Pack up the kiddos and take them on an unforgettable holiday at one of these unique, child-friendly stays
With your child’s school winter holiday approaching, it’s the perfect opportunity to plan a holiday to a unique accommodation that will bring out the kid in every member of your family. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible place to stay, delved into its more than 1.5 million properties in over 122,000 destinations across the globe to present six family-friendly accommodations for an unforgettable break that will put the magic of childhood at the heart of the holiday.
1. Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, Lapland, Finland
Sitting on the edge of the Arctic Circle, the Finnish town of Rovaniemi is coated in snow for most of the year. With such a picture-book wintry setting, it’s no surprise that Santa Claus officially calls Rovaniemi home. At Santa Claus Village, kids can meet jolly old St. Nick himself and even see the post office that gets over half a million letters from kids all around the world every year. Located on site of SantaPark, only two km away from Santa Claus Village, Arctic TreeHouse Hotel offers Nordic design suites with views of the surrounding forest and even the magical Northern Lights, if you’re lucky.
2. Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, Winchfield, UK
The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is an elegant Georgian manor house, offering luxurious accommodation for guests of all ages and a great variety of outdoor activities like horseback riding and boating on the river that passes through the grounds. The younger guests will have the opportunity to make lifelong memories by participating at the hotel’s children’s programme where they can experience various fun activities such as playing football, crafting and treasure hunting Families with older children can enjoy an array of activities together like “owing” a pony for a full day or clay pigeon shooting.
3. Universal’s Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort, Orlando, USA
Highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for family friendly trips, Orlando is a theme park fun fest, with enough rides, attractions and shows to keep both children and adults entertained for weeks on end. Universal’s Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort offers Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, one hour before park opening.
4. Ameron Swiss Mountain Hotel Davos, Davos, Switzerland
Dreaming of downhill slopes and fresh powder? The Swiss town of Davos is a popular winter resort, highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for skiing. The whole family can enjoy the snow during winter, and hiking and mountain biking during the summer months. Offering an indoor swimming pool, and a Kids’ Club free of charge, Ameron Swiss Mountain Hotel Davos is close to the Parsenn Ski Area and has cycling and hiking tracks starting right in front of the premises.
5. Efteling Hotel, Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
If you don’t believe in fairy tales, Efteling Hotel might just change your mind. Every last detail is inspired by the fabled work of Dutch artist Anton Pieck, who designed the neighbouring Efteling amusement park. The fantasy-themed rooms, chandeliered dining room, and obliging staff makes guests feel like they are the king, queen, prince or princess of their own castle – with free rein of the theme park an added bonus.
Text and photos courtesy of Booking.com