New family holidays for 2014
Resolved to make 2014 the year you finally get properly, no-messing-around organised?
We've had a hunt around the web to bring together everything that's new when it comes to family holidays in 2014. So be inspired by these shiny new holiday destinations, resorts and up-to-the-minute family travel offers, plan your annual getaway, then kick back and enjoy January with the
smug satisfaction that you have one less thing to worry about.
If you don't have the budget for a cruise but love being on the water, Hoseasons are introducing a new range of luxury boating holidays in 2014 which are perfect for families. Starboard boats have all the usual amenities you'd expect from a boat with a few more you probably wouldn't.
There are 20 Starboard boats available at four English canals and three bases on the Norfolk Broads, with boats sleeping between two and eight people. The boats come with modern galleys, flatscreen TVs, a selection of board games, fluffy towels - some even have wi-fi.
If you've never considered a cruise before, 2014 might be the year to do it with Disney Magic cruises now launching a new route from Venice, allowing you to see to start your holiday in Italy, before embarking on a tour of the Greek islands over nine days.
Plus, all Disney Magic cruises have been freshly revamped for the year, meaning that the plentiful onboard attractions, including waterparks, restaurants, furnishing and are up to date and modern.
The Greek island of Lefkada is home to unspoiled white sands and stunning mountain ranges, and coming in summer 2014, a brand new kids club and crèche with Simpson travel at Mousses Villa, meaning your children can play while you make the most of the hot summer sunshine and long nights. The Mousse Villas have great facilities, including a pool, an on-site restaurant, and are just five minutes from gorgeous beaches.
If your kids are waterbabies and want an action-packed holiday, then consider heading to First Choice's brand new Splashworld resort in Costa Brava in the summer. The Olympic Park Splashworld itself has six swimming pools, plus a spa and will soon have freshly renovated hotel rooms. And if that's not quite enough splashy action for you, Waterworld Lloret is five minutes from the hotel and is home to some truly massive waterslides (300 metres long), as well as Europe's biggest rafting river and a giant wave pool.
Bookings are already being taken for the school summer holidays at CenterParcs new UK village Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. The new resort will feature an amazing Subtropical Swimming Paradise with three water rides, a lazy river, a family adventure water playground and open air Wild Water Rapids. They'll also have 75 hotel bedrooms and six extra special luxurious Spa Suites to choose from in addition to the usual accommodation and a new British restaurant, The Shearing House.
Fancy skiing but have always worried about the price? Abercrombie & Kent are putting on a series of 'children ski free' offers in the peak school holiday seasons of half-term and Easter for 2014. In the Dolomites, all children under eight years ski for free whilst 9-12 year olds receive a 50% discount on their lift passes. In Villars, all children aged under nine ski free, whilst in Lech every child under eight years gets to ski for free.
Get ahead of the game and book early for your Florida holiday with Cosmos in 2014 and take advantage of a range of family-friendly offers. If you make a brand new package holiday booking to Florida direct with them before 31 January 2014 for travel on charter flights between 1 May 2014 – 3 October 2014, you'll get a 50% discount on a Universal 3-Park Bonus Ticket - that's a £238 saving for a family of four.
New for 2014 the Thomson Family Resort Sirenis Hotel Club Aura features a fun splash park and easy access to the beach making it perfect for families. Opening in May, it's around five minutes drive from the shops and nightlife of San Antonio, with Port Des Torrent Beach just a two minute walk away.
There's a large swimming pool in the centre of the complex while right next door is the Sirenis Aquagames water park, with speedy slides, tubes, and a pirate-themed zone for children. Seven night holidays start from £505 per person for all inclusive (first child from £319) including flights from Gatwick.
See also: Keep an eye out for opening discounts at the new hotel at Legoland Florida which opens for business in 2015.