5 of the Best Holiday Destinations for Families

With little ones running around, it can be a daunting task planning the family holiday that you so desperately need!

Take a look at our top 5 picks for out of this world holidays where you and your family can make memories to last a lifetime…

Florida

Monorail at Walt Disney World Florida for Family Holiday

It’s no surprise that Florida tops our list for the ultimate family holiday – there’s something here for everyone! By day, take in the sights of the Sunshine State, whizz around on thrilling rollercoasters and make friends with your favourite movie characters. By night, enjoy fine dining at some of Florida’s best restaurants, watch spectacular shows from the world renowned Blue Man Group or take a stroll along one of the many pristine beaches along the coast.

There is no destination on earth that has more theme parks than Orlando. It’s a place full of wonder, thrills and fantastic life-long memories. Walt Disney World Resort is the most iconic theme park in the world. Get an autograph from the one and only Mickey Mouse. Embark on a safari through the wilderness of Animal Kingdom. And dine with the princesses at Magic Kingdom. No matter what you do, Walt Disney World Resort truly is the happiest place on earth.

If you love movies and a thrill then Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are the parks for you. Ride in complete darkness as you take on Revenge of The Mummy. Meet a real life Ogre who goes by the name of Shrek (and of course his noble steed, Donkey). And enjoy a Chocolate Frog and Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

While Florida is best known for its theme parks, there’s plenty to do away from the madness and screams; explore the city of Miami, stroll along the white sandy beaches of Fort Lauderdale or watch a rocket launch at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral.

Mexico

Chichen Itza in Mexico

With an abundance of different things to see and do, Mexico is perfect for a long-haul holiday with the family. Enjoy the glorious sunshine and warm Caribbean waters as you do everything – or absolutely nothing!

With Mexico’s fantastic collection of hotels and resorts, everything is on your doorstep. Think award-winning kids clubs, sea turtle sanctuaries, family-friendly night time entertainment and fussy child proof food thanks to all you can eat buffets serving everything from traditional Mexican cuisine to pizza and chips. And that’s just in the hotel!

The Xcaret Parks are the region’s most popular attractions. Xcaret Park itself features magnificent underground rivers and a spectacular night show that takes you through Mexico’s history. Xel-Ha is an all inclusive day out for the whole family to connect with nature as you snorkel in bays and relax in floating tubes drifting down the river. Xplor Park is the most visited zipline park in the world and provides a thrilling all inclusive day out, complete with a drive through the Mayan jungle in an amphibious vehicle. What’s more, you can feed your families curiosity with an excursion to the historic Chichen Itza. Both a Wonder of the Modern World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, here you can explore the remains of an ancient civilisation.

Dubai

Camel on Desert Safari in Dubai

Dubai is a family-friendly city that offers endless opportunities for fun in the sun. From luxury 7-star hotels and manmade islands to desert safaris and world-class water parks, Dubai is a playground for adults and children alike.

One of the most popular attractions to visit is the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Where you can take the lift to the 148th floor for breath-taking views of the city, desert and gulf. If you’re afraid of heights just outside the Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Fountain – the world’s largest choreographed fountain system which runs every 30 minutes in the evening.

With Dubai experiencing sunshine all year round there are some amazing water parks to help you keep cool. Wild Wadi Waterpark is situated on Jumeirah Beach and is complimentary for guests staying at any of the Jumeirah properties. While Aquaventure is the most famous waterpark in Dubai thanks to its prime position at the end of The Palm. In addition to the waterparks, Dubai has introduced some incredible new theme parks such as Bollywood Parks Dubai, IMG World of Adventures and Motiongate Dubai.

To escape the busy city, a family trip to the desert is the perfect end to a fun-filled day. Take to the dunes for an adventure like no other as you embark upon a desert safari led by a team of highly skilled 4×4 drivers. Watch the sunset over the desert before making your way back to camp for some authentic Arabian food and entertainment. You even have the chance to try your hand at sandboarding and take a ride on a friendly camel. 

Jamaica

Sunloungers in Jamaica for Family Holiday

Jamaica is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean and is known as the land of adventure. So it’s no surprise that we see visitors returning year after year to this tropical island. Imagine pristine white sand beaches and warm Caribbean waters; along with an abundance of activities to keep the whole family entertained, what more could you ask for!

Whatever you like to do, Jamaica has something for you. Take hiking expeditions across the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, discovering glistening waterfalls and hidden caves along the way. Climb to the top of the famous Dunns River Falls and enjoy an exciting tube ride down the river through the dense jungle in Ocho Rios. Or just lay on the best beach in Jamaica, Seven Mile Beach in Negril and take in all the sights and sounds of your incredible family holiday.

Jamaica has plenty of family-friendly resorts, many of which are all inclusive. All inclusive in Jamaica is great for tasting all the flavours of the Caribbean, including the famous Jerk Chicken. With in-resort waterparks, water sports and fantastic kids clubs, you and the family will never want to leave. Some of our favourite resorts include the Beaches Resorts; they are all inclusive with an amazing waterpark and all the Sesame Street characters. They are also the world’s first resort company to be declared an Advanced Certified Autism Centre (ACAC) offering the Caribbean’s first autism friendly kids camps.

Mauritius

Boat on the beach in Mauritius

Mauritius is a stunning volcanic island covered in luscious greenery and brimming with exotic wildlife. This tropical island paradise is best known for its luxurious hotels, dazzling white beaches and sparkling turquoise lagoons. It is the perfect all-year-round family destination and welcomes children of all ages with open arms.

The west of the island is best for families as it has shallow water, lighter winds and some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. With resorts dotted all over the island, you can relax and dine in child-friendly restaurants wherever you stay. And not to mention the kids clubs, these are some of the best in the world. While you unwind at the spa, your children will be making new friends and immersing themselves in the local culture. They will go searching for crabs, play Mauritian games, make traditional musical instruments, dance at the coolest teen beach parties and embark upon nature excursions. While the sun goes down the fun doesn’t stop there, as each resort has its own family friendly evening entertainment. From tots to teens, Mauritian resorts really do cater for all ages.

If you can tear the children away from the award-winning kids clubs, the island’s colourful capital Port Louis has plenty to see and do. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of the vibrant outdoor markets and street traders. Try some authentic Mauritian street food and pick up a traditional Mauritian souvenir.    

Feeling inspired by our top 5 family destinations?

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