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Winter Sun Holidays & Breaks

Wash-out summers followed by long hard winters can turn anyone’s mind to more exotic climes and a treat in the form of some winter sun. Many of us are unable to contemplate taking long-haul holidays in the current economic climate, or don’t want to fly long distances and incur jet-lag with young children, but there are a number of medium-haul winter sun options, while Dubai and Oman are only just in the long-haul category (flights take 7hrs), and Morocco and Tunisia are actually short-haul despite guaranteeing winter warmth. Of course, the Canaries will always feature high on a family winter sun holiday shortlist too. The incursion of low-cost flight operators into many such destinations means your travel costs can be low. All are outside the expensive Eurozone, too, while some have much lower living costs than the UK.

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For virtually guaranteed winter sun, consider family favourite Egypt. With young kids, the likes of TunisiaMoroccoDubai and Jordan have cooled down a little by our wintertime so can be a good option. Dubai starts to cool down in October but is best saved for February half-term.
 
For gentle sun, you need look no further afield than family-friendly TenerifeGran Canaria and the other Canaries, MaltaCyprus, the AlgarveMadeira and the Azores.
 
For warmth without jetlag, South Africa is a great choice – its summer lasts Nov–Feb but is not excessively hot, while its winter months are pleasant.
 
Seek inspiration for specific destinations in big new museum exhibitions, events or movies, or in what your children are currently studying on the National Curriculum – this can perk their interest both in their holiday and in schoolwork! 
 
Think about staying in ecologically sound lodges or family guesthouses, which can be more interesting ways of experiencing some of the above-mentioned countries than the conventional options.
 
See also our Christmas holiday ideashalf-term holiday ideas, and Easter holiday ideas.

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Hotel
Editors favourite
Kids Club
  • Club Med Belek Resort, Belek

    All-inclusive resort on the southern Turkish coast, with an 18-hole golf course and activities for children of all ages.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The View, Koh Samui

    Stunning luxury villa on the beach front, sleeping up to 16 people and comes with a team of staff.

  • Tasia Maris Gardens, Ayia Napa

    Family-friendly apartments in Cyprus with kids club, outdoor pool and the beach just a short walk away.

  • Fiesta Hotel Paraiso Floral, Tenerife

    With loads to do onsite plus shops, bars and restaurants just a stroll away - you're spoilt for choice at the Fiesta Hotel Paraiso Floral.

  • Kefalos Beach Village, Paphos

    With a fantastic pool scene just footsteps from the sand, the Kefalos Beach Village gets top marks on the swimming and sunbathing front .

  • Electra Village, Nissi Beach

    A big hit with young families, this all-inclusive resort in Cyprus includes a waterpark and kids club for 3-15 year olds.

  • Caribbean World, Skanes

    An excellent setting for a Tunisian holiday, this hotel lies along the sandy beach of Skanes.

  • Hotel Tour Khalef, Sousse

    Right on the beach and with plenty in the way of sports, this place is great if you like to keep busy.

  • Brilliant Apartments, Protaras

    With one of the island’s finest beaches on their doorstep and the centre of Protaras just minutes away, these apartments really live up to their name.

  • Club Med Phuket, Phuket

    This all-inclusive resort in Phuket, Thailand offers bungalows and its own beach plus has something to offer the whole family no matter what age.

  • Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers, Mauritius

    A massive choice of day and night time activities and entertainments for the whole family, including babies and toddlers, at this all-inclusive resort in Mauritius.

  • Club Med La Plantation d’Albion, Mauritius

    Beautifully located in one of the last remote creeks on the island.

  • Club Med La Caravelle, Guadeloupe

    La Caravelle gives you a taste of water sports and farniente in privileged surroundings.

  • Club Med Cherating Beach, Kuantan

    A spralling all-inclusive resort surrounding by tropical rainforest in Malaysia, with lots of activities for adults and kids and enthusiastic staff.

  • Club Med Bintan Island, Bintan Island

    A haven of tranquility and refinement combining modernity with Asian tradition.

  • Club Med Bali, Bali

    At your feet, clear waters and fine sandy beaches.

  • Hotel Marhaba Salem, Sousse

    A stay at the Hotel Marhaba Salem lets you mix lazy beach days with exploring nearby Sousse and Port El Kantaoui.

  • Las Marismas Apartments & Baku Waterpark, Fuerteventura

    The best bit about staying at the Las Marismas apartments is the fact you're just opposite the Baku waterpark.

  • Tropicana Azure Club, Sharm el-Sheikh

    With a great pool scene and easy access to the beach, this place ticks off all the family-friendly essentials in Egypt.

  • Anantara Desert Island, Abu Dhabi

    Ideal for active families with tennis, cycling routes and even a safari or nature drive at this luxury hotel in Dubai.

  • Los Zocos Club Resort, Lanzarote

    There’s all sorts going on in this 15-acre complex, from footie games on the Astroturf, to mini-golf.

  • Sensatori Resort Mexico, Riviera Maya

    Luxury in Mexico wont get better than this for families, with stunning suites each enjoying a private beach.

  • Houda Golf & Beach Club, Tunisia

    Serving up a fantastic pool scene just seconds from the beach, the Houda Golf & Beach club is a sun-worshipper’s dream.

  • Sensatori Sharm El Sheikh

    Sensatori Sharm El Sheikh, Sharm el-Sheikh

    A luxury all-inclusive resort in Egypt offering relaxation and adult only areas as well as family-friendly zones.

  • Holiday Village Manar, Tunisia, Hammamet

    A stylish and very popular beachfront all-inclusive holiday village extremely well-suited to family holidays in Tunisia.

  • Coral Sea Splash Resort, Sharm el-Sheikh

    Inside the hotel everything’s really contemporary, while super-luxe touches come in the form of things like swim-up rooms.

  • Holiday Village Tenerife, Tenerife

    Holiday Village Tenerife is a huge complex offering a host of family-friendly facilities.

  • The Residence Mauritius, Mauritius

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

  • Paradisus Varadero Resort and Spa, Cuba

    All-inclusive and family-friendly luxury hotel in Cuba with loads to entertain the whole family.

  • Jolly Beach, Antigua and Barbuda

    Great value all-inclusive resort in Antigua, very popular with families on the mile long Jolly Beach.

  • Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa, Mauritius

    A 5* family beach Resort and Spa in an idyllic setting.

  • Smugglers Cove Resort and Spa, St Lucia

    All-inclusive fun resort, ideal for young children with kids clubs, water park and kids pool, on the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

  • ABAMA Golf and Spa Resort, Tenerife

    Where a highly regarded kids' club meets excellent golf facilities and gastronomic delights.

  • Sheraton La Caleta Resort, Tenerife

    Contemporary hotel offering luxury and privacy within its gated grounds.

  • Villa Mandi, Tenerife

    Family entertainments and helpful staff will make your family holiday fun and enjoyable.

  • Hotel Guayarmina Princess, Tenerife

    Lots of leisure activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy at this hotel on Tenerife.

  • Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque, Tenerife

    A glam – even somewhat bling – 5-star hotel on Tenerife with kid's clubs, activities for older children and a babysitting service.

  • Flamingo Beach Resort, Lanzarote , Lanzarote

    Is best for family holidays or breaks with younger kids, with highly rated kids’ clubs.

  • Club Atlantica Sungarden Beach, Cyprus, Ayia Napa

    Atlantica Club is chic, cheerful and chilled-out at the same time.

  • ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica

    A new all-inclusive option in a brilliant location.

  • Riu Palace Oceana, Hammamet

    A five-star family-friendly hotel with kind and helpful staff who go out of their way to make sure your stay is perfect.  

  • Hotel Bahia Princess, Tenerife

    Split over 3 levels each with a pool and set a short distance from the beach.

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The View, Koh Samui
Stunning luxury villa on the beach front in Thailand, sleeping up to 16 people and comes with a team of staff.

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