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    Family holidays in February half term

    By Mark Frary, Editor of 101 Family Holidays

    Looking for family holidays in February half term? Here are some exciting ideas for you and your family both at home and abroad, whatever your budget. You’ll find recommendations for families with children of all ages through to teenagers.

    Family holidays in February half term 2015

    Half term holidays in Europe

    The Mediterranean is still a bit chilly in February. You may get some sunny days if you head south, but the sea will be cold and you could be unlucky and get some rain. The best strategy is to go to a hotel with plenty going on. Look for sports facilities, indoor pools and lots of organised activities.

    The weather is likely to be very good in the Canaries – arguably the best short haul destination at this time of year. I recommend the Abama Golf & Spa Resort in Tenerife and the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort in Lanzarote which has kids clubs from babies up to 16 years of age.

    In the Western Algarve, the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is stylish and perfect for tots and babies (the kids club takes children from 6 months). Alternatively, you could rent a luxury villa with private pool in the Algarve. Examples include Quinta Nautica which has a children’s play area, pool table and heated pool.

    It’s also worth considering a villa in Mallorca or Corfu or Catalunya, or the beautiful Sani Resort in Halkidiki, Greece. If you’re travelling with a large family or group of friends, you could rent a chateau in France and take advantage of low-season prices.

    Cyprus has a great climate in winter and the Almyra is a great beachfront hotel for families. Its stylish contemporary design belies a very child-friendly attitude.

    It’s only a four-hour flight from the UK to the Canary Islands, where you can expect great weather in February. I’m particularly impressed with the new Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife which is great choice for teenagers, music lovers and families that enjoy lively hotels with lots of activities. There are children’s clubs for all ages and you can get musical instruments delivered to your room and create your own DJ sets.

    February half term is peak period on the ski slopes of Europe. If you are happy to pay premium prices, I recommend Esprit Ski which offers superb childcare and family-friendly chalet hotels. See its latest special offers. Also take a look at Peak Retreats for good value skiing in France.

    Iceland is only a three-hour flight away. You have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights while touring this dramatic country – try an off-road trip in a 4WD Superjeep to get up close to natural wonders such as waterfalls, bubbling mud pools and exploding geysers.

    If you’re on your own, check out these single parent holidays with Single with Kids.

    Long haul holidays in February half term

    You don’t need to fly great distances to find decent weather. Fleewinter has some great family itineraries in Morocco – check out this combination of Marrakech, the Essaouira coast and the Atlas Mountains. Or try the more adventurous Moroccan Circle, which includes a journey into the Sahara.

    Six hours flying time gets you to Dubai where you can expect 27ºC and 9 hours of daily sun in late February. For younger kids, I recommend staying at the One and Only Royal Mirage The Palace which has fabulous programmes for ages 4-11 and is close to a lot of the attractions. For teenagers, try the Atlantis, The Palm, which has its own Aquaventure Waterpark, or the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, which offers 50 activities and free entry to the Wild Wadi Water Park.

    If you’d rather explore desert dunes than shopping malls, head to Oman which has the same climate as Dubai but more Arabian culture. The best hotels for families include the Al Waha and the Al Bandar.

    British Airways now has direct flights to Costa Rica which offers thrilling activities including zip lining, white-water rafting, canoeing, surfing and rainforest walks. This 7-night Signature Costa Rica trip can be squeezed into a half-term.

    The Caribbean is perfect in February. It’s just 8 hours to Antigua then a short transfer to the all-inclusive Verandah Resort & Spa which has plenty to keep teenagers busy including non-motorised watersports and free instruction.

    Babies and tots are well catered for at the Round Hill in Jamaica while the all-inclusive Beaches Resorts have fantastic hotels in the Turks & Caicos and Negril, Boscobel and Sandy Bay in Jamaica.

    See this impressive collection of all-inclusive hotels in Barbados that are all ideal for families. Some have free kids clubs, including Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels.

    If your family are keen on active holidays, you could set off together on an adventure in Vietnam with Selective Asia, or combine elephants, jungles and beaches in Sri Lanka.

    It’s summer time in Mauritius where this collection of family hotels has special offers and free kids clubs with lots of free sports, including water-skiing. Also check out the beautiful The Residence Mauritius (see more offers).

    February is a great time of year to visit South Africa. You can do it in a week with overnight flights, no jetlag and no anti-malarials required. Check out this trip to Cape Town, the Garden Route and a safari.

    It’s also a good time for a safari and beach holiday in Tanzania – take an overnight flight then a light aircraft to Selous Impala Camp, where elephants roam freely and you will take game drives to see lion, giraffes and hippos. After a few days of adventure, head to Breezes Beach Club, a charming hotel with cottages scattered along the beach.

    February half term holidays in the UK

    February is also a great time to rent a cottage in Cornwall – see this selection of 350 family-friendly properties. Or pick from a choice of self-catering accommodation in Devon with Helpful Holidays – all at low-season prices.

    Other great British holiday options include adventure holidays and summer camps in England, Scotland and Wales with PGL, and the gorgeous Sands Resort Hotel in Cornwall.

    If you want an authentic farm experience, staying in a cosy cottage or converted barn on a working farm, try Holiday Cottages.

    If that sounds a bit chilly, take a look at where’s hot in February. and where is warm in February in Europe.

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    Last updated: 19 January 2018

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