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Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families in 2021

This post explains the top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families to visit during school holidays because school holidays in the UK are a mixed bag of emotions and parents around the country worry about school holidays, especially because they seem to be frequent. Straight after a lovely two weeks of Christmas holidays, they throw you another week for February half-term, and just after that, there are another two weeks for Easter holidays and as you are gearing up for some time for yourself, you have the May half-term holidays and then the six weeks off for the Summer holidays. The options are to book a luxurious getaway where you can recharge during these school holidays. There are five luxurious destinations for families that will take the pressure off and ease you through your relaxing time.

The secret to a great and relaxing getaway with kids is what the hotel and destination have to offer. The last thing you want is to worry about preparing meals or keeping the kids entertained. With an array of hotels that promise fantastic kids’ clubs and all-inclusive services, it can get difficult to determine which destinations truly offer value for money and meet their promise of professional services and family-friendly activities.  This guide provides 5 top luxurious destinations for families with information on how to get there, the best school holiday to visit, where to stay, and a 7-day kid-friendly itinerary for a stress-free holiday.


Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families

  1. Dubai

  2. Greece

  3. Cyprus

  4. Turkey 

  5. Portugal

Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families #1. Dubai

How to get to Dubai

Several flights ply the UK to Dubai routes. Although there are direct flights and connecting flights, when travelling with children, direct flights are the best option because they provide less time on the plane with disgruntled children. In addition, there are fewer chances of having missing baggage and a low chance of missing connecting flights, especially with high demand children. 
There are two popular direct flights from the UK to Dubai.  British Airways and Emirates. British Airways takes about 7 hours, and 15 minutes and Emirates offers a direct flight of about 6 hours, and 55 minutes.
With Avios credit, you can get a free or low-cost flight ticket with British Airways because they offer a frequent flyer program, where you earn more Avios points and redeem them for your flights. Avios is a reward system designed for frequent travellers of British Airways and Iberia. you can collect them from qualifying partners like rental cars with Avis, where you get three points per £1, Tesco Shopping and petrol also offer the collection of Avios. Partner hotels like Hyatt, Marriott, Langham, Shangri-La, Best Western, and Mandarin Oriental offers Avios points.

What you need for your travel to Dubai

Passport – International Passport with at least six months validity to enter Dubai
Visa – there is no advanced visa arrangement required for UK passport holders. They stamp passports with a 30-day visit Visa-free.

The best school holiday period to visit Dubai

Dubai is best experienced in Dubai’s Wintertime, which is from October to March. Therefore, Visit Dubai during the October half-term, the December school holidays, or the February half-term holiday. The most favourable time to visit is the December school holiday time because it offers a longer period if you wish to combine a visit to Dubai with a visit to Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah.

Top Dubai Hotels with Creche Services and Kid’s Club

There are several fantastic hotels in Dubai with a professional kid’s club service. Some hotels provide creche services for children from a month to 15 years. 

1. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has a Kids club located on the 18th floor of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

It offers:

  • Places for children aged 3 and above.
  • A spacious playroom with soft toys, books, and creative activities.
  • Complimentary access to Madinat Jumeirah Kids Club.

Madinat Jumeriah Kids Club is sub-divided into different sections.

  • Sinbad’s Kids Club – an aquatic wonderland with play areas and pools for different planned activities.
  • Visit Wild Wadi Water park  – a fun must-visit water park with over 30 rides and attractions.
  • Kids at Al Naseem – located on the ground floor, where fun activities take place.

Medinat Jumeriah offers a structured timetable program that will meet the needs of all children.

The activities include:

  • Yoga for Kids
  • Abra Tours
  • Baking and Pastry Class
  • Football Billards
  • Gardening for kids
  • Junior lifeguard program at Al Qasr swimming pool
  • Cinema night
  • Arabic theme kid dinner
  • Chinese theme kid dinner
  • Italian Theme kid dinner
Burj Al Arab Kids Club
A spacious playroom with books, board games, and craft activities.

2. Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

Staying at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai comes with a complimentary visit to Aqua venture Water park but you can also enjoy a relaxing time by using the kids club at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai. The kids club offers top services for children aged 3 to 12 years and children aged 13 to 17 years in a dedicated space called The Zone. You can rest assured that your children will be well looked after because of the range of services on offer. 

The kids club activities are divided into the morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. There is a detailed timetable for children aged 3 – 7 years old and another for children aged 8 to 12 years old. They show 5 legends which are the activities the children will be doing at different sessions. 

Legend 1: Explore nature activities

  • Trip to The Lost Chamber Aquarium
  • Sandcastle building on the beach
  • Beach games on the private beach
  • Little pirate adventure
  • Beach football and volleyball

Legend 2: Fitness and Movement activities

  • Basic fitness
  • Ball-handling skills
  • circuit training
  • balance and coordination skills
  • Junior Yoga
  • Jumping training 

Legend 3: Arts and Crafts activities

  • Nature arts and crafts
  • Drawing 
  • Necklace making
  • Card creation
  • Newspaper craft

Legend 4: Active Play activities

  • Mini football
  • Dodge ball
  • Basketball
  • Indoor football
  • Circuit game
  • Tag tall challenge
  • Cross the river challenge
  • Lifesize tic-tac toe.

Legend 5: Mindfulness

  • colouring
  • music
The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis the Palm Dubai
The Lost Chamber Aquarium: part of the activities at the kids club.

Kids-friendly 7 day itinerary for a school holiday to Dubai.

These 7 days kids-friendly itinerary is a guide to enjoying the best of what Dubai has to offer. Dubai is great for everyone. From enjoying the breathtaking architecture and changing landscapes to massive shopping malls and impressive souks. You will thoroughly enjoy Dubai because they are things to see and do for every member of the family. Read my post on the top ten things to do in Dubai and my post on Dubai with kids for a comprehensive guide to the things to do in Dubai.

Suggested 7 days itinerary for Dubai

Day 1: Recover from the Jet lag – Dubai is four hours ahead of the UK. Stay at the hotel and enjoy the complimentary access to onsite water parks.

Day 2: Visit old Dubai, the Museum, and the gold souk.

Day 3: Go on a Desert Tour.

Day 4: Visit Dubai Parks and Resorts – Legoland, Bollywood, and Motiongate.

Day 5: Visit Dubai Miracle Garden and Global Village.

Day 6: Visit Dubai Frame, Burj Khalifa, and Dubai shopping Mall.

Day 7: Prepare to return, and relax in the hotel ahead of flights.

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Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families #2. Greece

Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families
Explore the Ancient Ruins of Athens, Greece.

Where: Athens, Greece.

Hotel: King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel

When: May half-term school holidays

How much: £350 per person

Why: What’s not to love about the historic capital of Europe? Every corner you look at, breathe some sort of history due to the various conquerors and occupants of the country.

My highlights are:

1. Acropolis – There are various things to see around Acropolis including the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian Arch, the sacred rock of Acropolis, Parthenon temple, and Athena temple. I mean, get ready to be overwhelmed with the reality of walking in history.

2. Downtown – one of my favourite attractions here is the Panathenaikon stadium (which births the history of the Olympic games); the presidential mansion and the national garden.

3. Greek Islands

Although it’s best to visit the Greek islands as an independent travel destination mainly because of the time you might want to dedicate to exploring each of them. Through a ferry, you can easily visit beautiful islands that are close by. Aegean was one of such islands. It was a refreshing small island for me to explore and ride my rented quad bike around the beach while gazing endlessly into the amazing scenery it offered.

Find out more about Greece with my post on All Inclusive Holidays Greece.

Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families #3. Cyprus

Where: Limassol Cyprus

Hotel: Amathus Beach Hotel, Limassol

When: October half-term school holidays

How much: £195 per person

Why: Limassol is a charming and cosmopolitan city in Cyprus, popularly known for its cosmetic and fertility clinics. Limassol had seen lots of recent development recently especially the breathtaking waterfront development – Limassol Marine. Limassol Marine has a calm and lovely atmosphere designed with tourists in mind. You can enjoy an evening meal with a variety of local and international cuisines; walk through stylish shops that ooze of luxury; engage in water sports activities or just lazed around on super-rich yachts on display. You could also visit the old port which is full of history if that’s your thing.

Find out more about Cyprus with my post on All Inclusive Holidays Cyprus.

Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families#4. Turkey

Where: Antalya, Turkey

Hotel: Concorde de Luxe Resort, Lara, Antalya

When: February half term school holiday

How much: £175 per person

Why: Antalya is filled with fascinating history such as the ruins of Apollo’s temple which once sat 15,000 people and Hadrian’s gate. The influence of the Roman Empire on this part of Turkey is worth exploring. It is also the Eastern gateway to the Turquoise Coast. The modern residential buildings in Antalya are extraordinary and eco-friendly. I discovered that most of the houses have solar panels. There are a lot of things to do in Antalya but my favourites were riding the cable car, quad biking in the mountains, watching the waterfalls, and having a Turkish bath. You must have a Turkish bath in Turkey, right?

Read my comprehensive post on the best family holidays to Turkey.

Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families #5. Portugal

Where: Algarve, Portugal

Hotel: Conrad Algarve.

When: April Easter school holidays

How much: £105 per person

Why: The words that come to mind when I think of Algarve is stunning, beautiful, calm, and laidback.

The kindness showed to us by the locals, when you ask questions was just amazing.

My highlight was visiting Zoomarina. Zoomarina is an educational and aquatic theme park. It offers adrenaline-pumping amusement park rides for adventurous fun-seekers. A Sand beach was calm with low traffic when we visited in April. A beautiful presentation with dolphins and sea lions made me cry. An educational presentation on tropical birds and a 3D display of the importance of recycling. I will encourage you to book the 2 days deal for Zoomarina. It is nearly impossible to see everything between 10 am and 5 pm.

Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families: Final Thoughts

Here you have it, my top 5 luxurious destinations you can afford to visit during the school holidays.

Do you have more affordable luxurious destinations you’ll love to add? Please leave your ideas in the comment section. I’ll love to read them all.


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30 thoughts on “Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families in 2021”

  1. I literally can’t wait to travel – Dubai is somewhere I have been thinking about with my little fam

  2. My husband and I were planning to visit Portugal this year. It looks like we have to postpone until next year!

  3. Once everything is done, I would love to travel. may be this time I will visit Dubai. I remember this recommendations.

  4. I would have never thought Dubai was affordable. These are great tips and it was interesting to learn Dubai is under 7 hours from the UK.

  5. I hope we will visit all these destinations one day. On our top there are Greece and Portugal!

  6. I would love to take my family to all of these! Can’t wait until we can travel again so that we can explore these amazing places.

  7. Dubai is on our list of places to visit one day. I have cousins there so hopefully we get to explore Dubai and see them too.

  8. Wow, these are definitely a great places to visit and I wish to visit any of these destinations with my family

  9. I like the fact that you included a suggested itinerary in your post .. Dubai is on the bucket list but travelling has definitely been pushed back until the world seem normal again.

  10. Looking forward to checking out some of these destinations with my family.

  11. I’m surprised by how affordable Dubai seems to be for families and couples gathering from what I’ve been reading. With how luxury the city looks it’d normally be the last place I’d think of when it comes to budget travel.

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

  12. You have me daydreaming about traveling again. I have already been to Greece and Turkey and loved it. Hoping to see some of the others soon.

  13. I would love to go to Greece someday. .Who knows, maybe when this whole quarantine thing is over I’ll book myself a trip.

    • Sure, Greece is a beautiful place. I’m yet to explore all the Greek Islands. It’s a personal dream of mine to do that.

  14. I would love to take my family to any and all of these destinations!! I’ve had Greece on my list but I’m thinking Turkey is a close runner up.

  15. I just asked my husband the other day if he wants to visit Turkey as I always see it in a lot of travel blogs and instagram feeds. We’re glad this was mentioned in this post!

    • Turkey is a great destination and I’m yet to scratch all Turkey has to offer. I hope you get to got to Turkey soon.

  16. Dubai has been showing up a lot more lately so I think it’s a place I should look into more. I was hoping to go to Greece this summer but now I don’t see that happening. I’m still keeping it on my bucket list. Thank you for this helpful information!

    • Thank you. I’m curating a post on Portugal??. From Algarve to Porto to Lisbon to Madeira and Lagos. Portugal is stunning, rich in history and culture.


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