Family and travel have both become even more important than ever, recently.
So, you might be one of the many people starting to plan a big family holiday for when travel is back on again. Because of all the pandemic’s many stresses and worries, we all want to reconnect and get back to making memories as soon as we’re able to.
Worried about the teenager getting bored? Covered.
Want a romantic dinner without the kids? Sorted.
What about giving your children experiences they’ll remember forever? No problem.
Does that sound like you? Problem solved then, because here’s our list of the best family holiday destinations to consider when you’re planning your big post-lockdown getaway. Well, problem not quite solved, because now you have to narrow it down…
For short-haul family holidays in Europe, we suggest…
- The Algarve, Portugal
- Florence, Italy
Or, if you’re looking for a long-haul family holiday abroad, our top tips are:
- St Lucia
- The Maldives
Year-round warmth, fantastic beaches and stunning volcanic mountains. It’s no wonder that Tenerife is such a popular family holiday destination.
What’s more, since the island runs on GMT there’s no disruption to your little ones’ sleeping patterns.
They’ll have all the more energy, then, to enjoy Ritz Kids club at Ritz-Carlton, Abama. The resort is second to none for its programme of engaging children’s activities.
There’s also a great selection of family accommodation, including one/two-bedroom suites or interconnecting room combinations. So, whether it’s space for teenagers or somewhere to keep little ones close, you’ll find it on a family holiday to Tenerife.
The Algarve, Portugal
Right at the southern tip of Portugal, the Algarve is a sparkling jewel at the edge of the Mediterranean. The region’s combination of historic Moorish architecture, stunning cuisine and 3,000 hours of sunshine a year ensure there’s something for everyone.
Vila Vita Parc certainly ticks all the boxes for a multi-generational family holiday. There won’t be any fights over who gets ‘the best’ room here. Why? Because all 180 rooms and suites enjoy a private terrace and ocean view!
Meanwhile, the 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, spa and plethora of kids’ activities mean it’ll be very hard to get bored, whatever your age!
This family holiday destination is especially good for those with newborns. At the Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort, they really have thought of everything in their ‘Baby’s First Beach Holiday’ package. This carefully thought-out deal includes a stay in a Beach room or one-bedroom Garden House with breakfast included, plus a baby welcome pack including:
- Wipes and cream
- A bottle warmer
- Sterilizer and changing mat
- Two hours’ childcare at Raposinhos Crèche per day.
What’s more, your child will receive a special gift and a ‘First Water Experience’. So, you and your other half can enjoy a spa treatment for two and a romantic dinner, knowing the kids are taken care of. They really have thought of everything.
A city break may not be your first thought for a luxury family holiday. However, be prepared to be surprised by Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and Italy’s best family holiday destination.
The city is a constant visual and cultural treat. From riding the antique carousel in Piazza Della Repubblica to climbing the 463 steps to the top of Il Duomo; children will come home with new ideas and lasting memories!
Hotel Savoy retains a sophisticated atmosphere alongside its strong commitment to catering to the needs of youngsters. From the RKids and RTeens programmes, to the Teddy Turndown service, children are attended to with warmth and impressive attention to detail.
There are so many reasons why Cyprus is a brilliant destination for a family holiday. It’s less than five hours’ flight away, and is also brimming with stunning scenery, captivating history and culture. Plus, the country offers year-round warm weather and plentiful clean beaches.
For a daytrip away from your resort, try Limassol’s Municipal Park, which is great for family days out. Furthermore, exploring Paphos means getting stuck into a city so rich in culture, it’s literally a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Parklane Resort near Limassol is perfectly suited as a family holiday destination with a range of family suites. Park Suites can accommodate even larger families with three bedrooms and a private pool. The 3,000 square metre Park Kidz area has plenty of room for kids to run about.
Plus, the resort’s football academy is perfect for families with budding Premier League stars. They can brush shoulders with football royalty (such as Rio Ferdinand or Dimitar Berbatov) and receive world-class coaching.
More and more families every year are realising just how well-suited a holiday to Dubai is for everyone – from tots to teens, parents to grandparents. World-class theme parks, Ski Dubai, safe beaches, warm seas, and direct flights from many UK airports are just part of the appeal.
This really is a year-round destination too, so it’s a great choice whenever you wish to visit.
Add to that fantastic hotels and resorts with private villas or interconnecting rooms, as well as children’s clubs, and you’ve got yourself a superb family destination.
Teenagers will go mad for the Dubai Mall. It’s the largest shopping centre in the world, with over 1,200 retail outlets and a colossal aquarium. After shopping ‘til you drop, why not take time to relax on the soft sandy beaches of a waterfront resort? The Aquaventure water park is a great day out for the family too!
If you’re staying at Atlantis the Palm entrance to Aquaventure is complimentary, and water babies will be bowled over by the 17 hectares of aquatic amusements there, as well as The Ambassador Lagoon filled with 65,000 marine animals!
When you think of St Lucia, what comes to mind? Lush landscapes, glistening seas next to white sandy beaches? Well, you’re not wrong.
From its vibrant nightlife to leisurely restaurants, beautiful beaches to stunning mountain scenery… St Lucia has it all.
At Sugar Bay, A Viceroy Resort, the whole family – parents and children alike – are well catered for. Irrespective of the age of your children, you’ll find a range of suitable activities to keep the little ones occupied.
The Sugar Club (for ages 4 – 12) offers treasure hunts, coconut bowling and archery to keep them entertained. Alternatively, Spice Club (for teens and tweens) ups the adventure ante. Here, your teenagers can get involved in kayaking, paddle boarding and even learn the basics of sailing.
And when the little ones are tired out from a day of fun at the children’s village, leave them in the capable hands of the babysitting service while you enjoy a romantic dinner at the Great Room restaurant. Bliss.
Marooned in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a melting pot of culture and cuisine. This island may be small, but with the bustling capital of Port Louis alongside breathtaking mountain ranges and virgin forests, you won’t have any trouble finding family adventures to remember.
The powdery white sands, warm calm waters and superb kids’ clubs ensure Mauritius makes for the ultimate luxury family holiday destination. Surrounding coral reefs mean that the island is a great destination for watersports, diving and snorkelling.
Mauritians are renowned for their accommodating and welcoming manner. This is reflected in the many family-friendly touches provided at the island’s luxury resorts. The Constance Belle Mare Plage – situated on a two-mile-long beach to die for – provides children’s dressing gowns and strollers for the little ones, as well as plenty of fun at the Constance Kids’ Club.
Secluded and spectacular, the 1,200 islands of the Maldives stretch out across the Indian Ocean in clusters of pure white sand. But if the remoteness that makes this place so special seems off-putting for young families, rest assured that the Inspiring Travel Company Concierge Team will arrange everything to make your journey as seamless as possible, from children’s in-flight meals to entertainment and making sure your room is packed with family-essentials.
This destination has so much to offer children. At Niyama, the incredible kids’ activities on offer here include sports coaching, snorkelling safaris and performances on the Children’s Club’s own amphitheatre stage! Meanwhile, older teens or parents wanting a bit of ‘me time’ will love hanging out in the ultra-cool surrounds of CHILL island; home to the decadent LIME Spa and sublime underwater bar, SUBSIX.
Famous for cricket and its easy-going outlook on life, its name alone conjures up visions of unspoilt sands and sparkling azure waters. However, Barbados offers vibrant entertainment as well as luxury, making it an ideal destination for families. The Crop Over Festival brings a carnival atmosphere to the streets for five weeks and it begins just in time for the summer holidays!
Entertainment and indulgence come on tap at Sandy Lane. Their Tree House Club will keep your 3-12-year-olds busy, while more discerning teenagers will be charmed by The Den, a social space offering pool tables, computers and a jukebox. And for something a little more grown-up, try the Romanesque spa, or hit a round of golf on one of Sandy Lane’s three championship-style courses.
On Antigua the trade winds blow a gentle breeze throughout the year, taking the edge off the almost constant sunshine – a real bonus when travelling with children. For adventurous families, taking the children on a rainforest tour is a must.
The island may only be 108 square miles in size, but it’s home to 365 beaches (one for every day of the year).
And as if 365 beaches weren’t already enough, you can stay at Jumby Bay Island, a car-free private island paradise. Younger guests will love the kids’ club, Hawksbill Turtle Programme, watersports, bikes and tennis clinics. Meanwhile, grownups can leave little ones under the safe care of a babysitter while they head to the resort’s recently refurbished Estate House for an evening of fine dining and cocktails.
A huge variety of accommodation sizes are available, from intimate one-bedroom suites to vast, spacious villas. Compared to the bustle of daily life this place will feel like a haven where your children can roam free, exploring the four and a half miles of pristine coastline on resort bicycles. Where better to teach them to ride a bike than on their family holiday in beautiful Antigua?
One to try: At Curtain Bluff, you’re unlikely to see your children for most of your holiday, with so many activities to keep them busy including organised excursions and lessons to teach them how to sail or waterski!
Are you planning a family holiday this year? Let us know if you fancy any of the destinations above, or leave a comment below to arrange a consultation with a Travel Specialist to find the perfect destination.
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