Mediterranean family fun with Belmond

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On 10 August, Belmond launched a series of fun-packed family experiences at its hotels in Venice, Portofino, Florence, Ravello, Sicily and Mallorca. Family experiences on offer include:

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Venetian Treasure Hunt at Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Young guests of  Belmond Hotel Cipriani can make use of a dedicated kids’ pool, while at the fun-packed Smile Club an English-speaking tutor leads activities such as picnics and pastry lessons.

Beyond the hotel, children can become mini sleuths on a treasure hunt around Venice, tracking down hidden clues in St Mark’s Square before embarking on a gondola ride. Budding artists, meanwhile, can paint a typical Venetian boatyard before learning how the vessels are built followed by an ice cream along the Fondamenta delle Zattere waterfront; or decorate a traditional Venetian mask before wearing it on a guided tour around the city, learning the history and secrets of the Carnival of Venice.

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Private Aquarium Experience at Belmond Hotel Splendido

Belmond Hotel Splendido offers a host of activities for little ones, from learning Italian to angling with a local fisherman. Other fun-filled diversions include children’s yoga sessions, tennis lessons and pizza making classes.

The hotel can arrange an exclusive after-hours evening visit to the Genoa Aquarium. Children can meet the resident dolphins with a marine biologist and enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour before the family sits down to dinner before the shark tank; or feed the aquarium’s adorable penguins before enjoying brunch or dinner with the sharks or dolphins.

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Underwater Photography at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo and Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo sits adjacent to Taormina’s Greek Theatre in Sicily while sister hotel Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is set on an exclusive beach in the Bay of Mazzarò.

Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea’s dedicated kids’ club is available to guests of both hotels, offering a range of activities including sandcastle contests and fishing trips with a Sicilian fisherman. Children can take part a supervised underwater photography session at both hotels. Water babies are provided with an underwater camera and goggles, allowing them to snap away as they play in the swimming pool. Children can then keep their underwater camera as a gift from the hotels.

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Open-Air Cinema at Belmond Villa San Michele

Belmond Villa San Michele is a 15th-century national monument with unparalleled vistas of Florence. Parents can arrange fun days out with the hotel’s dedicated Kids’ Concierge and send the kids off for pizza-making demonstrations and picnics at the supervised Smile Club (open from mid-June until the end of August).

Families can embark on a photographic treasure hunt of Florence, listening for clues on a guided tour before racing to be the first to snap a picture of the site in question, before returning to Belmond Villa San Michele where kids can enjoy a weekly open-air cinema night complete with pizzas and popcorn.

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Holiday Movie-Making at Belmond Hotel Caruso

At Belmond Hotel Caruso, children are kept occupied with a range of activities including local tennis lessons and pizza making – and can even create a special holiday scrapbook.

For the ultimate keepsake, little ones can capture their holiday adventures on film by directing their own short movie. Led by a local film-maker, cameraman and sound engineer, children select the location and soundtrack, plan the scene and act it out for the camera before their film is edited in HD for the family to take home.

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Personalised Underwater Portraits at Belmond La Residencia

The Smile Club at Belmond La Residencia offers activities including craft-work, face-painting and dancing. Children can also take pottery classes with the resident sculptor, book tennis coaching at the on-site championship courts and embark on a ramble with the hotel’s three donkeys, Pancho, Luna and Alba. Belmond La Residencia can also arrange a personalised underwater photographic portrait. Expert Carmelo Serra assists guests in diving underwater before producing a fine art photographic print.

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