With Easter falling so early this year, the final term before the summer holidays feels longer than ever. For many families, the best way to break it up is to head off with the kids during half-term. Not only will it feel like it’s summer already, but getting away will leave them refreshed and ready to take on the last push towards the end of the year.
Once you’ve decided to go away, the next choice to make is which destination. When travelling with kids, it’s important to pick a family-friendly resort. Two places where you’ll find great facilities for everyone from the tiniest tot to the grandparents are Tenerife and the Algarve. Here is a selection of the best choices from these two wonderful holiday destinations.
Parque Santiago III & IV Apartments
There are few places better located than this resort, which boasts direct access onto the sand at Playa de las Americas in Tenerife. Despite being just 200 metres from the beach, there are lots of other swimming opportunities too. With four pools you’ll be spoilt for choice, although there will be no competition for the kids who are bound to want to spend their days at the on-site water park, complete with slides and water jets. When you’re ready to leave the resort, you’ll find that it’s centrally located, close to some tempting shops and cafes, as well as restaurants well used to catering to little ones.
Each apartment sleeps up to six people.
Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel
For families that are more at home in the countryside, this resort is a great option, as it occupies a small hillside overlooking the coast in Los Cristianos. The grandparents will enjoy the views and the chance to stroll around pretty gardens, while the kids could be doing anything from swimming in children’s pool, joining in at the kids’ club or learning Spanish. With tennis courts, Jacuzzis and a spa on-site, the parents can get some time to themselves too. There’s even a shuttle bus to the beach for when you want to bring those stunning vistas a little closer.
Family rooms are available.
Dream Villa Tagoro Aparthotel and Siam Park
If your family is all about the water parks then this option really is a dream come true. Included in the price is unlimited access to Siam Park, meaning your kids will probably go to bed each night with wrinkly skin. The rides here are particularly good for slightly older kids, with the likes of the Tower of Power and Singha water rollercoaster likely to get pulses racing. For families with children of differing ages, however, there is also a separate kids’ pool and playground.
Booking a family room will have everyone in the same place.
Colina da Lapa Apartments
Perfect for relaxing, these apartments are centred around a family-friendly pool, with separate facilities for the kids. The al fresco dining experience offered by the restaurant terrace means you’ve got sun, pool and food all in close proximity, meaning you’ll probably never want to leave. If any of the adults want to head off for a round of golf, some of the Algarve’s world-renowned courses are nearby and there’s a beach just 1.7 kilometres away.
Larger families can take advantage of the two-bedroom apartments on offer.
A great choice for families with younger kids looking to have a peaceful break, this option comprises low buildings set around a refreshing pool. Younger children can play undisturbed in the separate kids’ pool. The resort has recently been refurbished and has very pleasant surrounds, including some pretty gardens. There is plenty to entertain everyone, from sports facilities right the way through to evening shows to bring everyone together.
Apartments with a view of the pool can be arranged for a small supplement.
Be Live Family Palmeiras Village
This real gem of a resort has not been open long but really ticks the boxes for families wishing to have a great holiday in the Algarve. It’s located just 300 metres away from the picturesque Senhora da Rocha cove, where the kids can swim, build sandcastles and generally play on the sand. The whole family will be happy spending plenty of hours at the pool, as there is a bar for the adults and a smaller pool complete with an array of colourful slides for the kids. Organised activities during the day and entertainment in the evening mean there is no chance of anyone getting bored.
Rooms with a sea view are charged a supplement but are well worth it.