Family beach holidays

Editor’s pick: Holidays to book this week

Last updated 13th July 2020
Dreaming of your next family getaway? Here’s our hand-picked collection of the holidays to book this week. Whether you’re seeking winter sun for this October half term or Christmas, or looking ahead to next year’s school breaks – February half term, Easter and summer – you’ll find the holiday to suit your family below.

1/13 Hotel Best Jacaranda – Tenerife ★★★★

All-inclusive Best Jacaranda Hotel lies 450m from the Fañabé Beach in Costa Adeje, Tenerife, and only 10km away is the Las Aguilas Jungle Park for a fun day out. At the hotel there are six swimming pools, and pretty waterfalls cascading next to sun terraces, for a restful place to relax. Rooms are large with private balconies. Guests can upgrade for living areas and pool views. Hugo, the lovable friendly dragon mascot will please little ones as will the many organised games and activities set up by the hotel for children, the playground and the two splash pools. The mini club for four to 12 year olds also provides regular care for kids with pool games, mini discos, arts and crafts, recycling workshops, drama classes and sports. The whole family can enjoy the sports on offer such as tennis and beach volley plus facilities like a cinema room and ping pong tables.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights all-inclusive hotel stay
  • Christmas: 22nd December 2019 – 29th December 2019
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £3,645 for a family of four (£911pp)

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2/13 Four Views Oásis Hotel – Madeira ★★★★

Four Views Oásis is located near the pretty village of Caniço in Portugal on Reis Magos Beach. Close by are two golf courses in Madiera, and the Garajau Nature Reserve. The 224 rooms in this four-star resort are decorated in pleasant tropical colours. Family rooms have extra beds. The hotel boasts two restaurants, two bars, a gym, an organic garden, diving school and spa with swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath. Outside there is an outdoor freshwater pool and separate kids’ pool. There is no kids club but plenty of children’s entertainment and babysitting can be arranged at extra charge.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights room only hotel stay
  • Christmas: 23rd December 2019 – 30th December 2019
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £2,751 for a family of four (£687pp)

3/13 Zafiro Tropic – Mallorca ★★★★

The Zafiro Tropic Hotel is just 200m away from the beautiful Alcudia Bay in Mallorca. It’s a mecca for sports and fitness lovers, with excellent cycling routes close by, a cycling workshop and indoor cycling facilities, sports court and gym, tennis courts and nearby golf courses. The Zen spa has a sauna and Turkish bath as well as treatments and a chill-out area to relax in post workouts. Zafiro Tropic has three outdoor pools too, one for swimming, one cocooned by Bali beds to chill out on and a ‘wet bubble’ pool for kids. The mini club is divided into age-appropriate areas for four to seven-year-olds, eight to 11-year-olds and 12 to 15-year-olds. An extensive activities programme includes workshops, crafts, dancing and sports. The kids club also boasts a playground with bouncy castle and pool with pirate ship.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights half board hotel stay
  • October half term: 27th October 2019 – 4th November 2019
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £1,757 for a family of four (£439pp)

4/13 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.

What’s included?

  • 14 nights self catering hotel stay
  • February half term: 15th February 2020 – 29th February 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £1,834 for a family of four (£458pp)

5/13 Hotel Sheraton Fuerteventura – Canary Islands ★★★★★

The Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf and Spa Resort features luxury rooms with private terraces. Dine in one of the four family-friendly restaurants which offer local, Asian or Mediterranean cuisine. Play a round of mini golf or go for a swim in one of the resort’s four pools. There’s even a separate children’s pool. The Yambaland Kids Club puts on many fun activities for younger guests such as bowling, mini darts, aqua disco, Lego and Playdoh contests and football. While the kids are looked after in the kids club, parents can relax in the Hespérides Thalasso Spa, with sauna, Turkish bath, Roman bath, ice pool, foot spa, pools and lifestyle showers.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast hotel stay
  • February half term: 15th February 2020 – 22nd February 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £2,334 for a family of four (£583pp)

6/13 Crown Paradise Club Hotel – Cancun ★★★★★

Crown Paradise Club is a large all-inclusive resort with 617 rooms; all with ocean views and balconies. Families have access to a baby club from 18 months to four years of age and a kids club from four years up to 12. Teens get their own exclusive area to chill out in with video and table games. The resort also has tennis courts, mini golf, non-motorised water sports at the nearby Aquaworld Marina, a multi-purpose sports court, beach volleyball, a lively water park and lots of organised activities for all the family enjoy. Crown Paradise Club has six a la carte restaurants and one buffet restaurant. At night time the resort comes alive with live shows and music and a club.

What’s included?

  • 14 nights all inclusive hotel stay
  • Easter holidays: 5th April 2020 – 20th April 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • (Overnight flight home means one day off school is needed)
  • Total price: £6,789 for a family of four (£1697pp)

7/13 Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort – Orlando ★★★★

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista is only an eight minute walk from Walt Disney World Resort and eight miles away from Universal Orlando. A complimentary shuttle bus runs to Walt Disney World. Rooms come with private terraces or balconies, satellite TV and floor-to-ceiling windows. Families can opt for rooms with pull-out sofas or separate living areas and kitchenettes. Amenities at Sheraton Lake Buena Vista include a casual American diner, café and poolside bar plus spa and 24-hour gym. Kids will like the games arcade room and two outdoor pools, one with waterslides and waterfalls.

What’s included?

  • 10 nights room only hotel stay
  • Easter holidays: 7th April 2020 – 18th April 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £4,962 for a family of four (£1240pp)

8/13 The Manhattan Club – New York ★★★★

The Manhattan Club is a four-star all-suite hotel located just three blocks away from Central Park. Suites come with kitchenette, living and dining areas plus marble bathrooms with luxury toiletries. Amenities at the hotel include a lounge bar with city views and gym with yoga classes. The hotel aims to give guests a home away from home feel. Families get free breakfast at The Manhattan Club and cots can be requested for new parents staying at the hotel. The concierge can arrange reservations and tour bookings as well as recommend places to go and things to see.

What’s included?

  • 5 nights room only hotel stay
  • May half term holidays: 23rd May 2020 – 28th May 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £3,045 for a family of four (£761pp)

9/13 Palazzo Di Zante – Zante ★★★★

Palazzo Di Zante is a low rise oceanfront resort found in the pretty Vassilikos area of southern Zante. The sandy Mavaratzi Beach below is reached by steps or a lift. The hotel shares facilities with sister hotels Zante Imperial Beach and Zante Royal Resort, so guests have access to a trio of pools, health club, gym, two bars, restaurant, tennis courts, mini club for four to 12 year olds, playground, kids pool with slides, cinema, electric train and indoor fun park with pool tables, air hockey, computers and video games. Staff have boundless energy so expect daily fun and games from sports tournaments and aqua aerobics during the day and karaoke, Greek nights and discos in the evenings.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights half board hotel stay
  • May half term: 24th May 2020 – 31st May 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £2068 for a family of four (£517pp)

10/13 Mar Hotels Paradise Club & Spa – Menorca ★★★★

Paradise Club & Spa ApartHotel sits next to the fishing port of Cala’n Bosch and is 400m away from a beach. The resort has 191 apartments, most with separate living areas and balconies, perfect for families wanting a little extra room. Outdoors, the gardens are well manicured with an outdoor pool to swim in and relax by plus a snack bar and restaurant. The spa here is excellent with a pool, gym, sauna, Finnish sauna, Turkish baths, fitness rooms, hydro massage, thermal loungers, contrast showers, Vichy showers, and treatment rooms. Kids will be in heaven too with a splash area with slides, daily entertainment programme, mini club with multilingual entertainers, Happy Burger restaurant and special buffet for children and evening mini disco. There is the option to go all-inclusive here.

What’s included?

  • 14 nights all inclusive hotel stay
  • Summer holidays: 27th July 2020 – 10th August 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £5,435 for a family of four (£1358pp)

11/13 Mitsis Laguna Resort and Spa – Crete ★★★★★

Mitsis Laguna Exclusive Resort & Spa has 183 bungalows and 79 rooms, many family sized. Upgrade for a bungalow surrounded by the Laguna Lake. Rooms are calming and bright with whitewashed walls and distressed furniture. Guests have their pick of seven restaurants including Mexican, Asian and Sushi. There’s also a delicious creperie and gelateria for desserts, popcorn and ice cream cart for snacks plus drinks at champagne and pool bar. Little ones can burn off energy in the playground, playroom, children’s pool with slides or on the beach of Anissaras, just metres away from the hotel. A kids’ animation team will look after youngsters in morning or afternoon sessions and there’s a disco every night too which is supervised. Adults aren’t forgotten either. There are four outdoor pools at Mitsis Laguna, including a whirlpool and complex of three pools with waterfalls and plenty of activities to try like canoeing, art lessons and water polo.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights all inclusive hotel stay
  • Summer holidays: 28th July 2020 – 4th August 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £3,520 for a family of four (£880pp)

12/13 Tsokkos Marlita Beach – Cyprus ★★★

Beachfront Tsokkos Marlita Beach is within easy reach of Pernera, the local area filled with shops, bars and restaurants. Families will love the waterpark here with slides and rides. The resort consists of 160 studios and apartments across six buildings. The apartments are well suited to families as they sit near the waterpark. Choose to dine at either the main restaurant or one of two a la carte restaurants, Italian and Greek. Tsokkos Marlita Beach has a free-form swimming pool for all to enjoy plus a separate children’s pool, suitable for younger visitors who want to splash about. Kids will also like the video games and table tennis here.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights half board hotel stay
  • Summer holidays: 31st July 2020 – 7th August 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £2,858 for a family of four (£714pp)

15/15 Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa – Algarve ★★★★★

The Hilton Vilamoura in The Algarve features six lake-sized pools with waterfalls and bridges and lush landscaped gardens. The resort is located next to the nature reserve Ria Formosa and by pretty Falesia Beach. Rooms are modern and decorated in soothing colours. There are two golf courses close by to practise your swing. Portugal’s largest spa, the Seven Spa, is a welcome addition for tired parents, thanks to its luxury facilities and many treatments. The Hilton Vilamoura has a large kids club, Paradise Island, with a swimming pool, playground, zip wire and pirate ships to keep young guests amused. Babysitting can also be arranged.

What’s included?

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast hotel stay
  • October half term: 24th October 2020 – 31st October 2020
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • Total price: £2,248 for a family of four (£562pp)