At Mark Warner…Every moment matters
It all began in 1974 when 500 customers signed up for ski holidays with a house-party atmosphere. Jump forward over 40 years and Mark Warner has grown into one of the most highly regarded independent tour operators in the UK.
Still privately owned and inspired, the Mark Warner customer is at the heart of everything we do and of the 50,000 passengers who travel to a mix of ski and beach resort holidays each year. Over 50% book again and again, delighted by the combination of great locations, relaxed surroundings, superb facilities (tennis, watersports and childcare to name a few) and without doubt our brilliant, endlessly helpful staff who are also great company.
We believe it’s our attention to the big things as well as the little ones that make our holidays stand out. In winter this means excellent snow-sure resorts and comfortable, well-located accommodation shared with like-minded people, but also details such as freshly baked cakes at afternoon tea and sociable après-ski gatherings in the cosy hotel bars. While in summer our idyllic Mediterranean beach resorts with superb tennis, watersports and cycling facilities are real crowd pleasers but so is the freedom to simply unwind by the pool.
We are also innovators, having introduced ski hosting in the 1970s and set up our famous childcare program in the 1980s. Indeed, if you are travelling with children you can be confident that wherever you holiday with us, our kids’ clubs and free evening drop-in services will leave every member of the family with memories to last a lifetime.
On the other hand, we run adult-only weeks in some of our chalet hotels and beach resorts in keeping with that original idea of providing holidays with a house-party vibe for singles, couples and friends with an enthusiasm for sport, sunshine and good living.
Mark Warner in the Press
Henry Druce, Daily Telegraph, 2017
"There was so much about this trip with Mark Warner…that confirmed why I am on balance a fan of family ski holidays."
Ed Nix, Oxford Times, 2016
"The thought of sailing had made me cringe until now….not anymore I loved it…Mark Warner have it sorted. With over 40 years’ experience and pleasing 50,000 clients a year, you can take a deep breath and trust them completely."
Joanna Tweedy, Daily Mail, 2016
"A winning break for sporty families. The real re-booking clincher is the childcare, which is brilliant and easily rivals the best UK day nurseries. Belle loves the carousel of face-painting, swimming games and slumber parties and you can tap into as much or as little of it as you need to, which is hugely appealing."
Sarah Bridge, Daily Mail, 2015
"Mark Warner caters for single travellers very well, with pre-dinner cocktails every night and allocated group tables where you can sit anywhere and talk to anyone without feeling you’re crashing in on someone else’s holiday."
Jeremy Skidmore, The Sun, 2015
"Mark Warner has a reputation for excellent childcare and much as we love spending time with Lily, we also wanted time to ourselves."
Peter Walker, Essex Chronicle, 2015
"Mark Warner seems to offer everything every kind of holiday maker could ask for. I loved my Mark Warner experience but it would have been even sweeter as a kid."
Fiona Knight, The Telegraph, February 2014
"Guests on a Mark Warner holiday know what they like and what they can expect […] Many, like ourselves, are repeat visitors, drawn in – certainly in the early days – by the excellent childcare clubs for babies upwards. Now, travelling with young teenagers, the clubs are still what attract my “Indies”, as they are now labelled, as well as the large range of sporting activities that we can all get stuck into."
Capture by Lucy blog, 2015
"There's a certain magic you experience with them that we've never had before."
Older Single Mum Blog, October 2014
"The children and I spent a lot of time together on our Mark Warner Holiday, but we also spent some time apart. There was peace and space for me, activities like sailing and windsurfing and kayaking introduced to them - practised when we all got together later - and enormous fun all round. The Kids Clubs meant they made friends and I had some company while they played. Being a single parent really wasn't an issue because there's so much to do all the time, it's difficult to tell who's with who anyhow! The food is excellent and I wholeheartedly recommend one of their breaks.'"
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