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When planning your family holiday there are so many decisions to be made:
- Where to go?
- When to travel?
- How to get there?
- Which type of family accommodation to choose?
From serviced apartments in Melbourne to camping grounds in Noosa – there are so many different types of accommodation. How do you know which one to choose for your holiday?
So let’s break it down to help you make a decision by looking at what types of family holiday accommodation are there to choose from?
6 Types of Travel Accommodation for Family Holidays
Camping and Caravanning
This is probably the most cost affective way to travel with kids. Take your own accommodation, arrive at a caravan/holiday park and pitching a tent or park your caravan. I grew up caravanning with my folks. One of things I really loved about this type of holiday is that there were often lots of other kids to play with and my parents took the time to choose a holiday park that had extra features like a swimming pool and playgrounds. These days you get even more with jumping pillows, heated swimming pools and splash zones.
Camp Ground Cabins
If you are not camper but love the idea of the caravan park there are often lots of choices for cabins and chalets. We have stayed in a few different ones when we have travelled to Western Australia’s South West You can go with a simple cabin that includes bunk beds, double bed and kitchenette to luxurious chalets with 2-3 bedrooms, en-suites, full kitchen and large living spaces. Just pack some food and clothing and you’re all set.
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However if you are looking for something more sturdy a simple motel room maybe all you suffice. With a basic hotel style room and en-suite. There won’t be many extras or luxuries but it should be dry and clean.
Short Term Rentals
But for me, if you are travelling with kids and planning to stay in one small room for any length of time then you are asking for trouble. I am sure that is why hiring villas and short term holiday rentals is becoming so popular, especially for those families who plan to stay in one location for a lengthier time than just a week or two.
You get separate bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, living room spaces and sometimes space outdoors for the kids to run off their energy. Plus you get to live with locals, allowing you to fully experience your travel destination.
The only thing with short-term rentals and even camp ground cabins, whilst they should be more economical than a serviced apartment or resort it’s not serviced – meaning I have to clean and I’m on holiday too!
When I’m on holiday I like the idea that someone is doing the work and cleaning. Like when we have stayed at the Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites, all the space of a large apartment but the beds are made, there are fresh towels every day and the apartment stays clean.
Hotels and Resorts
Of course the place I am guaranteed not to do any work including cook is staying at a hotel or resort. Yes, you could be back in one room, though these days many resorts aiming for the family market are introducing family suites/rooms. We stayed in one at the Hard Rock Hotel Penang and another at the Grand Mirage Resort Bali – we loved having that extra bit of privacy and/or space. Resorts also offer you loads of extras like swimming pools, kids clubs, games room, restaurants, some even have water slides and splash parks. But of course it’s all at a price.
Ultimately choosing your preferred family holiday accommodation will come down to:
- personal needs or wants.
So which one is it for you?
- camping and caravanning
- camp ground cabin
- short-term rental
- serviced apartment
Please tell me about it in the comments.