There’s nothing better than having a date in the diary to look forward to, especially for the younger kids and teenagers in the family. Trying new things, discovering other worlds and enjoying quality time together mean some of the best family memories take place on holiday.
Depending on their age, teenagers want excitement and novelty, plenty of food options and the possibility of a little more independence too. So whether you think they’d fancy cosmopolitan cities, exotic beaches or big-time resorts, one way to enjoy the experience together while keeping everyone happy is going all inclusive.
Not only is there endless opportunities to eat and drink, most hotels offer daytime and evening entertainment programmes, sports facilities, pools and spas, and the option to organise day trips and excursions. What better way to treat yourself and your family than with a fun-filled, all inclusive break? Here are some of our best holiday ideas for teenagers.
Arguably the most sought-after holiday destination for families with teenagers, Orlando is where you can all experience full on adventure. Get caught up in the magic and mayhem of world-famous theme parks where you can whirl around roller coasters, shop till you drop and indulge in all of the comfort food.
Florida is the perfect place for little kids and big kids alike, so it’s bound to be a hit with teens as well as adults and small children. Get up close to comic book heroes from mythical worlds, or cool off in the water parks when the weather is hot.
For a memorable family holiday with teens, how about the buzz of Cancun? Nothing else will get a teenager excited about a family holiday like the fun-loving atmosphere and Instagram-worthy scenery of Mexico, making it one of the best all inclusive holidays for older teenagers. Spend afternoons exploring the nearby historical sites like the archaeological ruins of Tulum, try scuba diving, or simply lounge on the silky sand.
Stay in all inclusive accommodation where relaxation is a top priority, and sink your toes into beaches that are blessed with warm, crystal clear waters, perfect for snorkelling and watersports such as paddle boarding. Enjoy family meals in hotel restaurants with live music too, and in the evening, wind down with stunning views of the setting sun on the horizon.
Egypt is another of the best all inclusive holiday destinations for teenagers. Hurghada, for example, offers both world-class service and plenty to do. Try exciting watersports and relaxing spa treatments, snorkel in the crystal clear open waters or take a boat trip across the waves to visit the uninhabited Giftun Island where you’ll find your own spot of paradise.
There are plenty of food options for feasting, and hotel clubs will provide daily games or entertainment to get involved in. You’ll be able to find five-star accommodation with large pools to dip your toes into in the lavish resort of Hurghada.
One of the best things about Greece is all the delicious food you can try. Spend your holiday sharing plates of fresh pastas, olives, cheeses and seafood from the hotel buffet in the Greek sunshine.
Relax by the pool or venture out of your hotel to explore the rugged coastlines and countryside. What’s so special about Zante in particular is that you can take boat trips in search of sea turtles and explore hidden caves: something that’ll surely lure your teenagers into spending some memorable quality time with the family. Alternatively, head to Tsilivi where you’ll find a great waterpark.
Gran Canaria, Spain
A trip to the Canary Islands is one of the best all inclusive holidays for teenagers, particularly if you’d like a short flight and plenty of sunshine. Depending on your teenage child’s personality, staying in lively Playa del Inglés or Puerto Rico (rather than the quieter surrounding resorts) may be preferred.
Enjoy adventurous excursions like rock climbing and canoeing, and explore the dunes of Maspalomas: you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the Sahara Desert where you can run through the golden hills and sand-board your way down the rolling dunes.
Your whole family will fall for Turkey’s unique charm and stunning scenery. The hotels in Antalya are wonderful and generally offer lots of facilities, including multiple pools both inside and outdoors, a games room for your teens to immerse themselves in, and perhaps even a spa where you can be pampered.
Enjoy playing tennis, volleyball and football on private beaches and games courts, head to Lara Beach to relax in a chic setting, or try an array of exciting watersports. If you’re lucky, your all inclusive hotel may have its own waterpark with slides even big kids will enjoy.
Famous for its wine produce, Porto is the second largest city in Portugal. It has become the latest city break hotspot, and it’s a great place for teenagers who like to do a spot of shopping and exploring while they’re on holiday. Porto has a rustic charm, and you and your family will have the opportunity to delve into its rich culture. Spend your days wandering through the cobbled streets, taking in the architecture and visiting all the stunning monuments.
Discover the fascinating history of its past in the old town, Ribeira, and cruise along the river Douro to take photos by the picturesque port. Many hotels are boutique style with artistic décor, perfect if you want a family holiday that’s a bit different.
On the southwest coast of Cyprus, stunning Paphos has a wide range of all inclusive hotels for families of all ages to enjoy. Experience the vibrant blend of ancient mythology in historical sites such as UNESCO’s Tomb of the Kings, or visit the House of Dionysos for stunning mosaics.
Your teenagers will also be able to experience the fun-loving tourist zones near most of the all inclusive hotels where things really liven up, and watersports fans will be delighted with the blue flag beaches that are always full of life. Check out the Aphrodite Water Park for themed slides, a lazy river and wave pools.
Costa Dorada, Spain
For theme park excitement that’s a little closer to home, take a trip to Costa Dorada in sunny mainland Spain. If you stay in Salou, you’ll enjoy nearby theme parks, adventure parks and a gorgeous beach all within walking distance. Portaventura World and Ferrari Land offer all the excitement that families with teenagers could wish for.
Salou also has a beautiful sandy beach with clear waves and watersports, and bustling Barcelona is just a short train or coach journey away too.