Taking your grandchildren on holiday can be a great way to get to know them better, to treat them to something special, and to give their parents extra support.
Whether you want to take your grandchildren or the whole family, you’ll find that there are lots of great places to visit. We take a look at some of the best resorts and holiday destinations for family holidays.
Country Kids, Le Mas Pandit, France
One of the best holiday destinations for families with young children is the luxury 5-star Country Kids resort in the south of France.
The grounds are child friendly, and there are family activities like swimming, picnics, archery, horse riding, and even pedalo rides on the nearby lake. Kids will especially love the petting farm, miniature golf and tree top adventure play area. There is a fantastic crèche on site for daytime play, as well as a babysitting service for the evening, and the staff speak excellent English. Adults can relax on site or take day trips to local vineyards and villages.
All-inclusive holiday accommodation is available in July and August, with self-catering options the rest of the year. The villas and suites available range in size and can accommodate grandparents with grandchildren or the whole family.
Protur Bonaire Aparthotel, Majorca, Spain
If you would like to relax under the hot sun and read while your grandchildren play, then the popular 4-star Protur Bonaire Aparthotel in Majorca makes a great destination.
The hotel is close to the Costa de los Pinos beach, and has large outdoor pool, loungers and a jacuzzi to relax in. Children can play all day in a dedicated ‘splash pool’, on water slides, chutes and a pirate ship. There’s a crèche on site for younger children and babies, a children’s playground, bikes for hire, and a soft play area.
Children will enjoy the buffet restaurant and the all-inclusive ice lollies available all day long. There’s an Italian restaurant for more elegant dining, a gym, aerobics classes, sauna and evening entertainments for the whole family.
Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel, Italy
For an exclusive family holiday in beautiful settings, try the Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel in the South Tyrol.
The hotel is dedicated to families with children, so the facilities available are excellent. There’s professional childcare available from morning until late at night. Activities for younger children include a ‘pirate island’, a soft play area, mini zoo, puppet theatre, sports facilities and even a special restaurant.
Adults are equally well taken care of with a wellness spa, sauna centre and swimming pools. There are also family based activities, like a ski school and use of the nearby slopes in the winter, excursions to the hills in the summer, and entertainments in the hotel theatre.
Closer to home, London makes a perfect holiday destination for young children, as there are lots of attractions that will particularly appeal to younger children as well as adults.
The London Eye is an exciting way to see the city sights, and as the pods are contained it’s very safe for younger children. Dinosaur fans will adore a trip to the Natural History Museum, and the interactive exhibits at the nearby Science Museum. London Zoo has long been a great attraction for children, while the London Aquarium is a great place to see sea creatures – and kids under three get free entry at both. The Museum of London Docklands has an excellent play area for young children, and necessitates a trip on the fun Docklands Light Railway.
Hotels are in no short supply in London but the Premier Inn London Bank is a great place to stay with young children. It’s central so easy to get to and from the big attractions, has helpful staff, free breakfast for kids and a great evening menu for children and adults alike.
What activities would you like to try with your grandchildren on holiday?