As any parent knows, a holiday with the kids isn’t just about relaxing. OK, so that might be because the little angels are so full of energy that they won’t sit down quietly for ten minutes, but taking the kids somewhere new can really stoke their sense of adventure and give them an appreciation of travel that can last a lifetime. Taking them to a spectacular new location is all part of firing their imaginations – but choose the right accommodation and even bedtime becomes an adventure.
Fantasyland Hotel – Edmonton, Canada
If you’re thinking of heading to the Fantasyland Hotel, it might be an idea not to tell the kids beforehand – they’ll inevitably drive you mad asking if you’ve arrived yet. This place puts fun firmly front and centre, as the hotel itself is attached to West Edmonton Mall, a veritable wonderland of attractions including a huge indoor amusement park, an ice rink, an aquarium and the mysterious sounding crystal labyrinth. It’s the perfect place to let your inner child run riot alongside your own kids.
Gardaland Hotel Resort – Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
All that glitz and the sheen of glamour make Lake Garda is a pretty sophisticated destination – but that doesn’t mean that the kids aren’t welcome. In fact, not far from those azure-lined shores and picturesque peaks is Gardaland, a hotel that offers themed rooms, shows and amusement parks for younger guests. Who says fun and finesse can’t mix?
Barcelo Maya Palace – Xpu Ha, Mexico
There’s few things that can make a family feel closer than all engaging in a rip-roaring, adrenaline-pumping activity together. The Barcelo Maya Palace doesn’t only offer endless opportunities for everyone to try something new and exciting, you get a backdrop of Caribbean coastal luxury to boot. There’s pools and playgrounds for smaller guests, while older kids and adults can try their hand at snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing and more.
Legoland Hotel – Billund, Denmark
Let’s face it, any family holiday based around one of the most popular toys in the world is bound to go down well with everyone. With themed rooms that are perfect for little pirates, ninjas and treasure hunters, a stay at the Legoland Hotel is bound to be constructive – and there’s probably no better way to make parents feel like a kid all over again.
Julian Club Hotel – Marmaris, Turkey
Sometimes, you want the kind of holiday where the kids feel like they’re running the show, and sometimes parents need a little time to relax and do some of the boring things parents enjoy, like lounging in the sun with a cold, refreshing drink. A stay at the Julian Club Hotel in Marmaris means you can do both, as the kid’s club ensures the little ones will be entertained all day while mums and dads make use of the more grown-up amenities.