Turkey Holidays – The best for families
Growing in popularity year on year, Turkey Holidays are no longer the best kept secret in travel but one of the top destinations for all holidays from the UK. Turkey is also a fabulous holiday for the kids with so many of the hotels operating family friendly, all inclusive resorts with a full programme of children’s activities that rank 5/5 stars on Tripadvisor that would cost double the price in the Canary Islands. Why not treat yourself and the kids to a bit of luxury and a lot of fun on a Turkey holiday?
If you’re undecided about your next family holiday location amongst all the Covid-19 confusion then we recommend Turkey and in particular the resorts of Dalaman, Antalya and Bodrum which are currently on the FCO safe list.
Known for its miles and miles of sandy unspoilt beaches, relaxing mud spas and delicious local cuisine, Dalaman offers no shortage of things to do for you and the kids. To be found on the southwestern coast of Turkey, you’re guaranteed limitless sunshine regardless of arrival date, which means outdoor activities and sunseeking are always available regardless of your arrival month. Dalaman offers a unique mix of sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons mixed with culture and history that the kids will adore.
Ölü Deniz beach offers lots of water activities for the kids including snorkelling, surfing and jetskiing as well as amazing and varied nightlife for when the little mites are in bed.
One of the best excursions for children in the area is taking a boat along the Dalyan River to spot loggerhead sea turtles and the indigenous wildlife. Along the way, you’ll pass famous landmarks such as the Lycian Rock Tombs that date back to 400BC. This mix of nature and history is sure to set the kids imaginations alight.
If you’re looking for a hotel that has it all in Dalaman and is excellent for children then we recommend the Club Tuana Fethiye that benefits from waterslides for kids, as well as games like basketball and darts for the teenagers in your clan.
Antalya is frequently called the Pearl of the Mediterranean and is one of Turkey’s top resorts. This under-developed resort possesses beauty, buzzing beaches and historical gems and yet also enjoys scores of top rated nightclubs, restaurants and bars. Kids are well catered for in Antalya with the fairground of Aktur Park serving up thrills and spills to the wet version at the nearby aqua park for those extra hot days.
The number one reason people visit Antalya is for the sandy beaches but there’s plenty to do once beach fatigue sets in. Kids will love a visit to Minicity, a tiny replica of Turkey’s best-known sights and landmarks which offers great fun as well as educational opportunities.
The best kids option for Antalya is the Limak Lara Deluxe, a 5 star hotel with kids club, evening entertainment and some dizzying aqua slides.
Bodrum is Turkey’s upmarket resort with lots of holiday homes in this area owned by the rich and famous of Turkey and Europe too. The harbour is filled with celebrity yachts, designer fashions and upscale bars and restaurants but the hotels in the resort are fabulously family friendly.
The town of Bodrum itself is filled with pretty narrow lanes lined with houses alive with colour covered in grape vines, this is where the rich and famous own their homes. But its on the relaxing beaches, where you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars and activities for children.
Our recommendation for the best family friendly hotel in upscale Bodrum is the five star Jasmin Beach Hotel in Gumbet which really has the kids in mind with 3 large swimming pools with kids sections, outdoor games, competitions, a private beach, kids playground and indoor area and a daily activity programme for kids of all ages.
Many of these holidays are available from under £300 per person and half the price of the same holiday in the Canary Islands. Turkey is still much cheaper than Spain or Greece with the same exact holiday often costing up to half the price. We recommend an all-inclusive luxury holiday to Turkey as the best family holiday on the market in 2020/21.