Stay at one of these and kids’ clubs, splash parks and daredevil Aerial Adventure courses are included in the price. And that’s just for starters…
10 GREAT THINGS ABOUT Holiday Village
Free Kids' PlacesOn top of travel perks like a bigger luggage allowance and priority transfers, we’ve lined up free kids’ places at all of our Holiday Villages – so whichever one you pick, your first child could go free.
Outdoor ActivitiesThere’s every type of sport going at Holiday Villages. Plus, there are things like circus workshops and treasure hunts.
Aerial AdventureAll Holiday Villages have a different Aerial Adventure assault course. We’ll rig you up in a harness and you can swing, climb and swoop to your heart’s content.
SplashathonsWe host summer Splashathons in aid of baby charity Tommy’s. Peppa Pig is partnered with the charity, so we theme some of the pool challenges around her.
Theme DaysLove a good theme day? We get out the giant Twister out for Retro day and we do a great Reality TV day, too.
Splash Parks & PoolsAs well as the best pools around, you'll find mini slides, flumes and fountains at most Holiday Villages, and even the odd pirate ship at some.
Evening EntertainmentEach night our team of professional UK entertainers run a packed family programme under the fantastic ‘HV Live’ banner.
First Choice Kids' ClubsAll of our Holiday Villages have a First Choice Kids’ Club. It’s split into age categories so activities really hit the mark for your little ones.
AcademiesExpert-run academies are par for the course. Take your pick from Football Academy, Stage Academy and Swim Academy.
Free Wi-FiAll hotels in this range have free Wi-Fi available from May 2014, so you can stay connected while you’re away.
Twin Tracks is the latest addition to our wacky water inflatables and perfect for ages 6 and up. It’s an inflatable assault course for the pool that two people can tackle at the same time.
Ages 5 and over can run on water in these huge inflatable balls. Or ‘human hamster wheels’, as we like to call them.
Race your mates on the pool’s surface in these inflatable tubes - aimed at energetic over 6s. If you like these, you’ll love our ‘water whacky races’, too.
Ages 6 and up can take to the pool in our inflatable canoes for games, races and general water-themed frivolity. We’ve got peddle boats and bumper boats designed for little people under 6, too.
All Holiday Villages have a different Aerial Adventure assault course, where we rig you up in a harness and you’re free to swing, climb and walk across all types of routes. They’re open to everyone over 6 – even mums and dads, so no chickening out.
When we say we’ve got every type of sport going, we’re not kidding. We’ve even got aeroball. That’s basketball on a trampoline, in case you’re wondering.
From Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games to Hawkeye in the Avengers, being nifty with a bow and arrow has never been cooler. Ages 6 and up can perfect their skills at our expert-led archery sessions.
Sports & Activities
Rounders, football, crazy golf – you name it, we’ve got it. Plus, there are circus workshops, treasure hunts and raft-building challenges. This lot's aimed at all ages.
Evening entertainment is run by our team of professional UK entertainers, and all comes under the ‘HV Live’ banner. Expect kids’ discos, Saturday morning TV-style game shows, competitions, and professional shows 7 days a week.
Ready to meet Gizmo, Doobley and Whatsit in the land of Whatchamacallit? The Widgets are 100% exclusive to First Choice. You’ll see them at our live shows, meet and greets, and around the hotels.
Our handpicked entertainment programme is laid on by professional singers, dancers, and tribute acts.
From Mixtape’s big hair and non-stop Eighties tunes, to Electric City’s contemporary dance acts and state-of-the-art big screen technology – we’ve got more live shows than you can shake a mike at.
Holiday Villages host Splashathons on selected dates over the summer, where tots, kids and grown-ups can all sign up for pool-based activities and challenges in aid of the fantastic UK baby charity, Tommy’s. Kids’ TV favourite Peppa Pig is a huge fan – she’s been supporting the charity since 2006 – so we theme some of the antics around her.
Family Theme Days
We’ve done everything from an Olympics-themed Sports Day, to a Pirate Day that Jack Sparrow would have been proud of. This summer we’re getting out the giant Twister out for Retro day and we’re planning a great Reality TV day, too.
3 to 5-year-olds
Games, painting, storytelling – it’s all in store at Little Stars. We’ve got loads of new ideas, plus a bunch of kids’ favourites they know and love. We also run Play And Learn sessions that tie in with the National Curriculum, with fun things like Wild West-themed games.
6 to 8-year-olds
We line up loads of fun games and activities at this one. Most of it is exclusive to Super Stars, so your kids get to try lots of new things like mini fencing. As for our Play and Learn sessions, they take children on a Pirate Adventure or Mini Beast Safari.
9 to 11-year-olds
Got older children with you? Holiday Villages have got it covered. We pitch this club just right, giving this tricky-to-please age range plenty in the way of sports, quizzes and team challenges.
Peace Of Mind
First Choice Kids’ Clubs and crèches are run to UK standards, so there’s always someone on duty with an NVQ Level 2 and our crèche reps have NVQ Level 3 or equivalent. Plus, the staff have advanced CRB security checks and First Aid training. There’s a strict sign-in and out system, too.
First Choice Kids' Clubs
Our crèches open during the day and some evenings. They pack in everything from puppetry to painting, plus we’ve stocked up on toys from big brands, like Mothercare and the Early Learning Centre.
Take the kids along to a Swim-a-Song course, specially designed for under 4s. They teach kids all sorts of pool skills using nursery rhymes and interactive play.
Infant Luggage Allowance
Under-2s get a 10kg luggage allowance as well as a pushchair or car seat.
You don’t have to worry about lugging everything abroad with you. You can book a Mothercare pack that has all the big stuff, like highchairs and buggies, plus bits and bobs, like blenders and bottle warmers.
Beckham hopefuls, aged 4 to 16, are put through their paces by FA or UEFA-qualified coaches on a 2, 3 or 4-day course. The 2-day course starts at £30. Our coaches also help under 4s master the basics at Toddler Football, special parent and toddler sessions. They’re free, and you can book them when you get there.
These classes are taken by ASA-qualified teachers. £30 gets you five 30-minute group sessions, or there are solo sessions, too. Age-wise, this one’s for 3 to 16-year-olds.
Watch your budding entertainers – aged 5 to 15 – tread the boards under the guidance of Razzmataz, a top UK entertainment company. It’s £35 for three 2-hour slots, and in 2014 it runs from 20 July to 31 August. And now there’s also Mini Razzamataz, free sessions especially for under-5s.
Rookie Lifeguard Academy
Our qualified instructors teach your youngsters aged 8 to 16 lifesaving skills. Around £30 for five 30-minute lessons. You can book these when you get there.
12 to 15-year-olds
This one’s not a kids’ club – it’s strictly for teenagers – and has everything from David Guetta-style DJ lessons, to plain bonkers stuff, like Water Walkerz – human hamster balls for rolling on the water. There’s free Wi-Fi, too, plus loads of places to hang out with friends.
You’ve got at least 2 à la carte restaurants, whichever Holiday Village you go for. Lots of them are themed, so expect things like Italian, Mexican or Chinese. You can eat in these venues as part of your All Inclusive set-up – just reserve a table when you get there.
All our Holiday Villages have a choice of bars. There’s entertainment, too – things like comedians and cabaret singers. After an adults-only bar? You'll find them at Holiday Village Red Sea, Holiday Village Aliathon, Holiday Village Rhodes and Holiday Village Kos.
You'll find spa facilities at lots of Holiday Villages. We’ve got all kinds of treatments for you to try, as well as steam rooms, saunas and whirlpools. A gym comes as standard, too. Remember, you need to pay extra for any treatments.
Late Kids' Clubs
Enjoy a night out while the kids have fun at one of our late sessions from 9pm until 11pm. We lay on the usual things from the daytime, as well as movie nights and chocolate parties. We’ve also got a space where they can have a doze. Some sessions are free, some cost extra.
THE ICING ON THE CAKE
All hotels in this range have free Wi-Fi available from May 2014, so you can stay connected while you’re away.
Baby Packs & Buggies
We can sort all the essential kit for you, including highchairs, sterilisers and buggies. It all comes from Mothercare and costs from £50 per stay. If it’s just a buggy you’re after, we’ve got pushchairs with lightweight canopies. Book one upfront or pick it up when you arrive – prices start from £20. Call 0871 200 7799*.
*Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras.
You can check in up to 20kg of luggage and carry up to 7kg on the plane.
Don’t worry about packing pool towels. We supply them, which means you’ve got more space in your case when it’s time to pack.
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