If you’re thinking of taking a last-minute half-term holiday – you’ll need options fast! Perhaps you’re imagining a family escape that will entertain and educate, maybe it’s an action-packed adventure or simply a beach holiday with lots of sunshine. These five sensational destinations are certain to provide you with the inspiration you’re looking for.
Escape the ordinary in Slovenia
From fairytale lakes and islands to castles and caves, endless hidden wonders are waiting to be discovered in Slovenia. What might surprise you is that flights from the UK will get you here in just two hours, making this one of the most attractive family destinations.
Portoroz is one of the most enchanting medieval towns in Slovenia and a popular seaside resort. Soak up the sun on the white sands of Portoroz Beach or amble along the promenade lined with cafes and restaurants. The pristine turquoise waters of Lake Bled are perfect for swimming and a popular spot for water sports. Explore the Postojna Caves via an electric train or head to one of Slovenia’s amusement, water and theme parks for a day of pure joy.
Sun, sea and sand in Cyprus
Flights from the UK to Cyprus are just over four hours, making the country an ideal short-haul holiday destination. Both Larnaca and Paphos boast family-friendly resorts, show stopping beaches with unrivalled water sports and activities for all ages. There are plenty of fun outings to be had, take a unique safari ride on a camel at the Camel Park of Mazotos in Larnaca where the kids can interact with animals like ostriches, wallabies and llamas.
The park also has a 5D cinema, bumper cars and a mini train ride. The Aphrodite water park in Paphos will thrill with high-speed water slides while close encounters with animals like exotic chameleons, big cats and crocodiles will impress at Paphos Zoo.
The magic of Mexico
If you’re prepared to be in the air for a little longer, Mexico is one of the hottest family holiday destinations for 2019. And when it comes to idyllic allure, Mexico tops the list with its colonial charm, ruined temples and dazzling white sandy beaches. If you’re dreaming of warm waters and palm-tree-lined promenades, the all-inclusive resorts in Cancun will not disappoint.
This region offers high-octane water sports, child-friendly museums and the impressive Xcaret theme park complete with a water park and zoo. If you’re looking for adventure, you’ll relish zip-lining over dense jungle or thundering through lush rain forest in an off-road 4×4 jeep. You could also take the whole family back in time to discover the rich history and culture of Mexico City and the ancient Mayan temples of Chichen Itza.
Thailand is a calming tropical utopia, but it also has some of the world’s most lively and colourful cities. Yes, it’s a 10-hour flight, but if you want beautiful family-friendly beaches, you’re spoilt for choice; the beautiful waters of Bang Tao Beach in Phuket are perfect for little sandy toes, ice lollies and sandcastles, while Kata Beach suits older kids keen to learn to surf and boogie board.
The nightlife in Bangkok is legendary, so soak up the vibe, ride tuk-tuks and try out the famed street food scene. You may be travelling with kids, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out for cocktails. Children over seven are welcome at the Sky Bar atop the Lebua State Tower, perfect for a few sundowners to watch the city slowly turn golden and usher in the cityscape by night.
Family fun in Florida
For a family holiday unlike any other, you can’t beat Florida. Here, the theme parks, water parks and attractions are geared for children and the young at heart. Your tots will never forget magical encounters with their favourite Disney characters at Walt Disney World Resort while tweens and teens will be captivated by the adrenaline-fuelled water parks.
Universal Orlando Resort is the only place in the world where you can soar over Hogwarts with Harry Potter or swing through city streets with Spider-Man and the aquatic wonderland at SeaWorld Orlando will inspire and delight all ages. There’s a plethora of accommodation options including themed hotels like Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, resorts with fully-fledged water parks or a private villa close to your family’s favourite theme park.
Whether it’s short-haul or long-haul, make your last-minute half-term holiday one to remember. With plenty of incredible places to discover and memories just waiting to be made, all that’s left to do is choose your destination and look forward to where your next adventure will take you.