How to have the most fun on your large family holidays

Planning a holiday for a family with 2 or more children can be a bit of a challenge. Renting a spacious property with several bedrooms and maybe its own pool means you can all be together and yet still have your own space. Whether it's a simple drive down the motorway or a long-haul flight to the tropics, having your own holiday rental as a base gives you the freedom to come and go as you please.

Check out the options for large family holidays

If you're heading off to the sun with the whole family in tow, an all-inclusive deal can help everyone to relax. With food and drink taken care of, you'll all be free to laze on the beach or around the pool. Or, if you're the kind of family who prefer to cook and eat together, you can look for holiday homes with fully equipped kitchens and large communal eating areas. Maybe a big apartment on the Algarve or a rural Yorkshire farmhouse or will be your cup of tea.

All-inclusive benefits for family groups

One very popular all-inclusive destination is the Dominican Republic, a Caribbean where you can find large family villas with private pools, plus the benefits of being part of a resort with plenty of on-site restaurants and bars. You can even have breakfast cooked at your holiday home by your own chef. Another option is the Indian Ocean paradise of the Maldives, a collection of more than 1,000 coral islands where idyllic beachfront properties back on to discreet palm-fringed holiday complexes. Holiday villas here have plenty of room for families of 4, 5, 6 or even more.

Holiday lettings for large families

Whether it's a holiday for just you and your kids or a get-together with extended family, it can be exciting to sit down together and search for the perfect holiday home. If you need 4 or 5 bedrooms and your own private pool, for instance, you might be surprised at the choices you have, from the Cornish coast to a Tuscan hillside. If your heart is set on a rustic French gite somewhere in wine country, trust us – it's out there waiting.

When price is a factor for big families

If you're going away with your large brood, cost can be a major consideration – especially as you're tied to the school holidays. Staying somewhere in the UK can help keep costs down, and there are spacious holiday rentals in every part of the country, from Bournemouth to the Highlands. Even travelling abroad needn't cost the earth, with budget airlines flying to holiday hotspots like the Mediterranean and Florida. Away from the pricey summer holidays, you can still find balmy shorts-and-shirts weather from May to October, so how about a bargain half-term break on the Spanish coast?

Stay in the UK or take them overseas

There's a lot to organise when planning a holiday for a family of 4, 5 or 6; a spacious holiday letting somewhere in the UK means you can pack everything into the car and drive there door-to-door. You'll need to venture farther afield for guaranteed sunshine and exotic experiences, and a large holiday rental makes a great base to explore the local attractions, whether it's Florida's theme parks or a medieval city in Europe.

Enjoy the UK's home comforts

We have some memorable scenery and attractions right on our doorstep in the UK, whether it's Dorset's Jurassic Coast or the picturesque mountains of Scotland. Decide if your family prefers a fun-packed seaside holiday, a peaceful break in the countryside or adventures in the great outdoors – then check out the range of comfortable holiday homes that each region has to offer. From Cornwall to the Cairngorms, from Sussex to Snowdonia, there's a vast array of holidays that will be just right for large families.

Overseas adventures for the whole gang

If you're wondering where to take your sizeable tribe, there's plenty to keep the kids happy in the firm family favourite of Florida, with its theme parks, beaches and tropical temperatures. Across the Gulf of Mexico is, well, Mexico, where family-friendly beach resorts sit close to dense rainforest and ancient Mayan ruins. Slightly closer to home, the islands of Greece offer an embarrassment of riches when it comes to large family villas, where you can sunbathe around a private pool and go shopping in quaint village centres.