As winter approaches here in the United States, I’m already thinking about our summer vacation and starting to plan trips to Italy for clients. There is nothing like spending the day looking through hotel websites and reading up on tour options to spark a giant case of wanderlust and Italy is one of my favorite places in the world. While we could go back again and again to some of our favorite places in Italy, on our next trip I’d really like to see something new.

So when Europa Tourist Group approached me about their hotels in Bibione and Lignano, two seaside resorts near Venice, I was happy to take a look through their collection to see what they offered.

After planning quite a few trips, I’ve gotten pretty picky about what hotels will work well for a family vacation, so I especially liked that they offer a number of ApartHotels (the space of an apartment with the amenities of a hotel), because these really provide the best of both worlds. Some of the other things I look for in a family-friendly hotel include:

  • Appropriate bed configuration – in Europe, many hotels only offer a double bed and those just aren’t big enough for me so I’m willing to spend extra for a king bed (or two twins pushed together)
  • Extra space – we like to spread out and find that paying a bit extra for a little more space, whether it be a family suite or an apartment, goes a long way to having an enjoyable and relaxing vacation for all
  • WiFi – as much as I’d love to go back to a resort like the Kona Village Resort in Hawaii, which was completely unplugged, we just can’t get by these days without WiFi. Whether it is to check work email, post to social media, book restaurant reservations or get walking directions – I need my WiFi, especially when overseas and I turn data roaming off on my phone!
  • Pool – we are not a “must have a pool” kind of family, but if you are on a relaxing part of a holiday (or even just need some downtime after a day of touring), cooling off in a pool really does wonders for kids (and adults.)

Europa Tourist Group is a leading company in the tourism sector in the Northern Adriatic, with over 15,000 rooms in apartments, villas, hotels and aparthotels. Some of their properties offer spas, pools, beachfront access and kid programs. Looking through their listings, I found a few that caught my eye.

Green Village Resort

Green Village Resort

Green Village Resort – I love that this resort has standard hotel rooms but also 44 two-room and 36 three-room apartments, making it a great choice for families of various sizes. They also have a large swimming pool with a toddler area, and an open spa with sauna and Turkish bath. The Green Village Resort also offers free WiFi (yay!), bicycles for rent, a kid’s club and laundry facilities – all important for families.

Imperial ApartHotel

Imperial ApartHotel – This one looks perfect for families with younger kids who want that family resort feel. It welcomes families with babies through teens with a nursery service, kid areas, special kid activities, a kid’s club, babysitting, and fully-equipped suites. They even have a play area with video games, a small library, and a playground, along with table tennis, beach volleyball, bikes and more. Located facing the beach in Bibione, this apartment hotel has three swimming pools and a private beach area.

This area in Italy is very popular with Europeans seeking a beach holiday, but can also be a relaxing add-on to a trip to Venice. And I don’t know about you, but after touring a city, my family could use a few days at the beach.

So are you dreaming of Italy too? What are your summer travel plans?

This post was sponsored by Europa Tourist Group. All opinions are my own.

Feature photo of Lignano, photo by Marco De Fanti, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

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