13 beach hotels with a heated pool – Mary-Jane’s personalised travel plans

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Mary-Jane contacted me when I was on holidays to get her personalised travel plans.  She is  very keen on finding a hotel with a heated pool and near the beach.

Finding beach hotels is definitely the main request from many of you.  The list belong, along with the list of beach hotels I had created for Raphael will hopefully be a good starting point.

The challenge

Mary-Jane would like to take her husband away for his birthday at the end of September in a warm country (mid-twenties) for about £350 a night.

She really loves stylish relaxed places and hates anything remotely like a Tenerife resort.  They don’t need anywhere child centric so no children clubs but do need a place where people won’t frown on their (generally well behaved) child eating in the restaurant with them.

The criteria

An absolute must:

  • £350 per night
  • somewhere European
  • a heated pool (to 28 degrees or above ) this can be either indoor or outdoor and they are happy for there to be limited swimming times for children
  • a room that is large enough to accommodate the three of them with some sort of separate sitting area like a balcony if the weather is warm in the evening or a living room
  • nowhere very windy so no surfers paradise, coastal wind is fine though

Would “really really” like:

  • walking distance to beach (if a short drive then a beach with a great restaurant/cafe/shack would be amazing)
  • walking distance to shops/town/village and/or restaurants (as the above would mean we wouldn’t need to hire a car)
  • ideally no more than an hour from the airport
  • early to mid 20’s in terms of temperature.

I searched for quite some time and have found places that match some of the criteria. The walking distance to beach and village in particular is a tricky one as small independent places with enough space for a heated pool often will be hidden in the countryside.  That being said, if someone wants to open a hotel like Mary-Jane’s ideal description, I think there will be a market for it!

Here are some ideas and a nifty map at the bottom.  Do let us know where you book Mary-Jane!

Spain

Hostal Spa Empuries, Costa Brava

  • 53 rooms
  • Spa quadruple suite is at 286 Euros in September
  • Book it*
Hotel Empuries Spain, on the Costa Brava, one of 13 beach boutique hotels with a heated pool found on http://fromthepoolside.com.
© Hotel Empuries Spain

We just came back from the Costa Brava two weeks ago and I can vouch for its beautiful coast and calas (coves). At that time of the year, it should be great as not as crowded as when we  were there.

This hotel has both an outdoor pool and one heated pool in the spa and is right on the beach. In September you could indulge with a spa quadruple which has its own terrace and a separate area with a sofabed.  Some rooms are prettier than others.

Hotel Relais & Châteaux A Quinta da Auga, Santiago de Compostelle

Quinta da Augua a Quirra is a relais & Chateaux hotel in Spain, near St Jacques de Compostelle. Heated pool and lots of lovely walks around
© Quinta da Auga a Quirra

A classic luxury hotel on the road to Santiago de Compostelle.  It is not exactly near the beach (beach is one hour away) but it has great service and a nice heated pool.

Son Brull Hotel & Spa, Mallorca

Son Brull outdoor pool, one of the beach hotels with a heated pool that you can find in this post.
© From the Poolside

We stayed there in 2015 and I’ll write a review soon! It is a really fab hotel with an outdoor and indoor heated pool, amazing service and 10 min drive to the beach. They were really very nice to families with children, be they babies or older ones.

Italy

Massaria Trapana, Lecce, Puglia

Masseria Trapana in Puglia, Italy opened in August 2015. One of 13 beach boutique hotels with a heated pool found on http://fromthepoolside.com.
© Masseria Trapana

10 minutes from historic Lecce and close to Puglia’s sandy beaches, this eagerly-awaited, nine-room, renovated farmhouse opens this Summer. Featuring show-stopping bedrooms, open-air Balinese bathrooms and delicious cucina povera. The price is a bit more than what you want but I would suggest asking for a discount given that they are just opening.

Hotel Capo la Gala, Naples

Capo Galo near Naples, Italy, one of 13 beach boutique hotels with a heated pool found on http://fromthepoolside.com.
© Capo Galo

There are two pools: a tree encircled pool with wooden decking and rocky path down to the sea and a heated pool. Some rooms also have hot tubs. Cots for under-three are free; extra beds cost €50 for under-nines and €80 for under-12s. Ask three days in advance and a nanny can babysit for €15 an hour.

Capo la Gala is a 40-minute drive from Naples, and 20 minutes by car from both Pompei and Sorrento. There’s free parking.

Masseria Prosperi, Puglia

Masseria Prosperi, Puglia, Italy, one of 13 beach boutique hotels with a heated pool found on http://fromthepoolside.com. They also have animals so really nice for little ones.
© Masseria Prosperi
  • 6 bedrooms
  • Suite suitable for a family in sept is 230€
  • Book it*

It’s more of a B&B than a hotel but it has the benefit of having two pools (one heated indoor and one outdoors) as well as farm animals (donkeys, poines, horses, chickens and goats) ! Wonderful for little ones. The indoor heated one has a wide shallow shelf for non-swimmers and toddlers to play safely on; the outdoor unheated one has a parapet surrounding it and a shallow end under the trees. Meals are on request but are said to be delicious.

France

Domaine De Verchant, Montpellier

Domaine de Verchant, Montpellier, France, one of 13 beach boutique hotels with a heated pool found on http://fromthepoolside.com.
© Domaine de Verchant
  • 26 rooms
  • From 165£
  • Junior apartment or family apartment from £343 for your dates
  • Book it*

Near Montpellier, a lovely town in France,  where the weather should be really nice at the end of September.  There is an outdoor pool encircled by lush lawns, pine and palm trees, and lots of vines and a heated indoor hydrotherapy pool in the spa. The beaches (public or private, i.e. with lounge beds that you pay for) are less than 15 minutes away.

Heads up that it’s €20 a day to use the spa, unless you’re staying in a Junior Suite or have a treatment booked. Cots are provided free; extra beds are €65. The restaurant has a children’s menu, and breakfast is included for under-12s. A local babysitter can be arranged.

Hôtel Crillon le Brave, Provence

Hotel Crillon le Brave, Provence, France. Heated pool and lovely walks and villages around.
© Hotel Crillon le Brave

This one is not near the beach but certainly near villages that are delightful to visit at this time of the year.  Food is supposed to be delicious tool.  The outdoor heated pool has panoramic country views. Cribs are provided free and beds for over-4s cost €40 a night (with a €21 breakfast charge).

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez

Hotel Sezz, Saint Tropez, France, one of 13 boutique hotels near a beach and with heated pool found on http://fromthepoolside.com
© Hotel Sezz

It’s a 5 stars hotel but they currently have deals via the Design Hotels website.  The heated pool is “200 m2” (which seems massive to me, I suppose it’s a typo) and of course the rooms are quite spacious.

Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel, France

  • 22 rooms
  • From 390 euros in low season and 550 Euros in high season
  • Children can stay in the room up to 5 years old
  • Book it*
Cap d'Antibes Beach hotel, 22 rooms, from 330 Euros off season. one of 16 beach hotels in Europe to discover on this post
© Cap d’Antibes

 Outdoor pool is heated. This is the one that fits the bill the most with its location on the beach, a restaurant opening onto their own private beach, a pool, enough bedrooms and possibilities to accommodate families. It is a five star luxury hotel but they regularly do offers with more attractive prices.

Pastis Hotel St Tropez, France

Pastis hotel, saint tropez, boutique hotel, côte d'azur, one of 16 beach hotels to discover in this post.
© Pastis Hotel
We stayed there before and I wrote a review about them. Room 7 has the most flexible accommodation with space for 2 children (or 1 child and 1 baby).

Hôtel Les Bergeries de Palombaggia, Corsica

  • Junior suite with patio for 3 from 389€ in sept
  • Book it*
Hotel Bergeries de Palombaggia, Corsica, France, one of the 13 boutique hotels near a beach and with a heated pool found on http://fromthepoolside.com
© Bergeries de Palombaggia

Corsica is just beautiful, one of the most beautiful islands in the world and the weather in September is fab!  Some of the decoration in this hotel is a bit on the rustic side but the situation and the gardens and the terraced heated pool are just amazing. Plus you are a short stroll or shuttle drive to the beautiful beach of Palombaggia.

Greece beach hotel

Anemi Hotel, Folegandros, Greece

This is fab hotel is in Folegandros, a very picturesque and small Greek island.  You can read more about it here. The indoor pool is heated and good for families.  Greece is just beautiful at any time of the year.

2 bigger beach hotels with heated pool

This blog is all about boutique hotels but in this case, I’m adding a few bigger hotels as they are very popular for families.

Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel, Portugal

Martinhal Sagres, a resort near the beach with heated pools in Portugal. Read the post for more beach hotels with heated pool.
© Martinhal

This resort  is 2 minutes walk from the beach and is a luxury option with  boutique-style rooms and villas with private balconies and terraces. The resort has 5 swimming pools in total. The main pool is set in stylish wooden terrace. It overlooks the Beach Club Garden and is served by its own bar.  Beware that the only rooms where you can add a bed is in the double bedrooms with sea views.

Borgo Egnazia, Italy

Borgo Egnazia a luxury hotel near the beach and with heated pool. Read the post for more places like this.
© Borgo Egnazia

Inspired by the traditional architecture from Puglia and arabic palaces, Borgo Egnazia Hotel opened a few years ago  to offer stylish holidays to families.  You can rent a villa or a bedroom.  Make sure to check the villa description as some are smaller in reality than it might seem.  Once there, you’ll have 4 swimming pools, a 1800-m² wellness centre and won’t be far from a golf. You can also go to their private beach club in Savelletri, 0.9 miles away.

Finally…

I also found Eagles Palace* in Greece: They have a limited September offer where they offer 20% off plus half board upgrade. Not my usual choice as big hotel but good prices and right on the beach and they have an heated pool.

Discover more beach hotels for families in the free guide

60 hotels and B&B in Europe under 200 Euros per night

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Mentioned in this post
  1. Hostal Spa Empuries
    Hotel in Girona Spain

    s/n Platja del Portitxol
    Girona Spain
    972 77 02 07
    http://www.hostalempuries.com/
  2. Hotel Relais & Châteaux A Quinta da Auga
    Hotel in A Coruña Spain

    23B Paseo da Amaia
    A Coruña Spain
    981 53 46 36
    http://www.aquintadaauga.com/
  3. Son Brull Hotel & Spa
    Restaurant in Balearic Islands Spain

    Balearic Islands Spain
    971 53 53 53
    http://www.sonbrull.com/
  4. Lecce
    Metro Area in LE Italy

    LE Italy
  5. Hotel Capo la Gala
    Hotel in NA Italy

    8 Via Luigi Serio SS145
    NA Italy
    081 801 5757
    http://www.hotelcapolagala.com/
  6. Masseria Prosperi
    Hotel in LE Italy
  7. Domaine De Verchant
    Hotel in Castelnau-le-Lez France

    1 Bd Philippe Lamour
    Castelnau-le-Lez France
    04 67 07 26 00
    http://www.domainedeverchant.com/
  8. Hôtel Crillon le Brave
    Restaurant in Crillon-le-Brave France

    Place de l'Eglise
    Crillon-le-Brave France
    04 90 65 61 61
    http://www.crillonlebrave.com/
  9. Hotel Sezz Saint-tropez
    Restaurant in Saint-Tropez France

    151 Route des Salins
    Saint-Tropez France
    04 94 55 31 55
    http://www.saint-tropez.hotelsezz.com/
  10. Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel
    Hotel in 06 France

    10 Boulevard Maréchal Juin
    06 France
    04 92 93 13 30
    http://ca-beachhotel.com/
  11. Pastis Hotel St Tropez
    Hotel in Saint-Tropez France

    75 Avenue Général Leclerc
    Saint-Tropez France
    04 98 12 56 50
    http://www.pastis-st-tropez.com/
  12. Hôtel Les Bergeries de Palombaggia
    Restaurant in Porto-Vecchio France

    Route de Palombaggia
    Porto-Vecchio France
    04 95 70 03 23
    http://www.hotel-palombaggia.com/
  13. Anemi Hotel
    Hotel in Karavostassis Greece

    Folegandros
    Karavostassis Greece
    21 0725 4871
    http://www.anemihotels.com/

3 Comments

  1. Stephanie! What a fun site you have! My goodness, I have travel envy. I’ve always thought it fascinating how Europeans get such varied cultural experiences and holidays because of the close proximity to other countries. Such a plus! (Plus I think that the professional culture there allows for more vacation time than the US. Americans really need to learn to holiday more, right?) Keep up the inspiring work:)

  2. This list is a lifesaver as I’m running out of time in finding a hotel that will have a ‘swimmable’ pool for my 11-month-old baby. Do you recommend any of these hotels for a couple going on holiday with a baby? I’ve been known to be very picky with hotels in my travels prior to having my son – mostly luxury hotels (SLH, LHW Relais&Chateaux) and now I find myself looking at all-inlcusives in Gran Canaria. *cry* Any help would be massively appreciated!

    • Yes absolutely, that was the brief given to me by Mary-Jane so all the hotels here should be fine. We were like you, loving nice hotesl before haivng a family, and didn’t want to give that up after we had a baby. You’ll find that most luxury hotels are really welcoming to parents with kids. It’s all about ensuring that they behave well so that they don’t disturb the other guests! You can certainly avoid Gran Canaria kind of resorts. In 10 years since Mademoiselle was born, we never had to do that!

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