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The 50 best family holidays to brighten up your 2024

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Flee to Phuket, Thailand

For long sunny days and balmy evenings, Thailand is a tempting prospect in February. TUI (0203 451 2688; tui.co.uk) offers a selection of week-long packages featuring glorious beaches, all-inclusive dining and swish resorts – such as Cape Panwa Hotel, on the island of Phuket. It’s surrounded by coconut groves and tropical gardens, with a private white sand cove reached by funicular. Seven nights priced from £1,709 per adult over February half-term, including flights and half-board accommodation.

Feel energised in Dubai

With its unstoppable energy, outlandish looks and endless sunshine (a balmy mid-twenties at this time of year), Dubai is just the ticket in February. Away Holidays (0800 408 8000; awayholidays.co.uk) has a wide selection of UAE packages, including Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Dubai – a glitzy, low-rise hotel on the Palm, with a private beachfront. Seven nights from £966pp, including flights from London and half-board accommodation; based on two adults and two children sharing a luxury room.

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When you’re sun-seeking at Easter, you can get away with medium-haul flights – giving you maximum time on the beach. 

Gentle sunshine in Lanzarote

For young families and those keen to avoid summer’s soaring temperatures, the Canaries are perfect at Easter: Lanzarote basks in dependable warmth in the low-twenties, and the crowds are yet to arrive. In Costa Teguise, the four-star Barceló Lanzarote Active Resort is a fun, fresh all-inclusive choice: it’s recently renovated, with multiple swimming pools, tons of sports and activities, and several restaurants and bars. Thomas Cook (020 8016 3295; thomascook.com) has a family holiday for four from £2,599 total; includes a junior suite and flights from London Gatwick.

Wellness and warmth in Mauritius

May brings perfect beach weather to Mauritius. As well as all the watersports and activities you could wish for – snorkelling, paddleboarding, canoeing, waterskiing and more. Long Beach Hotel (longbeachmauritius.com) offers wellness experiences for all ages. While you hit the spa, the kids can enjoy mini massages, silent meditation and a daily fitness programme that includes trampolining, tennis, swimming, climbing, boxercise and Zumba. There are also healthy kids’ menus in every restaurant to keep them nourished during their stay. Throughout May half term, a Junior Suite – sleeps three – costs from £229 per night, with flights around £800 return. 

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