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My Top Picks For Summer Holidays For Families With 3 or 4 Children

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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 summer 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.

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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.

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Cyprus

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!

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Tenerife:

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.

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Portugal

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.

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Majorca

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.

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 Gran Canaria:

 

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.

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Greece:

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Bulgaria:

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?

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Lake Garda:

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

The Poiano offer the best of both worlds, you can enjoy the advantages of staying in a 2 bedroom family apartment, but also have the benefits of hotel facilities. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is also a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa at the Hotel Poiano, with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away.

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Lanzarote:

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.

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 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.

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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.

 

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Why Lapland Is One Of The Most Magical Trips You Will Ever Take

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I have teamed up with Sunway, who offer more packages to Lapland from Ireland than anyone else. Our Sunway holiday to Lapland was magical. I still vividly recall my son lying with his ear to the snowy ground, telling me he could hear the elves making toys underneath…..

 

It’s been nearly four years since our visit, but it might as well have been yesterday. Our photo with Santa is still perched right in the centre of our living room and when a new visitor comes into the house, irrespective of the time of year, they inevitably hear how ‘we saw the REAL Santa’.

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Words that we learned during our trip are still recounted in high pitched Finnish accents four years later, particularly ‘Joulupukki’ (Santa in Finnish) – if only they remembered their Irish words so well! We have been very fortunate to go on many great family holidays, but Lapland is still the most talked about trip in our house. We took a short video while we were there and it is religiously watched every year after we put up the Christmas tree and again on Christmas Eve. It’s part of our ritual now, along with putting out the milk and cookies for Santa before bed time.

People often say to me about the cost. I know it is expensive. You could easily get a week in the sun for the same price, but ask yourself which will the kids remember more? Will they talk to their kids about the week they spent in Majorca when they were 8? I don’t think so. I have no doubt that my kids will share their memories of Lapland with their own children one day. It is lifetime memories like this that are priceless.

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We travelled with Sunway.ie who have sent thousands of families to Lapland over the past twelve years  – suffice to say they know what makes the perfect Santa experience. They offer one and two night trips to Rovaniemi and three and four night trips to Kittilä. Sunway have packages available from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry. It is important to note that they have payment plans in place, so you don’t need to pay in full at the time of booking, a deposit of €100 per person will secure your place. If you can’t afford it this year, don’t worry, you can even book now for 2019 at 2018 prices!

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Believe it or not, the magic actually starts long before you arrive in Lapland. Imagine your kids faces when you tell them they are going to see the ‘real’ Santa? That’s when the fun starts! This is enhanced further when you arrive at the airport and see the  ‘North Pole’ as the destination at the check-in desk. It seems every child is wearing a Christmas jumper and Sunway’s elves are on hand with goody bags for all the children. It is a magical start to the journey and is typical of the attention to detail and service that Sunway provide throughout all of their packages.

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While a private meeting with the ‘REAL’ Santa might be the reason you book a holiday to Lapland, it is not the only thing that is memorable about the trip. Just being in a winter wonderland, with snowy forests all around, is something pretty special too. All of Sunway’s trips offer husky and reindeer rides, as well as snowmobiling and a trip to Santa’s village and Santa’s post office  – not your typical holiday experiences!

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Which package to choose?

Sunway offer four packages to Lapland from Ireland. If you are short on annual leave or if cost is a factor, the one night Santa’s Sleepover trip, priced at €979 per adult and €819 per child. may suit you. This is available from Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Knock and Shannon airports – you can see details here.

 

We went on the two-night Sleighbell Spectacular trip, currently priced from €1329 per adult and €1129 per child from Dublin airport. This includes a snowmobile safari through the forest, a visit to Santa’s command centre and elf school, tobogganing, and a festive dinner with a show. This show is a great opportunity to meet Santa for a second time and get a souvenir photo – just in case the first one didnt work out so well in the command centre! See more details here or read all about our trip to Lapland here.

 

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For those who want to experience the winter wonderland for a bit longer, Sunway also offer three and four night trips to Kittala from Dublin airport. These include all the favourites as the other trips but you will have some more free time to build snowmen, go skiing or simply relax and take in the magnificent surroundings. You can read all about them here.

 

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When looking at the costs note that all of above prices include flights, accommodation, transfers, all activities, meals and arctic clothing. You really only need spending money for souvenirs. And if this year is too soon to travel, why not want to plan now for 2019? Simply place a deposit now to secure your place at this years prices and talk to Sunway about their payment plans. For more details on how to plan this trip of a life time visit Sunway.ie

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Sunway but all views as always are my own.

 

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My Top Waterpark Holidays for 2021

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Check out my top waterpark holidays for 2021 and give the kids a Summer holiday to remember!

 

I’m guessing if you asked your children to name one thing they love about Summer holidays, they will say the swimming pool. Don’t get me wrong, kids clubs and organised entertainment are great too, but most kids want to be in the water the whole time! SplashWorld or waterpark holidays guarantee lots of pool time and are the perfect choice for a family holiday. When you book a SplashWorld holiday you will enjoy the advantages of an all inclusive resort with all meals and drinks included in the price, as well as having free access to a waterpark throughout your stay. Some of the resorts have waterparks on site, others are close by. I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to bring you my top ten waterpark holidays for 2021.

 

 

Whether you want to relax on a lazy river, jump over the waves in a wave pool, or race your family members on speed slides, I have something here to suit kids of all ages! TUI have 18 SplashWorld resorts for 2021 but I have hand-picked my favourites. All of my picks below have a minimum 4 star rating on tripadvisor, free WiFi zones and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. And that’s not all, you only need a deposit of €75 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure.

 

 

Costa del Sol: Splashworld 4* Globales Playa Estepona, All Inclusive

As well as a brand new waterpark on site, the highly rated Globales Playa Estepona 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 glitzy Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre.

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Tenerife: Splashworld, Parque Cristobal & Siam Park, All Inclusive

One of the main reasons families flock to Tenerife each year is to visit one of the world’s best water parks – Siam Park. There is a wide choice of slides here for kids of all ages. The Tower of Power and The Dragon will keep adrenaline junkies happy, while the Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, are great for all the family. Younger kids will love the Lost City – a fortress teeming with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and 9 slides!

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Superbly located just minutes from the centre of Playa de las Americas and the beach, the Parque Cristobal is a great choice for families looking for good accommodation in the heart of the action. There is entertainment and kids clubs on site an the spacious premier bungalows come with kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi, hairdryers and even bathrobes and slippers! A holiday at the SplashWorld Parque Cristobal not only includes all meals, drinks and entertainment, you also have free access to Siam Park throughout your stay.

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Corfu, Splashworld, Aqualand Village, All Inclusive

For families looking to try somewhere different, the highly rated Aqualand Village in Corfu won’t disappoint. The waterpark on site caters for kids of all ages with a dedicated area for toddlers, including waterslides and an adventure playground.  There are fifteen different water-themed rides including kamikaze slides, family rafting and a lazy river. Aqualand is also home to the world’s third-largest wave pool. There is an afternoon and evening entertainment programme and a shuttle service to Corfu Town. Apartments come with cooking facilities, not that you will need them, because all meals and drinks are included in the price!

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Bulgaria: SplashWorld Aqua Nevis Club hotel, All Inclusive

The Aqua Nevis Clubhotel has been a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. The waterpark is huge and is onsite. There is a family-friendly lazy river and wave pool, an Adventure Island for younger children with mini slides and water prays and enough to keep thrill-seekers happy too! Located within walking distance of the town centre and beach, but the hotel has a free shuttle bus if you are too tired after a day at the waterpark! Rooms are great too with sliding doors separating the bedroom from the living area.

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Salou: SplashWorld, Aquasplash Estival, All Inclusive

Salou is one of the most popular family holiday destinations and a holiday here with free waterpark access is sensory overload! The Aquasplash Estival offers unlimited access to the Aquapolis waterpark which is only 10 minutes walk away from the complex. Aquapolis has slides to cater for kids of all ages. The Kamikaze, Boomerang and Black hole are not for the faint hearted but there are many moderate slides, including rapids and a wave pool too. There is separate section dedicated to kids under 10 years with twirly slides and splash fountains. The Aquasplash Estival hotel also has three pools on site, kids clubs from 4-12 years, is located just 10 minutes walk from the beach and a short bus journey from Port Aventura theme park.

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Kos, Atlantica Porto Bello Beach, All Inclusive

Located right on the beach with a waterpark and kids club on site, you may find it hard to leave! There are plenty of slides for kids over 12 years as well the Aqua Tower for kids aged 5 to 9. The lazy river is attraction of choice for those who just want to relax on a large tube! There are lots of sports activities throughout the day as well as live shows in the amphitheatre at night time, including a mini disco. The all-inclusive arrangement gives you four different dining options, including a Greek taverna and an Italian restaurant. 

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Lanzarote: Lanzasur Splash, All Inclusive

Located just minutes from the Playa Flamingo Beach, the Lanzasur is another firm favourite with Irish holiday makers. Apartments are bungalow style with kitchenettes and interconnecting rooms are available. There are two large pools as well as a kids pool and at the waterpark has attractions for kids of all ages, a lazy river and a wave pool. Little ones have the own special area as well as a kids club, mini disco and daily activity programme.

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Crete: Atlantica Akti Zeus Hotel, All Inclusive

This modern beachfront hotel offers stunning seaviews and a great choice of hotel rooms including swim-up rooms! There is a kids club, an evening entertainment programme and a waterpark on site. There is a baby lagoon for children up to 5 years, an aqua playground for children aged 5 -10 and ample slides for children aged 10-12 years. Ranked number 1 on tripadvisor, this is a great choice if you are looking for a modern alternative to Spain, but still want to keep the kids happy!

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Top 10 Family Holiday Deals In July – 2ad & 2ch From €1648!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, who have some amazing family holiday deals in July. Here are my top ten picks!

 

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Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in July, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘EDIT SEARCH’, once you click on the links below.


 

Salou: Villa Dorada, All Inclusive, €2384!

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

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While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

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Lanzarote: All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach, €3072 ex Shannon; €3194 ex Dublin

Lanzarote has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years, in fact it is constantly voted best sun destination at the Irish Travel Trade Awards. You can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options. I have chosen an All-Inclusive resort but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

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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.

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Tenerife: All Inclusive, Splashworld, Villa Mandi & Siam Park, €3454

One of the main reasons families flock to Tenerife each year is to visit one of the world’s best water parks – Siam Park. There is a wide choice of slides here for kids of all ages. The Tower of Power and The Dragon will keep adrenaline junkies happy, while the Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, are great for all the family. Younger kids will love the Lost City – a fortress teeming with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and 9 slides!

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This popular All-Inclusive resort offers free access to one of the world’s best waterparks, 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. Of course you also have free access to Siam Park which is accessible by a free shuttle bus. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is sure to please an active family.

 

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Majorca:  Self Catering Mariners Club Apartments, €1861

Majorca is very popular with families. With short flying times and family friendly resorts, it’s not surprising Irish holidaymakers flock here during the Summer months. The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

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Majorca: All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €3008

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

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Costa del Sol: All Inclusive, Globales Cortijo Blanco from €2300 ex Cork, €3095 ex Dublin

TUI have a wide range of holiday options along the Costa del Sol and Marbella is one of their most popular resorts. The beautiful old town of Marbella is full of shops bars and restaurants and you are also close to the stylish marina in Puerto Banus, if you fancy a change of scene.

The Globales Cortijo Blanco’s white washed exterior has a villa style appearance, with pretty courtyards and plenty of family friendly facilities on site. There are three main swimming pools, two childrens pools, a brand new outdoor play-zone, daytime entertainment programme, mini discos and a large open-air entertainment stage for evening shows. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and a shuttle bus ride from Puerto Banus (free of charge), this is a great value property, with all meals and drinks included

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Algarve: Self Catering Alvorferrias Apartments, €2144 

One of my favourite family friendly resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvorferrias have been welcoming Irish holiday makers for many years. Although basic, they are ideal for families looking for good value accommodation within walking distance to the pretty resort of Alvor and the beach. The on-site facilities include a kids club, two swimming pools and an à la carte restaurant.

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Algarve: All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia, €3389

The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

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Lake Garda: 4* Poiano Hotel, Half Board, €2982

Lake Garda is becoming more and more popular with families. Not only is it visually beautiful, but there are many activities on the lake for families to enjoy. Gardaland theme park is  also close by which is a great day out for all the family.

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The Poiano Hotel is a great choice for a family holiday. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa as well with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away. You will be staying in a junior suite which has lake view and balcony, with breakfast and evening meal included each day.

 

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Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village Apartments, €1968

I brought my children to Corfu a few years ago and stayed in this very resort! The scenery, laid back pace, low cost of living and superb restaurants, make a winning combination. So if you are looking to try something different this year, Corfu might just be it!

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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.

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I hope one of these family holiday deals will suit you. However if you need to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, just click on EDIT SEARCH’ on the TUI website and change your requirements there.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 12th April, but are subject to change. This family holiday deals 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.

 

Sarah

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Top 10 Summer Holidays for Families with 2 Adults & 3 Children

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I have had many emails and messages from people asking me for a post on holidays for families with 2 adults and 3 children, so I teamed up with TUI and searched their website to bring you my favourites.

 

I have hand picked these holidays so you can rest assured all receive good reviews and are family friendly resorts. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage with a maximum deposit of €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.

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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.

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TUI Family Life 4* Avenida Suites, Half Board – sleeps up to 6

The TUI Family Life Avenida Suites are one of the most highly rated family properties in Salou. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and within easy access of the town centre and Port Aventura, they 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.

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 Tenerife:

All-Inclusive, 4* Villa Mandi & Siam Park, 2 bedroom apartment – Sleeps up to 6

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This popular All-Inclusive resort offers free access to one of the world’s best waterparks, 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. Of course you also have free access to Siam Park which is accessible by a free shuttle bus. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is sure to please an active family.

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Cerro Mar Garden, 2 bedroom apartment, Self Catering – sleeps up to 6

Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families 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.

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 Gran Canaria:

Las Villas de Amadores, 2 bedroom apartment – sleeps up to 5

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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.

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Corfu:

Loulas Village, 1 bedroom apartment, Self Catering – sleeps up to 5

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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.

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 All-Inclusive, Aqualand, Duplex Studio – sleeps up to 5

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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!

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  Zakynthos:

4* Alykanas Beach Village,  1 bedroom family room, sleep up to 5

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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.

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Crete:

Golden Bay, 1 bedroom apartment, Self Catering – sleeps up to 5

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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.

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Costa del Sol:

Globales Playa Estapona, All Inclusive, 1 and 2 bedroom Family Rooms – Sleep up to 7

As well as a brand new waterpark on site, the highly rated Globales Playa Estepona 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 glitzy Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre.

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Bulgaria:

All-Inclusive, TUI Family Life Nevis Resort, Family Suite – Sleeps up to 5

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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?

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Lake Garda:

Poiano Apartments, 2 bedroom apartment, Self Catering – Sleeps up to 6

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Lake Garda is becoming more and more popular with families. Not only is it visually beautiful, but there are many activities on the lake for families to enjoy.  Gardaland theme park is  also close by which is a great day out for all the family. The Poiano offer the best of both worlds, you can enjoy the advantages of staying in a 2 bedroom family apartment, but also have the benefits of hotel facilities. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is also a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa at the Hotel Poiano, with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away.

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Lanzarote:

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.

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I hope you enjoyed my top 10 Summer holidays for families with 2 adults and 3 children and that you found something to suit you. All prices are correct at the date of issue but are subject to change. 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.

 

Sarah

 

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My Top Picks For Family Holidays This Summer – 2ad & 2ch from €1599!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to bring you my top picks for family holidays from their 2018 January sale.

 

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. And that’s not all, you only need a deposit of €75 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in June, July and August, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’, once you click on the links below.


 

Best in Salou 

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

3* Villa Dorada, All Inclusive from €1998!

While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

Click here for 15th June: €1998

Click here for 27th July €2257

Click here for 17th August €2099

 

Best in the Canary Islands

Whether you choose Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, or Tenerife, you can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options.  I have chosen two All Inclusive resorts but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

Lanzarote, All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach from €2695

Formerly known as the Holiday Village this super family complex has kids clubs for children, teenagers and even has a baby club. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.

Click here for 7th June €2695

Click here for 30th July €2833

Click here for 13th August €2848 

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Tenerife, All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Villa Mandi & Siam Park from €2629

Another excellent All Inclusive resort, the Villa Mandi offers free access to Siam Park, one of the world’s best water parks, throughout your stay. This pretty complex is like a Mediterranean village with four swimming pools, kids clubs and plenty of sports activities on site.

Click here for 8th June €2629

Click here for 20th July €3060

Click here for 17th August €2913

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Best in Majorca

The north of Majorca is very popular with families and TUI have a wide choice of accommodation to choose from. I have selected two properties, an All Inclusive property with a water park on site, and a quieter self-catering option with family friendly facilities.

Self Catering, 3* Mariners Club Apartments from €1619

The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

Click here for 12th June €1753

Click here for 18th July €1831

Click here for 10th August €1619

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All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €2489

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

Click here for 13th June €2489

Click here for 17th July €2698

Click here for 14th August €2689

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Best in Costa del Sol

All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Globales Playa Estepona from €2632

TUI have some excellent All Inclusive options in the Costa del Sol, I have chosen the highly rated Globales Playa Estepona. This four star property has a brand new water park, numerous sports activities, kids club, day and night time entertainment and even has its own beach club restaurant. The hotel is situated close to glitzy Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre.

Click here for 29th July €2699

Click here for 19th August €2632

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Best in the Algarve

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two properties, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira and an All Inclusive property in the pretty village of Alvor.

Self-Catering, 4* Cerro Mar Garden from €1777

Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation, without entertainment programmes or pool games.  Highly rated on tripadvisor there is a spa, gym and whirlpool on site as well as some sports activities and a children’s pool.

Click here for 10th June €1777

Click here for 29th July €2075

Click here for 19th August €2040

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All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia from €2798

One of my favourite resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

Click here for 17th June €2798

Click here for 22nd July €2944

Click here for 12th August €3027

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Best in Greece

I brought my children to Corfu and Zakynthos and 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. Here are my top picks.

Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village from €1619

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.

Click here for 8th June €1619

Click here for 27th July €1799

Click here for 17th August €1699

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Corfu, All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3*+ Aqualand Village from €2639

For families looking for some adventure, the highly rated Aqualand Village won’t disappoint. With a waterpark on site and an afternoon and evening entertainment programme, the kids will be spoiled for choice!

Click here for 8th June €2639

Click here for 27th July €3284

Click here for 17th August €3063

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Kos, Self-Catering, 3* Mayflower apartments from €1597

These family run apartments are situated in the pretty resort of Tingaki. Highly rated on tripadvisor they are the perfect choice for families who are looking for a relaxing Greek holiday, but within easy reach of Kos town.

Click here for 2nd June €1597

Click here for 28th July €1772

Click here for 11th August €1730

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Zakynthos, All Inclusive 4* Alykanas Beach Village from €2878

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.

Click here for 12th June €2878

Click here for 24th July €3266

Click here for 14th August €3125

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I hope you enjoyed my top picks for family holidays and that you found something to suit you. Remember you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’ once you click on the links above.

 

All prices are correct at the date of issue , 12th of January, but are subject to change. 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.

 

Sarah

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