It’s not news to anyone that there are plenty of holiday destinations out there for people who want to party. There’s no shortage of TV programmes showing the popularity of such places. Often, they don’t portray a very good side of the location. If you’re looking for a holiday somewhere nice and warm, where you can chill on the beach and even bring the kids, it’s pretty much a red line right away.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a holiday specifically dedicated to a family break, you may find your choice limited. Yes, there are plenty of destinations, but the holidays are restrictive. What you often end up with is a cheap and cheerful hotel with a creche and safe, bland day trips. It may be relaxing, but it’s not exactly a holiday to get excited about.
Of course, it would be irresponsible to recommend a getaway to one of the hedonistic spots above if you have kids. But there are some spots that could be considered in the “Goldilocks Zone”. If you want to see beautiful scenery, take the kids on interesting trips AND have a night out, they’re worth considering.
It’s fair to say that Ibiza will forever be associated in many people’s minds with club culture. Not without reason, of course, as it has become iconic in Europe as a destination for dance music fans. But there’s a lot more to it than the club lifestyle, with plenty of quieter spots, family resorts and beautiful villages. If you visit in the off-season, you’ll find it much like any picturesque Spanish island. But if you can arrange childcare, you might also enjoy a classic Ibiza night out.
While seen by many as a party island, Mykonos has never come to be associated with hedonism in quite the same way as other Greek islands like Ayia Napa. This may have a lot to do with the fact that it balances its party reputation with a family-friendly atmosphere.
Its beautiful cycladic architecture is picturesque, the nightlife can be as relaxed or as noisy as you like. Bring the kids to one of the many family-friendly restaurants, or stay back in one of the Mykonos villas for a relaxing meal. Either way, there’s a lot to enjoy.
Cabo San Lucas
Or, if you’re American, just plain ol’ Cabo. There’s a lot to see and do for pretty much all demographics, and if you just want a quiet getaway, it’s well worth your time. This is where couples go to get a break from work. It’s also where students go on spring break. But it all depends on where you go on the peninsula. It is home to many family resorts and great beaches, making it an ideal place for a varied family trip.
It should go without saying that if you, the parents, want to let your hair down and even have a dance or two, childcare is important. If you’re planning a night out, bring someone with you who is of a reasonable age, and responsible enough to look after the kids. There’s nothing to be gained by leaving anything to chance.