If you’re planning a holiday with football-mad kids or hard-to-please teens, a hotel with a sports academy will keep them occupied – and nurture their talents, too.
These days, hotels offer more than just gyms and sports clubs – kids can spend the week at a full-on academy. Messis in the making can hone their skills at a week-long football academy, with Premiership-level coaching and sometimes even a few celebrity appearances. You can also find academies teaching things like dance and sailing.
Forte Village has a very impressive list of academies, perfect for all interests. Sports legends have come together to offer football, rugby and cricket academies, as well as boxing, netball, basketball and more.
Tennis, archery, darts – you name it, MarBella, Mar-Bella Collection has it all. There's also mini-football for beginners to practise their headers and volleys, and for those looking for something Zen, you can try your hand at yoga or pilates.
A private 9-hole, par-3 golf course allows keen golfers to perfect their swing. Lovers of the underwater, meanwhile, might want to head to the PADI-certified dive centre.
There is something for the whole family here. You could lose dad to hours on the 18-hole golf course, mum could try her hand at paddle boarding, and as for the kids - the choices are almost endless.
With an academy managed by former British No. 1 Annabel Croft, tennis here is a pretty big deal. Schools, coaching and even friendly matches are available for all ages to hone their backhand.