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Brighteyes27 Wed 05-Jul-17 19:05:11

AIBU why is it so difficult to find a family holiday with a room that accomodates a proper family? We have left it late but want to book summer hol for Aug 17. I am going delirious with all the choice on offer.
Kids (12 & 13) want an all singing all dancing in your face place. DH and I like somewhere quiet relaxing laid back plenty of shade a cooling breeze good food/wine nice restaurants not having to get up at the crack of dawn for a sun bed and somewhere to stroll around nice scenery, good reviews (to instill confidence) but most of all happy children.
But we will settle on clean, self catering or decent all inclusive, some facilities to keep the kids happy (not complaining) and a room that will properly accommodate a 12 and 13 year old so we don't have to sleep apart on holiday. Suggestions welcome of resort accommodation and holiday company private let. Thanks

HipsterHunter Wed 05-Jul-17 19:07:15

Anywhere that does 2 bed apartments?

Brighteyes27 Wed 05-Jul-17 20:26:42

Thanks it's difficult finding this and when you find them the reviews aren't good and it's not clear what the bed set up is and 12 and 13 year old can't share a double sofa bed.

QuiteLikely5 Wed 05-Jul-17 20:29:29

There are many two bed apartments.

Is your budget small otherwise I can't think why you are struggling to find them

Brighteyes27 Wed 05-Jul-17 20:36:57

Well it's August not particularly £2500 for 7-9 days in Algarve (flights and accom from Scotland as Scottish schools will have gone back) or just over £3,000 AI. Ideally wanting Algarve or other nice resort and accommodation with same facilities as above for older kids.

zeebeedee Wed 05-Jul-17 20:46:16

Does it have to be the Algarve?

We went here www.firstchoice.co.uk/holiday/accommodation/overview/Playa-Blanca/Lanzasur-Splash-Resort-009964?im_id=PPC&gclid=Cj0KEQjwnPLKBRC-j7nt1b7OlZwBEiQAv8lMLNOoz-RUBzlzCwcWEZ02vIbTrLwarip7OzeQT-V7YocaAuv18P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

It was AI, reasonably priced, good teenagers club during day and evening if they want, waterpark attached, so ordinary pool was quiet ish, accomodation in villa with double bed and 2 single sofa beds

Maxandrubyrubyandmax Wed 05-Jul-17 20:48:34

Have you looked into a cruise?

NapQueen Wed 05-Jul-17 20:49:22

Look for hotels with two connecting bedrooms

Book an aoartment on air bnb

BackforGood Wed 05-Jul-17 20:50:33

Why can't they share ?

CheeseGirl4 Wed 05-Jul-17 20:53:59

Have a look for locations first, decide where is reasonsble flight-wise/ things to do and then use Trivago. You can put filters on for a family room with the ages of your children, filter by rating (start with excellent and very good), then price. Add features you want like pool etc and check out the results.

If you'd prefer a package holiday look at icelolly.com for deals.

Marylou2 Wed 05-Jul-17 20:55:25

All the Tui Sensatori hotels have this kind of accommodation 2 bedroom apartments with huge beds,swim up rooms etc. Lots for children to do and spas/relaxation for Adults.Is this something you would consider?

ShinyGirl Wed 05-Jul-17 20:56:33

Sensatori are lovely but will be much more Pricey than that

Marylou2 Wed 05-Jul-17 21:02:46

Oh sorry I didn't read the budget bit ! My mistake.

Brighteyes27 Thu 06-Jul-17 13:42:42

Thanks all. Sensatori is a bit pricey and think the target audience is more couples with babies or pre-schoolers, primary school children is that right?
zeebeedee thank you for your suggestion it doesn't have to be the Algarve we just like the Algarve in the past as there is a nice breeze nice food wine and scenery. I really don't know what I want or where I fancy but just want to keep everyone happy!! Was the splash place very hectic/noisy, what was the food like, did you go AI, rooms like, was there many children the age of ours or were they mainly younger ones, are your children teenagers? Thanks

WillRikersExtraNipple Thu 06-Jul-17 14:04:24

"Proper family"? As opposed to what exactly?

You are 2 adults plus 2 children, you literally couldn't be more catered to. Absolutely everything family related is designed specifically for you.

Blobby10 Thu 06-Jul-17 14:08:19

Have you thought about a Eurocamp holiday? The tents are really nice - most comfortable beds I have ever slept in! We took our 3 to the south west of France - just north of Bordeaux. There are cycle trails everywhere so we hired bikes and didn't drive for two weeks! The kids could go to the pool or table tennis/games area without any worry, and there were lots of other similar aged children around in the evenings.

MamaBear001 Thu 06-Jul-17 14:10:49

We've just booked The Holiday Village in Turkey, 2 free kids places per 2 adults booked and the rooms have sliding doors and 2 bathrooms...

MamaBear001 Thu 06-Jul-17 14:12:05

We paid £3700 for 4 Adults, 3 kids (13,6,1) for 2 rooms...

Whatsername17 Thu 06-Jul-17 14:15:40

We went to a holiday village last year. We went to the one in kos. It was brilliant. We had a room with a partition between the adults double and the kids single bed. The reps had something going on for the kids all day. There was a noisy pool with activities going on, a splash pool, and then two other pools, one of which was quiet and tucked away. Id highly recommend.

Ilovehamabeads Thu 06-Jul-17 14:18:48

We've been to the Lanzasur place mentioned upthread. The water park was ace, my dc are just slightly younger and it suited all ages. Wasn't busy but then again the weather was awful (it was in May). Food was lovely but our apt had kids on 2 small sofa bed type things. Ok for the younger one but might be a bit uncomfortable for teens. Apt had loads of space, but I don't think I'd go back again unless there are rooms with better beds.

YerAWizardHarry Thu 06-Jul-17 14:21:20

Scottish schools not back til the 22nd this year

Sunbeam18 Thu 06-Jul-17 14:24:38

I'm in Scotland and we are back 16th

INeedAFuckingNameChange Thu 06-Jul-17 14:24:54

Try the Hilton Vilamoura - we got adjoining rooms but they also do two bed apartments.

It's quite pricey but genuinely amazing. You'll have a rush for the sunbeds in the morning though unless you use the adult pool or go back late afternoon.

It's a ten minute walk from the beach and the marina which has tons of restaurants.

Brighteyes27 Thu 06-Jul-17 14:36:36

WillRikersExtraNipple by referring to a proper family I mean a family of 4 with two very tall older children (both would be classed as medium to tall adult height) of the opposite sex not a family with one child a baby or two under 5's. Many of the bedroom arrangements are quite unclear.
Blobby10 your holiday sounds perfect to me but husband doesn't want to camp!!
I have never fancied Turkey or Tenerife but will look into the Lanzur one mentioned up thread in an attempt to please everybody. Thanks

OuchLegoHurts Thu 06-Jul-17 14:44:45

I agree with the pp who said that your size family is catered for everywhere! We are a family with two kids and have never had any problem getting two bedroom apartments, or else one bedroom with twin beds and a double sofa bed in the living area...they're in every resort!

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