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Family Friendly Getaways: 8 Half Term Escapes

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Anyone else feel like they’ve really earned a holiday this year?

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What better way to celebrate surviving one of the hardest years on record than by booking a half term getaway with the children? We’ve found a handful of family-friendly holidays for October half term and beyond, offering a week-long adventure with the kids in tow. Check out one of out hand-picked half term escapes… 

October Half Term Escapes 2020

*Please check any local travel restrictions before booking or travelling*


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  • Bvlgari Hotel, London

    Bvlgari Hotel, London

    WHY? The B.Family escape is in partnership family entertainers Dazzle & Fizz, allowing guests to choose either a virtual or socially distanced children’s entertainer to provide activities such as cryptic challenges, arts and crafts, or story time for younger children. There will also be the ultimate private family film night with a movie, popcorn and sliders in Bvlgari Hotel London’s exclusive Screening Room, plus a four weeks complimentary membership of online platform Vesta by Dazzle & Fizz.

    BOOK: Available until 22 December 2020 | B.Family is priced from £1,170 (VAT included) per night for a two-night minimum stay for two adults and two children, in a Deluxe Room bulgarihotels.com

  • Villa Petra, Corfu

    Villa Petra, Corfu

    WHY? This half term calls for a real escape, a slice of normality. If it’s peace you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Villa Petra in Corfu, with six spacious bedrooms including an annexe for complete seclusion.

    BOOK: Departure: 24 October 2020 with Carrier (0161 492 1357, carrier.co.uk), including seven nights exclusive use of Villa Petra from £47,000 per group, based on 12 people sharing. Package includes chef service and housekeeping, return flights from London Luton, private airport experience and return private car transfers.

  • Elounda Peninsula, Crete

    Elounda Peninsula, Crete

    WHY? The Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel on the Greek island of Crete is the ideal no-quarantine destination this half term, and the perfect place for your little ones to get a wellness boost. The resort has worked with the on-site award-wining Six Senses Spa to create an innovative, three-day wellness programme for guests aged between five and twelve. The programme includes fun wellness, educational and nutritional workshops plus group spa treatments to help children to integrate wellness into their daily lives. There is also yoga, Greek dancing lessons and games at the Kids Arc plus a teens programme incorporating team sports and waterports.

    BOOK: Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel (+30.28410.68250) offers family accommodation in a Peninsula Collection suite room with private heated pool from £640/€720 per night for a family of four | eloundapeninsula.com

  • Football Escapes

    Football Escapes at The Grove, Hertfordshire

    WHY? Football Escapes, co-founded by footballers Rio Ferdinand, Bobby Zamora and premiership football coach Sam Hubert, returns to The Grove for October half term. There will be a fun-filled itinerary spread over three days at the estate, with daily training, meet and greet sessions with the players, a FIFA tournament in the hotel’s cinema room and a special certificate presentation on the final day.

    BOOK: Football Escapes’ two-night staycation at The Grove, Hertfordshire, costs from £1,340 per family. Based on two adults and one child sharing on a bed and breakfast basis and including one place on the 3-day Football Escapes course. Inter-connecting rooms available on request. For more information or to book a future staycation, please visit footballescapes.com or call 0203 375 8611.

  • Silverlake

    Silverlake, Dorset

    WHY? Halloween is far from cancelled at Silverlake, where there will be pumpkin carving, with competitions and the chance to win giant chocolate pumpkins and restaurant vouchers. There will be 100 pumpkins on display across the estate for all to enjoy. Guests can choose from a range of luxury self-catering properties sleeping 4 to 12 guests.

    BOOK: Prices start from £375. habitatescapes.com | 01285 869 489

  • Langley Park

    Langley Park, Cotswolds

    WHY? Got something special to celebrate this October half term? How about booking the impressive Langley Park in the Cotswolds? Not only does it sleep 26, it also boasts a fully equipped night club, and is available for half term week. Set in 85 acres of gardens, parkland and woodland and in the heart of Cotswold countryside between Tetbury and Chippenham, 18th Century Georgian listed mansion Langley Park is not the worst place to spend a week with a group of friends and the kids (it’s pretty much the best).

    BOOK: luxurycotswoldrentals.co.uk

  • Gara Rock

    Gara Rock, Devon

    WHY? Located close to Salcombe and perched on the edge of a cliff, all the family will enjoy a Devon getaway at Gara Rock, with panoramic sea, sunrise and sunset views and a winding path down to a private beach. The on-site cinema screens family classics such as The Greatest Showman and Back to the Future throughout the day, while story time around the fire with a marshmallow-topped hot chocolate is a firm favourite.

    BOOK: Stay at Gara Rock from £175 per night | www.gararock.com

  • Kanuhura

    Kanuhura, Maldives

    WHY? Stay in one of 80 thatched-roof villas scattered throughout the island’s tropical interior and on stilts over the turquoise lagoon, and relax as a family by the ocean or keep young ones busy in the on-site kids club. Worth the quarantine time when you return…

    BOOK: www.kanuhura.com

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