Family Holidays: Hotel or Self-catering?

With the Easter holidays just around the corner, some of you lucky KidStarters will be going on a family break either in the UK or <jealous face> further afield to sunnier climbs. 

If you are going away, have you gone for an all-inclusive hotel deal or a self-catering option? There are pros and cons to both. Here are some things to think about if you’re still deciding: All inclusive hotel deals can be a great option if you want a break from cooking, cleaning and domesticity, but there can be hidden extras so read the details of the deal carefully. Self-catering options mean that you have complete flexibility around meals and food which is especially useful if you have a fussy toddler, a weaning baby or a family member with food allergies. The self-catering option means that food shopping will have to be done making it more likely that you will need a car. Even the best hotel deal can work out as expensive unless your meals are included in the original price. Hotels generally make a big mark-up on food and drink so be aware if your meals are not included. Some hotels will offer free kids meals, so look out for these offers. Self-catering is lovely if your family prefer a homely setting where nibbles, snacks and drinks can be accessed at all times of night and day. Bottles of milk and midnight feasts can be hard to come by in a hotel. All inclusive hotel packages often include kid’s clubs, babysitters and other entertainment making them a great option if you need a real break from the routine and have teenagers as well as little ones. Self-catering is a good choice if you want to holiday with other families; rented villas around shared pools for example, are a fabulous choice for families with children of similar ages. You can potentially share cooking and babysitting duties with other families.

What else? Which option do you prefer?


 Get up to 3.5% back for your kids with Thomas Cook through KidStart! > 

   Featured image