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Family holidays

Unforgettable adventures with your loved ones

You don’t need us to tell you that family time is sacred. But whether your children are still crawling around or they’re all grown up, getting everyone together for a break that caters to all tastes is no mean feat.

That’s why our family holidays cover the spectrum. From hushed beachside hotels perfect for a baby’s first holiday, to bustling resorts packed with activities for the young and the young at heart. Atlantis, The Palm is a case in point. This incredible hotel on Dubai’s Palm Island lays claim to an award-winning kids’ club, a gaming zone for teens, and more restaurants than you can feasibly dine at in one trip. That’s alongside the Middle East’s biggest waterpark Aquaventure, and the Lost Chambers Aquarium – an aquarium so big it is home to 65,000 marine animals.

Family rooms at The Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, make for the perfect base while exploring Universal Orlando® Resort with the grandparents in tow. And at beachside retreats like St Lucia’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa you can expect everything from a toddler-friendly petting zoo to a parent-friendly babysitting service, so you can sit down to a candlelit dinner for just the two of you.

Pre-school families

If your little ones are pre-school age, you’ll likely have the luxury of travelling outside of term time, giving you more freedom to travel as and when you like. For sun, sea, sand and fun, book your family a luxury beach escape, perhaps to the Indian Ocean or the Caribbean; many of our family-friendly hotels in places like Mauritius and Barbados offer great kids’ clubs and a range of activities to keep the children happy while you indulge in the spa or read that book you’ve been saving.

Expert tip: “A good family holiday should begin with a short transfer to the resort, and easy access around the resort for pushchairs, good size rooms and easy access to the beach. Hassle-free meals that encourage families to actually take the time to sit around the table together are important – as are good cocktails for the parents!” Jessica, USA Destination Manager

Young families

For families with school-aged children, there’s nothing like a bit of adventure. Why not take your troop on an African safari to see the Big Five on a game drive? Or, visit the Middle East for waterpark thrills, fascinating culture and poolside sun. If you really want to bring those history lessons to life, head to China to see the Great Wall, or visit the USA where you’ll find everything from theme parks and museums to wonderful wildlife and nature. A motorhome holiday across the USA and Canada is also a great idea for families: see wonderful landscapes and iconic sites as you take the kids on a road trip they'll never forget.

Expert tip: “Water plays a big part in our family holidays and it’s always great to understand what the beach or pool facilities are. Regardless of age, children generally love playing in the water – whether it’s splashing, snorkelling or just swimming, this is always a winning factor.” Naomi, Head of PR.

Older families

Travelling with hard-to-please teenagers? A paradise all inclusive holiday could be the answer: with something to suit everyone, from watersports and luxury spas to first class restaurants and deep-sea diving, what’s not to love? The Maldives won’t disappoint thanks to its unbelievable beaches and serene snorkelling, and each island has its own quirks to make your stay truly memorable. Or, treat the kids to a holiday in Dubai where the shopping, architecture and theme parks are bound to thrill. Thailand is perfect for a multi centre holiday, combining two or more destinations, and the USA is a great choice too: island hop around Hawaii, sightsee in New York or tour the Californian coast to see even more in one trip. A ranch holiday in Arizona or Texas is also a great option and the perfect way to appreciate the great outdoors with the whole family.

Expert tip: The perfect resort should have a good mix of facilities for all the family. There should be kid’s and teen’s clubs, plus group activities that all the family can partake in, while adults still have their kick back and relax time. All inclusive deals at hotels mean that parents aren’t worried about spending vast amounts of money.” Vicky, Caribbean Destination Manager

Family multi centre holidays

Too old for kids club and bored by museums, but limited attention span for days spent on the beach? Need to keep everyone happy without compromising? With the perfect family multicentre holiday even your hard to please teenagers will thank you for it. With a tailormade multicentre trip, you’ll get to enjoy the best of all worlds; from relaxing on the beach and snorkelling with turtles and tropical fish one day, to exploring the iconic cities they’ve previously only seen in films. 

If time is on your side, plan the ultimate adventure and island hop around Hawaii for the perfect blend of sun, sea and surf, or tour China and Japan to experience some Far Eastern culture and to challenge their taste buds. A short city stopover is also a great way to break up the long journey to the Indian Ocean. Or, if you’re heading to California for a thrill-fuelled theme park break, first visit New York for a family shopping spree, bag some bargains and see a play on Broadway.

Our favourite family holiday destinations

USA

From the Big Apple and glamorous Hollywood to sun-drenched California: a family holiday to the USA offers endless opportunity. If you’re travelling with a young family, Florida’s coastline is ideal with its fantastic watersports, beaches, national parks and attractions. If it’s beachfront luxury you’re after, we suggest taking the family on an island-hopping adventure around Hawaii. Start off on Hawaii Island, home to beautiful waterfalls, before heading to Kauai for golden beaches and humpback whale watching. With so much of the USA to explore, why wait?

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Far East

For magical landscapes, delicious food and idyllic beaches, a family holiday to the Far East is hard to beat. For an adventure break with a touch of nature, head to Malaysia, ideal for intrepid travellers of all ages. See orang-utans in Borneo, or enjoy watersports in Penang. For those after a blissful beach escape, head to Bali and enjoy gentle shores and delicious cuisine, or Thailand for a multi centre holiday, combining Bangkok with either Khao Lak or Koh Samui; ideal for older families.

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Indian Ocean

For island paradise, the Indian Ocean is the ideal choice for a family holiday, especially if you book an all inclusive break. If you’re travelling with younger children, Mauritius, with only a four hour time difference, is home to a range of luxury resorts with some of the best children’s clubs to keep them entertained, or the Maldives offers get-away-from-it-all heaven with everything from watersports to snorkelling. Sri Lanka is also a great option for those wanting to discover a new culture; why not book a tour to see the sights before plonking yourself, and the kids, on a blissful beach for some relaxation?

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Caribbean

The Caribbean is the perfect place for a sun-kissed family holiday: from the pure white shores of Tobago to Barbados’ palm-fringed waters and Antigua's beautiful beaches . If you're looking for an all inclusive break, with endless relaxation interrupted only by watersports and snorkelling, you’re in for a treat. If you’d rather a more cultural experience, visit Mexico for Mayan ruins or explore the rainforest in St Lucia. No matter where you end up, a family trip to the Caribbean is sure to be unforgettable.

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Africa

Perfect for those with older children, there is perhaps no family holiday more exciting than an African safari. From spotting the Big Five and soaking up the scenery in Kenya, with just a three hour time difference, and Tanzania, to exploring Cape Town, you’re guaranteed an adventure like no other. Certain resorts and lodges cater well for the kids, with plenty of activities and edutainment programmes on offer, or take a trip to the luxury beaches in Zanzibar and Mozambique for a little peace and quiet.

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Middle East

With year-round sunshine and plenty to see and do, the Middle East is a fantastic choice for an unforgettable family holiday. Visit Dubai to discover iconic landmarks and world-class shopping; we recommend staying at Jumeirah Beach for amazing watersports and the Wild Wadi Waterpark next door. Abu Dhabi is a great choice too, home to desert landscapes and stunning mosques. Yas Island in particular is a must for families of all ages: visit Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and the Marina Circuit before hitting the beach or a dip in the infinity pool.

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Top family hotels

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Centara Karon Resort

Karon Beach

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Centara Karon Resort

Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa

St Lucia

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa

Atlantis The Palm

Dubai

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Atlantis The Palm

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso

Bali

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Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso

Frequently Asked Questions

Mauritius is a fantastic destination for a family holiday because of its friendly people, Barbados has plenty of fun kids clubs and activities, while Florida will amaze with its amusement parks including Walt Disney World. 

Mexico makes a great long haul family holiday destination thanks to a raft of all inclusive hotels and a great range of activities, from snorkelling to zip lining. You’ll find some fantastic family-friendly resorts in the USA and the Caribbean, too, with kids’ clubs, waterparks and theme parks in abundance.

Families with teenagers will be hard-pressed not to fall in love with Dubai and Orlando. Although very different, each one offers an incredible mix of world-famous theme parks, colossal shopping malls and roomy beaches, not to mention teen-pleasing hotels with plenty of luxuries.

Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for…Family Holidays?

• Our Destinations Specialists are experts at suggesting activities to enhance family holidays • We create exciting multi centre holidays that will help your family explore more of the world • We create engaging holidays that are suitable for all ages, from for pre-school to older families • Our holidays are fully regulated and protected, ensuring your trip is stress-free and in safe hands.