Dreaming of wiggling your toes in pale sand on an idyllic island, with the sun on your face? Well, you don't need to fork out thousands of pounds and endure hours on a plane with grumpy kids to make it happen. It may come as a surprise to know that the UK, itself the ninth-largest island in the world, is home to thousands more glorious islands dotted around its coastline. Many of them are just as dreamy as the Maldives or the Caribbean – and you can find the best right here.

11/11 Jersey, Channel Islands


At just nine-by-five miles, Jersey is a small island, ideal for a weekend break. The island is packed with family-friendly attractions such as Tamba park. Set among beautiful scenery there is a dinosaur trail, boating lake and even a bird of prey centre.

Durrell’s conservation-themed zoo also boasts animal attractions with some of the world’s rarest creatures. For active adventurers, rock climbing and ‘seafaris’ are also on offer, as well as picturesque picnics on the beach. There are some brilliant resorts with kid-friendly facilities as well as sumptuous spa hotels for those looking for something extra indulgent.