Hands up, who’s ready for a holiday? With the sun starting to shine and shops filling up with bikinis and sun-tan lotion, this is the time of year when we start daydreaming of sandy beaches, sun-loungers and cocktails. Unfortunately the reality of all the little costs associated with a trip is enough to put some people off, and the daydream just stays a daydream. It doesn’t need to be a worry though – we’ve handpicked five summer holidays for 2016 that definitely won’t break the bank.
The Luxury One
No, don’t be put off. We’re talking luxury for less, staying in the sort of the hotel that will wow both your family and your wallet. The swish five-star Justiniano Theodora in Okurcalar, Turkey sits only 50 yards from its own private beach area. As well as an outdoor pool and bar area, additional luxurious touches include a Turkish bath, sauna, fitness centre and beauty salon. Don’t worry about suitability for the kids as there is also a playground, child pool and mini entertainment club for children aged 4-12. Just 25km away is the city of Manavgat, while Alanya is a mere 10km further than that. Visit the Castle or wander through the seaside streets while you soak up the sun. Fun for all the family!
An all-inclusive holiday at the Justiniano Theodora – including flights – will cost just £105 per person.
The City Saver
Beautiful Barcelona has all the attractions that a city has to offer, with the added bonus of 4.2km of sandy beaches – what’s not to love? Gaudi’s unfinished Sagrada Familia is an icon of the city – but just as often photographed is La Boqueria market. Europe’s most famous market is a haven for foodies with jamon iberico hanging from the ceiling, and plates of stuffed peppers offering riots of colour here and there. Get the inside scoop and discover some of the city’s other edible highlights on a food tour, which will cost £17.45.
Flights and a three night stay at the Senator Condes Hotel will set you back just £110pp – now that’s a tasty deal!
The Exotic One
Perhaps you want to go all out this year, but the costs associated with a long haul jaunt are putting you off? Here’s a Dubai deal that definitely won’t – just £294 for 7 nights bed and breakfast at the Citymax Hotel Sharjah including flights. While Dubai’s beautiful sandy beaches provide a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the best way to truly escape is by taking a trip out to the desert. The vast sand dunes and spectacular sunsets will have you in awe, but it’s the silence that’s really something else – until the dune bashing starts that is!
The One the Kids Will Love
Do you want to keep the kids sweet this summer? Or perhaps reward them for some excellent grades? Whatever your reason, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Disneyland Paris. From just £179pp for a two night break in the height of the school holidays, meeting Mickey doesn’t have to cost the earth. This summer get ready from some Frozen fun with the Frozen Summer Festival, where you can meet Anna and Elsa riding through the streets of the theme park in their sparkly horse-drawn carriage, and later join the characters in a live Frozen sing-along – oh, just Let it Go already!
The School Holiday Bargain
Finding great deals outside of term-time isn’t always easy. However, we’ve searched far and wide to find the best family deal that we could during the school holidays and here it is – £151 for a 7 night, all inclusive stay at the Benitses Bay View Hotel in Greece – who knew that cheap summer holidays could be done? Located just 900 yards from the beach and with a large swimming pool, child-friendly pool, tennis courts and restaurant on site, this offers the perfect balance between fun and relaxation. If you’re feeling active you can even try your hand at water-sports at the Sun Fun Club – parascending is especially popular here.