Get everyone together and escape to a destination that promises fun for the whole family. It’s important to choose carefully so parents can enjoy some time together, perhaps indulging in spa treatments, gourmet dining or adventurous watersports together while the kids are having fun doing their own thing. Lots of hotels and resorts offer supervised children’s activities, providing fun and games while you relax, or spaces intended specifically for some much-needed family time.
Princesa Yaiza, Lanzarote, Spain
Resplendent in white-washed architecture and perched on the edge of a soft-sand beach, Princesa Yaiza creates a stunning first impression.
Upon entering, you’ll discover that it’s jam-packed with pools, bars, restaurants, leisure and wellness facilities, creating the ideal environment for a family holiday that offers something for everyone. The standout feature is the incredible Kikoland, a 10,000-square-metre activity complex with entertainers, pools and sports facilities.
We love how child-friendly the resort is, from the range of restaurants to please all palates, to the supervised activities for youngsters of all ages. Even the rooms and suites are child-pleasing, with Family Suites located in their own annex which is reached via a walkway running through six tropical aquariums.
7 nights from £1,099 per adult and £699 per child sharing a Junior Suite Sea View including breakfast.
OFFER: Save 15%.
STAY: 01 May - 18 Oct 2018.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Al Waha, Oman
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort combines two hotels in one for a resort bursting with facilities and activities. Al Waha is Oman’s first dedicated family hotel and boasts an array of facilities for younger guests.
In The Adventure Zone, kids will be kept busy for hours with a huge soft play area with ball pool, slides and a ‘demon drop’, all supervised by enthusiastic staff. They’ll also be delighted with the 500-metre lazy river, Splashpad aquatic play area and the exciting top-of-the-range watersports facilities on the beach, including clear-bottom kayaks, hydro-sport jet packs, wakeboarding and waterskiing.
Join in and satisfy your inner child, or escape to the blissful spa for some pampering, join a guided snorkelling tour, or practise your serve on one of four floodlit tennis courts.
5 nights from £849 per adult and £349 per child sharing a Superior Seaview Room including breakfast.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save 20% plus a complimentary villa upgrade
and one child stays free.
STAY: 17 Apr 2018 - 05 Jan 2019.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
Grand Velas goes far beyond what you’d expect from an all-inclusive resort. Whether you’re travelling with tots or teens, there are dedicated areas of the resort for all age groups. The Ambassador Suites are situated near the kids and teens clubs, and are perfect for younger families, whilst the tranquil Zen Grand Suites are located inland, bordering the exotic foliage of the jungle, and are well-suited to families with older children and teens.
All suites feature a private terrace or balcony with ocean or jungle views, and many also have a private plunge pool. The facilities here are more than impressive; Grand Velas is home to the biggest spa in Latin America as well as an amazing eight restaurants and nine bars. Sample Mexican delights at the award-winning Frida and feast on global cuisine at the open-air Azul restaurant overlooking the beach.
As far as activities go, Grand Velas has plenty to keep families entertained, including land and watersports, guided tours, beach games and supervised clubs for kids and teens.
7 nights from £2,899 per adult and £799 per child sharing a Ambassador Pool Suite Ocean Front on All-Inclusive.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Complimentary room upgrade and first child stays free.
STAY: 10 Apr - 19 Dec 2018.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua
In a remote corner of Antigua, perched on the crescent of a natural harbour and flanked by the wildness of the rainforest, you’ll find Carlisle Bay. This luxurious haven offers a completely idyllic setting, on its own secluded bay where there are no other resorts.
Half of the 500-metre beach is designed purely for families and half is geared for adults and couples, meaning everyone can enjoy their own kind of holiday. Beach Balcony and Beach Terrace Suites are located on the family side and feature studio-style master bedrooms with direct views of the beach and separate twin rooms for the kids.
For larger families, the beautiful Carlisle Suites are ideal with three en suite bedrooms, a living/dining area, kitchen and large beachfront balcony or terrace. As well as being excellent value for families, with its comprehensive all-inclusive meal plan, which two children receive complimentary, there are endless activities to keep kids and teenagers occupied.
The Cool Kids Club is for children aged 6 months to 6 years and they’ll be entertained here with their own paddling pool, sand pit and jungle gym as well as supervised activities from treasure hunts to arts and crafts. The Crew Blue Club, run during the school holidays, caters for children from age 7 to 12; football, zip-lining and raft building are just some of the adventures on offer here.
Towards the end of the bay lie beautiful mangroves which families in particular will love on gentle kayaking trips together. The island of Antigua is a playground in itself with rainforest canopy tours, horse riding, swimming with stingrays, and reef diving just some of the fun to be had on the island.
7 nights from £2,199 per adult and £1,299 per child sharing a Garden Suite including breakfast.
OFFER: Save up to 30%.
STAY: 16 Apr - 14 Dec 2018.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, Saint Lucia
If you want to impress the whole family, take them to Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort and be prepared to marvel at the otherworldly scenery you’re greeted with. Flanked between the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons in amongst over 100 acres of rainforest, and cradled into the only white-sand bay in the south of the island, this is a setting that will make jaws drop.
Formerly an 18th-century sugar plantation, the main house still stands as the centrepiece of the resort, yet the interiors are ultra-modern. The luxury Villas, which each have their own private pool, are tucked away into the lush green hillside, which equals spectacular views and a lovely sense of privacy. They’re accessed via colourful tuk tuks which are great fun for children! In spite of your tropical hillside setting, you’ll never feel isolated as the mobile phone handed to you on arrival ensures that your butler is never more than a quick call away. The Residences are well-suited for families; with up to four bedrooms and a private infinity-edged pool, it’s like your own little world in the rainforest with the most astounding views of the Caribbean Sea and white sands of the beach. A four poster bed, luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, all the latest technology and your own patio and walled garden add to the splendour of these lavish accommodations.
The Sugar Club is where your little ones will likely spend a lot of their time. Football games, arts and crafts, glass bottom boat rides, and evening cinema on the lawn are just some of the activities that will occupy their young minds. There’s even a junior sailing programme for children aged 10 and over. While the kids are busy, you can check out the treehouse-style Rainforest Spa or don your snorkel to discover the local marine life in the bay.
7 nights from £2,499 per adult and £1,399 per child sharing a Superior Luxury Cottage including breakfast.
OFFER: Save up to 20%.
STAY: 17 Apr - 18 Dec 2018.
Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Dreams Palm Beach is perfect for families. Situated on a picturesque, powder-white beach, this friendly resort offers amenity-filled luxury rooms and suites, international restaurants serving gourmet fare, and friendly bars and lounges. Kids can spend time at the Explorer’s Club for kids, and teens can chill in the Core Zone teens club while parents relax poolside or at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia®.
7 nights from £1,199 per adult and £729 per child sharing a Deluxe Tropical View Room on All-Inclusive.
OFFER: Save up to 15% plus first child stays free.
STAY: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2018.
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, Mexico
Dreams Tulum offers an outstanding array of facilities and activities for children, starting with the Mayanthemed Explorer’s Club for kids offering supervised fun for ages 3 – 12 with a brand new state-of-the-art water park playground, including six waterslides and an outdoor wet play area. For ages 13 – 17, there’s the Core Zone teens club with social events, video games and more.
7 nights from £1,299 per adult and £799 per child sharing a Deluxe Garden View Room on All-Inclusive.
OFFER: Save up to 30% plus first child stays free.
STAY: 17 Apr - 19 Dec 2018.
Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Antigua
Blue Waters lies in a hidden cove on the secluded Soldier’s Bay, set amongst 17 acres of tropical gardens dripping with fragrant bougainvillea and hibiscus, with sensational ocean views to complete the picture of Caribbean paradise. Perfect for families, the suites and villas of varying sizes are dotted around the resort and are the perfect spaces for everyone to relax. The kids can play to their hearts’ content, whilst parents and grandparents can enjoy some peace and quiet in a separate area of the villa, keeping the whole family happy.
Although there are beautiful hotel rooms on the hillside or nearer the beach, the spacious beachfront villas are our top recommendation for multi-generational families; each features an infinity pool, private patio, luxury bathrooms and king-sized beds. The villas also boast added luxuries - you’ll be given a mobile phone so that your dedicated concierge is just a phone call away, and private dining, picnic or BBQ lunches can all be arranged so you’re able to dine together whilst relaxing on the beach, jetty or sun deck.
Blue Waters’ most secluded and deluxe accommodation, however, is Rock Cottage. Set on a rocky outcrop surrounded by the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, this is a truly outstanding accommodation experience. With five bedrooms, a separate living area, kitchen and plunge pool, you’ll have plenty of room for all the family. If you manage to tear yourself away from your gorgeous accommodation, there are two sandy beaches to explore, complimentary water sports and a fabulous spa. For the little ones, there’s also a fantastic kids’ club with a range of supervised activities from arts and crafts to team games.
7 nights from £1,799 per adult and £599 per child sharing a Superior Hillside Room including breakfast.
OFFER: Save up to 35% plus first child stays free.
STAY: 17 Apr - 21 Dec 2018.