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Hot spots for a family getaway this December

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With the school holidays around the corner, travelling abroad is a great way to entertain the kids while having a much-needed break yourself. Pentravel is your one-stop-shop for flight specials, exclusive deals and fun-filled holiday packages. They even have an entire ‘family break’ section dedicated to providing fun for those young and old. Read on for Pentravel’s summer hot spots.

magical mauritius

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For those who would rather avoid a 10-hour plus flight, Mauritius is the perfect choice for you - it’s only a five-hour flight from Cape Town and seven from Johannesburg. The island boasts white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and crystal clear water. Kid clubs can also be found all over, allowing parents a few child-free hours. What’s more, Air Mauritius allows kids under the age of 12 to fly for free, making it the ultimate affordable family holiday option.

meander around the mediterranean

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Cruise the Mediterranean in the lap of luxury on a ‘resort on water’. Kids clubs, climbing walls, ice skating rinks and movie theatres provide ample entertainment for the young ones, and parents can marvel at the variety of destinations visited, while only having to unpack once. As with most cruises, gourmet dining, pampering spas and lazy afternoons in the sun are the order of the day.

sensational skiing

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A wonderful activity for children over seven - or under, if they’re proficient - is a skiing holiday. One of those rare sports the whole family can enjoy, skiing allows adventure-lovers to get their adrenaline fix and gaze upon majestic scenery, while children can experience the joy of snow. Club Med offers all-inclusive ski packages that include accommodation, ski passes, lessons, equipment hire, all meals and selected drinks, as well as a kids clubs. Take your pick from a variety of resorts dotted around Europe.

dive into disney world

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A big hit with anyone, under 18 or not, Disney World is a winning family getaway and it’s guaranteed to leave everlasting memories. Make sure to stay in Disney World itself to avoid the long queues at the entrance and purchase a Flex Ticket that will allow you to enjoy multiple parks, including Universal Studios. Make the most of your time in the USA (it’s a long journey) and extend your stay with a Caribbean cruise - a perfect opportunity for relaxation after the rush of Disney World.

get a guide

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For older teens, guided holidays are a fun way to learn more about the world. Go on a historical adventure through Europe, visiting culturally-rich cities such as Paris, Rome, Venice, Prague and more. Make sure to choose an itinerary that leaves you with lots of free time so that you can explore the city yourselves.