Planning a family holiday can be a stressful business. For one thing, you have to go away during the summer holidays when the children are off school, meaning the prices are significantly higher. However, you also have to think about how to keep the kids entertained whilst you’re there.
For a lot of parents on the hunt for a holiday bargain, this can be a minefield, so we’ve put together a brief guide on how to plan some family fun in the sun, and it’s all based around three simple questions…
What kind of hotel should we go for?
The type of hotel you book can have huge repercussions. You need to make sure that you go for one that has a wide variety of activities, so that whether you’re trying to cater to a stroppy teenager or a boisterous seven-year-old, there will be something for everyone.
The Mitsis Rinela Beach hotel in Crete is a perfect example of this; Crete has hubs of activity all over the island, so it’s a great choice for families. You’ll never run out of restaurants to try, beaches to build sandcastles on or places to buy souvenirs, but with this hotel they’re only 50m away with a bus stop outside. Plus, not only is there a huge pool right by the beach, but everything from aerobics, basketball and beach football, to canoeing, pedaloes, water polo and even French bowls!
How can I tell if they’re family friendly?
While hotels like the Mitsis Rinela Beach hotel are perfect for families that like to do their own thing, there are plenty of hotels that cater specifically to family holidays. In this case, if the heat of Crete is too much for you, why not keep a little closer to home and head for Majorca instead?
This lively island is perfect for families, and the Club Mac Jupiter hotel in particular has a lot to offer. Made up of three hotels, this resort has eight pools, so you’ll always be able to find a sun lounger space, as well as a waterpark with a beach pool and wave pool. It has fantastic provision for children though, which is what sets this hotel apart. You can expect Lola & Bernie’s kids club to take care of your little ones during your stay, while the mini splash park and playground will amuse them for the rest of the time. There’s even a children’s village and cinema area!
When booking your family break in the sun, make sure you always look for these kinds of facilities for a truly family friendly experience.
Should we go all inclusive?
To remove stress from your already busy schedule, all inclusive deals are the best for family holidays. The ability to just put a wristband on your children and have the peace of mind that they can go and get a drink or snacks whenever they need them, will take a weight off your mind. However, so will the knowledge that you have all your meals covered too!
Are you planning a family holiday? Let us know all about it in the comments.