In the past "all-inclusive" family holidays were associated with the lower end of the comfort and exclusivity scale. Nowadays, however, it's a different story, with many upmarket resorts around the world offering the option of hassle-free all-inclusive packages designed especially for the family market. |
Not convinced yet? Read on for three fantastic resorts with superb food, exciting entertainment and even dedicated children's clubs – and you won’t have to make any compromises for your own comfort to get them.
Cyprus: Olympic Lagoon Resort in Paphos
Who wouldn't want to take the family to a destination that enjoys more than 300 sunshine days a year? But virtually guaranteed sunshine isn't the only luxury you'll get at the 5-star Olympic Lagoon Resort (the clue is in the 5-star rating!). The resort is set right on a fabulous Blue Flag beach, so you can step straight out of bed and into the warm waters of the Mediterranean. If you book a spacious Family Junior Suite, you can sleep five without feeling cramped at all.
Got fussy eaters in the family? There's something for every taste here, with no fewer than five themed restaurants from which to choose! Breakfast is served in the Royal Olympic, you can hit the Italian Snackeria any time you like, then dinner is where all the action happens at the Captain's Deck (à-la-carte and can be enjoyed once a week with no extra supplement), the Japanese KIKU or, every kid's favourite, the 50s themed American diner, Rock'n'Roll.
Finally, in terms of entertainment, whatever the ages of your children the Olympic Lagoon can cater, with a crèche, a dedicated kids' club and a teen club.
Adrian Hotel Roca Nivaria Gran
Ah, Tenerife – one of the most family-friendly places on the planet. Sun, sea, sand and fabulous sub-tropical weather... what more could you ask for? Well at the 5-star Adrian Hotel Roca Nivaria Gran, situated on the south west coast at Playa Paraiso, you don’t have to ask – it comes complete!
You'll definitely never hear cries of "I'm bored" here, with three swimming pools to keep everyone cool and occupied, including one designed especially for children. There's also a man-made beach within the 10,000sqm complex.
It really is "food glorious food" here with the multiple dining options. At Garoé there's something for even the pickiest young palate with the huge international breakfast and lunch buffet, while, if you just can't drag yourselves away from the pool, Ahemón will take care of grumbling tummies without even having to dry off. For something a little different, Burgos and Verona serve up three course meals with Spanish and Italian flavours respectively.
Nothing spells relaxation for parents like a miniclub for kids, and the Roca Nivaria Gran for 4-12-year olds runs every day and offers a raft of fun and entertainment for the young ones. And while we're on the subject of parental relaxation, the Azules de Nivaria spa overlooking the beach is there for your pleasure.
Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa
If you want to baste yourself in the sun in Turkey in utter luxury, head to the Dalaman Coast and the Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa. This magnificent resort rolls out the royal treatment, with 23 restaurants, 10 pools, a spa with 18 treatment rooms and even its own private beach.
You can treat the family to a different dining experience every night in the themed onsite restaurants (Sarýgerme is a firm favourite with little princes and princesses), and there are plenty to appeal to grown-up tastes as well.
There's a superb kids' club with extensive activities, which more than lives up to the rest of the hotel, and it's got one very big bonus: evening entertainment! It means the children will be well taken care of with a mini disco or cinema club while you enjoy some well-earned downtime at Glitter, the Champagne and oyster bar, or any of the other many bars onsite.
A Word About Family Holiday Insurance
One thing to be very mindful of when booking an all-inclusive hotel is that you still have to organise your own family holiday insurance. Whether you choose to holiday at home or abroad it's vital that you get covered with an appropriate family holiday insurance policy to ensure you're not faced with any unexpected expenses should something go astray with your travel plans.
Tip: If you're booking early it's a good idea to get your family holiday insurance policy at the same time in case you need to cancel any of your arrangements.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual and family holiday insurance. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.
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