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Learning to sail in Croatia

17th September 2008 Print

Families can enjoy a luxury European break staying in one of Sanctuary Retreats’ spacious villas during the October school break, from where they can go sailing, fishing and diving around the Croatian island of Vis, learn how to make chocolate at a leading Italian chocolate school and brush up on teeing off techniques at one of Spain’s most exclusive golf resorts.

All of the following properties are available over half-term week, from 25th October – 1st November 2008.

Set sail around the hidden islands of Vis, Croatia
Vis is a contemporary two-storey villa set on the island of Vis that can only be accessed by boat, making it the perfect location to sail around the southern shores of Croatia. Sanctuary Retreats can arrange sailing excursions and sailing lessons for families of all ages, during which they can also enjoy diving and fishing for bluefin tuna fish in the Mediterranean Sea.

The property sleeps up to six guests in three en-suite bedrooms. Extra features of the villa include a satellite TV and CD system; spacious garden with a shaded outdoor dining terrace. Two bicycles are available at the property for families wishing to tour the island’s peaks on wheels.

During the October half-term it can be rented from £3,818 on a Tailor Made (villa only) basis.

Become a chocolate master at Il Fagiano, Italy
Il Fagiano is a beautifully restored Umbrian villa situated just 25km north of Perugia, where families can experience a half-day private course learning how to make chocolate at the region’s famous Perugina School of Chocolate. The day will consist of learning the history of chocolate and how it is produced, before experiencing making it first hand and taking it home to enjoy.

A former gatekeeper’s residence, Il Fagiano now boasts all the comforts of a modern home including an outdoor swimming pool, internet connection, DVD player with DVD library and MP3 speakers. The property sleeps eight people over four bedrooms. A double sofa bed is available for further two guests.

During the October half-term it can be rented from £3,055 on a Tailor Made (villa only) basis.

Learn to play golf at Altagracia, Andalucia
Situated close to some of Europe’s best golf courses, Sanctuary Retreats’ Altragracia makes a great venue to introduce the kids to a family game of golf. From here, Sanctuary Retreats can arrange for families to enjoy a half-day game of golf at the famous Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, which is conveniently located nearby to the villa.

The villa is set in Andalucia, one of Spain’s sunniest regions, and benefits from internet access, an iPod docking station and DVD/CD player. A chef is also available for parents wishing to enjoy a relaxing cooking free break. The villa sleeps up to ten adults and four children across six en-suite bedrooms.

During the October half-term it can be rented from £8,510 per week on a Tailor Made (villa only) basis.

About Sanctuary Retreats
Sanctuary Retreats’ villas form part of the Sanctuary Retreats portfolio, which also encompasses river and expedition cruises around the world, and lodges and camps in Africa.

Sanctuary Retreats offers many villas suitable for families, which can be equipped with high chairs, cots and buggies, DVDs, bicycles, toys and games to keep the children entertained. A private chef can also be provided to prepare family meals, giving mum or dad a night off too.

The luxury operator’s spacious villas are ideal for extended families and some Sanctuary Retreats villas offer self-contained nanny flats to accommodate those travelling with a family and to support their needs. The company can also provide extra touches, such as babysitting and pre-arrival grocery delivery services.

Booking information

Prices quoted above do not include flights or the suggested activities.

Villas are available on a Tailor Made (villa-only) basis or on a Sanctuary Hosted basis. The Sanctuary Hosted package offers guests an inclusive, but not intrusive, selection of extra services including an arrival supper, a welcome pack of toiletries and daily maid service amongst other touches.

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