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The top 5 long-haul destinations for a dream family holiday in 2017

Mirror logo Mirror 12/09/2017 Julie Delahaye

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Whether you're celebrating something special or want to take the kids on a trip they'll never forget, there's nothing like a long-haul destination to make for a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday. 

For example, those looking for an all-inclusive holiday should check out Cancun in Mexico, where there are plenty of resorts catering to your family's every need.

Meanwhile, while those wanting to discover new cultures should consider a trip to Sri Lanka, which has everything from awe-inspiring temples to luscious green valleys and paradise-esque sandy white beaches.

Holiday gurus Destination2 have shared their best deals at five sun-soaked summer holiday destinations - so we took a look at exactly why these should be on your radar...

1. Cancun, Mexico

Credits: Moment RF © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Moment RF All-inclusive resorts, a world-famous nightlife and an abundance of family-friendly activities have firmly established Cancun, Mexico as the ultimate summer destination. 

The crystalline blue waters are perfect whether you want to laze on a beach or go exploring - the Underwater Museum is particularly breathtaking - not to mention there are adventure parks where you can go ziplining and explore underground caves.

Many of the resorts are all-inclusive with prices covering everything from airport transfers to food and drink, and offer a wide array of activities meaning the kids are entertained and parents can also enjoy a well-deserved break.

Destination2 offer: Spend seven nights at the all-inclusive, four-star All Ritmo Cancun Resort & Waterpark. Prices start from £2729 for a family of four, based on flying with British Airways.

2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty This is a city break unlike any other - it's difficult to find an attraction that Dubai doesn't offer. 

There's the Wild Wadi Water Park for adrenaline junkies, Ski Dubai for those who want to hit the slopes, or the stunning Jumeirah Beach for a fun day out by the crystal-clear waters on the coast of the Persian Gulf.

Not to mention the countless restaurants, bars and shops - a visit to the Dubai Mall is a must.

As for the landscape Head to Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, where you can take in unrivalled views of the city's iconic skyline.

Destination2 offer: Spend three nights at the five-star Movenpick The Walk Jumeirah Beach, with prices for a family of four starting from £1399 on a half-board basis, flying with Royal Brunei.

3. Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Credits: Getty Images North America © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images North America Orlando may not be the ultimate budget-friendly destination, but it is designed entirely around families looking for a fun-filled break in the sun. Plus, there are plenty of deals and packages that offer amazing value for money on hotels and flights, not to mention theme park tickets. 

As for its world-famous theme parks, you'll be spoiled for choice. Seek out your favourite Disney Princesses at Walt Disney World, or head to its Animal Kingdom park to meet exciting wildlife.

Also on the itinerary? Discover the biggest Hollywood secrets from your favourite films at Universal Orlando, or head to the Orlando Science Center to learn about the wonders of science and technology.

Destination2 offer: Spend ten nights at the three-star Park Inn by Radisson, with prices for a family of four starting from £1949, flying with Delta Airlines.

4. Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA This idyllic Sri Lankan beach looks exactly like the picture-perfect tropical paradises you see in Hollywood blockbusters. Towering palm trees, soft golden sands and turquoise blue waters make this a popular destination for anyone exploring the best of what Sri Lanka has to offer. 

Plus, history buffs will no doubt be taken in by the spectacular temples nestled amidst the countryside - and animal lovers will want to check out the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage that's part of the country's conservation efforts.

Destination2 offer: Spend seven nights at the four-star Centra Ceysands resort, with prices for a family of four starting from £2339 on a half-board basis, flying with Qatar Airways.

5. Oman

Credits: AWL Images RM © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: AWL Images RM If you only do one thing during your trip to Oman, make it a visit to Jebel Akhdar. More suited to families with older kids/teenagers, you can take guided hikes and tours across the hilly mountains to see the best of the lusciously green landscape, waterfalls and the seriously breathtaking rocky canyons nestled amidst the scenery. 

There are plenty of stunning beaches, desert dunes and historical forts to explore, but if you're short on time then make sure you stop off at the Royal Opera House - the architecture is simply stunning.

Destination2 offer: Spend three nights at the four-star Millenium Resort, with prices for a family of four starting from £2199 on a bed and breakfast basis, flying with British Airways.

For more details on all the deals or information on how to book, head to Destination2.co.uk.

More family holiday travel inspiration

Our Family Holidays page is jam-packed with destination guides, round-ups of the best deals and travel tips if you're travelling with your little ones.

In the meantime, we've also searched out the best long-haul city breaks for a family trip, including what to do with the kids while you're there.

Sticking to a budget? Check out these awesome UK holiday parks - and of course, the best campsites for a long weekend in the British countryside. 


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