Family holidays in August
By William and Sally Gray, Editors of 101 Family Holidays
Looking for family holidays in August 2014? 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. 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 past 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).
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 have some dog-friendly cottages in the UK and – 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 while facilities 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. Our favourite propertiess include Lletty which is set in a forest clearing in Wales, and has its zip wire, trampoline and woodland to explore.
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 Menorca and on the mainland in Catalunya (see the special offers). There are some good-value villas with private pools in the French Vendee. If money is no object how about renting a luxury staffed villa, such as Quinta do Esperanca in the Algarve.
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.
Another option is Sunparks which has four holiday villages in Belgium, each based around a large covered pool complex with waterslides and wave machines, plus indoor and outdoor sports and a choice of restaurants and cafes. See the latest offers.
If you’re looking for a hotel in the Mediterranean, check out the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort in Cyprus and La Manga Club in Spain. It has amazing golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a luxury spa. See the latest offers.
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.
Another option is a Mediterranean beach club such as Club Vounaki in Greece (see the special offers) and the all-inclusive Sea Garden Beach Resort in Turkey. It has Kids Clubs from age 2 up to 17 (see the special offers).
You could hop aboard a gulet to sail along the coast of Turkey.
For a more exclusive adventure, take the children on a 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. Its August holiday in Pembroke,on the Welsh coast, is an annual favourite.
Family holidays in the countryside
Stay on a working farm in Italy – known as an agriturismo . Try La Casella in the Umbrian countryside between Rome and Florence – it has an excellent horse riding school as well as hiking, tennis and mountain biking.
Or a little more upmarket, stay at Borgo Scopeta Relais, a gorgeous country retreat near Siena that has lots of family facilities.
Long haul family holidays in August
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.
For very young children, we love Carlisle Bay in Antigua, while older kids will love the Cayman Islands as there is so much to do. You can stay in a beach suite at Caribbean Club or one of these two-bedroom Cotton Tree cottages.
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.
America awaits the adventurous. How about the freedom of the road on a motor home holiday or taste the life of a cowboy on a family ranching holiday. Favourite locations include White Stallion Ranch in Arizona and Black Mountain Ranch in Colorado.
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.
Or head to the Canadian Rockies for a luxury 10-day adventure holiday with Powder Byrne. Highlights include a seaplane flight to Vancouver Island, a sleeper train to Jasper National Park, horse riding in Banff and a helicopter flight over the Columbian Icefield.
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.
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