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5 kid-friendly hotels

As any parent knows, a holiday with the kids isn’t just about relaxing. Okay, 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 a lifelong appreciation of travel. Add in the right accommodation and even bedtime becomes fun.

Shows and amusement parks will keep even the youngest guests entertained

Shows and amusement parks will keep even the youngest guests entertained

Gardaland Hotel Resort – Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

All that glitz and glamour make Lake Garda a pretty sophisticated destination – but that doesn’t mean that the kids aren’t welcome. In fact, not far from these 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?

The child-friendly water activities are endless at Barcelo Maya Palace

The child-friendly water activities are endless at Barcelo Maya Palace

Barcelo Maya Palace – Xpu Ha, Mexico

There are few things that can make a family feel closer than a rip-roaring, adrenaline-pumping activity. 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 arepools and playgrounds for smaller guests, while older kids and adults can try their hand at snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, and more.

An indoor amusement park, ice rink, and acquarium are just some of the attractions

An indoor amusement park, ice rink, and acquarium are just some of the attractions

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 free.

With amazing themed rooms it may be difficult to convince your little ones to explore what else the hotel offers

With amazing themed rooms it may be difficult to convince your little ones to explore what else the hotel offers

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 place to make a parent feel like a kid all over again.

The kid's club at Julian Club Hotel offers everything little travellers look for on a holiday

The kid's club at Julian Club Hotel offers everything little travellers look for on a holiday

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 just need time to relax and lounge in the sun with a cold, refreshing drink. A stay at the Julian Club Hotel in Marmaris means you can do both. 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.