In the rush to book the perfect family summer holiday, breaks for the colder months can go forgotten. We’ve found the best long-haul destinations for a great getaway over October half-term and the Christmas season - and they're cheaper than you might think.
An idyllic tropical getaway for families who need to unwind, Phuket offers the perfect balance of relaxation and activities to suit every style of traveller. Centara Kata resort is an upscale hotel that fuses authentic Thai aesthetics with modern convenience and has panoramic views over rolling green hills. There are three sundecks and pools to choose from, including one with a waterslide. There's also a great kids’ club, well-equipped gym and a children’s playground. The hotel is a short walk from Kata beach which offers watersports such as kayaking and scuba diving trips. The south end is ideal for kids as it becomes shaded later in the day.