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    Family holidays....

    Why do they make it SO hard? We have 3 kids, aged 3,6 and 9. When I search for a hotel, I don't want a twin room. I don't want a double room, I don't want 2 rooms. I want a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment!

    Also, what's the point in hotels advertising 'interconnecting rooms' when they can't guarantee you that you will be next to each other.

    Anyone have a recommendation of a hotel with 1/2 bedroom suites in a location that's within a reasonable flying time (under 5 hours).

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    Re: Family holidays....

    Go for a small cottage in the countryside instead.

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    Re: Family holidays....

    Hotels are the absolute worst. Get an airbnb, a regular bnb, stay in a cottage, anything else. I found a nice 2-bed cottage on a farm in Dorsetshire a few months ago just by googling around good locations to be for dogs and dog-friendly and found one that was lovely and fit our needs. Just get creative with your googling.

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    Re: Family holidays....

    It does sound like you're after a villa or an airbnb to me? Besides, the latter will likely be cheaper than a hotel.

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    Re: Family holidays....

    Cottages are great for families, but Mrs Boredom might not relish the thought of swapping her home for self catering - she might like a holiday too!

    A B&B might be a better option and certainly lower cost than a hotel, except that you have to factor in evening meals - a hotel may offer half board.

    But it does depend on what sort of holiday you want - there are some hotels that specialise in family activity holidays.

    You might find this of use

    http://www.manorashbury.co.uk

    Quiet and relaxing it probably isn't, but it might be worth a look (I went there about 12 years ago for a family reunion, ages from 4 to 84 and it worked well. There is lots to do outside the hotel if/when the activities get too much )
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    Re: Family holidays....

    I should probably qualify the requirements somewhat. I get no (paid) holiday. I would therefore like somewhere:

    1) Guaranteed warm - so not the UK
    2) With a kids club - because even if the kids don't go to the kids club, chances are there'll be other kids for them the play with/kids disco/pool table etc
    3) Onsite restaurant/bar

    AirBNB etc is fine if it's just you, or you're going for a long trip - ie. I took the family to Melbourne last year to see relatives and do the Ironman, but the kids got bored quickly.

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    Re: Family holidays....

    Then you want a resort. They're everywhere. All the balearic islands, canary islands, greek islands, adriatic sea coastline, would probably swerve Turkey or Egypt at the moment, Capri, Ischia, Corfu.... Buy every broadsheet this weekend and read through all the travel sections, or do some googling around 'family resorts europe' or something.

    If you want to **** over the kids, find somewhere that specifically doesn't have wifi.

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    Re: Family holidays....

    Prinsotel la Dorada, Majorca. Been there twice with the kids, it's not the greatest, ie not 5 star but both times it's been good. The beach is literally a 5 min walk and that side of Majorca is great, loads to see if you have a car or are willing to catch a bus. Recommended to a friend and they enjoyed their family holiday there too.

    Prinsotel La Dorada - Tripadvisor

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    Re: Family holidays....

    My parents do the same thing every year. Go into the travel agents a few days before you want to go and barter with them to get the best deal on a package holiday they clearly just want to get shot of.

    Takes balls but has worked for them everytime.

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    Re: Family holidays....

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    I should probably qualify the requirements somewhat. I get no (paid) holiday. I would therefore like somewhere:

    1) Guaranteed warm - so not the UK
    2) With a kids club - because even if the kids don't go to the kids club, chances are there'll be other kids for them the play with/kids disco/pool table etc
    3) Onsite restaurant/bar

    AirBNB etc is fine if it's just you, or you're going for a long trip - ie. I took the family to Melbourne last year to see relatives and do the Ironman, but the kids got bored quickly.
    Done similar to this with big tour operators in places like Tenerife - large complexes with individual chalets.

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    Re: Family holidays....

    The Paraiso at Portugal (Algarve) has rooms where there is a kitchen / living area and the sofa pulls out as a bed and there are 2 bedrooms one off each side of the main room. We stayed there 2011 and it was pretty good must admit as it is easy to access local amenities like a shopping mall with chemist and supermarket, The Strip which leads to the beach is a 10 minute walk, 20 minute to old town and there are plenty excursions which can be booked either through hotel reception area or a small travel booth outside the main car park.

    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_...t_Algarve.html

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    Re: Family holidays....

    sell the children into slavery

    go somewhere nice


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    Re: Family holidays....

    Holidays with kids is no easy thing indeed Just found this article the other day and think it is a great list for planning a great day at the beach with your kids: ** MODERATOR SNIP - NO PIMPING WEBSITES **
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