Lapland's a winner for families during the winter. Rather than hanging around the UK hoping for a white Christmas, why not fly to this Finnish spot where snow’s pretty much guaranteed? Little ones can see Santa, get involved with activities run by the elves, and even hop on a sleigh pulled by a reindeer. There’s plenty for grown-ups to enjoy too, though. Skiing, snowmobiling, and hiking are all on the cards, plus in certain resorts you might be able to spot the Northern Lights.
There’s a selection of resorts to choose from. Rovaniemi has plenty of shops and restaurants, as well as a lively nightlife scene. If you’re after snow-focused activities, Kuusamo , Yllas , and Levi are your best bet. And Luosto and Hetta are super quiet – the Northern Lights can be seen here at certain times of the year. The Snow Elf Hotel & Apartments in Yllas features an indoor pool, and little ones’ favourite Captain T regularly comes to visit.
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This Balearic island has been a hit with holidaymakers for over 50 years. It ticks off everything you’d want from a family holiday, with short flights and transfers, great family hotels and attractions, amazing beaches, and culture-packed old towns. You can take your pick from quiet, laid back resorts like Cala Bona, or Alcúdia, which has one of Majorca’s longest beaches and a historic town nearby. Or, make a beeline for Palma Nova, which lines up a trio of beaches, its own tropical-themed minigolf course, and the Aqualand waterpark.
Protur Aparthotel Bonaire in Cala Bona has its own lazy river-style pool and a children’s splash park with chutes, slides and a giant pirate ship. There’s also a brand new TUI Kids’ Club, which offers daytime activities five days a week for all ages, plus mini-discos in the evenings. Over in Palma Nova, the beachside Globales Santa Lucia lines up a sea-view pool with a separate section for little ones. Plus, it’s in a prime spot for visiting all of the resort’s top attractions.
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When we say Bulgaria, family holiday probably doesn’t spring to mind. But, Bulgaria’s fast becoming a tourist hotspot, full of child-friendly hotels and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Budget-friendly Sunny Beach is the most popular family holiday resort, with spotless Blue Flag beaches, a lively promenade, and plenty of watersports on offer. It’s easy to take day trips to the UNESCO-listed Nessebar where you can explore temples, chunky fortress walls, and an Ottoman-style Medieval Basilica, too.
Our TUI BLUE Nevis hotel in Sunny Beach features a kids’ splash zone, a beachfront location and big family-sized suites for up to six people. The evening entertainment also lines up family-centric activities like quizzes, and West End musical-style shows.
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Millions of holidaymakers choose the Costas in Spain for their annual holiday, and Costa Dorada is one of the best spots to take your clan. This resort boasts kid-friendly hotels, huge stretches of white sand, a lively promenade, and plenty of activities for all ages. If you fancy planning in some daytrips, Barcelona is just under two hours away, and you can reach the Aquopolis waterpark and the PortAventura theme park, home to Europe’s tallest rollercoaster, in just over 30 minutes by car. Our TUI BLUE Avenida Suites is right in the centre of Salou, putting you within easy reach of all the attractions, plus it’s a 10-minute stroll from Llevant Beach. The suites here are smart, modern and spacious, and there’s a huge pool, too. Or, if you want to be right in the heart of the action, pick the Hotel H10 Salou Princess as your base, which is close to both the beach and PortAventura.
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Cyprus combines big beach resorts and waterparks with Ancient Greek ports and traditional harbour towns – so you can experience both authentic island life and high-octane activities. When it comes to resorts, the Larnaca region is a family favourite. Here you’ll find sandy beaches, waterparks and traditional restaurants. Or, you can stay in Paphos to experience traditional Cyprus, with temples, colourful mosaics and a Neolithic history to learn about.
The wallet-friendly Electra Village hotel in Lanarca comes with a huge pool, great entertainment, and a waterpark complete with loads of slides, a lazy river, and a splash area for little ones. While over in Nissi Beach, the TUI BLUE Atlantica Aeneas Resort boasts six outdoor swimming pools, landscaped gardens and is only a two-minute walk from the sandy shore.
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Treat the whole clan to a holiday on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast, and combine a tropical climate with white sand beaches and once-in-a-lifetime activities. It’s easy to switch between relaxing on powder-soft sands lapped by shallow waters and exciting days out to adventure parks, jungle trails and crumbling Mayan ruins. There’s Xel Ha, which is a natural aquarium and waterpark set among Mexico’s jungle-like scenery, where there are zip-lines, cenote pools and lazy rivers to keep you busy. And, then there are the Mayan ruins – the famous Chichen Itza, and Coba, on the Yucatán Peninsula, which has a pyramid you can climb up.
The resorts in Riviera Maya are pulled up next to white sand beaches, and include great kids' clubs and activities, plus restaurants to suit the fussiest of eaters. Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma boasts excellent kids’ facilities, with a club that takes up an entire floor of the hotel. Here, little ones can get stuck into cooking classes and chocolate making, and there’s a climbing wall, an arts and crafts centre, and a movie room with a popcorn maker.
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Could there be anywhere better than the 'happiest place on earth' for a family holiday? The best thing about Walt Disney World Resort is that it caters to kids and big kids alike. There’s everything from white knuckle rides and sophisticated eateries in Epcot, to character meet-and-greets and toddler-friendly attractions in Magic Kingdom Park. Make sure to check out new rides like Pandora – The World of AVATAR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park while you’re there.
Stay in one of Walt Disney World's many family-friendly resorts to be right in the heart of the action. Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will give you a taste of the great outdoors when you’re not riding rollercoasters. It's set in a huge, deer-filled pine forest, and you'll stay in cosy log cabins and get stuck into outdoor activities like canoeing, archery, hiking and campfire sing-a-longs with Chip 'n' Dale. Or, if you want to nab a prime spot near the parks, pick Disney's Beach Club Resort as your base. This huge New England-style resort has a seaside theme throughout, and has its own three-acre wet-play area with a life-size shipwreck area.
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Full of UNESCO World Heritage sites – 50 in fact – beautiful natural landscapes and photo-worthy beaches, a holiday to Italy packs in the family-friendly benefits. But it’s not only the scenery that makes Italy a family holiday dream. Whichever part of the boot you choose – Sicily, Puglia or Campania? – you’ll find top-notch food, too. Fussy kids can tuck into iconic Italian classics like lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and pizza, while adults can try freshly made clam risotto or stuffed arancini – tiny balls of deep-fried risotto. Plus, a holiday to Italy isn’t complete without a dollop – or two – of gelato, and a slice of tiramisu.
In Calabria, family-friendly resorts go hand-in-hand with sun-bleached coastline. At the southern tip is Pizzo, a quaint seaside town. Here you’ll find TUI MAGIC LIFE Calabria – an All Inclusive club sitting pretty between one of Calabria’s best stretches of sand and hills blanketed by pine trees. Adults can unwind in the spa, while the little ones will love the five swimming pools, splash park and action-packed sports programme. Or, plump for the Janna e Sole in beautiful Budoni on Italy’s island of Sardinia. Here, you can look forward to a triple helping of pools, as well as a handy shuttle that’s ready to whisk you to the nearby beach.
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Authors: Selina Akhtar and Danielle Penny
The TUI MAGIC LIFE Calabria lines up a packed-to-the-rafters activity programme, lots of restaurants and a private beach.
The TUI BLUE Rocador in Majorca is right on a golden stretch of sand and overlooks the pretty cove of Cala Gran.
The Janna e Sole boasts a triple helping of pools, a swish spa and a handy shuttle bus that goes straight to the nearest sandy swathe.
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