We're planning our first 'beach' holiday with the kids (3.5 yo twins). Before the kids came along we did walking/sightseeing holidays (eg. Austria, Lake Garda, Iceland etc), but I think now we need something more child friendly. The kids will be happy with a pool with a slide, and a beach, but looking at family resorts on Tripadvisor I'm worried it's going to be noisy and I'll end up hating it.
Help, has anyone done a package holiday that wasn't too expensive, but not full of the cliched drunk Brits abroad? Or am I better off sorting it out myself so I can choose a quieter location?
Could the Dalmatian coast of Croatia work? Miles and miles of beautiful, clean beaches, and some interesting sights. We mostly self-catered (we were there pre-kids and could roam around) but the two package hotels we stayed at were quite peaceful, and it's not too expensive to get to either.
We went to Fuerteventura a few years ago. Stayed in Caletta de Fuste (now Costa Caletta), we visited Jandia and Corralejo and none of them were 'drunken brits abroad' type places. It was a few years ago though, may have changed. TBH I preferred Jandia as a resort, lovely beaches, Caletta was nice but the beach wasn't brilliant (IMO), I liked Corralejo too.
Cyprus is nice if you avoid Aghia Napa in season. Coral Bay, near Paphos, is my favourite resort, a nice quiet resort but with shops and restuarants/take-aways. It caters mostly for villa holidays (package and independent). Larnaca/Limassol are the best bases for exploring the island.