keep an eye out for seagulls who will steal them out of your hand if given the chance!
Do you count a four-legged friend as part of your family? Cornwall’s looking even more inviting with its lush green countryside and coastal walks.
What To Pack
Your kids have spent an afternoon swimming in the sea searching for mermaids – now it’s time to dress them up like one! Proving that the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, this inspiring mermaid design from the Shorelines collection is destined for the dreamers little and grown.
Slightly less well-known than its Balearic neighbours, the breath-taking island of Menorca boasts beautiful beaches, scrumptious seafood, and white-washed villages to explore. It’s actually a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, so there’s plenty of space for youngsters to run around rolling hills or make their way through floral meadows. Strong coastal winds also provide excellent conditions for getting involved in water-sports – there’s even shipwrecks to see if they want to give scuba diving a go.
You’ll find lots of megalithic sites to uncover together as well, with these impressive stone structures dating back as far as 123BC. Tapping into the island’s medieval past, you may find that a jousting festival is taking place during your visit. Failing that, you can’t go wrong with a visit to one of the water-parks – endless thrills and spills guaranteed.
What To Pack
Menorca is well-known for its Mediterranean turtles, so after a day spent spotting them in the waters, come back home to these turtle print pyjamas – perfectly on theme for an island escape!
You may hear the Provence-Alpes and particular nothing but tranquil fields filled with fresh blooms, sampling some of the finest wine in France, and wandering through idyllic towns – doesn’t exactly sound kid-friendly right? But you’ll be surprised to learn that this region extends a warm welcome to families with little ones of all ages.
If your children have got an artistic side, let them follow in the footsteps of painters like Van Gough and Matisse by taking part in an outdoor art class or ceramic session. For those who prefer to keep things active, try out ziplining or even horse-riding around the mountainous landscape. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a guided kayak trip along the stunning Verdon Gorge – one of the top natural wonders of this region.
What To Pack
Want to keep things cool and classic like the French? Relax in these luxe satin stripe pyjamas. The youngest family member can join in with their very own version, complete with delightful pink piping.
There’s no doubt about it – the Algarve inevitably tops most lists when it comes to the best family getaways for summer. The impossibly blue, sparkling ocean is inviting to kids of all ages, with many beaches holding sandcastle competitions too, but this region is also home to some of Europe’s best water-parks.
Need to take some time away from the sun? Plan a trip to the Children’s Life Science Centres in Lagos – there are plenty of interactive buttons and levers to push and pull, getting kids engaged with a little learning squeezed in along the way.
What To Pack
Feel like you’re constantly pulled in every direction on family trips? Let Chelsea Peers lend a hand with this wear-anywhere Octopus print – available in swimwear, shorts and pyjama sets for the whole family.
On the surface, the Italian Lakes are impossibly peaceful, luring you in with their romantic landscapes, picture-perfect cafes and architectural marvels. However, there’s a surprisingly vibrant cultural scene here, with open-air festivals and theatre performances commonplace. You’ll find ample outdoor activities too, covering walking, cycling and sailing – depending on whether you want to adventure by the water or on top of it!
Of all of them, Lake Garda is our top pick for the most family-friendly, with its own Gardaland theme park as well as the Parco Natura Viva – an area that combines a zoo and safari with dinosaur exhibits! Como and Maggiore will also keep them entertained, with their waterfront locations letting confident swimmers hop in and out as they please. Want to travel between towns? The various ferry and hydrofoil-boat links make it a stress-free affair, sitting back as the breeze keeps you feeling refreshed.
What To Pack
Continue the animal-themed fun back at your holiday villa with these Dinosaur print pyjamas – guaranteed to make every member of the family feel totally roarsome!
That’s our pick for the best family getaways for summer 2022 – but, just as Chelsea Peers offers a fantastic range of prints, we’ve got a similarly broad selection of holidays homes
in destinations around the world. If you’re still struggling to decide where will suit your family best, feel free to contact our concierge team
– they’ll be happy to help.
With over 18 years’ experience, Oliver’s Travels offers a stunning selection of villas, chateaux, cottages and holiday homes around the world. Every property is hand-picked for its ‘wow’ factor, and by booking through their dedicated concierge service, you’ll enjoy the best possible break from start to finish. For details, visit oliverstravels.com