Fantasising about this year's summer holiday? Whether it’s Europe or beyond, your time away as a family is one of the best times of the year, when you get to forget about work and school and simply have fun together. Here are the 20 best family holiday destinations that deserve a place on your family's 2018 wish list.
For families looking for clean mountain air and wholesome outdoor living, Gstaad in the Swiss Alps is a great idea. Take the panoramic train from Geneva through the hills to this peaceful town that is loved by celebrities for its stunning scenery, outdoor pursuits and fantastic restaurants. Kids will love whizzing down the hills on the Alpine coaster, reaching speeds of up to 40 kilometres an hour as they take on hair-raising bends. Hike or take a chairlift to the sparkling Glacier 3000 and enjoy a meal at a tiny restaurant on top of a mountain, or take a dip in one of the natural pools within the range. Yodelling lessons, indulgent spa treatments, horse-drawn carriage rides are all within reach during a stay in Gstaad.
With world-class restaurants, family-friendly facilities and an award-winning spa, this five-star resort gives everyone a taste of Arabian luxury.
Atlantis The Palm is an aquatic water wonderland by the sea spanning a massive 46 hectares with unrivalled facilities, restaurants and a waterpark.
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is set on its own private stretch of Jumeirah beach facing the infamous Burj Al Arab building, part of the opulent Madinat Jumeirah Resort.
The classy hotel is sprinkled throughout with child-friendly features - a superbly-equipped kids club, a big children’s pool plus another shallow paddling one for tots, and a fantastic sandy playground.
Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort, is set in Albufeira overlooking the dramatic cliffs and beaches of the Algarve coastline in southern Portugal. Pine Cliffs is one of Europe’s favourite family destinations.
Completely renovated hotel, with seriously cool amenities and family activities that would make a rock star jealous. Kids get the chance to be real-life rock stars thanks to the Roxity Kids Club.
They’ve thought of everything - from a chest full of buckets and spades at the beach, to free fruit for poolside snacks, to sunshade-fitted buggies and a superbly-stocked kids’ club with more games than Toys R Us.
The best bit for kids is the kids club, lots of water sports and beach activities, and the proximity of the hotel to a wide range of local attractions including the safari and the old town.
Atlantis The Palm is an aquatic water wonderland by the sea spanning a massive 46 hectares with unrivalled facilities, restaurants and a waterpark. Atlantis is situated on the famous man-made ‘Palm’.
This luxurious, family-friendly hotel set on a hillside with panoramic views to Spinalonga has first-rate service, first-class restaurants, a blue-flag strip of sandy beach and a decent spa.
Families are safe and well-entertained in this spacious, stunning and secluded five star on a private east coast promontory, with two island playgrounds, one even for playing Robinson Crusoe on at Ilot Mangenie.