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Family Holidays

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Family. You love them, but sometimes they’re a flippin’ nightmare. Tears. Tantrums. Bickering. And that’s just Dad when he gets all Tiger Woods during mini-golf. Luckily, we’ve got a pretty fab selection of family holidays to choose from. All-inclusive ones (for all the ice cream you can eat), action-packed ones (for all the bells, whistles and waterparks), and ones with separate bedrooms (for when you just need a bit of quiet). From single-parent beach breaks to holidays designed especially for the tots to the cheapest family holiday destinations. we've got something for everyone. So, why not round up the kids and get away together? You might still be bickering, but at least you’ll be on the beach.

Best inflatables for 2023 - as rated by Josie Gibson

Newsflash: pools aren't just for swimming in! They're for dunking in, diving in and floating about in an inflatable aubergine hammock (or whatever you fancy floating around in). Thankfully, Josie Gibson - our new CFO (Chief Fun Officer) is here to make that decision a whole lot easier for you. She's crowned the top 10 inflatables that're guaranteed to float your boat this summer.

Give the video a watch for a sneak peek at some of Josie's hilarious ratings, and you can read the full results over on our blog. Oh, and if you fancy snapping up any of these inflatables for the kids (or for yourself - no judging here 👀), then you can head over to our Holiday Kiosk to pick up all your essential holi-bits and holi-bobs 🌴

Why choose On the Beach for your family holiday?

For starters, we know what's what. Entertainment for the little ones so you never have to hear those dreaded two words ('I'm bored') while you're away. All-inclusive deals for unlimited chips and ice cream by the pool. (And there's food for the kids, too.)

We don't like to blow our own trumpet, but we send over 1.5 million people away on their holidays every year, and we'd love you to be part of the family. Plus, with our flexible payment options and low deposits, you can book with confidence without the stress of huge pay-outs. Oh, and we always like to add a little something *extra* to make your holiday that bit more special - like our perks, which everyone can enjoy. You're welcome.

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Our top hotels for families

We don’t like picking favourites, but if we had to, these would be right up there. We've got cheap holidays so you can get the whole family away without breaking the bank, and you can jet off whenever suits - whether you're looking for that classic summer holiday or some good 'ol winter sun.

All-inclusive family holidays

All-inclusive holidays are about taking care of the boring bits (booking activities, paying at the bar - yawn 🥱), so you can focus on the good stuff. Poolside cocktail? You got it. Post-swim ice cream? Help yourself. Entertainment for everyone? Well, you get the idea. 

Family holidays with waterparks

Bigger is better, right? We’re talking about waterparks obviously, and these hotels have some of the best - so you don’t even need to leave the resort! Raft rides, lazy rivers and twisting tube slides that make you wish you didn’t have that second ice cream after lunch. We’ve got it all, so why not bag a half-term holiday for you and the kids? Highlight of your year? Sorted.

Best destinations for family holidays

There are loads of places to keep on your radar for a family holiday, whether you're looking for the best beaches, the biggest pools or the liveliest kids' clubs. Turkey's an absolute shout for getting your money's worth, with all-inclusive hotels that really do have everything. Waterparks, daily activities, restaurants everywhere you turn - the lot. And if you're just after a classic beach break (if it ain't broke, don't fix it), then Spain is always a winner. The Canary Islands even stay sunny through the winter months - perfect for jetting off in October half term or the Christmas holidays. So...where do you fancy?

Cheap family holidays

Beach breaks? We love ‘em. Beach breaks on a budget? We love ‘em even more. Getting the whole clan away can be a bit pricey, but - luckily - we’ve got just the hotels for you if you’re after maximum fun for minimum spend. All that on top of our flexible payments scheme? You're practically robbing us blind.

Family holidays with kids' clubs

Sometimes you just need a bit of peace and quiet while the kids are off colouring in and playing dress-up. We get it. That’s why we’ve got loads of hotels with kids’ clubs, activities and mini discos, so there’s no chance of the young ones getting bored - and no chance of you getting sick of them!

Family-friendly LGBTQ+ Holidays

When we say we offer family holidays for everyone, we aren’t lying. These LGBTQ-friendly hotels are perfect for getting the whole family away, and everyone can be themselves. Just how it should be. Sun it up in Mexico or get away to Gran Canaria - wherever you choose, you can relax in our most inclusive hotels where everyone is free to be exactly who they want to be.

Relaxing family holidays

If non-stop fun and games isn’t your style, maybe we can tempt you with one of these bad boys. That’s right, family hotels don’t always have to be packed with entertainment. A little luxury holiday never hurt anyone... Sometimes you just want somewhere to sunbathe, snack and swim. What a combo.

Forking out for that big family jolly got you down? No need. We're all about getting you from bed to beach without you having to sell your comic book collection to get there. No hassle, no hidden fees, no hefty price tags - just you, the kids and a couple of suitcases. Our deposits would absolutely ace the beach limbo contest, because they are low. Like, £30pp low. Plus, with our flexible payment options, you can pay your way. You could be sipping cocktails while the kids wrestle over their inflatable unicorn in no time.

On the blog

We live and breathe holidays, but we also blog about them. From beach reads to activities that'll keep the kids entertained for hours, check out our blog for even more inspiration for your family holiday...

Hotel Highlight

Sol Palmanova - Palma Nova, Majorca

Massive lagoon pool for dunking into ✔️ Sun loungers for sprawling out on ✔️ Activities to keep the kids quiet ✔️✔️✔️ Bag a stay at this place and you'll get an exclusive FUN PASS, which sort of speaks for itself, but if you really want us to spell it out - it gives you direct access to guaranteed FUN at Katmandu Theme Park. So, it shouldn't really come as a shock that this bad boy takes top spot as our 'Hotel Highlight' for family holidays. It's even got a cocktail bar for you and the adults, and a poolside bar where you can load up on ice cream. Did someone say perfection?

Sol Palmanova Hotel

Family hotels with separate bedrooms

Listen, the kids are great. We love them. But sometimes being bunched into one room just isn’t the vibe, and you might fancy a late-night sangria (or a cheeky Ouzo if you're in Greece) without disturbing them. That’s where these hotels come in, with either apartments, separate bedrooms or partitioned rooms with sliding doors - so you can have the best of both worlds.

💡 Our Top Tip!

Keeping the kids entertained on holiday is one thing, but what about during the journey? Portable games, colouring books and small toys are easy to throw in your hand luggage, and when you're sat next to a quiet, happy child on the plane, you'll thank yourself. Who said the family fun can't start ASAP?

Going abroad in the school holidays

Fitting your family holiday around the school holidays is almost as stressful as trying to organise Hair Wash Day. And 10x as expensive. Firstly there's deciding when to actually go (Easter? Summer? Christmas?), and then there's deciding where. But before you get your swimwear in a twist, we've got your back. We've put together a handy Family Beach Index, and we've picked out some of our best school holiday deals below - so you can grab a bargain for the whole fam!

Family holidays for babies and toddlers

Buggy? ✔️ Travel cot? ✔️ Babysitter? If only. You’ve got enough to remember as it is when you’re jetting off with the little ones, so let our toddler-friendly hotels take care of the rest. Whether you're off to Turkey, Spain or somewhere in between, we've got hotels that'll make your holiday with the tots an absolute doddle. We’re talking high chairs, baby clubs and even homemade baby food in some cases (Evenia Olympic Resort, we’re looking at you). What can we say? We don’t do things by halves 🤷

Family holidays for teenagers

So you’ve got the teens with you? We feel you. Splash pools and kids’ clubs just aren’t going to cut it anymore. They need something cool, like these top-tier hotels for teenagers. Multiple pools for multiple swims. Games rooms so they can escape the heat. And, obviously, Wi-Fi so they can share those perfect snaps to Insta. That’s right, we’re down with the kids.


Where's the cheapest place to go for a family holiday?

The cheapest destinations for family holidays vary, but Turkey hotels are great value for money - packed with all-day entertainment, whopping waterparks and food for the whole family. If some laidback family fun in the sun is more your vibe, then Majorca and Menorca are both great options too.

Where's the best place to go for a family holiday?

Family holidays are all about keeping everyone entertained. If you're travelling with the kids, we'd recommend somewhere close to the beach with mild temperatures so it's not too hot for the little ones. Spain and parts of Greece are both absolute classics when it comes to a family beach break.

How can I do a family holiday on a budget?

Yes, it is possible. We've always got our top deals where you can be sure you're bagging a bargain, but destinations such as Spain and Turkey are a great place to start when looking for great value. On top of that, our low deposits and our FlexiPay options mean that you can secure your holiday for as little as possible, and pay your way, so there's no pressure to pay out one big sum.

What are the best holidays for kids?

When it comes to travelling with the kids, having everything boxed off before your travels is a must. That's where all-inclusive holidays make everything hassle-free, with buffet breakfasts, ice creams, daily activities and evening entertainment - all included. You don't need to lift a finger.

Where can I travel to with a short flight time?

Short flights mean that you can jet off for your dose of sun, sand and sea without the kids getting antsy and without having to spend a full day of your holiday travelling. Spanish favourites such as Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca are all ideal for a family beach break, and Canary Islands such as Lanzarote and Tenerife are only a few hours away, too.

Where are the best holiday destinations for teenagers?

As long as you've got some cool activities and a good Wi-Fi connection, you're sorted. We're kidding. Well, kind of. If you're travelling with a teen who doesn't like to sit still, then hotels in Turkey and Cyprus almost always have a waterpark to explore, Spain always has something going on at the beach, and if you fancy somewhere a bit more long haul, then the Maldives is literally known for its watersports, because each hotel is like its own little island. And if your teen just likes to kick back and take it easy? All you need is a good pool, a good beach and some good food. Luckily, we've got plenty of hotels that tick all those boxes, so you can take your pick.

What protection does On the Beach offer?

All of our flight-inclusive package holiday customers continue to be protected by the ATOL scheme and all of our customers’ hotel and transfer monies in relation to such packages are secured in a regulated, ring-fenced trust account.

For more information about your protection when booking with On the Beach please see our protection promise page.

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