I’m asked a lot about how we choose where to go on holiday and what makes me pick a particular location. Years ago I used to spend hours flicking through travel agents brochures and more recently websites and blog posts and Instagram. I follow and obscene amount of travel bloggers and my bucket list of where I want to go is longer than it’s ever been.
Budget – Stay on a working farm
Luxury – Sands Resort
Europe self-catering holidays
Budget – Holiday villages in France
Siblu have holiday villages in ten regions in France. They have fantastic holiday parks with huge pool complexes, slides you’ll want to go on time and time again, free kids clubs and evening entertainment for all ages. A good friend of mine Nell from Pigeon Pair & Me was lucky enough to stay at a Siblu campsite Domaine de Kerlann, in 2016. Domaine de Kerlann lies on the outskirts of the small commune of Névez, near the bustling artists’ town of Pont Aven.
Luxury – Villas with private pool
You can spend hours looking round the Scott Dunn website but the properties in Majorca tick a lot of boxes!
Why not check out Alison’s post on a Scott Dunn holiday in Majorca.
Short-haul beach hotels
Budget – Bulgaria
Luxury – Tenerife
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is truly one of Europe’s premier retreats. I’ve spoken to friends and colleagues who return year on year. I suggest other places but when they weigh it all up they decide to go back. It just works they reply, we just love it.
Accommodation ranges from at the The Ritz-Carlton, Abama from a collection of rooms, suites and villas, suitable for both couples & families. All accommodation though is beautifully appointed and feature private terraces, whilst the villas offer seclusion too. Whilst probably not for anyone reading this blog – there are villas appointed just for ‘adults only ‘ which offer exclusive benefits and services plus a personalised check-in experience. The benefit to us family travellers of knowing this though is that the rest of the hotel is for families, and adults if they choose to take themselves away, have the option to do so.
Long-haul beach hotels
Budget – Antigua
I think calling this ‘Budget’ might be pushing it slightly. Although with Tropical Sky you can book this holiday to St James’s Club & Villas for 7 nights All Inclusive from £1,399 per Person Including Flights.
This beautiful property in a secluded location on a tranquil peninsula with two gorgeous white sand beaches really is a tropical paradise. There is a Kids Club, which is open from 9.15am until 11pm!! The kids club offer a whole host of fun for the kids, with fantastic nature trails, art classes and sports keeping them busy as mum and dad who may head off to swim in the adult-only tiered pool and indulge in a soothing spa treatment. Young explorers could even enjoy dinner and movie with their new friends at the Kids Club, leaving the grown ups to enjoy a romantic evening at the idyllic Piccolo Mondo Italian restaurant.
How does that sound?
If you’re still not convinced why not read these posts from A Modern Mother – 24 Things for families at St James’s Club, Antigua and Antigua: Elite Island’s St James’s Club family resort
Luxury – Maldives
Looking at this family friendly island in the Maldives has had me searching for the credit card. At Niyama, one island is for families and the other adults only, meaning that when you book this island for you and the kids you’ll know it truly is family friendly and you’re not going to ruin anyones honeymoon.
The new island is even called ‘Play’ and has four age specific programmes, where kids of all ages will have endless fun. Whilst the kids club sounds too much fun for just the kids with dolphin spotting, master chef cooking and crazy crab soccer, the rooms sound like my kids idea of heaven with high-tech toys such as an Ipad, the InnSpire TV system for kids and Niyama’s unique take on a minibar – ‘Deli-In’ – a fridge brimming with gourmet drinks and treats including complimentary ice cream. There are even popcorn-making machines in the rooms. I don’t think we would ever want to leave!
Budget – Group tour in India
Explore have been taking small groups on adventure holidays for almost 40 years. Their authentic travel experiences explore the sights and culture of a country, with hand-picked accommodation that balances comfort and location. Their average group tour size is just 12. What you might not know though is that Explore do family trips too.
This India Family adventure tour takes in the desert landscapes of Rajasthan and the trio of cities that make up The Golden Triangle. It’s suitable for children of all ages although the average age over the last few years has been 11.
Jenny and her family spent a lot of time in India in 2017 and 2018 and you can read all about her experiences in this piece The truth about travelling in India with Kids .
Luxury – Tailor-made Thailand
Experience Travel Group was formed when the founders became disenchanted by the traditional packages on offer, feeling they were lacklustre, failed to get under the skin of a place and certainly missed that magical element of discovery. So you can imagine that this family adventure by bike and boat in Thailand is that little bit special. It’s particularly recommended for families with teenage children who wish to travel between late October and May (including Christmas and Easter holidays) and takes in the street food stalls of Bangkok on foot before leaving the city behind by bicycle and exploring rural Thailand. The River Kwai and the Ancient temples of Ayutthaya are enjoyed on bicycle at a gentle pace. The second part of the holiday takes you south to Phuket where you’ll board a 5 cabin teakwood sailing boat for 4 days exploring the nooks and crannies of Phang Nga Bay. Whilst there is some adventure on this tour it will be relatively light and there will also be time to relax in a hotel resort on either sleepy Koh Lanta or bustling Phuket before flying home.
Where do you sign me up!
Why not PIN this post with Ideas for Child-friendly Breaks