“We first looked at the MGM development in Ste Foy and Tignes and were impressed by the design,” says IT specialist John, 45. “When we moved on to Valmorel, even though it was dark, once we saw the moonlit view we had to have it.” The couple paid £351,700 (plus VAT).
The perfect family holiday home has to work hard for its keep. A charmed location, plenty to do and multi-generational appeal can seem a contradictory list of requirements. But here are three destinations that seem to make the cut.
1. FOR TRYING TEENAGERS: MAURITIUS
A 12-hour flight from London takes you to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, a tropical mix of French, English, Indian and Creole culture.
Financially successful through manufacturing and trade, the island is an upmarket tourist destination and a popular golfing one with 10 championship courses. Less than half the size of Norfolk, it includes lagoons, densely forested mountains and, of course, tropical beaches edged with palm trees and encircled by coral reefs.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.akinternationalestates.com) is selling detached homes at Villas Valriche, a 525-acre golf estate in the undeveloped south-west. The elevated site with sea views will eventually have 288 plantation-style two- to six-bedroom villas.
These are well-finished homes, half already sold and occupied with prices from £431,000. There is a beach club there, too. “Mauritius has a reputation for stability and racial harmony, and with safe swimming, French-influenced cuisine and sporting excellence, it is the perfect family destination,” says Robert Green of A&K International Estates.
2 IDEAL FOR PRE-TEENS: MENORCA
The quiet Balearic island lacks the chic of Ibiza and the buzz of Majorca, but its child-friendly appeal is undisputed. Safe, pretty and traditionally Spanish, it has more beaches than those two islands combined.
"Our Valmorel holiday home is perfect for the whole family"
When John Pink and his wife Susi, from Richmond, bought a three-bedroom apartment in Valmorel there were many reasons for their choice. The view from the balcony, the pool, spa and the rental income from the leaseback all played a part.
“We first looked at the MGM development in Ste Foy and Tignes and were impressed by the design,” says IT specialist John, 45. “When we moved on to Valmorel, even though it was dark, once we saw the moonlit view we had to have it.” The couple, who paid £351,700 (plus VAT), plan many holidays with children Millie and Archie.