Family Holidays

Family… everybody is part of one. We love each other and we would do anything to protect our loved ones. It’s all very beautiful and exciting, but sometimes things get a little stressful and we start feeling in desperate need for a holiday. So where can I go to escape the city and spend some quality time with my kids? Here at THEN AND NOW SHOP we searched for the best family holiday destinations and we want to share them with you.

We suggest different places for different needs. For example, we found an all-inclusive hotel in Fuerteventura for those who don’t want to think about their wallet while they enjoy their much-needed rest. We tracked down a hotel that offers a kids-stay-free deal in the Greek island of Corfu for families that have a tighter budget. And we couldn’t overlook the best holiday spot to take part in some family activities while enjoying sunny Orlando. Last but not least, we thought about an Italian apartment on Lake Garda to offer the parents the rest they deserve.

All of the prices that we suggest in this article refer to research based on a holiday during the first days of June, for a family of four, and for the duration of ten nights.

Hotel Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa – For an all Inclusive experience

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Fuerteventura is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and it’s part of the Canary Islands. The name ‘fuerteventura’ refers to the ‘strong winds’ that can be experienced in the area. Despite the winds, the location of this island allows the weather to be warm all year round and means it sees a great amount of tourism non-stop.

The first of our four best family holiday destinations is the hotel and spa Barcelo. It is situated over the beach Caleta de Fuste, and it offers a series of services that are optimal for families with children of all ages. Among these are a Kids’ club and pirate adventure, water sports, golf, and the renowned and unique Thalasso spa.

The Thalasso spa, also named U-Spa, is said to replenish your vitality by using the power of water in different forms. There are five separate treatment rooms, one gym and two studios for organised activities. Hydro-massage, sauna, Turkish bath, and relaxation areas are a few on the list of things that this place offers.

While you are relaxing on a massage table, your children will be entertained by the theatre crew, playing with the kid’s club or simply having fun splashing around in the children’s swimming pool.

Most of the activities are included in the ‘all inclusive’ package, however there are the odd few that might cost you a couple extra pounds. Activities such as windsurfing, diving, miniature golf and the use of the basketball court are charged individually and will slightly increase the bill.

Hotel Barcelo also offers its guests the choice between a buffet restaurant and a grill restaurant.

The average total price to stay at Hotel Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa on an all-inclusive option is approx. £2,100.

Sunshine Corfu Hotel and Spa – For kids stay for free

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The four star hotel is located right on the beach of a small town called Nissaki.

Just half an hour from Corfu’s city centre, the hotel is surrounded by olive and pine trees, allowing the guest to enjoy the beautiful and traditional Greek landscape.

The Corfu Island is situated on the Ionian Sea and differs from the other Greek islands due to its Western European style and characteristics.

Sunshine Corfu Hotel and Spa is the second on our list of best family holiday destinations and it offers a free stay for kids, making it easier for bigger families to afford a longer, more comfortable and relaxed holiday. Families have the possibility to decide if they prefer to spend their sojourn in a room or in a bungalow. Both accommodations offer standard amenities such as Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a safety deposit box. Additionally they offer a choice between a balcony and terrace, and a stunning view of the sea or the garden.

Activities include children’s playgrounds, swimming pools, table tennis, a children’s club and a children’s pool. A useful babysitting service is also provided.

There are three restaurants available within the hotel grounds: Mama Mia – an Italian restaurant that serves a la carte dinners once a week, Zorbas – a Greek restaurant that also offers a la carte dinners one night per week as well as delivering live music for those who decide to dine with them, and the last option, suited for the hungry bellies, is the buffet that offers hot and cold dishes.

The Aphrodite spa in the hotel allows the guests to select one of four treatment rooms and offers therapies such as herbal steam baths, sauna, gym, Vichy showers, a Thai massage room, a solarium and so on.

To stay in Sunshine Corfu Hotel and Spa, in an all-inclusive family bungalow with a garden view, you can expect to pay approx. £1,300.

Hyatt Place Orlando Universal – For the best family activities

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Orlando is a famous city located in the United States, in the state of Florida, and it is classified as the 77th biggest city in the USA. This sunny region has a very welcoming climate and has an incredibly high rate of tourism throughout the year.

The Hyatt Place Orlando Universal hotel is located just 20 minutes away from Walt Disney World and Sea World. This makes it the third of our best family holiday destinations. It’s also perfect if you are looking to experience all the attractions of Universal Studios, especially if you want to walk the streets of the famous and all new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Have you always wanted to swim with dolphins? Visit the Discovery Cove and give yourself the opportunity to make a dream come true.

If your children are interested in animals, take them with you to Gatorland, a place with thousands of crocodiles and alligators. Furthermore, you could choose to visit the Kennedy Space Center: a museum where you can satisfy your interest in science and everything that happened, and is still happening, in space. Here you’ll be able to see a (simulated) rocket launch, meet an astronaut and much more.

The United States are famous for doing everything ‘big’ and for great service; this hotel is no different and it provides the best for its guests. A variety of services are offered, among which there are: a 24-hour fitness centre, a heated outdoor pool, high-speed internet, and a 24-hour Grab ’n Go case, preparing anything you like at whatever time you like.

The average total price for Hyatt Place Orlando Universal is approx. £1,100.

Belvedere Village, Lake Garda – For some parenting-free time

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Belvedere Village is located in Castelnuovo di Garda, situated in the Italian region of Veneto.

This holiday village is our fourth of the best family holiday destinations because it can offer some quiet time for those parents who need to relax and let go of everything.

The optimal location of this resort provides the guests with the opportunity to take in the beautiful view of the South of Lake Garda.

The village is also small enough that parents can let their children run freely within the area without having to worry.

Belvedere Village offers three different lagoon-style swimming pools, beach volleyball, table tennis and more.

While the children enjoy themselves with one of the various activities, you can relax with a field trip to one of the many food and wine tastings that take place up in the hills. If this kind of activity is not to your liking, visit one of the numerous cities nearby. For example, there’s Verona, Milan, Venice, and Florence and they are all within a three-hour drive.

The village has a welcoming restaurant that offers famous and traditional types of Italian food that we all know and love.

Staying in a luxurious apartment in Belvedere Village costs a very reasonable £440.

So here they are… THEN AND NOW SHOP’s top picks for best family holiday destinations.

Looking to go all in(clusive) on your holiday? Visit Hotel Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa in the Spanish island.

Looking for a place that offers kids a free stay? You might need to have a look at the Sunshine Corfu Hotel and Spa in the Greek city of Nissaki.

Do you want to have the time of your life and surprise your children? Take them to the Hyatt Place Orlando Universal and make their dreams come true.

Are you in desperate need of a relaxing holiday? Let the Italian vibe relax you in the Belvedere Village and give your children some time for themselves.

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