Often a week-long escape in a sun-sure destination between autumn and spring can be just as rejuvenating as a longer holiday during the summer. Snorkelling in Egypt or cycling through banana plantations on Tenerife could be the perfect way to enjoy May half term. Options for October include swimming with turtles in Barbados, exploring the desert of Dubai or taking a glass-bottomed boat tour in Mauritius. These destinations also provide tantalising options to avoid the chill of winter for February half term.
Situated on the sun-filled Costa Adeje, this colonial-style hotel renowned for its film set architecture is the perfect option for some relaxing family time over half term. It is easy to spend lazy days on Del Duque Beach; or get active with an abundance of watersports including diving and windsurfing. On land, families can enjoy mountain bike rides, try out paddle tennis or join in a game of beach volleyball. Mother and daughter can enjoy Manicure and 'Marteeny' sessions, whilst boys experience Muddy Pedicures and Clay Hair Sculpt treatments at the family orientated spa. The complimentary Duqui Club keeps children busy with T-shirt art sessions, treasure hunts and mini discos whilst teenagers make new friends playing table football and PlayStation games in their own surf-themed lounge. Evenings can be as low key or formal as you make them with eight restaurants offering varied cuisine and 12 cafes and bars catering to smaller appetites and tastes.
This tropical beach house hotel on Barbados' Platinum Coast offers an injection of Caribbean sunshine for October half term. Children will love the array of complimentary watersports on ofeer including kayaking, surfing and swimming with turtles. Snorkelling gear is also included for family adventures - go in search of snappers, sea fans and angel fish. Enjoy a movie and popcorn night under the stars with freshly made pizza or dine-in with DVDs. There are two restaurants to choose from, including the acclaimed Palm restaurant and bistro style Taboras with Caribbean and Italian speciality nights or Sunday brunch with a steel pan player.
Transport the children into an Arabian fairytale. The intricate Moorish arches, sparkling fountains and extravagant gardens of this regal resort set on its own private beachfront are sure to fire young imaginations. Local traditions are celebrated at the KidsOnly Club with belly dancing, camel riding and Bedouin tent evening adventures. Junior swimming, tennis and water skiing lessons are also available. In additional to several family orientated restaurants, the resort also provides an all-day dining menu for junior gourmands. Family adventures nearby include desert jeep safaris or dune surfing.
Parents tend to unwind instantly at Le Saint Geran. Children are at the heart of things at this exclusive Indian Ocean beach retreat, making it a delightfully hassle free long-haul option for half term. The shipwreck themed children’s club keeps little ones entertained with gardening courses, mini yoga sessions and water games in the dedicated pool. Inside, there is a video games room and movie theatre for teenagers. Add to that a youth fitness programme, complimentary watersports and an uncomplicated children’s menu created by healthy food guru Annabel Karmel, and relaxing time for all is assured.
The perfect antidote to the British winter; this family orientated Red Sea resort offers a wide range of activities to suit all ages, plus five restaurants which cater to younger tastes. Boasting its own jetty and house reef, teenagers could try scuba diving whilst little ones don masks and flippers to go in search of sea urchins and parrotfish. On land, children are kept busy learning origami, clay making or playing dodge ball at the complimentary children’s club. Teenagers have their own hangout, YAS which organises Nintendo Wii game competitions and billiards tournaments.
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