Best Sites for Family Holidays
As our thoughts turn to holidays, there is still time to book that last minute trip, whether you're planning to go away at Easter or thinking ahead to summer. Whether it's a family staycation or a weekend abroad with the younger members of the clan, these decidedly family centric holiday companies are the ones to peruse if you've left it till the last minute.
As seen in Conde Nast Traveller and winner of Editor’s Choice 2015 in The Times, Baby Friendly Boltholes has a brilliant reputation. Sian Williams is the brainchild behind this sharp, well-designed site full to the brim with excellent tips on travel, especially targeted at younger children. There's much to recommend aside from the hipster design. Think offers, competitions and detailed searches, alongside a charitable initiative that sees a percentage of all profits donated to the genetic disorder charity Fragile X, altruism indeed.
This award-winning site uncovers some of the world’s best kept secrets for stylish family hideaways. Find and book your perfect family escape and refine your search by child-friendly features using the dropdown menu choosing connecting rooms, cots, kids clubs or babysitting. I-escape has been recognised for its honest reporting by prestigious travel publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian and Conde Nast Traveller.
AWAY WITH THE KIDS
‘You’ll find places to be completely relaxed and indulged, places that are cheap and cheerful, places to suit three filthy kids who have a ball in a mud bath – all just lovely, all guaranteed child, ergo parent, friendly!’’ say owners Jo and Helen, both mothers of three children. This site offers luxury family hostels, farm stays, cottages, castles, camping or even glamping. Booking is directly with the owners, whether you’re opting for a five star luxury hotel or with a yurt.
This site is replete with tips on family-centric travel. Think crafty airport hacks for families, essential health kit advice, car games, bumper competitions (Barbados holiday, anyone?) and plenty of inspiration on where to travel with your family. Don't miss the glossy print and digital magazine published every two months. It’s a smorgasbord of insightful editorial written by columnists and parents Tom Parker Bowles, Mariella Frostrup and Simon Reeve. It’s a one-stop location to plan your family trip.
Whether you’re juggling toddlers or teens, there’s no need to pack off your brood to a mainstream holiday. If you're crying out for something a little more adventurous than the nearest Club Med then look to Families Worldwide. This company has a decidedly alternative string to their bow. Activity and adventure, safari and wildlife, not to mention tailor-made trips are all at their fingertips. They've got over fifteen years experience invested in the art of tailor made travel.
Original Travel doesn’t limit itself to family holidays and yet offers plenty of expertise to cater to your children’s needs. Founded by travel legends Tom Barber and Nick Newbury, this glorified travel agent perches at the luxury end of the spectrum. From the moment you log onto the site you'll see the ethos is all about harnessing the expertise of seasoned travellers; if they haven't been there, they won't recommend it. Make the most of their 24-hour helpline.
LUXURY & LITTLE ONES
Chic, elegant, family friendly travel at the luxe end of the scale… is this what you’re after? In practice, it’s harder to find than you might think, but that's where Luxury & Little Ones comes in. This hotel guide and bookings site goes the extra mile. While some hotels think a high chair or travel cot equals family friendly, Luxury and Little Ones ensures there is more to it. The simple, well-executed site has tips on childcare and a well-honed blog.
If it's specifically self-catering accommodation you're after, look no further than Holiday Tots, a collection of hand-picked child-friendly holiday properties you can book directly with owners. Mother-of-four Sachelle Mansour has carved out a niche finding the perfect holiday let for families with young children. First hand experience of holidaying with toddlers makes her well qualified to advise on the perfect let.