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Reunion Resort & Club, Orlando


their own mums and dads to help out with funding for the family holiday on the understanding they get to come too.


l MULTIPLE NEEDS Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider the whole family’s needs. Many of the factors that apply to any family holiday are still relevant – flight duration, time difference at the destination, transfer distance from the airport to accommodation – as most parents’ opinions on all these don’t vary despite the presence of grandparents. With hotels often unable to


guarantee connecting or adjoining rooms, villas prove popular for multi-generational families, with the added benefits of the communal areas and self-catering facilities. Funway Holidays finds its private home-style accommodation in Orlando is particularly popular, with three to six-bedroom villas on offer across Standard, Executive and Platinum collections to suit a range of budgets.


Villas don’t suit all multi-


generational families, however. When Caribtours’ head of commercial Edward Light holidays with both his kids and parents, he worries that a villa can leave everyone feeling a little on top of one another and that the self- catering element means he and his partner swap cooking and cleaning at home for more of the same on holiday. His solution? A hotel that combines family and couple-focused facilities. “Coconut Bay in Saint Lucia is only three minutes from the airport on a lovely beach, has a family and an adult-only section, a brilliant kids’ club with splash park, and four restaurants,” he says. Family or connecting rooms will be key for many families, although, according to Prestige Holidays’ general manager David Skillicorn, you may find some are keen to take advantage of the free or reduced-price child offers when one child shares a standard room with two adults. “Parents have one child in with them and the other with the grandparents,” he says.


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Making sure the kids have enough to do is obviously key and hotels with a range of on-site activities make this a no-brainer. Club Med flags up the Plantation d’Albion in Mauritius, where the kids’ club organises painting, dressing up, tennis, circus skills, arts and crafts, sailing, kayaking and evening entertainment. Adults can get active with the Sailing, Tennis or Flying Trapeze Academies, or choose something more low-key, such as golf or spa treatments. It’s easy to home in on the


facilities for kids, but don’t forget that parents and grandparents will want ‘grown-up’ time too. Baby-sitting services in the hotel, or a resource along the lines of Mark Warner’s children’s tea and evening crèche facilities, will allow adults to catch up properly over dinner or at the bar. Large or even adjacent


properties can give everyone the extra freedom they need. For example, Thomas Cook suggests extended families can either all stay in the large Liberty Lykia in Dalaman, Turkey – where they’ll find a choice of rooms from family-style up to three- bedroom suites, kids’ and teens’ clubs, seven pools, waterslides, beach cabanas and myriad restaurants – or that the grandparents could opt to stay next door at adult-only sister property Sentido Lykia. This has a large spa, a cinema and a three-hole golf course, but also offers full access to Liberty’s facilities.


Apartments provide a middle


ground between hotels and villas. Travel 2 reports they sell as well as villas in Orlando for large family groups. “Apartments come with communal facilities and children can interact with other families in the resort community,” says Jonathan Couch, USA product and purchasing manager. Both Travel 2 and Carrier recommend the Reunion Resort & Club, where there are apartments with three separate bedrooms, plus kitchen, dining and living areas. The facilities include a water park, kids’ club, 10 swimming pools, three golf courses, a spa, six restaurants, and tennis courts. Car hire needs can vary from


the traditional family holiday, too. “When big families travel together, their first thought is to find a vehicle


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