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Travelling with teen son and daughter - room setup/hotel recommendations please

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emmypems · 02/08/2021 18:32

We usually go on a Eurocamp-type summer holiday but would like some sun next Feb or Easter. Our (admittedly first world) problem is we have a 14 yr old Son and 11 yr old daughter who are not comfortable sharing a sofa bed in a family room anymore. We also like a bit of a privacy to sit out with a drink on a terrace or read early in the morning without disturbing everyone else.
Probably looking at the canaries for a bit of warmth but open to other suggestions. We have been to Mexico in the winter but ideally don't want to spend mega bucks this time. If anyone has any recommendations, AI or not, please send them my way! Thanks!

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DogsSausages · 02/08/2021 18:35

How about renting villa instead. Portugal is nice

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PotteringAlong · 02/08/2021 18:36

Air BnB would be better I think?

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Nootkah · 02/08/2021 18:37

Lots of hotels have two sofas that can be beds rather than a double sofa bed. Were just back from Insotel Punta Prima in Menorca with similar age kids (14 boy, 10 girl) and it had two sofas as beds rather than a double sofa bed. Can also get two bedroom apartments, although that's a bit pricier.

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miltonj · 02/08/2021 18:55

Just rent a house/flat/villa. Air b&b is a good place to start. I've stayed in some amazing ones.

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emmypems · 02/08/2021 20:08

Thanks. We do like Air bnb for city breaks or UK stays but I'd like something a bit more resort-like for this holiday.
Menorca possibly too cold for Feb but I will bookmark that hotel for the future :)

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titchy · 02/08/2021 20:14

We just hire two hotel rooms, one twin and one double. Costs the same as one room for four usually!

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OverByYer · 02/08/2021 20:16

A 2 bedroom apartment?

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Zodlebud · 02/08/2021 22:07

I hate the way “family rooms” are just an awful sofa bed that they expect two children to share.

The best option we found are interconnecting rooms - you can usually get a king interconnecting with a twin.

More hotels are wising up though and making suites more accommodating for families. Even if it’s just keeping that sofa bed but adding in a rollaway so all kids have their own bed.

We have had great family accommodation at Martinhal Sagres (garden house), Sun Gardens Dubrovnik (apartment) and IKOS Olivia. Hilton do great room arrangements too. Failing that I would hire an apartment.

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Travielkapelka · 02/08/2021 22:14

2 rooms. Kids share a room and you ask for it to be made up with a single bed

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HazyDaisy123456 · 02/08/2021 22:21

I think you can either look for a package in a two bedded hotel room (quite rare and pricey) in a resort with facilities.

Or you book a private let apartment with no or less facilities, less potential holiday friends for the DC and use the beach, pay for water sports activities, eat out etc. But this is much more of a risk especially with covid.

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AllTheCakes · 02/08/2021 22:27

Have looked in to the Lopesan Boabab in Gran Canaria before. They have rooms that would fit your needs. On the pricey side, but looks amazing!

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Comefromaway · 02/08/2021 22:32

We always solved that issue bu going away with my parents. We had Ds in our room and they had dd in theirs.

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HelloDulling · 02/08/2021 22:35

We book two rooms and DD and I share, DS and DH share.

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Hoppinggreen · 02/08/2021 22:35

I have a 12 year old boy and 16 year old girl
We only do self catering with 3 bedrooms, I might be able to persuade them to share a decent sized room with twin beds if it’s somewhere exotic but apparently DS “ breathes”
The Melia Tortuga in Cape Verde has family suites and it’s really nice

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Clymene · 02/08/2021 22:39

Someone linked to these villas in Lanzarote the other day: villaspuertorubicon.com/en/3-dormitorios/

Sorry can't remember who it was, but I thought they looked really nice. You could eat dinner out if you don't want to cook?

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rookiemere · 02/08/2021 22:48

www.regencycountryclub.com/ Tenerife is an aparthotel with 1-3 bedroom places. In the living room there's also a pull out bed with proper mattress.

If you don't fancy that one there's loads of similar places on the island.

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nicecheesegromit · 02/08/2021 22:54

A double and a twin room in a hotel next doors. DS15 and DD13 seem to get on fine with this. DD has made the wardrobe her changing room 😂

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Nootkah · 02/08/2021 23:06

@emmypems i just had a quick loom t canaries on TUI and theres plenty of hotels with two single sofa beds rather than a double as a family room.

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emmypems · 03/08/2021 09:18

@Hoppinggreen

I have a 12 year old boy and 16 year old girl
We only do self catering with 3 bedrooms, I might be able to persuade them to share a decent sized room with twin beds if it’s somewhere exotic but apparently DS “ breathes”
The Melia Tortuga in Cape Verde has family suites and it’s really nice

Like the sound of Cape Verde. Thanks!
We had a 2 bed suite in Mexico and they could deal with sharing a room when it was that luxurious apparently ;)
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emmypems · 03/08/2021 09:19

Thanks all! Some good suggestions to check out here!

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ArabellaPilkington · 03/08/2021 13:46

DS 17 and DD 15

DD shares with me
DS shares with DH

Request rooms next to each other - I always email hotel direct

Where we are now (Greece) have upgraded us to twins next door to each other sharing their own private pool. Apparently they often do this if it's families requesting adjacent rooms. PM me for name of hotel.

2019 we went to Bahia Principe Akumal in Mexico and had interconnecting twin rooms which was also good.

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MaggieFS · 03/08/2021 13:50

At that age I would expect them to share a twin room but not a bed. Lots of places in Europe do family apartments within resorts, so not full self catering but a couple of bedrooms and a lounge with a kitchenette, sort of thing.

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Jerseygirl12 · 03/08/2021 14:37

I book two rooms, it’s often cheaper than booking one suite.

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ArabellaPilkington · 07/08/2021 06:47

It's not letting me reply to PMs - don't know if this is as I'm abroad?

For those interested I'll post the name of the hotel when I'm back w/c 16 Aug

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