If you are travelling with young children, an all inclusive holiday can be absolutely ideal. You don’t have to worry about finding a restaurant and budgeting for meals, as all of your food will be provided at the resort. When you book you will know exactly what the total cost of your trip will be so that you don’t have to worry about your budget while you are away. Your kids can have as many snacks and drinks as they like whenever they are hungry or thirsty and it will not cost you any extra. Most resorts also have special events and activities for young children which make entertaining the little ones very easy.
There are many different types of all inclusive holiday resorts and some of them are more suited to children than others. There are certain resorts which are more oriented to couples and others that are very family friendly. It is important to take the time to find a family friendly resort as this will make your holiday much more enjoyable.
What should you look for when choosing an all inclusive resort for you and your family? Here are some of the features to look for which will make your trip more enjoyable:
A Kid’s Activity Club
Many of the family oriented resorts will have a kids club, which is a great feature for family travel. These clubs are designed to provide activities, events, arts and crafts, sports and other fun things for kids to do around the resort.
They are a place where your kids can go meet other visitors their age and make new friends, which will keep them from being homesick and bored on their holiday. It will also give you a chance to drop them off in the care of an experienced activity leader for an hour or two while you enjoy a quiet meal or a walk on the beach. Kids clubs can also have fun and education activities which allow little ones to learn more about the destination they are visiting.
When you are booking at an all inclusive resort, make sure that you inquire about the kid’s club to find out more information. What ages does it cater for? Can your kids be left there unattended? Is there a nursery for babies and toddlers? What sorts of activities are involved?
It is also important that the resort that you choose is safe for children. Many of the best family friendly resorts have automatic childproofing in the guest rooms and extra child accessories such as stepstools and baby bathtubs. Before you go, you should speak to a representative of the resort about how child-safe they are.
One of the major dangers to babies and young toddlers is the swimming pool. There should be lifeguards present and a security fence around the pool, so that a toddler cannot wander off and fall in. The best set up is a separate kid’s pool with safe and shallow water and lots of fun toys to play with. Your older children who are stronger swimmers can play in the deeper pool while you watch over the little ones in the shallow water.
You might be thinking that you want to take a break from cooking when you go on holiday and that you don’t need a kitchen when all of your meals are included with the resort. However, having a suite or a bungalow with a small kitchen can actually make travelling with kids a lot easier. Simply fill it with a few simple food items that are quick to prepare. This means that every time someone is hungry you don’t have to drag the kids away from the beach, get them dressed and go sit down for a meal in a restaurant.
You can also use the sink to wash out baby bottles and the fridge to store water, juice and kid-friendly snacks. Shop at the local supermarket and you will find basic food ideas are very affordable.
The most important feature of all to look for is the attitude of the managers of the resort. When you mention that you are bringing your children while booking on the phone, do they quietly sigh or are they enthusiastic? Do the staff get annoyed with children hanging around or do they engage with them in a friendly way? You want to go somewhere that your family feels welcome and appreciated.
It’s hard to tell this from the brochure, so be sure to read online reviews from other families who have stayed in the past to find out how they felt during their holiday.
These are just a few of the features to look for in a child friendly holiday resort. When you find the ideal holiday resort it will not only make your holiday easier and less stressful, it will also be more fun as well.
When you are booking all inclusive holidays at resorts for your family, here are some child-friendly features to look for.