x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Winter sun with kids

I enjoyed the piece by Amar Grover last week on taking his family on holiday to Oman ("Treading through time," September 26). However, I would like to take a beachside activity-based holiday somewhere that the whole family can relax and where childcare is available. Can you suggest somewhere suitable in the region?

I enjoyed the piece by Amar Grover last week on taking his family on holiday to Oman ("Treading through time," September 26). However, I would like to take a beachside activity-based holiday somewhere that the whole family can relax and where childcare is available. Can you suggest somewhere suitable in the region? We have a toddler and young baby. Egypt is a good bet for a winter beach holiday as temperatures tend to stay around 25 degrees. It's also generally a very family-friendly destination and many big hotels in the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Taba and Hurghada offer kids' clubs. It can, however, be difficult to find hotels which offer a crèche for babies younger than six months. One company that does is Mark Warner (www.markwarner.co.uk; 0044 871 703 3887), which offers pre-bookable half-day and full-day childcare for children from four months to 17 years in its summer resorts and from four months to 12 years in its winter resorts.

Mark Warner's main resort on the Red Sea is the Intercontintal Abu Soma which is near Hurghada (www.ichotelsgroup.com; 0020 65 326 0700). Mark Warner's website details the range of activities on offer here: these include windsurfing, sailing, kitesurfing, scuba diving and waterskiing ? tennis coaching is also available. Mark Warner has a fully-equipped childcare centre with English-speaking nannies and activity programmes for children. The hotel's own childcare centre only caters for children aged from four to 12 and also offers babysitting facilities.

Another company you could look at is Club Med (www.clubmed.co.uk; 0044 424 4044), which has several properties in Tunisia and Morocco offering supervision for small children including Baby Club Med for babies from four to 23 months and Petit Club Med for children from two to three. Club Med's Moroccan hotels are in Agadir and Marrakech; in Tunisia they are in Hammamet, Nabeul and Djerba. Club Med Villages are devoted to sports ? so for the best in both childcare and sports, Agadir in Morocco or Nabeul in Tunisia would be worth researching ? for the smoothest holiday possible, you can book a package that includes everything.

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