Plan the school holidays with these places in mind.
From themed resorts to thrilling water parks, Booking.com, has put together a list of the most child-friendly hotels around, to make sure you and your kids have the best time possible.
Howard Johnson Anaheim is just a five-minute walk from Disneyland California – even closer than two of Disney’s own hotels. There’s a pirate-themed water park, which includes a 30-foot ship and a giant ‘drench bucket’, and a secluded pool where parents can relax.
Later, visit the hotel’s sixth floor to watch Disney’s fantastic fireworks light up the sky over Sleeping Beauty’s castle – you won’t find better seats anywhere else.
Ayana Resort’s recently renovated ‘Kids Club’ offers something for all ages. For children, there’s a trampoline, table tennis, and two flatscreen TVs hooked up to a Nintendo Wii and Playstation 4 – all tucked away in a secret den accessed via one of the poolside cabanas.
Meanwhile, parents can enjoy the hotel’s private beach, verdant gardens, and numerous infinity pools. Other kids’ activities include arts and crafts, cooking classes, and traditional Balinese dance.
What better place for a family holiday than a hotel that’s based around one of the world’s most popular toys? Featuring over 2,000 LEGO®-built models and 152 themed rooms suited to little pirates, ninjas and treasure hunters, a stay at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is bound to be entertaining.
True to the famous toy’s philosophy, the hotel is specifically designed to let kids take control, allowing their creativity to flourish.
If you’d like some quiet relaxation time on your holiday, you’ll need to make sure the kids are entertained. Overlooking the breezy Port d’Alcúdia, Zafiro Palace Alcudia guarantees just that. Its Kids Club offers sports, craft workshops and competitions daily.
There’s also a splash pool that features a pirate ship with water slides – plus several quieter pools, where you can catch those well-earned rays.
This Victorian-inspired hotel is just a one-minute walk from the entrance of Disneyland Paris. Here, kids are entertained by fairytale-themed rooms that feature flat-screen TVs showing all the Disney channels.
There’s even the chance to meet Mickey, Minnie and the gang when they drop in to say hello at breakfast. After the day’s adventures, you can unwind in the Fantasia-inspired cocktail bar.
Bouncy castles and a pirate-themed play zone to Turkish baths and heated pools, Viva Cala Mesquida Resort & Spa was designed to cater for the whole family. An entertainment schedule packed with games, music and dancing will keep kids busy in the afternoon, while bike hire and scuba diving classes can be arranged for teens.
Meanwhile, parents can kick back on a private terrace and enjoy the sweeping view over the Mediterranean.
The Ritz-Carlton can always be relied upon for top-notch customer experience, and it’s no different for its younger guests. In this Moorish-inspired hotel, the popular Ritz Kids Program introduces children to the natural history of the Canary Islands, through games and scientific workshops held in the Lab Room.
They could be learning about the island’s volcanic past one day, and its marine life conservation program the next. Throw in the daily ice-cream service and you’re onto a winner.
Kids are central to the philosophy at Martinhal Lisbon Cascais, with a Kids Clubhouse and playground that are specially designed with young guests in mind. This huge play area has been created to stimulate different age groups, from babies of six months to young teenagers.
Despite being on the doorstep of the world’s largest amusement parks, there’s every chance your children will never want to leave Coco Key Hotel, thanks to its thrilling water park.
With 14 slides, three heated pools, and a huge games arcade, kids and parents alike can splash and play all day long here. What better way is there to feel like a kid all over again?
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