Going on a cheap family holiday should be a lovely break with your children full of fun and relaxation (and of course, budget friendly!).
But not everywhere is suitable for the little ones. Whether you’re looking for a pool, outdoor activities or a kids’ club, there are lots of family friendly hotels out there that will cater for your whole family.
We’ve rounded up some of the best hotels, both here and abroad, where you can enjoy a great break with your family.
Augill Castle, Cumbria
Having a family doesn’t need to stop your dream of staying in a castle! Augill Castle in Cumbria gives the little ones plenty of space to enjoy themselves and for the whole family to spend some time together. The Augill Little Cooks children’s cookery school, suitable for seven to 14 year olds, runs classes that gets kids to enjoy cooking.
The castle has its own library full of books and low tech games and toys (if you want them to take a break from computer screens!). There’s also a cinema and 20 acres of land to let the little ones get some fresh air.
In the grounds the kids can also enjoy the tree house, tennis court and playground. To make travelling with children that bit easier, Augill has family rooms, suites and interconnecting rooms, as well as baby equipment including cots, highchairs and baby monitors.
Book now: stayinacastle.com
Sani Beach Hotel, Greece
If sun is what you’re after (and let’s face it, who isn’t?!) then the stunning Sani Beach Hotel will make sure parents and kids alike get everything they need from a summer break. There’s organised fun and activities for all age groups, which means mum and dad can enjoy some quality time on their own while little ones are being looked after by UK childcare specialists Worldwide Kids Company.
With a crèche, mini club and teenagers’ club, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your tribe are having the time of their lives while you kick back at one of the resort’s exclusive beaches, or in the infinity pool…
Book now: www.sani-resort.com
LEGOLAND Feriendorf, Germany
Imagine the look on your little ones’ faces when you tell them you’re off to stay at Legoland! This resort has been voted the best family hotel in Germany by TripAdvisor and for good reason. Located one minute from the beach and just five minutes from the Legoland Park, your family will have the perfect spot to stay while sampling all the fun that Legoland has to offer.
The hotel boasts three restaurants and a bar, as well as a high ropes course, mini golf, bowling and even a pirate ship playground for the younger ones!
Book now: www.legoland.de
Alpine Elements, France
One of the main worries of a family holiday is keeping your kids entertained the entire time. But at Alpine Elements in the French Alps, there are plenty of activities to help your kids enjoy their holidays. Make the most of its Free Active Club for children between four and 16 years old, with different groups for different ages. This includes activities like trampolining, mountain biking, gondola rides and lake trips, while the older ones can also have a go a climbing and white water rafting.
Parents can get a bit of space with planned evening activities for the kids including Pizza, Popcorn and Movie Nights and BBQ Night, while babysitting services are also available. They also offer different deals for families. Book now: alpineelements.co.uk or call 01033937162
Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire
If the little ones love a day at the theme park why not make a holiday out of it? With the option of staying up to five days, The Alton Towers hotel is perfect for an action packed short break. During your stay you’ll get to enter the theme park an hour early so you’re always first in the queue for the rides, while you’ll get the second day at the theme park completely free!
Have a go at crazy golf or high ropes course, while the little ones will enjoy seeing their favourite characters at Ceebeebies land. In the Splash Landings Hotel you’ll also have access to the water park, while at the rollercoaster restaurant your order will be served to you down an eight-metre tornado spiral.
Book now: www.altontowers.com or call 0871 222 1100.
The Chine Hotel, Bournemouth
The Chine Hotel in Bournemouth is just a five minute walk from the beach with plenty of entertainment and activities for the children to enjoy. The Kids’ Club is open everyday and a perfect place to keep the little ones entertained. Just some of the activities available include the obstacle course challenge, family sports day and music video making.
For the under sevens, the hotel also has its own indoor soft play area which is perfect for a rainy day. If your kids are into crafts, the Art Pad will let them be creative with colouring classes, origami classes and clay model making. For older children, the Teen Zone features pool tournaments, singing school and dancing classes. Family suites are available, while there are also dog friendly rooms if you also want to bring the family pet!
Book now: www.fjbhotels.co.uk, call 0800 48 400 48.
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
With its gorgeous beaches and warmer weather, Cornwall is a great family holiday destination if you’re looking to stay in the UK. The Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall is not only a couple of miles from the beach, but has plenty of facilities to keep the kids entertained.
The hotel has a fully supervised Kids’ Zone, which includes games, crafts and activities for the little ones. If you have older kids (aged seven and over), the XA Club runs beach activities and entertainment. There’s also a games room while film night runs every evening during the school holidays. If your child is between eight and 15, they’ll also get a free surf lesson with fully qualified instructors. Babysitting services are also available if you fancy a night out!
Book now: www.watergatebay.co.uk, or call 01637 860543
Where are you going on holiday this year? Do you know of any family friendly hotels that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below!