Top Tips For The Perfect Family Break

So you’re booking a family break – a chance to entertain yourself and the kids, and hopefully squeeze in a bit of rest and relaxation.

It doesn’t take a genius to know that you want quality time with the family to be perfect, from booking right through to the day you head home to reality. Hopefully, that’s where Apex Hotels can help.

We can’t promise to help with the packing but we’re pretty experienced when it comes to helping you make the most of your hard-earned holiday.

Narrow down your accommodation options

To make sure you really do get a break, choose a place to stay that will really take care of you and the family.

Our family-friendly hotels in London, Bath, Dundee and Edinburgh are ideal. Centrally located and within easy reach of major attractions and transport routes, they also offer a host of little extras that you and your mini city-breakers will adore.

For down time some of the spacious rooms with flexible layouts are equipped with Sky TV (including Sky Sports, Sky movies and channels like Disney and Nickelodeon for the little ones), and all have free high-speed Wi-Fi and complimentary Elemis toiletries.

The best part? Kids stay and eat free on family breaks and, with a wide range of family favourites on each menu, any fussy eaters will be taken care of…as well as the holiday budget.

Ask the experts

When you’re booking a holiday or short break, it’s good to talk to people in the know.

You want to try to personalise your stay as much as possible, as well as ensuring your family break away doesn’t break the bank, and we can help.

Going online to do research is a great starting point, but sometimes you can’t beat a chat with an expert. That’s where our reservations team comes in. With one quick call to 0800 049 8000, they’ll find you the ideal room in the perfect city to suit you – and you’ll always get the best deal by booking direct.

It also pays to get the children involved. We may know a thing or two about accommodation, but your kids will know exactly how they want to spend their time away. If you need some guidance on things to do to keep the kids entertained we have a range of articles which provide inspiration and a chance for you to get to know your chosen destination.

Throw in surprises

Children thrive on anticipation, but it’s worth keeping a few surprises up your sleeve too – the odd curveball can work wonders to keep little ones entertained. An unexpected trip to a toy shop, water park, or cinema can make them feel special and like it’s very much a holiday all about them.

Our friendly concierge team is armed with activity packs for inspiration, and there are plenty of purse-friendly days out to enjoy close to all of our family-friendly hotels.

Embrace the journey

The journey should be firmly thought of as part of the fun. Plan it well and it could even be one of the best parts of your break with exciting pit stops, good food, and great sights.

Stay off your phone (unless you’re recording memories)

Holiday time is family time, so put your phone down and keep away from those work emails. A break should be just that – a special time with no distractions. Switching off properly to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones requires that you also switch off your devices. When on a family break, you should act like that is still the case… Although you may need your phone to take those all-important photos so switch on airplane mode to have the best of both worlds.

Send a postcard

In the digital age, a postcard may not be top of your list of things to do while on holiday, but there are plenty of apps that will let you send digital postcards.

It’s a great way to share the hundreds of pictures you’ll inevitably take on your phone, and you can even get the kids involved in writing the blurb to go along with it – they’ll love recounting their adventures.

If you’re inspired to get booking your next family adventure, take a look at our family breaks available across the UK.