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It’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
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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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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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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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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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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The villa is located approximately 2km from the centre of Fuengirola. The property is a detached, air-conditioned villa set back from the road in a private location, set amongst a small estate (urbanization) of similar properties. There is a folde...
Nicely decorated with antique and contemporary art and furniture, suitable for 3/5 persons, third floor (with elevator) of a charming 1928 small luxury building, surrounded by trees and gardens, in one of Rome's best neighborhoods. It has one smal...
A wonderful entirely renovated duplex apartment of 45 m² in a luxury building
1 living room with a sofa bed of 160 cm, a fully equipped open plan kitchen with vitroceramic cooktop, combined oven/microwave and a fridge.
1 large bathroom with ba...
A beautiful Victorian home originally built at the turn of the last century and architecturally transformed into newly renovated vacation rentals. The comforts of the new and charm of the old! You will feel completely at home with two bedrooms, bo...
This charming two-story, 5 Bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (Sleeps up to 12), Beach House is open and airy and has the perfect floor plan for beach living. Pet Friendly! Nestled just one house away from to the famous boardwalk known as The Strand, this ...
Located in the picturesque town of Redondo Beach only a 2-minute drive to the beach with quick and easy access to freeways and a15-minute walk to the world renowned King Harbor (Marina) Redondo Beach and only 15-minutes to The Strand in Hermosa Be...
The house is old and in typical Tuscan style. The house has 2 double bedrooms with air conditioning, 2 bathrooms with shower, a double sofa bed and a fully equipped kitchen (oven, dishwasher etc ...). The huge garden is equipped with barbecue, tab...
Dalnoid Holiday Cottages are situated on 6 acres of grounds on the hillside in Glenshee. We have 3 cottages, each renovated to a high standard to ensure our guests can enjoy the modern, spacious and comfortable accommodation.
All 3 cottages have...
The apartment is about 4 minutes walk from the popular old town of Los Boliches, just 15 minutes walk from Fuengirola center.......The situation is fine if you don't drive, the Train and Bus links are only 4 minutes away and if you want to drive, ...
Charming and quiet property located on a cul de sac in Bogue Village, Montego Bay, conveniently located in the heart of Montego bay, ten minutes away from Donald Sanster Airport and and numerous beaches including Doctor's Cave beach, property has ...