Family friendly accommodation across the globe

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Sick of staying in hotels? Finding family accommodation a challenge? If you’ve read our post on our favourite hotels across the globe but are on the hunt for something with a bit more character, here are some alternative options to booking a regular hotel room.

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Miami Green, Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Holiday apartments here in Penang are fairly new. You can get a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartments with jungle views and beach views. The apartments at Miami Green include cable TV, Wi-Fi and housekeeping. The complex has several pools, one with a waterslide, a fully equipped gym, a playground and an on-site mini mart/laundry.

We love the pool with the slide and the playground.

Condo at Pelicanos, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

This complex was a mere 5 minutes from the popular 5th Avenue. There are plenty of expats located here so you will often find other kids hanging about. A swim in the pool is perfect in the hot Caribbean sun and a large portion of the pool is very shallow which is ideal for younger kids.

We love the walk to the beach.

Royal Sun, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

This popular British tourist destination is home to over 1000 resorts, but you can’t go wrong with Royal Sun. 2 bedroom apartments situated in a large resort complex complete with 3 swimming pools (one dedicated entirely to toddlers), 2 playgrounds, a restaurant, mini bar, spa and more. If the pool is not enough you can take a brief 5-minute walk to the beach with dozens of dining options along the way.

We love the tiny price tag on resort living.

Where to book unique accommodation

Kayakapi & Taskonaklar, Cappadocia, Turkey

In the centre of Turkey you will find Cappadocia, home to some of the most exceptional landscapes on the planet. And in Cappadocia many of the hotels, such as the Kayakapiare built in caves. While not traditional holiday accommodation in the sense of swimming pools and playgrounds, but what child wouldn’t find living in a cave an exciting holiday?

We love having our very own haman (sauna) and bath.

Camping Kautenbach, Luxembourg

Kids love camping, bush walks, fishing, and roasting marshmallows over an open fire, but for parents it can often mean carting half the house to a different location.  Deep in the Luxembourg forests is Camping Kautenbach – making life easy with safari tents. These tents are permanent fixtures set up and ready to go. They have beds, linens, a small gas stove with pots and pans, microwave, cutlery and plates, shelves for clothes and dining tables. All you need to bring are your own marshmallows.

We love the playgrounds on site and drinking fresh water straight from the river.

Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem, Israel

Long gone are the days you use to spend in a hostel as a solo traveller, but Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem is welcoming everyone. The communal area features musical instruments, a pool table, a lounge bed, beanbags and a kitchen where everyone can hang out. You can get private rooms for the family and kids are even welcome on the cooking tour through the nearby market. Its budget accommodation at it’s finest in the centre of one of the most iconic cities in the world.

We love private family rooms at a hostel price.

Amsterdam Houseboat, Netherlands

This unique experience will have the kids playing pirates for days. There are 2500 houseboats in Amsterdam and staying in one of these is a great cultural experience. They vary on size and style, but you are guaranteed a spot close to the action of Amsterdam and a sound sleep on gentle ripples.

We love watching all the boats cruise by from the houseboat’s small round windows.


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