There are so many different types of holiday accommodation you can choose from when planning your family vacation including: camping grounds (tent, caravan or chalet), family hostels, B&B’s, motels, hotels, family resorts, self contained apartments/villas, and cruise ships.
So how do you choose the right place for your family?
Tips for choosing the right type of family holiday accommodation when travelling with kids:
The type of holiday accommodation that you choose will depend on several factors.
Ask yourself these questions to help you decide which will be the best type of accommodation for you.
- Where you are going?
- Why you are going? Visiting family, sightseeing, relaxation.
- When are you going? Is it summer or winter?
- What are you doing when you get there?
- How long are you going for?
- And then there is the BUDGET which ultimately will make the final choice for you.
Tips for choosing holiday accommodation that best meets you family travel needs:
I start by looking at the facilities an accommodation offers and then move on to the rooms and restaurants.
However you decide what’s most important in holiday accommodation for you and start there.
You can find most of the following information on the accommodations official website or reviewer forums (just take the reviews with a grain of salt as some people who review will only advise of the negatives and leave out the positives.)
- The price of accommodation will alter according to the season either: low, medium or high.
- One of the most important things to find out: Is your accommodation family friendly?
- Choose a place that will suit all ages of your family and that will comfortably fit all your family.
- Can they provide baby services such as cots, highchairs, food warmers and baby sitters. Book these items when you book your accommodation.
- If you are spending alot of time at your accommodation do they have kids clubs that are appropriate for the ages of your children? Or at least playgrounds or games rooms to keep them occupied.
- Do they have children’s meals in the restaurant?
- Is there a supermarket nearby to buy supplies?
- Remember that hotel restaurants and mini bars are usually more expensive than if you go out.
- So check what restaurants will be nearby.
- Or consider a self contained apartment, the extra cost may be worth it (but remember you will be cooking and cleaning).
- Maybe an all-inclusive deal would suit you better.
- Consider safety when choosing your accommodation.
- Check the room on arrival and have socket protectors (or prearrange with the hotel if travelling overseas) or take masking tape to cover.
- Move sharp items in the kitchen up high.
- Use bottled water for brushing teeth.
- Lock balcony doors if you have toddlers.
- Ensure smoke detectors are standard.
- How are you getting to your accommodation?
- Do you need parking facilities?
- Do you need a transit shuttle to get to the accommodation.
- Is there public transport nearby?
- Don’t forget to consider yourselves. Do you want “Mummy and Daddy” time?
- My article on Intimacy and Travel with Kids may help with some of this.
- Consider how soundly your children sleep.
- Does noise bother them.
- Will light wake them.
- Whilst your children may sleep soundly, do they need lights out to go to sleep or stay asleep. What do you do during this time?
- Look at the bed configuration. It’s all well and good getting to double beds to sleep 4. But does this mean you will sleep in separate beds with a child each – due to lack of space/comfort?
- Go to the accommodation’s website and look at photos, room layout, in-room facilities and accommodation amenities.
By taking the time to research your family holiday accommodation for kids, you are on the way to a great family holiday!