Trying to pick the right accommodation for your family holiday can take hours of your time and lead nowhere. On the internet, you''ll find a never-ending supply of beautiful photos, raving reviews and resorts that offer not-to-miss deals. You'll make your job a lot easier if you take the time to decide exactly what you want before starting your search. Here are some criteria to take into account.
How many people are travelling? Do you want to everyone to sleep in the same room or would you prefer a two-bedroom apartment, where the adults can have a separate bedroom? If you have a big family, a hotel room may not be an option for you—unless you'd like to have more than one room. Otherwise an apartment becomes the natural choice.
If you don't want to cook during your holiday, choose accommodation in close proximity to cafés and restaurants. If, on the other hand, you'd prefer to prepare your own fresh meals from scratch, look for a self-contained apartment. You'll not only save some money this way, but you'll also be able to offer your kids something to eat at any time without having to leave your apartment, even if they're ready for breakfast at 6 am.
What are you planning to do during your holiday? Swim at the beach, visit a fun park, hike, go sightseeing? Pick a place to stay that makes everything you want to do easily accessible. You don't want to spend hours every day travelling to and from your accommodation.
Facilities and services
Make a list of everything you would like to find at your accommodation: laundry, Wi-Fi, cable TV, swimming pool, playground, kids' club, or a baby cot. Now go through you list and decide which of these items are absolute must-haves and which are nice to have, but you could do without.
Last, but not least, how much are you planning to spend? Look at your holiday as a whole, not just at the cost of the accommodation. You may be able to get a cheap motel room that would fit everyone, but then you'd have to spend money on restaurant meals and transport. Or you may get a more expensive, but centrally located self-contained apartment and save by preparing your own meals and walking to the beach.
Now that you've answered these questions, you can make your choice confidently.