Whether you’re thinking ahead to summer, planning an Easter ski trip or looking to book a last-minute escape, we round up the best family friendly holiday destinations.
The year seems to be running away from us. Easter is just around the corner and the summer holidays are hurtling towards us at a rate of knots. If you haven’t already, it’s probably time to start thinking about your next family holiday.
However, choosing a destination to suit the whole family can be a tricky task. Not only have you got to think about the best ways to travel with kids in tow, but you also need to consider how you’ll keep the little ones entertained while you’re away. Do you opt for a secluded villa somewhere in the sun, an all-inclusive hotel kitted out with kids clubs galore, or an alpine ski adventure for the whole family to enjoy?
Sometimes there can be too much choice, so we’ve curated our pick of the best family holiday destinations to make planning your next family-friendly holiday that little bit easier.
Last Minute Easter Holiday Destinations
The Easter holidays are fast approaching and it’s reaching crunch time to book that family trip abroad. However, fear not, as we’ve selected a few of our favourite family-friendly destinations for some last minute holiday inspiration.
For families in need of some short-haul sunshine, Caresse Resort in Bodrum, Turkey is an ideal option. Found only a short distance away from Bodrum airport, the Caresse Resort is perfect for families wanting to maximise their holiday with limited time spent travelling. The resort can also organise a range of day trips for the whole family to enjoy, including a visit to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. For fans of James Bond, there’s also the option to book on to Caresse’s luxury yacht experience, on board a yacht from Casino Royale.
Prices at Caresse Resort start at €250 a night in low season.
For families looking for ‘active relaxation’, Carlisle Bay on the tranquil south coast of Antigua offers watersports, tennis, rainforest hikes as well as a full children’s programme at its dedicated kids’ club. The resort is recognised for its ability to accommodate couples and families together, offering a range of diverse suites set in a clever layout and a huge range of activities for all ages. While it’s a long-haul destination, flights are direct and less than eight hours and, with only four hours’ time difference. Your family could be flying out of Gatwick at 10am, and be enjoying the beach by mid-afternoon.
This Easter, Le Caroussel Kids‘ Club at Cheval Blanc Randheli is running a jam-packed Easter activity schedule for kids. On the rosta an Easter Bunny Hunt, an Easter Craft session, a MasterChef Cooking Classes, Coconut Nest Making and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Le Caroussel also has a private pool area which offers sporting activities for children aged 3 to12 years old. But it’s not just the kids who’ll be in for a treat at Cheval Blanc Randheli this Easter. The private Spa Island will be including a face cleanser and hydration treatment on all massages booked on Easter day. This includes a luxurious skin cleanse and the application of hydrating cream according to the guests’ skin condition and needs.
To satisfy the taste buds, there will also be an Easter Breakfast followed by a special dinner on the beach to round-off the celebrations.
A new Four Seasons hotel is opening in Athens in March 2019 and it promises to be a luxury retreat for all the family to enjoy. Working in partnership with the Acropolis Museum, the Astir Palace hotel offers up a number of family packages, including a Happy Train experience – a miniature train transporting families around some of Athens’ renowned sites such as the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, as well as the historical neighbourhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki. There’s also a trip to the Athens Zoological Park and a horse and carriage tour through the Old City. For parents in need of some downtime, The Spa offers tranquil respite and treatments inspired by Greek traditions.
Best Family Ski Holidays
While it may seem as though the long, cold winter is finally starting to thaw and Spring is on its way, there’s still time to squeeze in a trip to the slopes. Here’s our pick of the best family skiing destinations.
High-altitude resorts such as Zermatt in Switzerland often have the best snow conditions later on in the ski season, which makes it a great destination for an Easter escape. The Schweizerhof Zermatt is an inviting alpine retreat, only a stone’s throw from the Gornergratbahn lift station. Following a transformation, the stylish new family suites come with two extra beds, making them the perfect choice for families with younger children. Families can use luxury tour operator and family ski specialist, Powder Byrne to enjoy the added benefits of their award-winning children’s programmes and dedicated in-resort services running until 22 April.
Another later season favourite, Grandes Alpes, Courchevel 1850, has unveiled their new Family Package. Upon arrival, your little ones will be treated to a reception of sweets, toys and mocktails. The package also offers a magical dog-sleigh ride for all the family to enjoy during their stay. Courchevel’s high altitude and abundant snow, paired with the feel of a chalet yet the amenities of a hotel, make Grandes Alpes, Courchevel 1850 the perfect place to take the family this Easter.
Eco-Friendly Holidays for all the Family
With more than two million plants populating its vibrant 116-acre park, this tropical paradise has made a mission out of preserving and enhancing the environment – so much so, only bikes and electric vehicles are permitted. Start your day with a lazy breakfast of mouthwatering sliced meats, warm bread and pastries, followed by a trip to the spa for a cleansing sea-mud body wrap or honey and salt massage. For a mid-morning cool-down, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, or bask in the tranquility of the hotel’s three spectacular pools. From £215 per person, per night; under-twos go free.
The Four Seasons Resort in Langkawi, Malaysia offers an hour-long kids-only Mangroves and Eagles Safari, taking little explorers into the heart of Langkawi’s UNESCO-endorsed GeoPark. Aboard a floating classroom, kids will be taken on an educational eco-experience to explore the expansive mangrove forests. Here they’ll see hundreds of mischievous macaque monkeys, fish that walk and colourful tree-climbing crabs. Your little ones can then become cooking masters with the Resort’s Junior Masterchef Cooking Classes. The Resort also offers a private dinner offering under the stars on their villa patio, toasting marshmallows around the bonfire
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