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Top 10 Short Haul Destinations for Families


Aphrodite and Adonis’ birthplace, Cyprus is a great place for families looking to relax and unwind under the sun with beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. Our selection of luxury family hotels and resorts offer something for everyone, from kids clubs to golf courses, the whole family will be entertained. For families seeking more than just a beach escape, daily excursions to the archaeological and mythical sites of the region can be arranged by the hotels, including visiting the majestic Aphrodite's Rock, where it is said that the goddess was born.


Egypt is the perfect family destination for year-round sunshine, stunning beaches and excellent snorkelling and diving. With all of this to offer plus excursions to the pyramids, an Egypt family holiday offers an exciting mix of culture, adventure and relaxation. All of our luxury resorts are hand-picked for families and they offer a wide range of exclusive facilities, some of which include ice skating and lazy river cruises. With plenty of delicious restaurants to choose from and colourful handicraft stands exhibiting local Bedouin culture, there is plenty to see and do in the area.

Greece and her islands

Perfect for a half term break or a longer summer holiday, Greece is one of our favourite short haul family destinations. From the mainland to the islands, this vibrant and colourful country has so much to offer families, both young and old.  We have a huge range of luxury accommodation to choose from offering daily excursions, excellent kids' clubs and a range of activities the whole family will enjoy. Greece's wonderful sunshine, beautiful beaches and rugged landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing family holiday.


Offering diverse landscapes, historical sites and stunning beaches, Italy is a country packed full of culture, food and wonderful experiences. Offering something for everyone, our range of luxury family friendly hotels and resorts vary from relaxing beach getaways to cultural city breaks. A country the kids will love, there is no need to worry about fussy eaters in Italy; pizza and pasta are the order of the day, and Italy also makes some of the best ice cream in the world. A tailored Multi Centre holiday is the perfect way to make the most of this wonderful country.



Portugal's warm Mediterranean climate and the short 2 hour flight makes it our most popular family holiday destination. Most of our family friendly resorts are nested in secluded spots of the Algarve region away from the more popular tourist destinations and offer wonderful kids clubs and an abundance of activities to keep the kids entertained. The fabulous golf courses, theme parks, zoos and outdoor activities offered in this region make it an ideal holiday destination for families.


Sardinia has traditionally been a destination for the discerning traveller, maybe as a result of D.H. Lawrence's book 'Sea and Sardinia', and this is why it features as one of the best places to visit as a family. It is quieter than Spain, the Algarve and the Canary Islands though no less beautiful in its surroundings. With its subtropical climate, golden beaches, beautiful towns and fabulous food; and a host of luxurious resorts, this is the perfect family holiday destination. 


While the Canary Islands tend to be the favoured Spanish family destination, Spain's mainland offers a different culture and experience for families seeking an alternative. Estepona on the Costa del Sol offers a great taste of Spain with its quaint village feel, fabulous food and beautiful coastline. Murcia in the south east is relatively untouched by tourism and offers stunning beaches, traditional architecture and a range of sightseeing opportunities.


The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is the perfect destination for a fun-filled family holiday. With year round sunshine, the island is home to beautiful colonial towns and volcanic mountains, but its the water sports that will be a hit with the kids - whale watching, windsurfing and the Siam Water Park - to name just a few. Our wide selection of family friendly hotels and resorts offer families fantastic kids and teens clubs, multiple pools, access to nearby golf courses and on-site spa and fitness centres for parents.


Turkey is the perfect destination to combine some holiday sun and cultural sights. With so many experiences to be had, explore the beautiful coastline, historic coastal towns and ancient ruins that are never far away; sip on apple tea and baklavas under the Middle Eastern sun, paddle in the shallow seas or play a round of golf.  End your day with a Turkish bath in the resort's spa while the kids play in the pool or enjoy the excellent facilities on offer at our wide selection of family friendly resorts.