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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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More villas for family holidays
Our ground floor apartment is in a quiet residential area of Les 2 Alpes. It consists of 2 comfortable bedrooms, a bathroom with a bath/shower, separate WC, open plan kitchen and living area with LCD TV and home entertainment system, terrace, park...
A large newly refurbished 3 bedroom apartment which is part of a Spanish home in the village of bermejo close to El Chorro and the town of Alora. Secure private parking large patio, private pool, barbecue and gardens.Ideal place for walkers, cli...
Club Playas del Duque, Puerto Banus beach front Two luxury apartments (for which there are more photos and references available on request) in the 5 star Club Playas Del Duque complex, known as the most exclusive accommodation address in Puerto Ba...
Trecane is a large 4 bedroom house with amazing sea views that sleeps up to 10 people. It is 25 metres from Widemouth Bay, North Cornwall which offers attractions for all ages. This spacious self catering holiday home has comfortable living spac...
This delightful detached, high quality Barn conversion,offers 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms.UPSTAIRS-1double bedroom + 1 twin bedroom + spacious landing for a cot together with a shower room.DOWNSTAIRS- one double bedroom + family bathroom with shower....
## New listing. Beautifully re-furbished to a very high standard.
Albert Cottage is equipped and furnished to the same high standard as 'The Bothy' in Broadwindsor (same owner- numerous great reviews on-line.)
A delightful, very spacious c 18th g...
Wonderful air-conditioned 2-storey villa with its own south-west facing pool and spa located completely undisturbed, overlooking orange trees and the eighth tee in the prestigious and very popular Highlands Reserve Golf Club.
The 1825 SqFt/165 s...
'Breath' is located in the heart of Monteverde Vecchio, a district full of history, culture and parks within walking distance of St. Peter's, the center of Christianity. Its privileged location allows you to quickly reach several tourist destinati...
Magnificent Mediterranean style Home, 2,200 sq. ft. Features, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Huge 700 sq. ft Outdoor Deck w/Beautiful Pool and All New Outdoor Furniture. Open Layout Great for Entertaining. (3) Queen Beds, (1) Twin Bed, (1) Twin Bunk Bed...
Les Galets is a 17th century 3-level village stone house fully renovated in 2013 now offering a living space of 140 sqm / 1 500 sqf facing south with an unblocked view of the countryside.
Located on the village's ramparts dated 12th century and,...