Family holidays in August
By William and Sally Gray, Editors of 101 Family Holidays
Looking for family holidays in August 2016? We’ve got some great ideas for you both at home and abroad, whether you’re looking for a luxury break or a budget getaway during the school holidays. We have tips for families with children of all ages from babies all the way up to teenagers.
Obviously, August is high season which means high prices and busy resorts, as well as high temperatures in the Mediterranean. However, you can still get a deal if you travel late. Depart the UK in the last week of August and you’ll find prices significantly lower. Or you could save money by choosing a less obvious destination, such as the Alps (which are beautiful in summer) or see our pick of the best self-catering options for families.
UK family holidays in August
If you fancy a beach holiday in the UK, we recommend the Isle of Wight. Book with Blue Chip Holidays which has some great-value self-catering accommodation.
On the glorious coast of Cornwall Sands Resort Hotel is superb for families with lots of activities for kids and family-friendly rooms. Check out the latest special offers. Also In Cornwall we love Gwel an Mor which has five star wooden lodges and its own wildlife centre. See the latest special offers.
If you’re on a budget there are some great options including camping with Haven. It has 35 family holiday parks close to beaches and beauty spots with caravan holiday homes, three-bedroom tents, new safari tents, traditional yurts and chalets. If you have your own equipment, try a Haven Touring Holiday.
We’ve found more than 100 dog-friendly cottages around the UK while – for active families – we recommend the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel which has lots of sports including cycling, wake-boarding, windsurfing, water-skiing, fishing and horse-riding.
In the Channel Islands, the Merton Hotel in Jersey has everything that parents and children could wish for. The large suites and serviced apartments are perfect families with facilities that include an Aquadome (pools, slides, fountains, sauna and steam room) along with a superb outdoor pool complex, including a Flowrider where kids can learn to surf.
Sheepskin has some beautiful (and unusual) cottages that provide a perfect solution for families, with no supplement during school holidays.
See our full guide to the best family holidays in England.
Mediterranean holidays in August
The Mediterranean is ideal for family holidays in August. Renting a private villa is a great option. We recommend the Greek islands of Corfu, Paxos and Lefkada, and gorgeous Kefalonia in the Ionians. We also love these villas at Pendamodi in rural Crete. See the latest offers.
If your kids like splashing about in pools – and you like a bargain – try First Choice SplashWorld which is a collection of 24 all-inclusive hotels, each with its own water park on site or next door plus free supervised children’s clubs.
In Spain we’ve found some great villas in Mallorca and on the mainland in Catalunya (see the special offers) and Andalusia. In the pretty town of Sitges close to Barcelona, these designer villas are great for families.
If you’re on a budget we recommend Siblu, which has a selection of villages in France that have comfortable mobile homes plus large swimming pools, free children’s clubs and sports. See the latest offers.
If you’re looking for a hotel in the Mediterranean, check out the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort in Cyprus. In Puglia, in the south of Italy, the award-winning Borgo Egnazia hotel has two kids clubs along with golf and spa for the grown-ups. If you have teenagers, go for the four-star Gattarella Resort.
Also in Greece, the Westin Resort Costa Navarino has really worked out how to please kids of all ages with its powder white sand beaches and endless facilities including water slides, bowling alley, adventure playground, two golf courses, mountain biking, open air cinema and water sports from paddle boarding to scuba-diving.
You could explore the Med with P&O Cruises – the best of the big cruise lines for families. We recommend the Britannia, which has great sports and entertainment facilities, and Ventura, which has an outstanding kids club. Both offer in-cabin baby listening plus a night nursery for children aged six months to five years, open daily from 6pm – 2am.
If your kids enjoys cycling, how about hopping aboard a cycling holiday in an unspoilt region of Europe. Popular destinations include Brittany and the Loire Valley in France, and the Catalan coast of Spain (with a few nights in Barcelona). Luggage is transported for you, and there’s a friendly family hotel at the end of each day.
If you have active teenagers, check out Powder Byrne’s new PB Sports Academies which will be held this summer in Sardinia, Elba, Sintra and Crete – featuring luxury accommodation, extensive facilities and professional training in tennis, football, surfing, sailing, scuba diving, water skiing and wake boarding.
You could hop aboard a gulet to sail along the coast of Turkey during the school summer holidays.
For a more exclusive adventure, take the children on a guided gulet cruising holiday along the coast of Turkey, Italy or Greece. You’ll be on a traditional Turkish gulet which is perfect for visiting deserted coves and swimming in clear seas. A guide will show the family around local cultural sites.
We’ve also found some great single parent activity holidays including glamping breaks in tipis and wigwams and ‘bucket and spade’ resorts in Majorca. Their August holiday in Pembroke, on the Welsh coast, is an annual favourite.
Family holidays in the countryside
You could take an independent family walking holiday with Inntravel, where you walk from hotel to hotel with no fixed itinerary as your luggage is transported for you. Popular destinations include Spain’s Catalan Coast and the Italian Dolomites.
If you’re travelling with a large family or group of friends, you could rent a chateau in the French countryside – for example, Chateau Joncaises in the Lot Valley sleeps up to 16. See the latest special offers.
Long haul family holidays in August
This can be a great time of year to spread your wings and go long haul. Unlike in Europe, you won’t pay a premium for travelling in the school summer holidays, and lots of places enjoy good weather in our summer.
The Caribbean is popular in August. We recommend the all-inclusive Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua which is set in 30 acres of beaches, pools and gardens and has non-motorised watersports – with instruction – included in the price.
Another great all-inclusive option is Beaches Resorts which has well-equipped and stylish hotels in Turks & Caicos, plus Negril, Boscobel and Sandy Bay in Jamaica. For very young children, we love Carlisle Bay in Antigua.
Japan is a non-stop whirl of excitement. Children of all ages love the high-tech, neon-lit cities where they can discover the home of manga comics, anime, Hello Kitty and Tamagotchi. Ride the bullet train, visit a Samurai castle and explore the wooden buildings of ancient Kyoto. See more family holidays in Japan.
Kenya is one of the best African destinations for families in August. Try this amazing 12-day wildlife and beach family safari. Or this Kenya Migration Family Safari which includes three nights in Rekero Camp, sleeping in comfortable family tents.
If you don’t want take malaria tablets, go to South Africa where you can view the Big Five in malaria free safari reserves such as Madikwe and Pilanesberg, both well known for their excellent children’s programmes.
Madagascar is great to visit in August: children can track lemurs on foot at night, take a whale-watching trip, enjoy stunning beaches and explore a pirate cemetery. This lemur tracking safari is a great introduction. You can also enjoy the thrill of a horse riding safari in Kenya or Botswana.
Choose between a great selection of self drive adventures in the USA including an epic five-day family rafting trip down Cataract Canyon (minimum age 10). Take a guided hikes through Utah’s Arches National Park and discover Native American culture in Monument Valley.
Thailand is always popular with families – there is a ton of things to see and do, people are friendly, the food is wonderful and prices are low. Try this Thailand with Teens tour for kids aged 12 and over.
It’s the dry season in Borneo – the best time of year to visit. This is a great destination for adventurous kids, combining orang-utans, rainforest, tribal culture, hiking and beaches. See this selection of family itineraries.
Indonesia is fast emerging as one of the most exciting destinations for adventure family holidays. Try sailing, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, water-skiing, snorkelling and scuba-diving. A 14-day tour of Java and Bali includes an elephant-back adventure, horse-riding, white-water rafting and a volcano trek.
Few destinations in Asia are more thrilling than Vietnam – a vibrant, welcoming country with bustling cities, colourful temples, white-sand beaches and exciting street food. It’s low season in July, so not too crowded.
Last updated: 27 November 2015
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