With around 14% of British families now including three or more children, according to the Office for National Statistics, it’s important that parents with several children get the options – and the great value – that they need to enjoy a family holiday or break.
As family travel experts with decades of experience, we recognise that having four or more children can make getting away, both logistically and when it comes to keeping to a budget, tricky. Holidays such as ours, which include free childcare for ages 2–17 and a huge array of complimentary activities for all ages, including watersports, can certainly help.
We also have several appealing accommodation options for larger families, as follows:
• Chalet hotel Aiguille Percée, French Alps. This superb ski hotel with views over the family-friendly resort of Tignes can sleep up to seven in its Superior Apartments.
• Levante Beach Resort, Greece. Our five-star flagship beach property on the island of Rhodes can sleep up to six people in its Large Deluxe and Large Superior suites (a king-size master bedroom, 2 sofa beds in the living room, an extra fold-up bed and a cot). Meanwhile, Deluxe Interconnecting rooms sleep up to eight (in a double and twin room, or two twins, with two extra fold-up beds and two cots).
• Laikitira Beach Resort, Greece. Our lively Kos resort can sleep up to six people in two interconnecting rooms (a double and a twin with an extra bed or cot in each).
Our Top Tips for Travelling with 4+ Children
• Consider a half-board, full-board or all-inclusive hotel or resort. Paying for meals for six or more people will send your holiday budget soaring.
• Don’t fall prey to the temptation to try to squeeze yourselves into smaller accommodation than you really need – everyone will be uncomfortable and unhappy. Additionally, even if you can fit into one room, consider how much pleasanter it will be to spread out across interconnecting rooms – a week or two is a long time to go without any parental privacy!
• Remember that in family resorts, interconnecting rooms do tend to get booked up first, especially with ski properties, so do book as early as you can.
• Allocate plane seats, beds and rooms before you travel, to avoid tantrums, squabbles and sulking.
• Book a hotel or resort with free babylistening/evening crèche services to save money on babysitting.
• Find a hotel or resort with facilities and activities for kids of all ages – crèches, playgrounds and paddling pools for younger children, for instance, but also clubs for older kids and spaces in which they can chill out together. Plenty of outdoor space is also important.
• When you are all together, make a loose plan to stop family members arguing about what to do when.
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