Sometimes you need a little inspiration for your family holiday, so here’s our handy guide to picking a destination to visit during the school holidays. Every family is different, so tell us what your family need and we’ll listen. Our family experts will then tailor-make a family holiday that’s right for you and add the Kuoni touch. 

February half term

While the UK can experience freezing rain, snow and minus temperatures during the February half term, it’s actually the best time weather-wise to visit destinations such as the Maldives, Caribbean, Dubai, Mexico or Thailand. We’ve picked out the very finest hotels in these destinations, as well as safari adventures in Kenya and South Africa. South Africa is one of the best choices for a shorter safari experience, as there’s no jet leg due to the GMT+2 time difference and the private game reserves of the Eastern Cape are malaria-free, meaning no need for anti-malaria tablets. We’ve created a team of family travel experts to help tailor-make a stay that impresses you all. They have travelled with their own children and are the experts when it comes to offering travel advice, finding the best offers and planning a winter escape your family will always remember.

Easter holidays

After a lengthy winter, the Easter holidays are a great chance to enjoy a holiday and most children get two weeks off school, allowing you more time to relax than the February or May half terms. This means long-haul is a real contender for your family holiday, and we’ve hand-picked some fantastic hotels in Mauritius and Malaysia. It’s also a great time to visit the Caribbean, Mexico or plan a holiday to Florida, exploring the theme parks before the temperatures get to their peak in the summer. Larger than life Dubai is also worth considering, as it’s a just under a seven-hour flight. The city is home to theme parks, beaches, water parks, aquariums – even an indoor ski resort. Every family is different, so talk to one of our family travel experts and we’ll tailor-make a holiday that’s right for you all.

May half term

The May half term is a great chance for a week-long family holiday. Our top short-haul choices are Spain, Italy, Greece, and Portugal – and many of the luxurious family resorts we’ve hand-picked run sports camps, kids’ clubs and have the very best entertainment – think bowling alleys, go karting or stargazing at an observatory. If you want to go further afield, May is a good time to experience the Seychelles, Mexico or the Maldives. We have been tailor-making family holidays for over 50 years and are ready to share our experience, so get in touch with our family travel experts to start planning.

Summer holidays

Let us fill the long summer holidays with memories. This is the perfect time to visit destinations such as Italy, Greece and Spain, where we’ve narrowed down a choice of the best hotels in Europe. But book early, as hotels and flights fill up fast.

If you’re tempted to take your children on safari for the chance to see elephants, giraffes and lions in the wild, August is the start of the greatest wildlife show on earth. The summer holidays brings the start of the Great Wildlife Migration, where over one million wildebeest, zebras and grazing herbivores move from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara.

Florida’s theme parks, waterparks and the Everglades could be a contender – this is when the temperatures really soar – and the children will always remember the time they went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or when they became an astronaut for the day during an Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Centre.

We’re repeatedly voted the UK’s best large luxury holiday company, so if you’re looking for a family holiday that’s a cut above the rest, trust your plans with us and get in touch with one of our family travel experts.

October half term

The October half term is usually two weeks’ long, so you can either soak up the last of the Autumn sunshine in southern Europe or head a little further afield to Dubai, a buzzing city with malls, waterparks, theme parks, beaches and a more authentic side, where you can sail down Dubai Creek in a traditional dhow and visit souks offering gold, spices and perfumes.

If beautiful beaches are high on your wishlist, we’ve picked out the best family resorts in Mauritius, the Seychelles and Thailand. South Africa is also worth considering. It has a time difference of GMT+2, so there’s no jet lag and you can combine Cape Town, the Garden Route and a safari experience in one holiday. With malaria-free game reserves, malaria prevention tablets aren’t needed and you can choose to spend as many days as you like searching for wild elephants, rhino and leopards. 

Christmas holidays

If you want a different view on Christmas morning, we can help you plan the ultimate family Christmas abroad. To get the best of the weather, choose a destination such as Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa or the Caribbean. It’s also one of the best times to go to the Maldives and we know the islands best suited to families. From kids’ clubs and football pitches (a rarity in the Maldives) to private island family picnics and children’s diving lessons, one of these picture-perfect atolls will be etched in their memory forever. We’ll also let Father Christmas know you’re on holiday, so he knows where to deliver the presents…

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