Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families

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 is 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 has 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 meeting 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

Dubai bird's eye view
Dubai as seen with a drone.

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 is the best option because they provide less time on the plane with disgruntled children. In addition, there are fewer chances of having a 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, 15 minutes and Emirates offers a direct flight of about 6 hours, 55 minutes.
With Avois credit, you can get free or low-cost flight ticket with The British Airways because they offer a frequent flyer program, where you earn more Avois points and redeem it for your flights. Avois 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 Avois. Partner hotels like Hyatt, Marriott, Langham, Shangri-La, Best Western and Mandarin Oriental offers Avois points.

What you need for your travel to Dubai

Passport – an 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 days’ visit Visa free.

The best school holiday period to visit Dubai

Dubai is best experienced in Dubai’s Winter time, 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.
  • A 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 on different planned activities.
  • Visit to Wild Wadi Water park  – a fun must visit water park with over 30 rides and attractions.
  • Kids at Al Nasseem – located on the ground floor, where fun activities take place.

Medinat Jumeriah offers a structured time-table programme 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 life guard 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 a 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 be 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 with 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
  • Basket ball
  • Indoor football
  • Circuit game
  • Tag tall challenge
  • Cross the river challenge
  • Life size 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 days itinerary for a school holiday to Dubai.

This 7 days kids-friendly itinerary is guide to enjoy the best of what Dubai has to offer. Dubai is great for everyone. From enjoying the breathtaking architecture and changing landscapes to massive shopping mall and impressive souks. You will thoroughly enjoyed 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 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, 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 are the Panathenaikon stadium (which birth the history of the Olympic games); 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 island. 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.

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 know 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 which oozes 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.

Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families#4. Turkey

Where: Antalya, Turkey

Hotel: Concorde de Lux 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 on the mountains, watching the waterfalls and having a Turkish bath. You must have a Turkish bath in Turkey right?

Read my comprehensive post on Turkey here.

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

Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families: Final Thoughts

Here you have it, my top 5 luxurious destination 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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Bolupe Maborukoje

Bolupe Maborukoje

Bolupe was once an architect. She now designs holidays from her Cambridge based travel agency. She is on a mission to help you turn your travel dreams into a reality. She is a luxury travel expert, helping you see luxury travel in the 'New Light'. Bolupe believes luxury travel is about the adventures, experiences and perspectives that are gained. She has the secrets to affordable luxury travel and that's the type of holidays she designs.

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.


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