February half-term Obergurgl, Austria

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4* Moss-Alpenblume 2-bedroom apartment from £1,623 per person half-board, based on a family of 2 adults and 4 children from Manchester 18th Feb.

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Obergurgl is a fantastic high-altitude resort for families. The 4* Moss-Alpenblume has recently been refurbished and offers rooms and spacious apartments for families, a pool and a central location, close to the lifts and ski school.

We have rare availability for a 2-bedroom apartment that sleeps 6, for the later February half-term week of 18th-25th February. Based on 2 adults and 4 children, the price is currently from £1,623 per person including flights from Manchester, transfers and half-board accommodation.

To find out more about this and other ski holidays, please call our family travel advisors on 02036330653 or complete our enquiry form

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change.

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Save £100 on a Northern Lights Family Adventure

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Head off to Finland for a week fun-filled week of activities in the snow - and look out for the Northern Lights! Save £100 when you book now.

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Take your family to Finland for a fun-filled week in the beautiful Hossa National Park on our Northern Lights Family Adventure. You'll stay in a modern Swedish cabin with your very own sauna and all meals provided at the nearby Adventure Centre. Each day there are different snowy activities to try including:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Husky sled ride
  • Reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride
  • Winter wilderness skills lesson - making fires, animal tracking and maybe even ice fishing (conditions permitting)
  • Igloo building

With departures in the Christmas and February half-term holidays, there's also a really good chance you'll experience the wonder of the Northern Lights.

We have last minute availability for the 26th of December 2022 and also for the 12th and 19th of February 2023.

Book now and save £100 per family (based on 2 adults and 2 children).

To find out more about this amazing adventure, please call our family travel advisors on 02036330653 or complete our enquiry form

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Northern Lights Family Adventure

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Enjoy a snowy, activity-filled week in the Hossa National Park in Finland with the chance to see the wonder of the Northern Lights too.
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Head into the winter wilderness on this activity-filled family adventure in Finland. Along with a group of like-minded families and accompanied by experienced and knowledgable wilderness guides, you'll have the chance to try a host of winter activities as you explore the beautiful Hossa National Park.

Highlights include:

  • Learning to walk with snowshoes and hiking 'off piste'
  • Picnics in the snow around a campfire
  • Cross-country skiing through the forest and over frozen lakes
  • Building an igloo
  • A husky sled ride
  • Learning about reindeer herders at a reindeer farm and going for a sleigh ride
  • Learning winter survival skills
  • Searching the night sky for the wonderful Northern Lights

Age guide: 8 years+

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This trip is offered on select dates in the Christmas and February half-term holidays. 

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Stay in a semi-detached Hossa Forest House, which sleeps up to 6. They are located throughout an area of woodland, up to about 15 minutes walk from the Adventure Centre. Each house is well-insulated and has the following facilities:

  • Log burner
  • Heated cupboard for drying outdoor clothing
  • Private ensuite electric sauna
  • Ground floor bedroom with 2 single beds
  • Open-plan mezzanine with 3 single beds
  • Lounge area with dining table and chairs, sofabed and TV. There is also Wi-fi.

Alternatively, there is the option of apartments.

All meals are included during your stay and will be served in the restaurant at the Adventure Centre or as picnics when out on activities. On arrival, there will be a hot meal or sandwiches, depending on the arrival time.

Trips Itinerary Description

Day 1: Arrival

Fly from London Heathrow to Kuusamo via Helsinki. Transfer to Hossa National Park, where you will meet your Finnish wilderness guide and settle into your Hossa Forest House or Apartment.

Day 2: Snowshoeing

After a leisurely start and breakfast, you will be fitted with snowshoes before joining your guide for an 'off-piste' walk into the surrounding forest, perhaps heading out onto a frozen lake too. Lunch will be a picnic around an open fire before heading back to the Adventure Centre.

Day 3: Cross-country Skiing & Igloo Building - Stage 1

Your chance to try the Finnish national sport of cross-country skiing. Once fitted with ski shoes and collecting your skis, you'll watch an instructional video before heading outside to practice. Once everyone is comfortable, you'll head out into the forest with your guide, along some of the many routes in the park.

In the afternoon you'll have spades and shovels to help make big piles of snow. Batons are inserted and the piles are left to harden overnight, ready for stage 2.

Day 4: Husky-sledding & Igloo Building - Stage 2

Today you have an early start as it takes about 1.5 hours to get to the farm from which you'll go husky sledding. After a briefing on how to control the sledge, the calls the huskies respond to and the hand signals to alert the guides, you will be allocated your sledge - adults driving if they want, children in the sledges. You then head out on a 45-60 minute loop through the forests and alongside the frozen lakes before returning to the farm for lunch.

Back at Hossa National Park you're ready to start hollowing out the snow piles to make igloos - teamwork is required!

Day 5: Snowshoeing

Today you have another chance to go snowshoe walking, heading up to the ridge area of the forest. Look out for wildlife, or at least their tracks in the snow. Lunch is usually a picnic again, around an open fire, before heading back to the Adventure Centre. In the afternoon there may be time for some tobogganing.

Day 6: Reindeer Farm & Winter Wilderness Skills

This morning you head to a nearby reindeer farm to learn about the life of a reindeer herder, try some lassoing and enjoy a short reindeer sleigh ride. To get to the farm, you may have to option of hiring fat-bikes (approx. €30 per bike/day), walking there with snow shoes or even cross-country skiing to get there.

In the afternoon you'll learn some winter wilderness skills such as fire making, orienteering, animal tracking and (if conditions are safe) ice fishing!

Day 7: Free day with your choice of activities

Today is a free day so that you can opt for more of your favourite activities - whether that is cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or you can try something new such as tobogganing or fat-biking (fat-bike hire is extra). 

This evening there is a farewell dinner with the group together and your guides from the week. 

Day 8: Time to go home

After breakfast, join the group transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Please note: for the 26th December 2022 departure, the trip is for 7 days. Please ask for the full itinerary for this shorter duration.

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Prices from £1,795 per adult and £1,595 per child, including flights, transfers, cabin or apartment accommodation, all meals and activities as detailed in the itinerary.

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Beachclub fun in the sun with Neilson Active Holidays.

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Watersports, tennis, cycling, kids' clubs and more - book now from £1,404 per person in the school summer holidays.

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Book a family holiday at one of Neilson's 9 beachclub hotels and enjoy up to 15 different activities - watersports, tennis, cycling and more. There is also childcare and clubs from children from 4 months through to 17 years (clubs are included in your holiday price for children from 2 years).

Prices include flights, transfers, accommodation, most meals, kids' clubs (a supplement applies for children 4-23 months) and activities. Currently from £1,404 per person in the school summer holidays.

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Please note: the choice of activities varies between each beachclub. * Fuerteventura kids' clubs are for children from 6 years old.

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Reasons to Book a Sunday–Sunday Ski Holiday – and Where To Do It

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Why and how to avoid Saturday arrivals and departures on your next ski trip.
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The longstanding tradition of Saturday–Saturday ski holidays is being challenged by new initiatives aimed not only at increasing flexibility for guests but also at making ski trips greener by avoiding the traffic jams caused by Saturday transfers to resort, which create twice as much CO2. Busy Saturdays see more than 100,000 travellers stuck on motorways and struggling through airports.

'Perhaps best of all is that Sunday-Sunday ski holidays allow skiers to enjoy the mountains on calm Saturdays, when many others are sitting in traffic, and to benefit from a final day on empty pistes with queue-free ski lifts.'

Among those challenging the status quo is self-catering residence specialist Pierre & Vacances (P&V), who also point out that arriving on Sundays allows guests to avoid expensive Saturday flights as well as longer queues at airports on Saturdays. That said, they also encourage skiers to ‘travel smart’ by coming by Eurostar and TGV via Paris or Lille, which requires shorter transfers from train stations. In general, there is greater availability of transfers on Sundays, too.

In terms of P&V’s own properties, the firm adds to the ease and efficiency of Sunday arrivals by allowing guests to collect both their lift passes and their apartment keys from the receptionists, so they can make a beeline for the ski shop to collect their equipment – everything is quicker on Sunday. 

But perhaps best of all is that Sunday-Sunday ski holidays allow skiers to enjoy the mountains on calm Saturdays, when many others are sitting in traffic, and to benefit from a final day on empty pistes with queue-free ski lifts. You can hire your ski equipment for any period of two to seven consecutive days.

If you do arrive on Sunday, your lift passes can be ready to use from your arrival, or you can choose for them to start on Monday. They are bookable from two to 13 consecutive days at all the relevant resorts, irrespective of arrival day.  You can also book ski lessons to start on Monday with P&V’s official ski school partner ESF, which offers both group and private ski lessons for Monday–Friday and private lessons on Saturdays; bookings can be made directly on the Pierre & Vacances website.

Sunday arrivals and departures are available in 20 P&V residences in the following top ski destinations throughout the season, including February half term. Because this season in 2022, Christmas falls on a Sunday, changeovers to all P&V residences can be organised on Fridays or Saturdays just for the Christmas/New Year period, so that Christmas dinner can go ahead as normal. 

French Alps

La Plagne and Belle Plagne: These resorts within a group of purpose-built villages in the Paradiski ski area are unrivalled as a place for children to make progress and for families to ski together. As well as plenty of beginner areas, there are runs taking even moderate skiers all the way down from the 3,250m glacier to 1,350m villages.

Avoriaz: Once dubbed the ‘Saint Tropez de Neige’ but now more down to earth, this alpine paradise perched above Morzine at 1,800m  is a car-free resort particularly great with younger kids. Think Horse-drawn taxis, traditional wooden chalets jostling with quirky 1960s architecture, central nursery slopes and facilities for all abilities.

Méribel: In the heart of the famous interlinked Three Valleys (Trois Vallées) and connected to neighbours Courchevel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires by a vast network of around 200 ski-lifts giving access to more than 600km of piste, Méribel has something for everyone, is constantly updating its facilities, and has good après-ski and plenty of family-friendly restaurants and cafés.

Courchevel: Also occupying one of the Three Valleys (and hence also linked to Méribel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires), Courchevel similarly affords access to more than 600km of piste. It actually comprises four different resorts named by altitude: 1850, 1650, 1550 and 1300 (La Praz).

Val Thorens: At the head of the Belleville valley (one of the Trois Vallées), this is the highest ski resort on the Continent, at 2,300m. Most accommodation is right on the piste, where there are big nursery slopes, and there’s great skiing for intermediates and experts here and over into the fourth valley, the Maurienne.

Andorra 

Known as a great-value family ski holiday destination, this is a Catalan-, French- and Spanish-speaking duty-free principality in the Pyrenees between Spain and France. The Pierre & Vacances hotels and residences here can mostly be found on 200km of varied piste in the Grandvilara ski area, which links the resorts of Pas de la Casa by the French border right up to El Tarter and Canillo with Soldeu in the centre. Alternatively, families on a budget and who don't need a lively nightlife scene should investigate the Peretol area just five minutes from Soldeu, which now features a new chairlift with direct access into the system.

Book your P&V ski holiday now with an early-booking discount of up to 20% off and free cancellation.

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Arenas del Mar Beach & Rainforest Resort

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A luxury family-friendly hotel in Costa Rica where the rainforest meets the ocean, there are lots of adventurous activities and sightings of sloths and other wildlife in the grounds.

It is rare in Costa Rica to find a hotel right by the beach, but this is one that is. Surrounded by rainforest, right at the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas del Mar provides 5* service in a stunning setting looking out on the ocean. A few steps and you are on the beach and wildlife is abundant, with guests often sighting sloths, monkeys, tucans and others from their balconies or around the resort. 

The team at the hotel are proud of their country and take pleasure in sharing it with their guests, whether that is in the delicious cuisine they serve in the restaurants or by their in-house naturalists introducing you to the amazing flora and fauna that is all around. They also take sustainability and conservation very seriously. They have turned their 11-acre grounds from a plantain farm into lush rainforest, creating a biological corridor for wildlife and connecting areas around the National Park. They buy local produce and employ local people as well as supporting local communities. There are no single-use plastics (in fact they have reused discarded farming plastic in their construction) and they have their own hydroponic vegetable garden.

This is a beautiful place to relax in but they also offer a range of family activities that will immerse you in this wonderful country - from surfing on the beach right by the hotel to taking a zipline through the rainforest, learning to make traditional food to taking a night walk in the rainforest - an amazing time to discover the wildlife of the rainforest as it 'wakes up'. 

This small hotel has only 37 rooms yet offers so much, it really is a fantastic choice for a family holiday in Costa Rica.

Accom Description

All rooms are furnished in a simple style, creating an emphasis on the amazing rainforest and ocean views outside. The options for families include:

  • Interconnecting rooms - individual Ocean Breeze Superior and Garden Rooms sleep 2 with a kingsize bed and some can be interconnected.
  • 1-bedroom Ocean Breeze Suites  - sleeping 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, these suites have a bedroom with kingsize bed plus a living room with daybed that can be a single bed or double children's bed. The suites also have a covered balcony with seating and hot tub.
  • 1-bedroom Premium Ocean View Suites - also sleeping 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, these suites are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors, giving them the best views of the ocean and the rainforest.

All stays include breakfast. Half-board and full-board is also available.

Beach and pool towels are provided.

Total: 37 rooms and suites.

Accom Facilities Description

Facilities at Arenas del Mar include:

  • 2 pools, including an infinity pool
  • Access to Playitas and Espadille beaches
  • Hammocks, beach chairs and a circle swing by the pools or at the beach
  • Use of surfboards, boogie boards and beach toys
  • In-house naturalist guides
  • Spa
  • 2 restaurants 
  • 2 bars
  • Green-ride Service (electric transport around the resort)

Activities on offer at or from the hotel include (extra charge applies):

  • Surfing lessons
  • Yoga and exercise classes
  • Snorkelling
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing boat trip
  • Whalewatching
  • Rainforest tour (day or night)
  • Waterfall hike
  • Wildlife and birdwatching tours
  • Rainforest zipline and adventure park
  • Coasteering
  • River rafting
  • Mangrove and eco-farm tour
  • Farmers' market visit
  • Vanilla Spice Farm visit
Acom Childcare Description

At Arenas del Mar there is no formal childcare/kids' club but they offer a number of activities for children while their parents are nearby. These include things such as movie nights, tortilla making, bracelet making and more. 

Accom Location Desc

There are direct flights to Costa Rica from London Gatwick and indirect flights from other UK airports. Direct flights are available to Liberia September-March or to San Jose December-March. Indirect flights are available year-round.

From Liberia, the transfer is 4 hours or from San Jose, 3 hours, or you can take a short internal flight from San Jose to Quepos Airstrip, from which it is a 15-minute drive to the hotel. 

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