10 of the Best Activity and Sporting Holidays for all the Family

Keep up with the kids and return a youthful lease of life to your body on an action-packed family holiday that guarantees fun for the whole family. From surfing in Morocco, to tennis in the Caribbean and skiing in Switzerland, get ready to be inspired with 10 of the best activity and sporting holidays for all the family.

Make the most of family time with activities from horse riding to mountain biking, or take five and indulge in therapeutic treatments at the luxury spa, whilst the little ones are entertained at the kids club. So, why not take a break from your usual routine and jet off on a family holiday which promises fun-filled memories and a healthy active break.

Best for Sport with Swimming: Thailand Thanyapura

Thanyapura swimmer

Swim in the Olympic sized pool at Thanyapura

Escape to tropical Thailand for a luxury activity holiday where there’s guaranteed fun for all the family. Keep the kids active in the children’s Tree Club, and watch them excel in the sport they love with a variety of training camps and activities. After a tough day of running, swimming, tennis, rugby and circuit training, scoop up the kids and hear all about their wonderful day with new friends. Great for an all-round family fitness holiday, improve your swimming technique with lessons from the qualified instructors in the 50m Olympic swimming pool, before heading to the beach for a family game of volleyball.

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Best for Horse Riding: Portugal The Oitavos Horse Riding

Horse riding at The Oitavos

Horse riding at The Oitavos

Learn to ride on a healthy family activity holiday in Portugal, boasting an Equestrian Centre with 230 stables, complete with an outdoor and indoor riding school. With professional instructors, all levels can enjoy lessons on this healthy break, so while the kids are learning the basics you can ride off with the experts. There are also large areas for hacking, enabling beginners to get more used to their surroundings while those more advanced can enjoy a leisurely ride around. After a morning ride, sample some of the other activities on offer, from tennis to biking and golf to surfing, on a healthy family holiday.

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Best for Tennis: Antigua Carlisle Bay

Tennis courts at Carlisle Bay

Enjoy palm fringed tennis courts at Carlisle Bay

Escape to the Caribbean for a fun-filled family sports holiday where everyone can improve their tennis technique on one of nine available courts. Whether you’re a budding beginner or an expert on the court, enjoy six private tennis lessons with a professional instructor on this healthy break and while the children are busy at the kids club, unleash your competitive side in the hotel’s round robins competition. After a morning playing tennis, add a splash of variety to your tennis holiday and head to the water to enjoy complimentary water sports, ranging from windsurfing to snorkelling and water skiing to paddle boarding.

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Best for Surfing: Morocco Paradis Plage

Family surfing at Paradise Plage

Family surfing lessons at Paradis Plage

Ride the waves in Morocco on a family water sports holiday where everyone can hit the water and learn to surf. Whether your family have never surfed before or are experienced water babies, there are lessons available for all ages and abilities so that everyone can get the most out of this active break. While the kids try their hand at sports and arts activities with the kids club, mix up your healthy holiday with a beachside yoga class or beach circuit training. Make time for family holiday fun with mountain biking, paddle boarding and kayaking before unwinding at the luxury spa.

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Best for Multi-Activity: St Lucia The BodyHoliday WellFit Families

Water volleyball at The BodyHoliday

Play pool volleyball with all the family at The BodyHoliday

Enjoy action-packed days in the Caribbean on a five star all-inclusive luxury family holiday where all the family can enjoy a host of activities. Raise the stakes and compete against each other in the parent vs children competitions, including volleyball and beach-a-thalons, or cook up a storm together in the healthy family cooking classes. With activities ranging from snorkelling to scuba diving, windsurfing to water skiing and cycling to sailing; everyone will be able to try something new and find an activity they enjoy on this family active holiday.

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Best for Golf: Madeira Galo Resort

Golf at Galo Resort

Practise on championship golf courses at Galo Resort

Embark on a healthy holiday with the whole family when you escape to this luxury wellness retreat in magical Madeira. With an abundance of exciting activities, including scuba diving and two championship golf courses to explore, this is the perfect destination for an active affordable family holiday. Enhance your fitness with complimentary group adult classes, including Body Combat, Zumba and Pilates, before relaxing with a soothing spa treatment. As you revel in some time for yourself on this healthy holiday, the kids can let loose at the kids club with a game of badminton and ping pong, or even try out kayaking and snorkelling.

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Best for Skiing: Switzerland The Alpina Gstaad

Outdoor pool at the alpina gstaad

Relax in the outdoor pool at The Alpina Gstaad

Hit the slopes in Switzerland on a luxury skiing holiday and enjoy new ways to keep the family fit and healthy. Whether the kids are beginners or experienced slope sliders, there are on-site instructors available to help them improve, and while they’re learning a new skill mum and dad can have fun flying down the mountains. For alternative ways to enjoy the scenery on this wellness holiday, get the family together and go rock climbing or hiking. Once the children are at the kids club, head to one of the group classes with activities ranging from Tai Chi to Pilates.

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Best for Adventure: Oman Zighy Bay

Snorkelling at Zighy Bay

Paragliding at Zighy Bay

A healthy holiday treat, this luxury beach destination offers a variety of entertaining activities for an unforgettable family adventure holiday. With a children’s and teen’s club, younger children can experience activities from treasure hunts to swimming relays and beach bowling to feeding the Zighy Bay goats, as the teens try slack lining, rock climbing, yoga and snorkelling. With kayaking, mountain biking and paragliding, there is no end to the excitement for mum and dad too on this active family holiday. After getting your heart racing, unwind in the luxury spa for a luxury activity holiday that has something to offer for the whole family.

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Best for Land & Water Sports: Bali Grand Mirage

Kayaking at Grand Mirage Bali

Explore with kayaking at Grand Mirage

The perfect destination for a fun-filled activity holiday, it doesn’t get much better than Bali for a family friendly healthy escape. With an idyllic beach front setting and wide array of water sports available, hit the beach and try out your water skills with paddle boating, boogie boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. Keep active on dry land with activities from tennis to basketball and billiards to archery for a fitness holiday everyone can participate in. While your mini-me’s hunt for treasure and play mini soccer at the Bamboo kids club, enhance your well-being with daily group yoga classes and lifestyle classes from cooking to painting.

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Best for Mountain Biking & Windsurfing: Portugal Martinhal Luxury Beach Resort

Windsurfing at Martinhal Luxury Beach Resort

Windsurf on the Atlantic Ocean at Martinhal Luxury Beach Resort

Discover the best of Portugal with mountain biking and windsurfing on an active family adventure holiday, suitable for all ages. Make the most of this healthy retreats award-winning and highly popular windsurfing academy, with lessons available for all ages and abilities. Meanwhile, with a varied selection of TREK bikes, keen mountain bikers of all sizes can kick up the dust, allowing you to reach new heights as a family and explore your beautiful surroundings in style. A fantastic family friendly retreat, after an active day; indulge in the luxury spa while the children have fun at one of the seven kids clubs and five sports academies.

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