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Grabbing some sun in the British summertime is much easy than chasing some winter rays – who knows, you might even be lucky and enjoy some in the UK itself! But the world is totally your oyster when it comes to summer sun – stay as close to home as France or fly right to the other side of the world. 

Our only caveat is that with younger children, you should aim for gentle sun rather than intense heat, making it better choose closer options. It’s also great with any age of kids not to have to travel very far – whether flying or taking the ferry/car or train, summer sun is accessible without your having to subject your kids to long flights and the risk of jet-lag.

Beach-based holidays are a classic family option for the UK summer holidays, offering sun, sea and lots of scope for sandcastles. In a growing market with a lot of providers increasingly attuned to families’ needs, you can choose from luxury resorts and hotels with kids’ clubs, watersports and other amenities, to simple coastal campsites, meaning that a spot of summer sun is a possibility for family holidays on all budgets.

 

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Tips

Remember that sunburn in childhood can double the chances of skin cancer in adult life. Keep babies less than 6 months old out of direct sunlight. From 6 months, liberally apply a SPF15+ sunscreen every 2hrs when outdoors, even if it’s cloudy (a ‘broad-spectrum’ brand with a 4/5-star rating, formulated for babies’ and children’s skin). Use waterproof formulations in or around water, but reapply it after they’ve towelled themselves.
 
Invest in UV-protection garments and perhaps also a portable UV-protection pop-up tent for shade, outdoor feeding and changing.
 
Take particular care between 11am and 3pm anywhere the sun is shining, even if it doesn't seem strong.
 
Wear cool cotton clothing and hats (with wide brims, plus under-chin straps if necessary). When in the sun for prolonged periods, ensure kids wear long-sleeved top and trousers, and apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, backs of hands, and feet.
 
Be wary of reflective surfaces, which can bounce back up to 85% of the sun’s damaging rays – not just water, but also sand, snow and even concrete. Buy your children good-quality wraparound sunglasses as soon as they can wear them.
 
Ensure a constant supply of fluids – take an insulated cool bag to the beach, filled with mini juice cartons and bottles of water (if you're self-catering, put them in the freezer before going out).
 
For more advice, see Cancer Research’s SunSmart campaign.
 
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Hotel
Editors favourite
Kids Club
  • Grande Baia Resort, Sardinia

    A 4-star family-friendly hotel and apartment complex on Sardinia, with kids club for up to 12 year olds and essentials for hire when travelling with young children.

  • Sun Gardens, Croatia

    A luxury property on the coast in Croatia, with self-catering and hotel options plus exceptional childcare.

  • Dalyan River Suites, Turkey

    Stylish self-catering apartments in Turkey suitable for families, with a kids pool, garden bar and complimentary boat service to the nearby beach.

  • GK Beach Hotel, Crete

    Small friendly beachside hotel on the island of Crete with kids pool and direct beach access with sunbeds.

  • Daios Cove, Crete

    A collection of luxury modern rooms and suites in a 5-star resort in Crete, with childcare, watersports and a spa.

  • Lemnos Beach Resort, Lemnos

    An ultra family-focused resort on the untouristy Greek island of Lemnos.

  • Holiday Village Kos, Kos

    An all-inclusive holiday village on Kos, offering fun for all the family, catering especially well for kids.

  • Holiday Village Menorca, Menorca

    An all-inclusive hotel on Menorca, ideal for kids of all ages and with activities for adults too.

  • Levante Beach, Rhodes

    A luxury beachfront property on Rhodes, from a firm renowned for its childcare and fun family activities.

  • Mas Candille, Alpes Maritimes

    Combining 5-star luxury and the atmosphere of a relaxing retreat with a child-friendly attitude in Southern France.

  • Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete

    Luxury family accommodation in Crete, with a private beach and amazing facilites and surroundings.

  • Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily

    Luxurious resort in Sicily offering complete relaxation for adults and excellent children's entertainment.

  • The Residence Mauritius, Mauritius

    5-star hotel on Mauritius, with white sandy beaches, tropical gardens, a superb spa and brilliant kids club.

  • Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa, Mauritius

    A luxury 5-star family beach resort and spa in an idyllic beachfront setting, plus plenty of activities to keep the kids busy.

  • Villa Pia, Tuscany

    A stunning manor in rural Tuscany with self-catering apartments, but home-cooked communal meals are available, making meal times what they used to be.

  • Martinhal Beach Hotel & Resort, Algarve

    Super-stylish accommodation on the Algarve, with childcare for all ages and often offering discounts for grandparents.

  • Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote

    Luxury hotel in Lanzarote with free childcare for ages 3–16, excellent kids’ facilities, activities and entertainment and a dedicated family block with suites.

  • Chedi Hotel, Oman

    A large luxury hotel in Oman, but with a great feeling of intimacy, and with plenty to keep the kids busy and you relaxed.

  • Periyali Villas, Zakynthos

    Attractive family villas in Zakynthos, in a quieter resort on this lively island with outdoor pools and close to the beach.

  • Simply Morzine summer family alpine holidays, Morzine

    Amazing active mountain holidays for all the family in the French Alps. Free activities, luxury accommodation, first-class service, incredible locations!

  • Sani Beach Hotel, Halkidiki

    Family-friendly contemporary luxury and service with sweeping views of the Aegean.

  • Sands Resort Hotel & Spa, Cornwall

    Friendly hotel overlooking beautiful beaches in Cornwall with a great range of activities and childcare.

  • Fowey Hall, Cornwall

    Great service and family-friendly facilities at the place that inspired Toad Hall, located on the south Cornish coast.

  • Moonfleet Manor, Dorset

    Family-friendly, laidback and quirky, this country house in Dorset is  located on the coast and is full of family treats.

  • Cuba Iberostar Varadero, Cuba

    4-star all-inclusive modern family resort superbly located on the beachfront with lots of entertainment in Cuba.

  • Holiday Village Flamingo Beach, Lanzarote

    An all-inclusive family resort in Lanzarote, mixing authentic Spanish charm, sun, sea, sand and so much more.

  • The Rosevine, Cornwall

    Luxury family holidays and breaks in Cornwall with a flexible twist – stay on a B&B basis, self-cater, or do a bit of both.

  • Country Kids, Languedoc-Roussillon

    A luxury family-friendly resort with wonderful facilities, accredited crèche from 3 months+, great kids club for older kids, heated pool + petting farm in Languedoc-Roussillon.

  • Club Med Palmiye, Kemer

    Set between the beach and the mountains in Southern Turkey, this all-inclusive resort is ideal for active and relaxing familes.

  • Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Cancun

    With most activities included in your all-inclusive package, this beach resort in Mexico is ideal for the whole family.

  • Club Med Gregolimano, Euboea

    An all-inclusive family holiday resort in Greece with spacious rooms, good food, excellent beaches and stunning views.

  • Club Med Da Balaia, Algarve

    Highly rated property for all-inclusive family holidays and breaks, with great staff and food, making this resort in the Algarve a top choice.

  • Club Med Kamarina, Sicily

    Family-friendly all-inclusive bungalows for relaxing but active family holidays and breaks with children of all ages in Sicily.

  • Helona Beach Resort, Kos

    A luxury boutique hotel set on the beach in Kos, with a sister hotel close by offering all the activities, childcare and facilities you may need.

  • Perdepera Beach Resort, Sardinia

    An intimate club for families with brilliant facilities, set on a beachfront, on the stunning island of Sardinia.

  • Sea Garden, Bodrum Peninsula

    A 4-star family-friendly resort combining loads of activities for adults and children, in a quiet location on Turkey's Aegean Coast.

  • Ocean Club, Algarve

    Spacious self-catering villas ideal for flexible family holidays with kids clubs, 2 pools and easy access to the beach, on the Algarve.

  • Pine Cliffs, Algarve, Algarve

    A 5-star luxury accommodation in one of the world’s leading family holiday resorts, on the Algarve.

  • Almyra Hotel, Paphos

    A contemporary beach resort with a key focus on children and what matters most on family holidays and breaks in Cyprus.

  • Anassa, Polis

    5-star hotel in Cyprus overlooking a beautiful beach with a selection of watersports and a yacht for guests.

  • San Lucianu, Corsica

    Stunning location on the island of Corsica, excellent childcare and facilities and only a short flight from the UK.

  • San Agostino Resort, Peloponnese, Peloponnese

    A big sandy beach, enthusiastic staff, good food and great watersports makes this family resort in the Peloponnese, Greece a sure fire hit.

  • Lakitira Hotel and Village, Kos

    Excellent childcare, family-friendly facilities, activities and watersports at this family resort in Kos.

  • Le Mauricia, Mauritius

    A top-class family hotel in Mauritius with free childcare, family apartments and all-inclusive facilities.

  • The Andaman Langkawi , Langkawi

    Built in the Malaysian rainforest, this hotel overlooks Datai Bay and offers a private beach, a kids club for 3 - 12 year olds and superb cuisine.

  • Nidri Beach Resort, Greece

    A perfect choice for active families, but also those who want to relax on the beach or explore the local cultures of Lefkada, Greece.

  • Porto Heli Beach Resort, Greece

    A stunning bay location in Greece, with gentle waters for paddling and ideal conditions for sailing - a perfect resort for relaxing and active family holidays.

  • Leda Beach Club, Greece

    A stunning location for this family-friendly beachfront hotel in Greece, with free kids club, free watersports and plenty more free activities for all the family.

  • Vassiliki Beach Resort, Greece

    Enjoy a relaxing beach break or active family holiday at this resort on Lefkada in Greece, offering free watersport and land-based activities, plus free tuition and free kids club.

  • Ca Na Miracles, Mallorca

    A 2-bedroom villa ideal for young families, it is all on one level and with a gated pool, plus it is a short drive from the local town and beach in Mallorca.

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Luxury hotel in Lanzarote with free childcare for ages 3–16, excellent kids’ facilities, activities and entertainment and a dedicated family block with suites.

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