There is still some time to book some sun in that tricky October half term break. Here are some of our favourites to whet your appetite.
The Shangri-La Al Waha is the first dedicated family friendly hotel in Oman. It has a private beach and huge swimming pool surrounded by date palms. There is a separate childrens pool and a ‘lazy’ river which carries you 500m from Al Waha to it’s sister hotel Al Bandar, which has many excellent restaurants, cafes and shops. Follow this experience with a night of adventure under the stars in one of Oman’s Arabian camps.
Upgrade to:Six Senses, Zighy Bay
The Algave often enjoys some fabulous weather late in October. This famously family friendly resort offers barefoot luxury for parents. Set on the coast in rugged parkland there are tons of activities from biking to boat trips, to take part in should you wish. With incredible food, wonderful kids clubs and within walking distance of historic town, Sagres, it really is a special place for families.
Upgrade to: A fully staffed private villa with chef
Stay a few nights in the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, a luxurious resort within easy access of the Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel has a free shuttle to the parks and a fantastic pool for after a hard day of fun.
When you’ve had enough adrenaline pumping rides, drive down the coast to Breakers for a few day of rest at the coolest all American beachfront property in the heart of Palm Beach. It is the place to see and be seen!
Upgrade to : Four Seasons, Orlando
Jnane Tamsna, Morocco
Palmeraie hotel Jnane Tamsna is a luxurious home-from-home retreat, beyond the city walls of Marrakech, but a 10 minute drive to the centre. Riad-style suites, a tennis court and spa treatment rooms are spread across its nine gorgeous acres of palm-dotted tranquillity. Kids can take part in cookery lessons, camel rides, or circus-skill classes. Follow a few nights here with some adventurous camping in the Atlas mountains.
Upgrade to:Royal Mansour, Marrakech/Kasbah Tamadot
Bali Mandira Beach Resort and Spa
This hotel is great for families who want to explore the local area without hiring a car as it is only a short walk into local Kuta and Legion. It has a pretty beachfront setting and lovely family pool. Children aged 3 to 12 years old can get involved in loads of activities from balloon volleyball to Balinese dancing at their kids club.
Upgrade to: Four Seasons, Jimbaran Bay