Choosing a family holiday can be confusing - especially given that every family has different likes, dislikes and expectations. So I've gathered some great posts by some great bloggers who have tried and tested some fabulous destinations to help you make that decision a little easier (or possibly harder - so much to choose from!)
The only reason I didn't collapse with jealousy and longing while writing this post is because I'm heading of to Martinhal Resort in Portugal next week for some last minute sunshine. I have a very strong feeling I'll have a new favourite destination to share by the time I come back - so don't go booking anything just yet!
The Middle Ground
All inclusive in Corsica - Older Single Mum
Along with the provision of qualified childcare and tuition for any age and level for water sports and tennis or skiing - all of which are included in the price - there is also the friendly and professional nature of the management and staff, which, in the intimate environment of the San Lucianu Hotel in Corsica, noticeably came to the fore.Spanish villa in Costa Blanca - The Crazy Kitchen
(*Note - I used to live hear and can second all of the above!)The views from the villa were stunning, especially at night, during a full moon, however, within a few minutes drive inland there were even more stunning views of the coast, mountains, vineyards and the rock of Calp in the distance. Whilst we did visit quite a few places during our stay, we spent the majority of days lazing around the pool, and evenings having a bbq, relaxing, listening to music and playing cards. That's what I love about villa holidays.
Growing up, I visited Lanzarote a fair few times and knew it was a great place for a week of easy going family fun in the sun, so we decided on there and found the perfect villa for us - Villa Ventura. Ventura was situated in the main resort of Puerto Del Carmen, but in a quieter location, just a stones throw from the beach with sea views and it’s own private pool. It also stated on the website that due to the location you didn’t need to hire a car and being that we just wanted a week in the sun without particuarly having a thirst to explore, that sold it to us and we booked it up, counting down the days until it was time for our holiday.Adventuring to Egypt - Mummy Central
We assumed we’d have to wait until the boys were a bit older. We were wrong. Many hotels in Egypt have their own waterparks. Being such a dry and arid country, it’s how the tourism industry attracts the younger families.
4 Star Fun
There are lots of benefits to enjoying a family cruise over a beach holiday, but for us the most important are:
- You get to visit lots of exciting destinations in a single trip
- It’s so easy if your kids fussy eaters: cruise ships have so many restaurants, there’s always plenty of choice for everyone.
- Family-friendly cruise ships offer a resort’s worth of activities and entertainment in one easily navigable space.
I try not to think about the last time we travelled to America. With a baby and a two-year-old. By the end of the flight I wanted to gouge my eyes out, especially when someone, as she was disembarking, looked at me with shining eyes and told me that she had been ‘praying for me’.(Worth it though!)
I never thought I’d be the type of person to return to the exact same holiday destination year on year, but I can honestly say I hope with all my heart that we have many more family holidays at Levante Beach Resort. The resort itself is spotlessly clean and beautifully laid out with great restaurants, wonderful staff and all the facilities you could hope for.Disney World Florida - Kate Takes 5
Typhoon Lagoon is great for all but just perfect if you have little kids. There is a dedicated area for the smallies with special rides just for them - no big guys allowed! Something the four year old greatly appreciated.
5 Star Lux
Europe finest family resort - Martinhal, Algarve, Portugal.
Choose between designer villas, 5 star hotel or a selection of beautiful houses. We're off to test out the facilities and accommodation next week and will be back with a full report!
You-won't-believe-it luxury villa (with staff) - Space in your case
You’ll be sitting by the pool, with your legs dangling in the cool water and you’ll turn around to find a cushion has been placed behind you, in case you fancy a lie down. Mid-morning, you’ll be thinking that you’re feeling a little peckish and your host will appear with a snack and homemade fruit cooler. As soon as you wake up, you’re asked if you’d like a tea or a coffee.
We had 2 breathtaking rooms with inter-connecting door, which worked perfectly since, in the evenings, the kids could go to bed and Trey and I could sit out on the terrace, listening to the waves. We even had roof terraces over each suite so we could watch the sun set. TOTAL bliss! It was seriously the closest thing to family Nirvana I've ever experienced!