I have had many emails and messages from people asking me for a post on summer holidays for families with 3 or 4 children, so I teamed up with TUI and searched their website to bring you my favourites.
I have hand picked these holidays for families with 3 or 4 children, so you can rest assured all receive good reviews and are family friendly resorts. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage and their deposit is only €75 per person!
Costa Dorada – Salou
The Costa Dorada is one of the most popular family holiday destinations, partly because of its proximity to Port Aventura Theme Park and the city of Barcelona, but also because of the family friendly resorts.
4* Pineda Park, 2 bedroom apartment, Self Catering – Sleeps up to 6
Located just five minutes walk the beach, these spacious 2 bedroom apartments tick all boxes for a family friendly holiday. As well as an adults and children’s pool, there is a outdoor terrace that offers evening entertainment. There is also a games room with pool table and mini discos for children. Port Aventura is only 5km away and the popular waterpark Aquapolis is within walking distance. The Pineda Park apartments are highly rated on tripadvisor and have many repeat guests.
TUI Family Life 4* Avenida Suites, Half Board – Sleeps up to 6
Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and within easy access of the town centre and Port Aventura, the TUI Family Life Avenida Suites are superbly situated. Suites are bright and modern and come with mini-fridges and microwaves, which is ideal for families with young children. There is a large swimming pool as well as a kids pool with a slide and a host of on-site activities for all the family to enjoy. Kids will love the kids club and mini-disco, teens have their own ‘Hangout’, and there is also a baby club for little ones. Breakfast and evening meal is included in the cost and the reviews of the food are excellent on tripadvisor, in fact this complex is rated the 2nd best out of 92 hotels in Salou.
It is great to see direct flights to Cyprus again and TUI have some super options for family holidays. Paphos offers the perfect mix of a traditional town with cobbled stone streets and a modern harbour with lively bars and restaurants – it is one of Cyprus most authentic resorts.
Holiday Village Aliathon, All Inclusive, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments – Sleep up to 6
Home to the biggest swimming pool in Cyprus as well as three other pools, this is the ultimate family complex. With a mini waterpark, football, swim and stage academies, a purpose built assault course, kayaking and a host of kids and teen clubs – you can rest assured your kids will be spoilt for choice here! If you do manage to leave the Holiday Village, the beach is just a five minute walk away. All meals and drinks are included in the cost and there is a great variety of dining options available. Adults can enjoy the spa and gym or pop to the adult-only bar if you fancy a quiet cocktail. If you still need convincing check out the video below!
Tenerife is a great destination for a family holiday. It has a wonderful mix of dramatic scenery and vibrant nightlife and is home to one of the world’s best water parks, Siam Park. It’s low cost of living and family friendly resorts ensure its a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers.
All-Inclusive, 4* Villa Mandi & Siam Park, 2 bedroom apartment – Sleeps up to 6
This popular All-Inclusive resort offers free access to Siam Park throughout your stay. Located off the beaten track, you can enjoy some quiet time but are also within easy reach of the lively Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. This large complex resembles a Mediterranean village and comes with four swimming pools, two playgrounds, a kids club and plenty of activities for adults and children, including a football pitch and live music shows. The beauty of staying here is that not only are all meals and drinks included, but you have added advantage of staying in a 2 bedroom apartment, and not a small hotel room. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is sure to please an active family.
One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money.
Cerro Mar Garden, 2 bedroom apartment, Self Catering – Sleeps up to 6
Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for holidays for families with 3 or 4 children, who are looking for good quality self-catering accommodation. Highly rated on tripadvisor, there are some great on-site facilities including a spa, gym and whirlpool. Kids will love the bowling alley, games room and large swimming pool, and there is a separate splash zone for little ones too.
Majorca is an island of contrasts, from the lively resorts of Santa Ponsa and Magaluf in the south to the quiet and unspoilt resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona in the north. One thing for sure is no matter which resort you choose, you will find lots of family friendly activities to suit all tastes.
Hotel Son Baulo, Interconnecting Family Rooms, Half Board – Sleeps up to 6.
Located on a superb beach with a nature reserve next door, the Son Baulo’s location is second to none. If you are an active family you will love the hiking and cycle trails nearby. If that doesn’t float your boat you can also choose to laze by the large lagoon pool or on the beach. There is a choice of pools for babies and children and an evening entertainment programme, including a mini-disco. This hotel offers breakfast and evening meal included in the price so it is excellent value for a family holiday in beautiful surroundings.
Las Villas de Amadores, 2 bedroom apartment – Sleeps up to 5
These modern 2 bedroom apartments all come with sea views. Located in the quiet resort of Amadores these are an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday, yet are within easy reach of the livelier resort of Puerto Rico if you want a change of scene. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the swimming pool that overlooks the ocean you can take the complimentary shuttle service to the beach and enjoy some of the excellent waterfront restaurants. Children are catered for with table tennis, billiard tables and bikes for hire.
I brought my children to Corfu and Zakynthos and we loved them both! The scenery, laid back pace and excellent value for money, makes Greece an ideal alternative if you want to try something different this year. From self-catering to All Inclusive resorts, TUI offer both in abundance.
Corfu: Loulas Village, 1 bedroom apartment, Self Catering – Sleeps up to 5
Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, the Loulas Village has been receiving Irish holidaymakers for many years. Kostos will be sure to give you a warm welcome and make you enjoy this laid back, family run apartment complex. Ideally located with some excellent restaurants and bars close by, this is a family property with traditional Greek charm.
Corfu: All-Inclusive, Aqualand, Duplex Studio – Sleeps up to 5
For families looking for adventure, the highly rated Aqualand Village won’t disappoint. With a waterpark next door and an afternoon and evening entertainment programme, the kids will be spoiled for choice! Apartments are duplex style with cooking facilities, not that you will need them, because all meals and drinks are included in the price!
Zakynthos: 4* Alykanas Beach Village, 1 bedroom family room, sleep up to 5
This highly rated All-Inclusive resort has a small splash park for young children, kids clubs and a great entertainment programme for everyone. There is also a quiet, adults only pool beside the beach if you fancy some quiet time! (I spent many afternoons there)! Visit Shipwreck Beach or swim with the turtles, Zakynthos is a beautiful island with lots to do for all the family.
Crete: Golden Bay, 1 bedroom apartment, Self Catering – Sleeps up to 5
Located in the quite seaside resort of Gournes, this highly rated complex is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday beside the beach. There is a pool and a children’s pool on site as well as a play area, pool table and games room. The traditional Greek taverna serves up tasty food with sea views and has a separate kids menu. Although low key, there is regular evening entertainment with live music and cocktail parties to ensure guests stay on site, however there is also a small selection of bars and restaurants close by.
Costa del Sol:
The Costa del Sol is one of Ireland’s favourite holiday destinations. From Benalmadena to Marbella, it seems no resort is free of Irish holidaymakers during the summer months. If you are looking for something a little less commercialised, check out the resorts of Estapona and San Pedro de Alcántara. They are situated close to the glitz and glamour of Marbella, yet offer a much more laid back scene.
Globales Playa Estapona, All Inclusive, 1 and 2 bedroom Family Rooms – Sleeps up to 7
As well as a brand new waterpark on site, the highly rated Globales Playa Estapona has numerous sports activities, kids clubs, day and night time entertainment and even has its own beach club restaurant. The waterpark has a space bowl, tube slides, body slides, a multilane number and a kamikaze slide – all are suitable for children 120cm and over. Younger children have their own spray park and mini slides in a pirate-themed area. The hotel is situated close to Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre. This is a great option for holidays for families with 3 or 4 children, as all meals and drinks are included in the price. Some rooms even hold up to 7 so if you happen to have 5 kids, this should tick all boxes!
TUI have a great selection of self catering and all-inclusive resorts in Bulgaria. The low cost of living and wide sandy beaches make it a great choice for families looking for luxury for less from their Summer holiday.
All-Inclusive, TUI Family Life Nevis Resort, Family Suite – Sleeps up to 5
As the name suggests the TUI Family Life Nevis Resort is a great resort for families. Only opened in 2017 this modern hotel features large family suites, a splash pool, a multi-sports court for children and even a spa! There is a selection of kids clubs including a baby club and ‘The Hangout’ for teens. There is day and evening entertainment for adults and children as well as a selection of swimming pools. You can choose to chill out at the quiet pool while the kids enjoy the slides in the family pool. The adult only gym offers a host of fitness classes and the spa offers a variety of treatments. All meals and drinks are included in the price of your stay so if you are looking for an All-Inclusive family resort , why not try Bulgaria for a change?
Lake Garda is a superb destination that caters for all the family. With superb scenery, great lakeside activities and GardaLand / Peppa Pig Land theme parks on your doorstep – need I say more?.
Poiano Apartments, 2 bedroom apartment, Self Catering – Sleeps up to 6
Ireland’s favourite winter sun destination is great in the summer time too! I went last Summer with my kids and we loved it. There are some great beaches, superb restaurants and it is so family friendly. I also happens to be duty free so the shopping is great!
All Inclusive TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach, 2 bedroom apartment – Sleeps up to 6
Formerly known as the Holiday Village, the TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach is super family complex with kids clubs for children, teenagers and even babies. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.
Club Alize – 2 bedroom Family Room – Sleeps up to 6
This is one of Marmaris’ best family properties, complete with kids clubs, slides in the pool and an full-time entertainment programme, including a mini-disco. Adults are well catered for too with a gym, sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath on site. All meals and drinks are included in the cost of your stay, which makes a holiday here excellent value for money. The Club Alize also receives excellent reviews on tripadvisor, so if you still need convincing read them here.
I hope you enjoyed my top picks for holidays for families with 3 and 4 children and that you found something to suit you. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.