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Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 08:10
By admin
Baby- and toddler-friendly holidays with Mark Warner

With Prince George travelling to Australia and New Zealand with his jetsetting parents this month, we asked our friends at Mark Warner for their top tips on choosing the best holiday with babies and toddlers. This is what they had to say:

• Avoid travelling long-haul across time-zones so as not to disrupt your child's routine and also to obviate the need for vaccinations. This is not the best time for exotic holidays in far-flung lands.

• Take advantage of the fact that your child is not yet at school by travelling outside the peak summer holidays – you'll save money...

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 19:49
By admin
Scott Dunn luxury family holidays

It's all very well booking a hotel or resort with a kids' club, but how do you have confidence that it's right for your child when you can't go and look around it in advance? We asked Katherine Rose, Mediterranean and Family Product Development Manager from one of our favourite family holiday companies, Scott Dunn, for her advice. This is what she said: 

Good-quality childcare comes at a price, but it is truly worthwhile - if the children are happy, then parents can truly relax into their well-deserved break. Some hotels with outstanding spas, restaurants and sporting facilities offer a children’s club as an afterthought – more of a supervised...

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 18:32
By admin
Holidays with family by the sea

Multi-generational getaways are justifiably popular, providing an opportunity for families who don’t see much of each other to get quality time together and for grandparents to spend more time with their grandchildren.  

We asked our friends at the super-family-friendly Rosevine on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall – host to many families holidaying or marking a special occasion together – for their top tips for a stress-free holiday. While there are many advantages to this kind of holiday, you...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 08:59
By admin
Couple on holiday  Image © Chaser | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

Our latest poll shows that romance and family holidays are an uneasy match – and that many of you don't think that should be otherwise. Our Valentine's survey revealed that 24% of you believe that family holidays are all about the kids and that that's how you like it.

On the other hand, 18% of you currently don't experience but would love some romance in your family holidays, and 32% of you find time for some one-on-one time but only in tiny doses.

If you and your partner are not feeling the love, we'd definitely recommend seeking out a family-friendly hotel offering babylistening and adults-only dinners, such as the...

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 18:31
By admin
Club Med all-inclusive family ski holidays

With prices for February half term often prohibitive, late season/April/Easter skiing can be a great option with kids - benefits can include more sunshine and longer days, shorter queues, less crowds (making it easier to learn to ski) and perfect snow!

Late-season/Easter skiing with our partner Club Med, for example, includes guaranteed snow cover – where less than 50% of pistes are open, you'll be able to claim back 50% of your holiday costs. This applies to a range of Club Med’s 3T and 4T winter resorts, including Aime...

Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 21:30
By admin
Sea-caves near Beaches Negril, Jamaica

Here at Takethefamily we try to inspire parents to consider all kinds of holidays with their kids, from wild camping to adventure and activity breaks in exotic countries. But we firmly believe that sometimes what you may need to do more than anything is go somewhere where you can flop on the beach or by the pool for at least some of the time while your kids have fun nearby or with new friends at a kids' club. 

And so we were pleased to see some of our favourite family-friendly properties make it onto TripAdvisor's recent Travellers' Choice list of the best all-inclusive resorts around the globe. One of them, Beaches Negril, was also...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 21:44
By rhondacarrier
Santa Claus in Lapland © VisitFinland

When, a few years ago, my husband and I decided to spend Christmas by the sea, in a self-catering cottage in Northumberland, we weren't prepared for the panic we induced in the kids when we told them. They were worried, naturally, about whether Santa would know where to bring their presents. We reassured them all would be well - and then the stress fell upon us as we struggled to fit all those bulky presents in the car, hidden from their eyes, as well as the rest of our luggage.

Having recently also taken the boys on a last-...

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 08:10
By admin
Indoor activities at Yelloh! Village la Vallée, Normandy

Holiday parks with mobile homes and tent/campervan pitches (and sometimes other forms of accommodation such as treehouses) are generally thought of as summer family holiday options. As the temperatures drop and October half term comes into view, most of us are thinking about heading further afield to balmier climes and to a family-friendly hotel or resort.

But holiday parks can be a great budget option out of high season, offering the same kind of fun as they do in summer at much lower prices. Many parks that remain open, such as Canvas’ Yelloh Village La Vallée in Normandy, do so because they have indoor...

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 12:38
By admin
Family holidays in Ibiza

While Ibiza may not scream ‘let’s take the kids’, the island is actually a perfect place for a family-friendly holiday. Away from the bars of the main strip in Ibiza Town, there is a lot to see and do for all ages. 

Es Caná beach, a gorgeous horseshoe-shaped cove with white sand and shallow turquoise waters, is perfect for paddling toddlers. Older kids love the range of watersports all over the island: waterskiing, catamarans, diving and parasailing. Or you can take the whole family out on a retro pedalo. The castle and medieval streets of the Old Town are also beautiful, and hiring bikes is a great way to explore the island. 

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 21:32
Country Kids, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

The sudden flurry of back-to-school ads taking over our TV sets means it's time for those with preschoolers to start thinking about late-summer family holidays – prices drop steeply for those who are able to travel after the school holidays are finished, and there are some great bargains to be had.

An added benefit of waiting until September or later is the cooler temperatures - perfect for babies and toddlers who aren't yet used to the heat. And summer and autumn are also a good time for enjoying days out and short breaks, with shorter queues at themeparks and other attractions. 

Many of our favourite partners offer excellent deals at this time of year for those with younger kids....

Ring 08432 907480 and book your family holiday with our specialist travel consultant and receive a free Boden voucher. (ATOL T7480)
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