Family friendly holiday homes

Treat the family to a holiday they'll never forget


Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert


Family holidaysIt’s an all too familiar scenario. You’re trying desperately to decide on the destination for your next holiday, scouring the web and travel agent windows hoping for that eureka moment to hit. Speech bubbles emanating from mum and dad’s head read “RELAXATION”, while the kids crave constant entertainment. What should be a pleasant retreat can be stressful under the pressures of constant attention, and before you’ve even set foot on the plane, the planning can be equally as laboured. With the proper research, though, there’s no reason not to find the perfect compromise that ensures enjoyment for the entire brood.  

Given the ever-expanding market for family holidays, tourist destinations across the globe now focus on offering an all-encompassing package. Aside from the numerous resorts busy with play areas and clubs for children, you don’t need to look far to find any number of activities that everyone can enjoy. To make life easier, take a look at our guide to just five of the best suggestions. When you’re ready to book up, look no further than HomeAway to find the ideal rental family accommodation to enjoy your family holiday in style.


 

Top five family holiday destinations


   

Costa Dorada Family holiday homes in Costa Dorada

It’s easy to see why Spain stands firm as one of the top holiday destinations in the world - particularly amongst us Brits. The north-east coast in particular is a haven for families, laden with activity centres, water parks and lined with dozens of beaches. Salou is a fine choice, with the sprawling Port Aventura theme park welcoming thrill-seekers within its gates year-round. The beauty of the park is the various themed areas, meaning that even if the white-knuckle rides aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy wandering through Polynesia or the Old Wet while the kids indulge. Aquapolis in La Pineda is also just a few short miles away, with Barcelona reachable in an hour by train. 

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Florida Family holiday homes in Florida

There’s very little that can be said of Florida that you don’t already know, but as arguably the greatest family holiday resort of all, it would be remiss to ignore it. Let’s look at the basics: the weather is glorious almost perpetually; the scenery is stunning; and the number of theme parks is, quite frankly, astounding. It goes without saying that any child would cherish a trip to Disneyworld or Universal Studios, but in truth, the vast majority of adults would be equally enthused. SeaWorld in Orlando is an American institution not to be missed, presenting the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some fascinating creatures of the deep. 

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United Kingdom Family holiday homes in the UK

There is a well-known old phrase that laments that sometimes you can’t see the woods for the trees; and when it comes to holidays, this is appropriate for UK residents. By default the vast majority are inclined to reflexively look abroad, but there’s plenty on our own fair isle to keep the family amused. With everything so condensed, it’s possible to experience more than just one of the finer elements: the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the cultural hotbed that is Edinburgh being two such examples. Cross the border and you have the enchanting and family-friendly Lake District to explore, or you can switch pace and enjoy the seaside sensibilities of Blackpool. As one of the most vibrant cities on Earth, you’re also sure to find plenty of entertainment in the capital, London.

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France Family holiday homes in France

Regardless of whether your children are bookworms, art hands or simply fun seekers, the various regions of France are guaranteed to cater to all tastes. Starting with Paris as an obvious choice, people of all ages can appreciate the stunning architecture and infamous buildings like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. Failing that, you could always treat the kids to a day or two in the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. Head to the south coast and you’ll find Nice, easily one of the most spectacular ports on the Mediterranean, with majestic French Riviera scenery and pebble beaches. 

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Denmark Family holiday homes in Denmark

As a reasonably inconspicuous country, Denmark is far too often overlooked as a holiday destination. It may surprise you to learn of its value for a family getaway, though. Capital Copenhagen alone is an absolute dream, with two sprawling theme parks and one of the most comprehensive zoos in Europe. As the hometown if Hans Christian Andersen, Odense is a suitably fairytale style setting, characterised by cobbled streets and colourful buildings that could’ve been lifted from the pages of a yarn by HCA himself. The impressive Oceanium is also a sight to behold for anyone fascinated by marine life.

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More villas for family holidays

Quiet Location, 3 Miles From Sandymouth National Trust Beaches And Under 5 Miles To Bude

Ideal for a romatic get-away or a family holiday. Located in a quiet street in a fabulous and well served village, 3 miles from National Trust beaches and SW coast path. Fully refurbished with contemporary decor, our cottage retains its character ...

Beautiful Location Next To 2 Pools, Overlooking Golf Course Only 2 Min Walk From Town Centre

A two bedroom, ground floor apartment, which can sleep up to 4 people plus travel cot. Beautifully furnished to a very high standard with glass curtains fitted on the terrace to increase living space. It is situated next to 2 large pools one with...

Select Hillside Location With Fantastic Views & Large Private Pool

El Castillo in Altea Hills is a large castle style villa with soaring ceilings in the main living room and a new Queens tower bedroom complete with en-suite bathroom and its own battlements sun terrace. It also has a Naya with seating and several...

Peaceful Location

Luxurious modern architect designed detached villa, set in large grounds on an elevated position. Stunning panoramic views of the mountain ' Monte Toro' the village of Es Mercadal and surrounding countryside. The beautiful beach 'cala galdana' and...

Riverside House, 10 Mins Stroll On The Flat To The Village , Beach, Shops And Restaurants, And More!

Upside down house beside the river, to take advantage of the wonderful views, with an enclosed walled garden, and parking for 3 cars. Very good amentities, recently upgraded with walk-in shower and new de Deitrich dishwasher and Neff fridge, Halog...

Peaceful Location Within 10 Minutes Drive Of Pollenca Town And The Beach

Can Collet is a private and well appointed Villa, built in traditional Mallorcan style with a lovely spacious garden complete with fig and lemon trees, private swimming pool and a large shady terrace ideal for alfresco dining. The Villa is situate...

Single-storey, detached villa with pool, garden, guest house in Son Vida

Even though it enjoys a quiet location in the luxury resort Son Vida, the villa is not far from Palma. Thus, it is ideal for relaxing, romantic holidays. With the huge garden with shady trees by the pool and a BBQ cabin in the garden, this villa i...

sea front house with 2 sandy beaches at 4 minutes walk

Putzu Idu. Sea front house with sandy beaches at 4 minutes walk. The apartment, for 2 adults + 2 children, dispose of a main bedroom with a double bed and a very little bedroom with a bunkbed, bathroom with shower, kitchen-livingroom, veranda with...

Mermaid Cove - South Facing Canal Front Home All NEW - near Shoppes At Esplanade

This 2300 square foot home was just completely remodeled. It has all new everything! We have upgraded this place to the max and put in all new hurricane/impact windows and doors. It features 4 bedrooms - 3 of which are King beds, and one queen ...

Costa Rica, On the Beach

Our Costarican home is the perfect portal to a restorative vacation. A pure and safe heaven right on the beach in the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Should you be a couple looking for a romantic escape or a family looking for good waves to...
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