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StilleNachtCarolling Wed 17-Dec-14 23:19:34

Posting for traffic really. We have three kids who will be aged 7 and under and want to go on holiday during the next summer hols - somewhere sunny.

All the places we've been quoted have been really shock shock - last year was the first time we looked at a foreign holiday during school holidays. We almost fell off our seats I think DH actually did fall off at the prices.

This year we went to France and stayed in one of those Al Fresco park things (it really reminded me of the resort in Dirty Dancing!) for a week, and then drove over to Disneyland Paris for another week. It was good fun but not very sunny and all self-catering. I don't think self-catering is much of a proper holiday hmm

So...does anyone know of a secret place somewhere sunny, half board or all inclusive, that's near the beach and has good pools etc? I'm probably asking for the moon on a stick but we don't really want to spend any more than £4K in total. Is that totally unreasonable??

gobbynorthernbird Wed 17-Dec-14 23:21:45

Totally doable. Anywhere in particular you'd like to go?

TurnOverTheTv Wed 17-Dec-14 23:26:46

Budget?

StilleNachtCarolling Wed 17-Dec-14 23:27:17

Not really! We've been scouring the usual places online, but we think we've found somewhere nice, then go and check on Trip Advisor and find out that it's an awful place judging by its score and all the bad reviews.

I'm happy with anywhere fairly short-haul. We've looked at Turkey and Majorca as possibles. I've always wanted to go to Corfu...ever since I was about 8 and read My Family and Other Animals wink but DH doesn't seem awfully excited by that.

DH and I always used to go long-haul pre kids but the youngest is going to be hard to contain on an aeroplane for hours and hours so would prefer to go nearer to the UK really.

StilleNachtCarolling Wed 17-Dec-14 23:27:54

TurnOver I did say in my post - less than £4K if possible smile

DupontetDupond Wed 17-Dec-14 23:31:39

I'm thinking Turkey. Friends of ours have raved about it. Stayed near the blue lagoon beach - not sure who with(!). Dais it was cheap to eat out etc as Turkish lira was weaker than euro...
www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g312737-d555770-Reviews-Blue_Lagoon_Oludeniz_Beach-Oludeniz_Mugla_Province_Turkish_Aegean_Coast.html

threepiecesuite Wed 17-Dec-14 23:32:46

We have to go in August and baulk at the prices too.
After many years of ruling out Turkey on the basis of 'it's just not somewhere I fancy', we tried it and it's fantastic, been the last 3 years now. You do get very good value for money.
Last year we went to Torba near Bodrum and it was £2.5k for 11 nights for 3 of us (DD age 4). Definitely worth a look.

StilleNachtCarolling Wed 17-Dec-14 23:36:08

Thanks - I think Turkey is definitely on our list. It's just where to go! Will have a look at those mentioned smile

ghostyslovesheep Wed 17-Dec-14 23:37:48

try On The Beach

ghostyslovesheep Wed 17-Dec-14 23:38:47

https://www.onthebeach.co.uk/

gobbynorthernbird Wed 17-Dec-14 23:40:48

If you don't have a particular place in mind, I'd look at everything but think about making the best of a not 'naice' holiday. You could go to somewhere cheap and cheerful (the DC will love pool/disco/buffet) and have a couple of days out of the resort. Much as I love posh hols, when DD was young I was very budget limited and got a package and tried not to be cynical. She had great fun.

Tell your DH that Corfu is gorgeous.

Maki79 Wed 17-Dec-14 23:42:10

Cirali, a drive from Antalya airport. Stay at the Canada hotel in one if the bungalows. Just don't tell anyone else!!smile

We went to Lanzarote last summer, and it was about 3k for a family of 5 all inclusive. We managed it by booking the separate parts individually and directly - with the hotel manager, airline and a local taxi company for transfers. It was a lot of work, but worth it for a really chilled week.

Having said that, we are going self catering in France next year, and it will be well under 2k so we can do some work on the house too!

Apparentlychilled Wed 17-Dec-14 23:45:39

We have the same criteria and have booked AI with thomsons to Skanes in Tunisia. It'll be our 1st AI holiday, but with 3 DC, we're trying to make life easy. The same holiday in Majorca was £6k. This was under £4k (boomed about 6 weeks ago).

Apparentlychilled Wed 17-Dec-14 23:47:27

Sorry- that was for 2 weeks. 1 week was about £2.5k, iirc.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Wed 17-Dec-14 23:52:37

We've done last minute ones before, two weeks all inclusive 4/5* hotels around Turkey for £5000 ish (for 5 adults, so you could probably get cheaper). I think we've always gone with Thomas Cook.

But you have to keep your nerve! One was booked less than 48 hours before the flight.

PourMyselfACupOfAmbition Wed 17-Dec-14 23:54:15

Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia are all probably your cheapest options.

I know 4k sounds a lot but when you break it down per person per night it's only £57, which if you want AI isn't a great amount really when you think about flights, transfers etc.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 18-Dec-14 00:00:15

We have also been looking for an affordable foreign holiday for the 5 of us.

This year we had a week in Majorca in May half term - which was lovely but not as warm as it might have been! For next year we have booked 2 weeks in Turkey, all inclusive, to leave at about 9pm on the day the schools break up (17th July I think) - for just under £5k. Well about £4700. The resort has water slides & good Trip Advisor reviews. Also, our eldest DC is 18 next year so no hope of a child price for him.

We looked at so many different countries, resorts etc. and Turkey certainly won on price. I fancied Cyprus but even the cheapest all inclusive was coming in at £2k more!

StilleNachtCarolling Thu 18-Dec-14 00:02:13

On the Beach is what we've been looking at mostly.

PourMyself - when you break it down like that it seems like we're asking for a lot for not much money. If you consider that DH and I went on a week's tour of Sri Lanka (in a private car with our very own tour guide), full board, followed by a week in the Maldives, also full board, for the princely sum of £46 per person, per night, it seems like those European resorts are asking for an awful lot of money just for the privilege of going during school holidays!

ihavenonameonhere Thu 18-Dec-14 00:04:49

Follow holiday pirates on fb they have good deals and also try love holidays. I'm looking at a different holiday (2 adults to Egypt in jan) but they are half the price of anyone else

StilleNachtCarolling Thu 18-Dec-14 00:05:35

Santas - we can't go before August as we also have Starry Skies to go to, which is the week after the kids break up. DH will definitely NOT pay more than £4K for the holiday. As we are also having the festival break, we would consider going for 10-12 nights instead, which would bring the price down.

Gah! I hate holiday searching! On the plus side, I did find a wonderful sounding dude ranch in Colorado that I want to take the kids to when they are old enough!

StilleNachtCarolling Thu 18-Dec-14 00:07:31

ihave - I did look at a few places on love holidays but they were the ones that had high ratings according to them but upon checking on Trip Advisor, found that they had appalling ratings!

What's holiday pirates? I'll go and have a nosy...

sleepdodger Thu 18-Dec-14 00:09:43

Can you find a fire further down in France say La Rochelle, do tunnel, then eat out most nights? Would have thought 2 week cottage c1500 euro, tunnel c.250 booked now, fuel and tolls c400, leaving c£1200 for spends- £80 day would be ok for eating out every other night and BBQ so minimal cooking rest of time?

sleepdodger Thu 18-Dec-14 00:10:22

Gite
Not a fire ffs!!

Look at ile de re

ihavenonameonhere Thu 18-Dec-14 00:10:32

Yes you do have to be a bit careful but once you find a hotel you like then check the price on there. Holiday pirates Is owned by same people as hotukdeals I think and just posts offers smile)

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