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Family time is important. So, when it comes to finding the perfect family holiday, it can often feel like a balancing act of finding the right destination with the perfect hotel that will fulfil your needs, whilst keeping the kids entertained. With that in mind, we have taken the stress out of planning a holiday by selecting our 10 all-time favourite family hotels that will be sure to tick all the boxes.

1. Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Adventure for children of all ages (including big kids at heart), Atlantis, The Palm provides an all-encompassing family experience. Seek thrills or relaxation at the Aquaventure Park, with its network of rides and slides, alongside a pristine 700 metre beach. For some adult-time, keep kids entertained with the variety of activities on offer at the kids club including an underwater theatre experience and a pirate adventure, which promises mysterious treasure hunts. When hunger ensues, satisfy even the pickiest of eaters with a casual 'grab and eat' burger or the authentic tastes of Italy at Rhonda Locatelli.

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Oman / 2. Shangri-la al Jissah Resort & Spa - Al Waha

 

Oman's first dedicated family hotel, Al Waha, nestled at the foot of the majestic Hajar Mountains is a serene oasis with panoramic views of the Sea of Oman. All interconnecting family rooms offer beautiful views of the gardens and pools surrounded with date palm trees. Along the beach, enjoy camel and pony rides, together with a range of different watersports. Demonstrating their focus on local conservation, the hotel hosts a Turtle Ranger programme which nurtures new hatchings and protects turtle nests. For dining, savour the international flavours of Samba or opt for the child-friendly treats at Surf Café.

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Antigua / 3. Blue Waters & The Cove Suites

 

An established family favourite, Blue Waters, Antigua is where crystal clear Caribbean waters lap gently against three secluded beach coves for a private and safe family holiday. Led by highly-experienced staff, The Blue Waters Kids Club provides a range of complimentary activities including tennis, cricket, ice cream trips and arts & crafts. For those who love the water, the warm sea entices you to participate in a host of active pursuits; from snorkelling and kayaking to windsurfing. Fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

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Naples, Florida / 4. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and Naples

 

Offering the best of both worlds, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando is nestled within serene gardens, yet its central location makes it the ideal base to reach Disney, Universal and Sea World. Aside from theme park thrills, families can enjoy kayaking, eco tours or a spot of tennis. Adults can enjoy personal time within the poolside cabanas, whilst children take part in an extensive kids program. Double up on the family fun with Ritz-Carlton Naples, on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Relax on the pristine beaches and explore the surrounding waters, whilst also visiting the local art galleries, museums and botanical gardens.

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5. Eagles Palace, Greece

Engulfed by the white sandy beaches of Halkidiki and the monastery-strewn hillsides of Mount Athos, Eagles Palace is renowned for its impressive views, attention to detail and family-friendly facilities. Whilst parents enjoy some much deserved 'me time' with therapeutic treatments or a cocktail on the blue flag beach, children can enjoy supervised water-based activities including kayaking, snorkelling and sailing trips. When the family gets together to share their adventures, why not savour in the international cuisine at Melathron Restaurant for a relaxed and charming dining experience.

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Vail, USA / 6. The Sebastian Vail

An authentic family experience, The Sebastian Vail provides impressive views of the Colorado Mountains within a supremely stylish and comfortable setting. Voted one of America's best Family Hotels, The Sebastian balances time with the kids with a little personal time to explore the slopes, indulge at Bloom Spa or peruse the shops and galleries. Battle Mountain Kids' Camp hosts activities for children throughout the year. In the winter, activities range from experimenting with snow slime to supervised excursions in Vail. Come summer, science projects, cooking classes and nature discovery will peak children's imaginations.

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Sagres / 7. Martinhal Beach Resort & Spa

 

Situated within a protected national park, Martinhal Beach Resort & Spa is considered to be one of Europe's finest family hotels. Start the day right with an energetic breakfast at surf-themed M Bar, with a 1970's VW Camper booth, a dedicated kid's bar with iPads and protected play area. An activity for every age group, Martinhal's Raposinhos club offers face painting and treasure hunts for toddlers and t-shirt printing, cookery classes and sports clubs for older children. If you have teenagers, keep them amused with a programme of outdoor activities including surfing, dolphin watching and diving experiences.

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Barbados / 8. Sandy Lane

 

The warm Barbadian hospitality at Sandy Lane will make you feel at home the minute you arrive. And the luxury suites and villas evoke true island spirit, whilst providing all the amenities you could possibly need. Besides the promise of white sands and warm turquoise waters, Sandy Lane offers a wealth of activities to keep kids occupied for hours. The Treehouse Club is a hub of entertainment, with everything from daily swim hours and watersport activities to golf and tennis. Even teenagers are catered for with their very own level, which includes pool tables and foosball, as well as Island tours and coastal cruises.

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9. The Ritz-Carlton Abama, Tenerife

Family adventures wait at The Ritz-Carlton Abama, as you discover the unique volcanic landscape of Guia de Isora. Whether it's a guided tour of Teide Volcano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site or exploring the island by boat, you will be sure to create lasting family memories. With the Ritz Kids experiences, adults can enjoy a round a golf or some world-class spa treatments, whilst kids become scientists exploring the natural world. Participating in a range of environmental and cultural activities, kids will learn about coral reefs, forests, local art and even food. Speaking of food, The Ritz Carlton houses 13 restaurants including the local-inspired Michelin-starred M.B and Kabuki.

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10. Anassa, Cyprus

Glorious surroundings, friendly staff and award-winning kids clubs make this a sure-fire choice for families with children of all ages. Perched on the cliffs of the Akamas Peninsula, just a few short steps from the beach, Anassa provides easy access to a range of watersports including water-skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and banana boat rides. The kids club is spilt into age categories and includes trained nannies to look after babies of up to 4 months, in addition to a host of activities for young and older children including learning how to sail or wakeboard.

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