They say life is short; but childhood is shorter. Is there anything that brings a smile to your face more than watching your little ones grow up? ‘Whoa’ I hear you say! ‘You’re moving way too quickly’! And that’s the thing, they grow up too quickly, in a blink of an eye it feels. That’s why spending quality time together where possible is so important. Remember the holidays you took as a kid? Of course you do. Those type of memories last a lifetime. I bet you’re smiling just thinking about all the good times you had on your family holidays.
School, work and life in general may get in the way of spending time in each other’s company, but holidays can bring families together. With school summer holidays fast approaching, you can still book a great last minute deal to destinations around the world – treat the family to a luxury family holiday today. The Canary Islands is perfect for child friendly holidays and is a popular holiday hotspot throughout the year due to its reliable weather and great beaches. Here are some suggestions for the best kid’s activities and family friendly resorts to help make the most of your time.
The sunny weather from early morning to late in the day means you must have a solid plan to keep cool. Luckily, you can spend all day in Europe’s largest waterpark – Siam Park! It’s a fantastic way to keep your skin hydrated and have fun at the same time too. Take note from the mammals at Sea Lion Island who show you just how to take a dip and keep cool. Siam Park offers many thrilling rides including The Dragon, The Volcano and the park’s main attraction The Tower of Power which features a 28 metre free-fall drop! Siam Park hasn’t forgotten about the little ones of course. Gentler rides and entertainment come in the form of Jungle Snakes and the fun world of The Lost City. And sun worshippers can relax on Siam Beach and enjoy gorgeous views of La Gomera and the ocean.
Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque is by far the prettiest resort in the area with its charming 19th century colonial architecture. The resort offers a whole host of family orientated facilities including a dedicated pool for children, bike hire, pitch and putt, mini football and table tennis. Two children’s clubs should also keep younger guests entertained with many games and activities to choose from. There are also nine restaurants to dine at so you’re sure to find something the whole family likes. Guests at the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque can request interconnecting rooms and a range of baby services.
Little do people know, Lanzarote offers more than just great beaches. For a truly unique experience, a submarine safari will open the pleasures of the sea to you without getting wet. The submarine looks like it came straight out of a James Bond movie. If you and the family think the submarine is cool from the outside, just wait until you’re in it and travelling 30m below the Atlantic Ocean surface. Your on board guide will bring the sea to life while you peer out of your own viewing port. You will also have your own television, showing alternative viewing angles so you won’t miss a thing. As you ascend and make your return to land, you will be given a Diving Certificate in commemoration of reaching the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort has set the benchmark for family friendly resorts. Kids will have a terrific time at Kikoland, the resorts very own on-site children’s park. Spanning over 10,000 square metres, younger guests can enjoy a range of fun facilities including two children’s pools, an amphitheatre hosting musicals and magic shows, playhouses, playgrounds and an excellent range of sports facilities to help them keep active such as football, tennis and basketball. That’s not all; Kikoland also offers four children’s clubs all packed with fun activities and catering for various age groups. If you really want to treat the family to a five star holiday experience, stay in the two bed roomed Kiko Royal Family Suite. Located in a quiet part of the resort, the suite offers a separate bedroom and bathroom for adults, a private pool area and even a Playstation to play on.
Fuerteventura holds the title for the largest beaches in the Canary Islands and is an oasis for sun worshippers. If you can find the time to tear yourself away from the gorgeous sands, you’ll find a wide range of water based activities. While the island is notorious for its excellent water sports facilities, you don’t have to get in the dazzling blue Atlantic Ocean to enjoy it. And while many incredible species call this ocean home, kids are sure to go wild when they go on a dolphin safari. Step onto the boat and set on a two hour cruise to say hello to nature’s most beautiful mammals. These majestic creatures dip and dive out of the ocean’s surface as if they are performing ballet on the water.
The Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort is one of the most luxurious resorts on the island – it’s also the most family orientated too. Here you’ll find first class service that’s renowned with the Sheraton name, leaving you and your family to relax and make the most of your time in Fuerteventura. You can take advantage of their unique service, SPG Kids Pass, which allows children ages 12 and younger to enjoy all-inclusive access to a variety of children’s menus, buffets and beverages – all for a flat daily rate. The resort also provides hours of entertainment in the form of Yambaland. The kids club includes entertainment and activities as well as an open-garden and outdoor playground.
About Author: Dan Perdomo is a passionate travel blogger, stemming from his own family holiday experiences around the world as a kid. He knows the importance of child friendly holidays and loves to share the best activities and destinations with others.