Half-term is over – which means it’s time to start thinking about your next family holiday. Got full-of-beans kids on your hands? Take a look at these six hotels that go above and beyond when it comes to family-friendly activities…
Compete in the (Candy) Olympics in Dubai
What with its waterpark and aquarium, you’d expect Atlantis The Palm to have its kids’ clubs down pat. And sure enough, this legendary Dubai hotel has got an arm’s length activity line-up that changes every year.
Our current favourite is the Candy Olympics, where 3- to 12-year-olds can run relays, go on scavenger hunts, compete to become Maltesers Masters – and even play a real-life game of Candy Crush.
Whip around a Greek race track
Inspired by Lewis Hamilton’s win at the Mexican Grand Prix? Then have a go at the F1-style go-kart course at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino. All ages and levels of experience are welcome, plus there are instructors on hand if you need tips on how to tackle the course.
If you’re already a go-karting pro, then just jump in one of the brand new CRG karts and put the pedal to the metal. Top-spec timekeeping systems and evening floodlights mean you can get some serious racing under your belt.
Cycle through the Sri Lankan countryside
There are loads of ways to get under the skin of Sri Lanka – but mountain biking and hiking are the most fun. The Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa takes you out on to the car-free lanes, past peaceful villages, and through the national park-packed countryside of the Southern Province.
Go stand-up paddling in the Algarve
Stand-up paddling (SUP) is a great way of seeing the red cliffs and caramel beaches of the Algarve.
The Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel has instructors that will help you get to grips with your board and recommend routes. SUP is best for over-16s, thanks to the size of the boards, but little kids can try out body-boarding instead – or oceanside kite sessions.
Prefer to keep your feet on dry land? The Martinhal also offers football and tennis academies where children can train with kids their own age.
Paddle down ancient Mexican rivers
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla is only a 20-minute drive away from Xcaret, the Riviera Maya’s resident eco-park.
It’s all activities all the time here, but one of the best bits is the Underground River system. This natural network of waterways runs through a mangrove forest. Just grab the kids, get kitted out in life-jackets, and go with the flow – and remember to keep your eyes peeled for bright pink flamingos.
See the Sardinian coast from horseback
The Chia Laguna Resort lounges along a sandy bay in South Sardinia – the perfect setting for a spot of horse-riding.
Professional guides will take you out on the trails that meander along this gorgeously rugged jag of coastline. Follow them along sandy coves or up to lighthouse-topped headlands.