Give your family something to look forward to by booking a dreamy break for 2020. With all-inclusive holidays for Easter, summer and all the half terms we’ve got every school holiday covered, and great value packages in idyllic family destinations such as Algarve, Tenerife and Turkey.
1/10 Mareblue Beach Resort – Corfu ★★★★
All-inclusive Mareblue Beach Resort overlooks the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea and is right next to one of Corfu’s best beaches. Families can enjoy good food here with a buffet restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean a la carte and a Greek barbecue. Children are well catered for too with children’s menus and high chairs. Kids aged four to 12 can rule the roost in the special Mini Club and outdoor playground with full activity programme run by qualified supervisors. At night youngsters can get their groove on in the mini disco while parents enjoy a drink in the bar or a live show at the Teatro Loco. Babysitting is also available for younger guests. There’s a wealth of sporty activities to try here from aqua aerobics, football, tennis, beach volley and scuba diving. Mareblue Beach Resort also has three swimming pools including a free form pool surrounded by palm trees and children’s splash pool.
2/10 CayBeach Princess – Gran Canaria ★★★
Cay Beach Princess sits in the south of Gran Canaria, in Maspalomas. It’s 2.5km from the beach and the resort offers a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the coastline. Also nearby is an amusement park and golf course. Cay Beach Princess has two swimming pools to enjoy; one is heated, vast gardens, a multisport court, mini golf and unique hydromassage hammocks. There’s a children’s pool, also heated in winter, playground and a mini club for little ones. Guests can choose to self-cater or eat in, and there’s both a buffet restaurant and minimarket to suit all requirements.
3/10 Pine Bay Holiday Resort – Turkey ★★★★★
Pine Bay Holiday Resort in Camimani Bay, Kusadasi was completely renovated in 2014. The hotel sits on a private Blue Flag beach, perfect for families, and is close to a marina for sailing and a huge range of water sports including parasailing, wakeboarding, snorkelling and diving. At the resort, there’s more water fun, with three outdoor pools, four children’s pools and a water park with big and small waterslides. The expansive spa has a hammam, sauna, steam bath and indoor pool. Should youngsters want a change from the beach and water park, there’s a playground, plenty of land sports like football and tennis, a youth club, games room, mini disco, mini golf and kids club. Teens will appreciate the beach and pool parties too.
4/10 King Evelthon Beach Hotel – Paphos ★★★★★
King Evelthon Beach Hotel sits enviably on the beachfront of Chlorakas Bay amid spacious landscaped gardens. Family suites have views of the Mediterranean Sea. Facilities at King Evelthon Beach Hotel include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym and snooker room plus daytime and evening entertainment. The resort has three à la carte restaurants; Greek, Italian and Mexican plus a buffet restaurant. Head to one of the three outdoor bars to quench your thirst. King Evelthon Beach Hotel is well set up for families with its own water park and kids splash pool with slides for some high octane water fun. King Evelthon also has good outdoor facilities for kids including a playground, mini soccer pitch, tennis and volleyball courts.
5/10 Club Cala Romani – Mallorca ★★★
All-inclusive Club Cala Romani is a beach lover’s dream, with direct beach access to Cala Domingos Gran plus two other nearby sandy coves; Cala Antena and Cala Domingos Petit. All have a good range of water sports activities to enjoy. On site, Club Cala Romani has three outdoor pools and one children’s pool plus a good mix of sports activities such as tennis, volleyball, table tennis, archery and football. Once you’ve built up an appetite, there’s a buffet restaurant and Italian pizzeria to dine in plus a coffee bar and two lounges to relax in. The shopping area and restaurants in Calas de Mallorca are very close to Club Cala Romani too. Kids have a playground and gardens to let off steam in, and the entertainment team, headed up by two mascots Cala and Romi, will ensure youngsters are kept busy with a packed schedule of fun things to do during the day and in the evening.
6/10 Golden Bahia de Tossa & Spa – Costa Brava ★★★★
Golden Bahia de Tossa & Spa offers families clean and airy rooms, some with Jacuzzis, four outdoor pools, indoor pool, gym, spa, sports facilities, activity programme, four restaurants and five bars. Kids get their own play areas and pool with pirate ship and slides and mini club. This family hotel is all about the cycling though, with expert advice on routes for all abilities, guided rides, bike rental, shop, cycling workshop and parking and even a laundry service for cyclists. Water sports, including scuba diving, can be found at the sandy beach of Platja d’es Codolar, a leisurely 15-minute walk away.
7/10 Be Live Family Palmeiras Village – Algarve ★★★★
Be Live Family Palmeiras Village perches next to one of the Algarve’s best beaches; Vila Senhora da Rocha in the village of Poche. This all-inclusive hotel is ideal for families wanting some affordable comfort. Family rooms are spacious and modern and two buffet restaurants plus an Asian, Brazilian and seafood restaurant provide a great range of choice of dining options. There are bars and a nightclub for evening entertainment. During the day, the hotel puts on a wide programme of activities for all the family. Sports fans will like the gym, adult and kids pools, bike rental, water sports, basketball and tennis courts. A golf course is a few kilometres away for swing practice too. A mini club for four to eight-year-olds runs daily and there’s a maxi club for nine to 12-year-olds.
8/10 Alborada Ocean Club – Tenerife ★★★
All-inclusive Alborada Ocean Club sits in the southern part of the island, next to the fishing town of Las Galletas where catamaran tours can be taken to see whales and dolphins. The resort has 285 apartments, perfect for families who need a little extra room. Outside there is a saltwater pool with direct access to a small beach plus large terraces with sunbeds and shade to relax on and a nearby snack bar to refuel with. The buffet restaurant has lovely views over the sea and offers three theme nights a week. Alborada Ocean Club can organise snorkelling and diving trips and table tennis, pool table, board games, archery, bowls, carbine rifle shooting, aqua gym and darts is readily available at the hotel. Kids have everything on tap, from a children’s pool to play area with swings and slide. The mini club has a wide range of things for little ones to do, from face painting, arts and crafts and a mini disco.
9/10 Occidental Menorca – Balearic Islands ★★★★
Occidental Menorca has warm, modern rooms with free wi-fi and a private terrace. Dine at the buffet restaurant and bar. There’s the option to go all-inclusive at Occidental Menorca. The resort sits just metres from Punta Prima beach, a gorgeous stretch of golden sand. Kids will be in heaven here with a water playground with slides and a water jet, paddling pool, playground with table tennis and pool table, multi-sports court, human table football, bike hire and three kids clubs; a mini club (four to six years), maxi club (seven to 12 years) and a teen club (13 to 17 years). While youngsters are kept busy, there’s an extensive spa with a thermal circuit to laze about in, swimming pools surrounded by sun loungers and palm trees, an aqua gym and gym overlooking the gardens.
10/10 Mabely Grand Hotel – Zante ★★★★★
Mabely Grand resort is a new resort, opened in 2018. It’s contemporary in feel yet inspired by Grecian architecture, so it feels right at home perched on a sunny northwestern Zakynthos hillside by the Ionian Sea. ‘Shipwreck Beach’, often recognised as one of the world’s best beaches, is only 15km away. Sports fans can make the most of the setting with two pools, jogging track, tennis courts, basketball, football and bike hire to explore the multiple cycle tracks in the nearby countryside. There are aqua aerobics and water polo in the pool too and the resort can organise turtle spotting excursions, horse riding, sea kayaking and jeep safaris. There’s no kids club but there is a playground for younger guests, games and tv room and family rooms with separate bedrooms and large balconies.