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Top 10 Hand-picked Hotels and Resorts for Families of Different Sizes and Ages

View from the balcony of TUI Family Life Lagoon Princess, HalkidikiView from the balcony of TUI Family Life Lagoon Princess, Halkidiki

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and our job at Take the Family is helping you to find the perfect holiday for your brood and at your budget, whether you’re travelling with toddlers or taking the grandparents along. With summer holidays in mind, we’ve sifted through TUI and First Choice’s current offerings and pinpointed the best options for different kind of families.


Best Resorts for Babies and Toddlers

Louis Phaethon Beach Club, Cyprus

This place has serious toddler-tailored credentials: they get their own pool as well as a splash area with buckets and fountains. There’s also a Family World Centre with free buggies, bottle sterilisers and changing tables, plus a babysitting service so you can relax over a meal in the mountain-view Chinese restaurant. Location-wise, it’s in a peaceful spot by a small beach.

Aparthotel Playa Mar, Mallorca

TripAdvisor reviewers rave about the friendly entertainment team here. There’s also an air-conditioned crèche decorated with paintings and a road-map carpet, allowing parents time to have a wander to nearby Puerto Pollensa or get pampered in the spa. There are also Toddler Time sessions where you can all play together and a clover leaf shaped pool with a toddler-friendly section.


Best Resorts for Primary School Age kids

Mestral and Llebeig Apartments, Menorca

Designed with families in mind, this complex includes stables, play areas and a splash park, with kids able to enjoy 20-minute pony rides and bounce around on inflatables and trampolines. The main buffet restaurant serves all sorts of child-friendly food, and there’s a mini-disco and live shows by the outdoor stage.

Julian Club Hotel, Turkey

The pool scene bags the limelight at this popular property - it racks up a total of four, including one with slides, one just for kids and quiet options for parents. Out of the water, you can get stuck into yoga lessons and water polo or have a family game of mini-golf – most of it is shaded. Kids’ discos, comedy nights and live shows round things off after dark.


Best Resorts for Teens

Memories Splash Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

If your teens love thrills, this hotel certainly delivers - it’s part of the SplashWorld collection, with a free onsite waterpark including a towering Kamikaze slide, a water coaster and the adrenaline-inducing Black Hole. There are two pools to choose from, too – one’s chilled, the other’s action-packed. Down on the beach, Olympics-style competitions are held, and there’s snorkelling and kayaking. To cap it all, a dedicated lounge for teens houses games consoles, pool tables and a bar serving soft drinks.

Sensatori Resort Mexico, Mexico

With a beachfront spot, in-room hot tubs and cutting-edge cuisine, this hotel is spot on for style-conscious teenagers. Activities come in the form of kayaking or beach football, and teens get their own hangout with the latest consoles, including Playstation, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. They even get their own spa suite, because pampering’s not just for adults. The world-class restaurants cover tapas, Mexican, Italian and Caribbean.


Best Resorts for Children of Different Ages

Holiday Village Tenerife, Tenerife

First Choice’s Holiday Village resorts are in a league of their own, with splash parks, Aerial Adventure courses and busy activity programs. Holiday Village Tenerife goes even further, with its own cinema and bowling alley. Kids can try their hand at football and tennis, while teens can retreat to the arcade with its pool and air-hockey tables. Evenings are just as busy – there’s a big indoor stage for mini-discos and shows.

Robinson Club Agadir, Morocco

This hotel does family-friendly with a twist. With tennis, football and surfing on the menu, it’s got something for the whole brood – but it’s all about taking things at your own pace. You’ve got Agadir’s long beach on your doorstep, with waves made for surfing – you can hire boards and book courses. The selection of pools includes one for kids. Evening entertainment ticks off everything from traditional folklore shows to beach parties.


Best Resorts for Intergenerational Holidays

TUI Family Life Lagoon Princess, Greece

For holidays with the grandparents, this resort has it covered. Brand-new, it’s ultra-modern and includes family rooms with two bedrooms and even swim-up suites. Outside, there’s a pool to suit everyone – kids get a shaded one and a splash park, while for adults there’s a whirlpool and an indoor pool in the spa. Then,there’s the BabyClub crèche, kids’ clubs and teen hangout. Dinners are a real family affair – tuck into meze-style dishes in the Greek Taverna or head to the buffet with its child-friendly spread.

TUI Magic Life Fuerteventura, Fuerteventura

This beachfront all-rounder stacks up lots of activities, including archery, mountainbiking and Pilates. Younger guests aren’t forgotten, with picnics, treasure hunts and DJ workshops for teens. Trampolining, aqua-spinning and aqua Zumba are recent new additions. Pools include one for activities, an adults-only option and two with sea views. Come evening, there’s live music and DJs in the bar and all-action dance shows on the stage.

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