Are we there yet? These are the top family destinations to please everyone

2019-02-27 12:00
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Holiday time is a well-earned break from the every day, and an opportunity to make precious memories with loved ones. But when you’re travelling as a family, it can be tough making sure that everyone has something to enjoy.

While the kids might want to be jumping around in games and sports, the parents might want to sit back and catch their breath on a beach – or even the other way around. And fitting in some cultural experiences while you’re there can make it even harder.

That's where this interactive tool comes in.

The tool is based around a study conducted by Sovereign into the volume of opportunities for experiencing the three main holiday pillars of entertainment, culture and relaxation in popular holiday destinations around the world.

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Covering everything from national landmarks to zoos, and water sports to spas, it’s a quick and easy way for travellers to choose their next holiday destination.

While the interactive tool allows users to filter thee categories which are personally important to them, it also highlights the destinations offering the overall greatest holiday balance.

These are the top 10 holiday breaks for families for overall holiday balance

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia's best features are most likely its numerous white sandy beaches. Those looking to get their family involved with the local history, however, can look towards the Nuragic ruins, and those with a bit more energy can dive down to the shipwrecks just off Cagliari's coast.

Dubai, Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates, Sunset,(Photo: iStock)

Rome, Italy

The city is sprinkled with remnants of the ancient Roman architecture as well as numerous parks and quiet spots to simply lay back and take it all in. The local restaurants also fill out in the evenings, making for a busy and lively environment.

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The Dominican Republic

While you might think of it as just a beach location, with a range of different geographical features across the entirety of the Dominican Republic, there are long hikes for families of explorers, soft waves for surfers young and old, and shady bays once occupied by pirates. iStock)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai includes the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and vast shopping centres, featuring further entertainment from aquariums to ski slopes. Stay in the bright lights of the luxury hotels to get the most relaxation out of the trip.

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Crete, Greece

Hot, sunny, and formerly home to the labyrinth with its Minotaur, Crete is also great for local food in the tavernas or gentle family walks among snowy mountains. iStock)

Majorca, Spain

Enjoy a sunny, soulful experience in Majorca. The area is renowned for its incredible views from the hilltop towns, remote mountains and breathtaking views of the azure waters below. Families will love this destination for its inviting beaches and extended party that is the summer season with its rich offering of festes (festivals). 

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Cancun, Mexico

Mayan civilisation's culture and history, jungle, soft coral sands and inviting waters of the Caribbean Sea make Cancun in Mexico one of the most appealing, balanced destinations for families to enjoy on their next sojourn abroad. 

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Algarve, Portugal

There are so many reasons that make Algarve one of the top balanced destinations for families to visit. Near the top of the list must surely be the stunning beaches, many of which are bordered by craggy rock cliffs and caves that give them dramatic photogenic appeal. When you've had enough of the surf and sand there is much more to enjoy from picturesque fishing villages with beautiful architecture to rich culture and an enticing culinary scene. 

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Sri Lanka

Criminally underrated, Sri Lanka is one of the top destinations for families seeking a holiday abroad sure to keep everyone entertained. Whether seeking out bliss through Buddhist meditation, thrills like rock climbing over Bambarakanda waterfall, the wild in Sinharaja rainforest or just a heavy dose of culture - Sri Lanka delivers in spades. 

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at sunrise, famous temple on(Photo: iStock)

Bali, Indonesia

Discover Indonesia's beautiful island escape. Dotted with small, character-filled villages, smouldering volcanoes rising out of lush rich fields, idyllic beaches and colourful reefs, Bali is the perfect island getaway. 

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