Cuts to air tax mean that 2015 and 2016 will offer some great deals on long-haul family trips. If the news that children under twelve will be exempt from tax and that the higher bands have been rationalised has prompted you to start your holiday hunt, here are ten of the best trips available to book right now. All prices are per week, per person for a four-person family and include flights.
Barbados is a safe bet, both in terms of guaranteeing you fun in the sun and keeping you out of the path of hurricanes. The south coast’s Bougainvillea Beach Resort is great for kids, and the four stars mean it will meet most adults’ needs. Pay from £1,004 for a trip leaving on August 2 or £871 for a holiday from October 25 if you book with British Airways Holidays. Florida will always be a great long-haul choice for British families, but make sure you book early if you want to travel during the school holidays. A stay at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Hotel, a four-star hotel with a theme-park shuttle, will cost from £749 if you leave on February 12, 2016 and book with Magic Holidays.
Sri Lanka is an excellent family choice if you want to enjoy luxurious surroundings for less money than you would pay in other parts of the world. Sitting on Negombo’s Ethukala Beach, the Jetwing Beach Hotel has childcare on offer, as well as a big swimming pool and plenty of water sports. Prices start at £808 for an October half-term trip if you book before July 3 and quote IO0008 through Kuoni. More great-value winter sun can be found in northern Goa on the west coast of India. Sleep in a grass-roofed dome at the Yab Yum Resort for around £1,230 in December if you book your flights through skyscanner.com and your accommodation via i-escape with kids.
Mexico is a hugely popular choice throughout the year and the Sensatori Resort Mexico is a fine offering from Thomson. With a kids’ club, five pools and six restaurants, no one is going to get bored during this all-inclusive trip. Prices start at £1,309 for October 28 departures. For something a little different, head off to see the exquisite rainforest and volcanoes of Costa Rica. Take a Natural Magic 16-day tour with Imaginative Traveller, with starting prices of £2,201 for trips on December 19.
The kids will never be satisfied with a zoo trip again after visit to the elephants in Thailand – and don’t let us get started on how they will feel about the local pool once they’ve seen the coral reefs. The Rainforests and Islands ten-day family tour is a magical exploration of remote lodges, sparkling seas, stunning beaches and, of course, Bangkok. Travel in July or August with Families Worldwide, with prices starting at £1,567. You could go to a completely different extreme and visit the bears and glaciers of Alaska. Take an eight-night self-drive tour and enjoy the chance to explore the Denali National Park, along with the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks. Book with Discover the World for July and August trips that cost from £1,637.
Times are changing in Cuba, and so head there now before the stampedes of Americans arrive. Take a 16-day tour with Exodus and visit Havana, Caleta Buena, Trinidad, the Vinales Valley and Cayo Levisa. Prices start at £2,501. Alternatively, take your youngsters on a different journey of discovery and introduce them to some Japanese culture. Travel on an 11-day tour with Intrepid Travel to take in the sights and sounds of Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto. Prices start at £2,368.