For most families their main holiday is one of the highlights of the year and an event that everyone looks forward to, often for months beforehand. However, trying to please everyone, particularly if several generations are involved, is not always easy and if school-age children are involved holidays usually have to be taken during school vacations when prices tend to considerably higher.
Therefore, any family holiday has to be chosen carefully and decisions have to take into account destinations, cost, length of travel to and from the destination, room size and facilities on offer and, of course, the type of holiday that will suit all the individual members of the family. On this basis, here are some exciting suggestions that offer something for every family.
Kos is one of the most attractive islands in the Greek archipelago as it offers a combination of sandy beaches, warm blue seas and traditional Greek hospitality. Nightlife in Kos tends to be quieter than in some other Greek islands and there are many sites of historical and archaeological interest dotted across the island. One highlight of any trip to Kos is to take a ferry to some of the small neighbouring islands, like Kalymnos and Patmos. The Neptune Resort and Spa in Mastihari is an ideal choice for a family holiday as it offers interconnecting rooms, babysitting services and children's menus.
Sardinia is one of the most beautiful of all Mediterranean islands, where a range of accommodation and leisure options are available beside stunning beaches and spectacular mountain scenery. Il Borgo, in surroundings characteristic of a traditional Sardinian fishing village, offers a children's club and nursery, babysitting and crèche facilities and, for all aspiring footballers, the Chelsea Football Club Soccer School.
Family holidays, of course, do not have to be taken only in the summer and what better location for the ultimate family holiday than the snowy forests of Finland for Christmas? In Levi, Lapland, you can be assured of snow in December and, although your log cabin may look traditional, it will not lack any mod cons. Log fires, coffee makers, sauna and cable TV are all standard and you will also be able to call on the services of a personal guide for the duration of your stay. The highlight of your stay will, of course, be the visit from Santa, but there are other options, including sleigh and snowmobile rides.
The dramatic mountains and ivory beaches of Mauritius have become very popular in recent years and understandably so. Luxury family deals on holidays are available at the Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa resort in Bel Ombre, where three tennis courts, a gym and nature reserve are among the host of facilities on offer.
If your family longs for some sun, particularly during the long winter months, then the Dominican Republic could be your ideal destination. The Now Larimar Punta Cana in Punta Cana is set beside a pristine beach and offers a range of restaurants, three swimming pools and a dedicated children's pool among its many options. Dance lessons and painting workshops are also on offer.