Enjoying the perfect family holiday revolves greatly around the type of hotel you stay in. The best child friendly hotels should allow you to relax and keep the kids entertained at the same time. It’s all about finding that happy medium. So what should you look for when choosing the right place to stay? Should it be all about the kids first, or should you look for somewhere with more balance?
Kids Club Entertainment
Hotels that include a kids club programme can really take the pressure of keeping the whole family entertained. Typically they include a jam-packed day full of activities to suit younger guests. Some companies, such as Thomas Cook have iconic children’s characters to interact with and entertain. Kids discos, pool activities and sports are just some of the brilliant activities on offer. The majority of kids clubs cater for children between the ages of 4 and 12, but it’s always worth checking the age range before you book.
A Great Kids Menu
Don’t forget to check what’s on the menu for the kids. If you have fussy eaters it could make or break the holiday! You also don’t want your children eating the same typical ‘kids menu’ food day in and day out. A good child-friendly hotel should offer a nutritious variety of meals for both kids and adults. The kid’s menu should not be an afterthought and if it is, it’s often a reflection of everything else ‘child-friendly’.
An On-Site Creche
For the very small guests, it’s nice to have a safe environment to leave your younger ones if you’d like a few hours relaxing close-by. You should in no way feel guilty at getting a few hours alone time on your family holiday. You will be spending most of your time together anyway.
It’s all very well having separate clubs and kids-only zones, but what about those all-important family moments? Look for a hotel in close proximity to other facilities that you can enjoy as a family. Consider choosing a hotel that puts a real focus on family activities. Family film nights, family-based evening entertainment. A hotel near the beach is often surrounded by water sports, evening shows, crazy golf and plenty more to do together.
Check the Small Things
It’s all those small things that add up to make a huge difference. A child-friendly check-in process which gives the kids their own check-in cards. Activity sheets and games in the restaurant to keep mealtimes entertaining. These are the things you can live without on a holiday, but often they are just the things that demonstrate how family-focused a hotel really is.
At All4KidsUK we can help you find some of the best child friendly hotels and holidays in the UK. You don’t need to go abroad with the family to have a great time. From cottage breaks to leisure resorts, the UK is bursting with family friendly locations and some of the best places to stay.