Viewpoints on Sleep: “A place where adults count...”

Featured April 17 Words by Guest Editors
Viewpoints on Sleep: “A place  where adults count...”

Aqua Suites
Lanzarote | Family luxury | From €179

“I was fed up with parents being penalised when it came to hotels,” says Geraldine McFadden, the Irish-born owner of both Aqua Suites and a mile-wide smile. “You don't suddenly stop caring about beautiful design once you have children.” Conspicuous by their absence are garish plastic slides in the swimming pool, playrooms daubed in primary colours and questionable-looking cartoon characters waving in a slightly sinister fashion (we're looking at you SpongeBob). Instead, families relax amid gleaming white Casablanca-esque walls, sun-bleached decking and turquoise tiling, just a 10-minute walk from Puerto del Carmen's sandy beach. Alternatively, they can slip into one of the tranquil, palm-fringed pools. It's boutique hospitality at its finest, but with the bonus of being entirely family friendly. And, while the omnipresent chicken nuggets remain on the menu for tiny-fingered people to hoover up, there's plenty to tantalise adult taste buds- try the fresh hake ceviche. The message here is that grown-ups actually count- even if your mini-me is hell bent on squeezing you into a child-sized Mickey Mouse inflatable ring for kicks.


Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort
Faro | Coastal resort | From €140

when a resort has 72 hectares of scalloped, golden coastline surrounded by desert-like crags of red rock to explore, it's pretty unlikely that its guests will want to leave. But the people behind this clifftop retreat- which comprises three separate residences- have ensured that the thought of exiting the gates won't even cross your mind, so completely occupied will you be by the 1,000m2 spa, the panoramic nine-hole golf course, and the whopping 11 restaurants and bars dotted around the grounds. Terracotta floors lend a relaxed villa vibe and designer Lynne Hunt has combined an elegant, muted palette with traditional Algarve tiles throughout the newly restored 217 guestrooms and suites. It's also home to the region's largest kids' club. Try tearing them away from the life-size pirate ships and bouncy castles at the end of the day- or don't and settle back into your lounger with a sundowner instead. Bliss.


Guest editors' top picks - from spas to city escapes


Het Schepershoes
Amsterdam | From €178*

“A two-hour drive from Amsterdam takes you to the tiny village of Peest, 25km from Groningen, and this beautifully restored, thatched farmhouse. I love that this great B&B's owners, Rinette and Alexander, have ensured that everything is as authentic as possible. Bedrooms are sumptuously decorated and they serve organic, freshly laid eggs for breakfast, cooked on the Aga.”

*Based on a two-night minimum stay hotels listed by airport destination


Scandic No 53
Stockholm | From €144

“This hip hotel is just a stone's throw from Stockholm's main train station. The rooms are modern and minimal, totally aligned with Scandi design. I really value location and a good breakfast when I've only got a few days in a city, and I also love the comfy communal area, where you can have a drink and meet other guests. The outdoor patio gets packed with local people for the evening happy hour.”


The Merchant Hotel
Belfast | From €211

“Belfast used to be a grey place, with most of its Victorian architecture hidden from public view, but the Merchant changed that. This boutique hotel in the Cathedral Quarter buzzes with energy. It has its own pub, spa, gym, jazz-themed cocktail bar and a beautifully ornate dining room. The best part? Sitting in the hot tub on the roof with a 360-degree city view, bubbly in hand.”


W Verbier
Geneva | From €400

“Two years ago, I treated myself and my daughter Victoria to a Christmas holiday in Verbier. We stayed at this very chic, comfortable, design hotel at the foot of the Médran ski lift. It's a mix of traditional Swiss style (lots of red and white) with modern rooms that have vast windows overlooking a stunning mountain range. If you don't want to ski there's a brilliant spa to relax in.”


Tryp Barcelona Condal Mar
Barcelona | From €122

“Minimalist, modern rooms, great Spanish food, a rooftop pool with panoramic views and awesome architecture full of character are just a few of the features of this beautiful hotel. I prefer to travel alone, as it helps me to reset, so the fact that this hotel is in one of my favourite cities in the world is the icing on the cake. Visit the Tryp Condal Mar to experience where sophistication meets culture.”


Konrads Guesthouse
Reykjavík | From €180

“I usually favour location over comfort, but I got lucky here: this guesthouse has it all- it's close to town, easy to reach from the airport and handy for tour pick-ups. The rooms are also spacious and the communal bathrooms clean. The place feels very homely- it's actually a private house with some rooms rented to guests. Being able to use the kitchen is a great bonus, considering how pricy Reykjavik is.”


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