There’s a lot of consider when it comes to finding the perfect destination for the whole family. In the past, settling for a kid-friendly resort or a destination with children’s attractions might have meant forfeiting a few adult luxuries. But we don’t believe in swaps or sacrifices. Because there are so many family holiday destinations that offer the best of both worlds and here are some of our favourite places to travel to that appeal to little people and big folk alike.
Take a look at our 21 family holiday ideas that parents will love!
Family Villa in Limassol
We love Limassol because there’s something for everyone. There are endless days out for babies and toddlers including the Cyprus Donkey Sanctuary, Limassol Zoo, Cheeky Monkeys Playground, Mazotos Camel Park, Eleon Leisure Park, Playplanet Soft Play and Waterworld Waterpark plus amazing sightseeing opportunities and historical ruins which will be loved by older kids, and incredible beaches and nightlife for the adults. These family villas have some of the best sea views too!
Camping in Sardinia
There are so many wonderful places to camp in Europe but Sardinia is one of our favourite camping destinations because it’s such a hands-on place for babies, toddlers and young children. Whilst you can bask in the hot summer sun and enjoy the gastronomical delights of Sardinian cuisine, your kids can make the most of the great outdoors. Stay at Villaggio Camping Nurral, Laguna Blu Camping Village or Camping La Mariposa in the North West region of the island and you’ll have access to the beach whilst being conveniently close to the Regional Natural Park of Porto Conte and fun Monte Sixeri Petting Farm.
Domes of Elounda, Greece
If you’re looking for a boutique resort that can offer fine dining, luxury spa facilities, private beach access and magical boat excursions, book your stay at Domes of Elounda in Greece. Travelling with kids doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice 5 star luxuries, because at the Domes of Elounda resort, their ethos is “Spoil yourself and your children alike”, a concept we can definitely get on board with here at Baby-Friendly Boltholes. Tucked away in a small fishing village on the island of Crete, you’ll be away from the hustle and bustle of other tourists but you won’t be far from the pitter-patter of your little ones.
Apartments in Lisbon
In the charming area of Chiado in Lisbon, you’ll find the Martinhal family-friendly apartments. There is plenty to see and do in the area, for both children and adults alike.. These apartments provide your family with plenty of living space, and they also have the brilliant ‘pyjama club’ which provides childcare in the evening so you can go out and explore the thriving local nightlife. Staying here allows you to combine both a city and a beach break, as you are only a 30 minute drive from the coast. You could book a multi-destination stay with Martinhal Cascais which is on the Lisbon Coast and have the best of both worlds.
Lanzarote Retreats, Arrieta
Enjoy sunny Lanzarote with a difference and stay in an eco-friendly yurt instead of a typical beachfront hotel. Not only is this a fun, quirky treat for the adults but it’s a wonderful campsite for the kids, with so many outdoor activities to keep them occupied. The 30 acre Lanzarote Retreats holiday site, located on the island’s north coast, features a fantastic children’s mini adventure playground complete with pirate boat, sunken trampoline, climbing frame and solar heated pool. Children can also help to pick vegetables from the site’s allotment and help to collect eggs from the hens or make friends with the resident donkey, Mollie.
Feeding Elephants in Krabi
Thailand is often referred to as “The Land of Smiles” because the Thai people are so friendly, so kids will be made to feel welcome here. In Krabi, there are many activities for older kids such as snorkelling, rock climbing, kayaking and even scuba diving for age 10 years onwards whilst for younger kids, there’s the fantastic opportunity to visit elephant camps and elephant sanctuaries. Children of all ages can get involved in feeding and petting, an experience they will remember forever – and many of Krabi’s luxury resorts will also offer babysitting services for when mummy and daddy need some downtime of their own.
Explore the Spanish Coast
Don’t let the crowds of English tourists put you off holidaying in Spain. If you do your research you can easily find authentic Spanish towns to explore, with traditional food and genuine Spanish culture. You can fly very inexpensively to Alicante airport, rent a car and discover Spain. Jávea, or Xàvia as it is known locally, is a great little town to visit, and has a wide variety of delicious places to eat, even for the fussiest of diners. You can drive up to the lighthouse and walk along looking down at the stunning view of the coast. Casa de la Luz is situated in the perfect spot for exploring Jávea, and also for going on day trips. The nearby town of Denia is another brilliant place for families to explore. If you want to go a bit further afield, visiting Valencia is definitely worthwhile.
Family Cottage in Inverness, Scotland
You don’t have to jet off far to enjoy a luxurious family holiday. The Northern coast of Scotland is one of the most beautiful, rugged and charming destinations in the UK, with the Loch Ness legend to captivate the kids’ imaginations. You’ll be surrounded by incredible nature but the best part of a cottage holiday is that you can do as much or as little as you like; just like a home away from home, a baby-friendly cottage in Scotland could be the answer to a relaxing break from everyday life.
Castle Hunting in the French Champagne Region
The Champagne-Ardenne region in France is not only home to one of the classiest drinks in the world (and what mummy doesn’t love a glass of champers?) but it’s also home to the Bas-Rhin department, an area with more fairy tale chateaux than any other department. Hire a bike and go hunting for castles, fortresses and chateaux ruins – just don’t forget to pack a champagne picnic and some non-alcoholic juice for the little ones!
Martinhal Sagres, Algarve
If you’re looking for the ultimate family-friendly destination in the Algarve, book a stay at Martinhal Sagres Family Resort. This beach hotel is made for family travel, with 5 family restaurants to choose from plus a handful of stylish bars, 5 swimming pools with a number of villas boasting their own private pool, a Village Square with food, drink and children’s play area, beach water sports and a dedicated sports club, and two different kid’s clubs covering all age groups.
Yachting in the French Riviera
The Cote D’Azur is one of the dreamiest destinations in Europe. But it’s not just the rich and famous who get to set sail on the gentle waves of the Riviera these days. Day boating is a much more affordable alternative to motor yachts and they often come with crew members in the price so you can focus your time and energy on relaxing and spending quality time with the family. Mum and dad can live the high life whilst catching some rays and the little ones can pretend they’re pirates as they sail the azure blue waters! Here are some beautiful places to stay in the French Riviera.
Serra de Estrela National Park
Stay at Vinha da Manta in Serra de Estrela National Park in Portugal’s Northern region and you’ll get to enjoy a “canopy under stars” experience in stylish self-catering and eco-friendly accommodation where kids, pets and the whole family are made to feel welcome. The canvas lodges have beautifully appointed rooms, including bunk beds for children and you’ll have your own private decking overlooking the amazing national park.
Island Hopping in Croatia
If you’re worried that your kids will get bored in one spot, set up base in the gorgeous historical city of Dubrovnik and island hop your way around the Elaphiti Islands; Koločep, Lopud and Šipan, each of which are convenient enough to get to and have enough facilities for an easy daytrip but maintain low key tourism so you can escape the crowds in Croatia. If that’s not enough to keep their interest, you can even set sail on the pirate themed Galleon Tirena vessel or take a tour on a glass bottomed boat – children will love looking at all the fish in the water below!
Lake Lodge in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful holiday regions in the UK and lake view accommodation like this one is the best way to get away from city life to enjoy some much-deserved peace and quiet. The lake also offers plenty of fun activities for the whole family including water skiing, wake boarding and ringo rides.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Book your stay at the Atlantis to ensure that those little troublemakers are keeping themselves out of trouble – with two kids only swimming pools and lazy river, a free moving theatre serving popcorn, a pottery and painting studio, weekly magic and puppet shows, a Kidisthenics fitness program, and a 97 acre waterscape aquarium with more than 250 species of marine life, every moment will be a memorable one. And the parents’ perks? A 30,000 square ft. Mandara spa, state of the art gym, and a huge choice of fine dining restaurants. The perfect place for a family holiday in the Caribbean.
Ski Chalet in the French Alps
Chalet La Sonnaille offers the perfect skiing experience with kids and is just 90 minutes’ drive from Geneva Airport. The bedrooms are spacious enough for placing cots for infants and the Snow Focus team will be on hand to help with tailored ski lessons for children 4 years and upwards and a special ‘Ski Nanny’ will also accompany them to the slopes so they will be looked after at all times. There are also kid’s books, toys, games and DVDs inside chalet and the adults will love the private hot tub and sauna.
Beach Break in Brittany
Brittany is a great summer destination for your little ones because of the mild, balmy weather. You can enjoy the summer sun without worrying that your kids will get too hot and with many child-friendly resorts to choose from along the coast, you’ll be able to get some fantastic family sized villas or apartments right on the beach. From the stunning coastal city of Saint Malo all the way to the popular promenade strip of La Baule, you’ll find amazing beach spots to build sandcastles, play Frisbee or take a dip in the safe, shallow waters. For the adults, Brittany is the kingdom of oysters and fresh seafood – so you’ll be sure to eat well by the coast. Buckwheat pancakes and sweet crepes are also popular street food snacks here so there’ll be no complaining from them either.
Kalahari Plains, Botswana
Botswana is perhaps the most family-friendly safari destination in Africa and Kalahari Plains Camp, located in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is the best place to bring the kids. Guided walks and day game drives take place daily and large family suites with hot water and electricity are available. The camp itself offers amazing wildlife spotting and you can enjoy sightings from the camp’s spacious veranda.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
The area of Kakslauttanen in Finland receives around 8 whole months of Northern Lights sightings so if you want a magical winter experience with the kids, travel far north to the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort and sleep in a glass domed igloo under the stars. This family-friendly resort also has a very special Santa’s Grotto and various activities for children.
Farm Stay in Tuscany
For a hands-on outdoorsy holiday in the beautiful Italian countryside, a farm stay at La Bandita in Tuscany will certainly win you over. With sheep wandering in the garden, acres and acres of space for kids to run around plus panoramic views from the outdoor dining deck, there really is something for everybody. And what’s more exciting than living on a farm? Your little ones will love it! And foodie mums and dads can take advantage of the convenient babysitting service to take a gastronomical tour of the area and its many vineyards.
Ubud Monkey Forest, Bali
The sacred Monkey Forest in the heart of Ubud is one of the most enchanting places to be. The temples, monuments and sanctuaries will feed your kids’ imaginations and the thousands of monkeys swinging from the trees will keep them entertained for days as you explore the different hiking trails. Hotels such as Komaneka, Pertiwi Resort & Spa or the famous boutique Ubud Hanging Gardens all offer spacious family rooms / villas and Balinese hospitality is unbeatable so you and your kids will always be made to feel welcome.