Brexit uncertainty has seen the value of the pound plummet in the exchange rate against the Euro, which is frustrating if you want to plan a family holiday. But there is hope! Instead of EU favourites likes Spain and France, why not look to short-haul gems outside the Eurozone, like Turkey? The continuing weakness of the Turkish lira and low prices for food and drink mean your pound will go significantly further. Another bonus is that Turkey offers some excellent accommodation options for families - read on to discover the top nine family hotels.
Five-star Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort & Spa is just 250m from its own private beach. It’s also home to the region’s largest aquapark complete with thrilling rides like the black hole, free-fall, flying boats and kamikaze. For something a little less adrenaline inducing, there’s two children’s pools, outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, huge spa with Turkish bath, sauna, steam room and salt room, and rooftop lounge to chill out on. Sports fans can get stuck into canoeing, tennis, beach volleyball, boccia and table tennis. Crystal Sunset runs its own kids club for four to 12 year olds and a teen club for 13 plus with organised activities, films, games and tournaments.
Five-star Hotel Turan Prince World is a one-of-a-kind family resort, with an on-site fairground, Luna Park, plus one of the largest water parks in Turkey. It sits beachside with a large choice of restaurants and bars plus a large pool to swim in. Rooms at Hotel Turan Prince are elegant and modern. Larger rooms and villas are available for families with direct access to the pool and gardens. As well as the two parks, kids have access to a mini zoo, two playgrounds, mini disco and cinema. The resort provides supervised care for kids aged four to 11 and 13 to 17 with age-appropriate games and activities like PlayStation, origami, flower planting, animal feeding and paintball. Babysitting is available and new parents can request baby equipment for room and restaurant. Hotel Turan Prince comes alive at night with a nightclub, foam parties, live music performances and dancing.
Three-star Pine Valley Hotel is a short walk from the village of Hisaronu on Turkey’s south western coast and just 4km from one of Turkey’s most scenic beaches, Oludeniz and 16km from Babu Mountain and its many hiking trails. It sits among pine trees and olive groves and has three pools, one with waterslides and one especially for kids. Pine Valley will look after youngsters in a hotel-run kids club leaving parents free to enjoy a drink at the pool or rooftop bar, sweat it out at an aerobics class or have a renowned Turkish bath and Hamman at the spa. Pine Valley hosts evening entertainment for all the family with discos, barbecue parties, karaoke nights and shows.
Five-star Green Nature Resort sits on the edge of the lively town of Marmaris by a pine-filled forest. This family hotel has three lagoon-style swimming pools and waterslides and a free shuttle bus runs guests to the resort’s private beach, 10 minutes away. Four to 12 year olds are looked after in the hotel-run kids club with play zone, mini disco and organised entertainment and evening babysitting can be arranged as well. The buffet and à la carte restaurant has local and international dishes plus show cooking stations. Complimentary coffee and cake is served every afternoon. Daytime sports activities include volleyball, water gymnastics, tennis, basketball, scuba, canoeing and pedal boats. There’s a gym and spa too. Families should head to the hotel amphitheatre in the evening for live shows.
The Rixos Land of Legends Theme Park is a relaxed but modern resort with 401 rooms. Rooms are colourful, with cartoon murals, games consoles, 3D flatscreen TVs and rainfall showers. Suites have separate living areas. Guests have a choice of one buffet and two à la carte restaurants. The theme park is joined to a mega water park containing over 40 slides and a wave pool. Adrenaline junkies should go for the wild river, wave shock and 61m-high hyper coaster. Families with younger children have an activity pool, splash pool, lazy river and family coaster. A relaxing beach is within a five-minute drive and the resort has a spa and less hectic lagoon pool for some down time. There are also quieter games like ping pong, Jenga and arcade games available plus a playground and indoor play area.
IC Hotels Green Palace is made for families. On site is an aquapark with seven scream-inducing slides. The mini club is outstanding too, with spray painting activity area, two cinema rooms, mini theatre, video gaming room, pizza cooking area, soft play area, toy blocks and face painting facilities. Outside is a sandpit, ferris wheel and a chair swing ride. Teens get their own area with mixing decks, video games and chill zone and there’s a special baby care room, pool, sandpit and playground for little ones. For parents, there’s a choice of six à la carte restaurants including Turkish and seafood dishes, three poolside bars, five outdoor pools and the Lilium Spa for Balinese-style treatments.
Families can expect classic, chic rooms and good service in this high-end beachfront resort. The Delphin Imperial Hotel has an outdoor pool with waterslides plus a private beach to enjoy. There are 650 rooms here including 38 family rooms, which are art-deco in style. Guests can upgrade for pool access, whirlpool baths or oceanfront balconies. New parents will appreciate the baby equipment available from potties to bottle warmers. With nine restaurants run by award-winning chefs no one will go hungry. Even organic baby formula, pureed food and kids’ menus can be provided. Guests can work up an appetite playing volleyball, tennis or one of many water sports. Delphin Imperial has two clubs for kids, one for four to 12 year olds and one for teens with a games saloon, disco, cinema and plenty of organised activities.
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.
LUX* Bodrum is a sleek and contemporary hillside resort situated in a secluded bay to the north of Bodrum. It boasts a gorgeous private beach and insta-worthy infinity pool. Rooms are sleek, modern with private terraces, flatscreen TVs and luxury toiletries. Guests can even upgrade for an indoor private pool. There are three restaurants here, one with cool floor-to-ceiling windows and sea views and over 20 acres of grounds dotted with olive and cypress trees to wander through. Even the small gym makes the most of the location with treadmills overlooking the ocean. Parents can drop off their charges at the kids club to enjoy all LUX* Bodrum’s perks. The resort also has a play area, children’s cinema evenings and babysitting service.