If you’re travelling with kids, it can be difficult to decide where to go on holiday. Trips that involve long hours at the airport and gruelling flights can be tiresome, then you have to make sure there’s enough to keep your little ones busy – think kids’ clubs, water parks, creches and fun things to do for teens. An all-inclusive holiday could be the answer, as it means all your meals, snacks and drinks are included in the price of your trip, so it’s one less thing to worry about. Here are some of the best First Choice all-inclusive holiday destinations for families.
Your ideal trip may be sipping cocktails after dark and relaxing by the pool, but kids think of whizzing down slides headfirst into swimming pools. There’s no better place for water babies than Majorca, which boasts three water parks: the Western Water Park (in Magaluf), Hidropark (in Alcudia) and Aqualand (in Arenal). If watching wildlife is more your thing, Majorca also has a marine zoo which combines fun with education. The entire family can marvel at the dolphin, sea-lion and parrot shows, while an underwater tunnel allows you to get up close with the sea creatures.
Other nature-inspired activities include visiting the Reserva Galatzo, a nature reserve deep in the Tramuntana. A 3.5km road winds past grottos, waterfalls and wildlife that includes ostriches, goats and brown bears. Enjoy bird-of-prey displays twice daily, plus the kids will love opportunities for rock climbing and zip-lining. No trip to Majorca’s great outdoors is complete without visiting the Cuevas Del Drach, known as ‘the caves of the dragon’ – one of four sets of cave formations in Majorca that extend to a depth of 25 metres and reach 4 kilometres in length. Musicians drift on boats playing classical music on Europe’s largest underground lake, Lake Martel, which only adds to a great family day out.
You’ll never hear the phrase ‘I’m bored’ on a holiday to Tenerife! The island is home to Siam Park, which features some of the biggest white-knuckle water rides on the island. Here you’ll find the thrilling 28-metre Tower of Power, while the Dragon will excite the most fearless of waterpark lovers.
Parents looking for a slower pace can float down the Mai Thai river or catch some rays on the white sand of the man-made Siam Beach, which also has a pool boasting warm temperatures of 24°C. Tenerife is also home to a butterfly farm (Mariposario del Drago in Icod de las Vinos), science and astro museum and Forestal Park – think rope ladders, zip-lining, bridges, treetop spider webs and plenty of things to climb on.
Zante’s resorts are geared towards families, boasting three child-friendly popular holiday destinations. Tsilivi, Kalamaki and Alykanas are excellent bases from which you can enjoy the various activities this Greek island has to offer, including water parks, theme parks and fairgrounds.
Visit Nana’s Horse Riding Centre in Kalamaki, which gives adults and kids the opportunity to trot across a five-kilometre beach to Laganas on horseback; explore the vessel on Zante’s famous Shipwreck Beach, one of the most photographed beaches in the world and only accessible by boat, or visit Turtle Island by hopping on board a glass-bottomed boat to see endangered loggerhead turtles in their natural environment. Kalamaki is also home to the Caretta Fun Park, featuring plenty of arcade games and rides that’ll keep your little ones happy for hours on end.
This Canary island continues to be a firm family favourite, with pristine beaches, water sports and plenty of parks to keep the kids amused. Visit the exciting Acua Water Park in Corralejo – home to giant waterslides and pools, plus crazy golf and go-karting. Fuerteventura also features great water-sport opportunities for the whole family, with a centre located on most beaches.
There’s paddle boarding and pedalos for younger children, and windsurfing for the older kids and grown-ups. To get up close with nature, why not visit Oasis Park Zoo, featuring elephants, zebras, crocodiles and giraffes. There’s also a bird-of-prey display, and the chance to see baby animals thanks to the park’s breeding programme.
With so many things to do in these child-friendly all inclusive holiday destinations, you’ll be spoiled for choice. It’s time to get packing and decide where you’d like to go next for that all-important family getaway!