It’s the middle of August which means it’s time to pack your bags and jet off, if you haven’t already, on your sunny school summer holidays! However, the School Holiday Periods are also when prices seem to be at their highest meaning parents have to fork out a small fortune to enjoy their week away. With schools getting stricter on taking term-time holidays parents may feel like their options are starting to run out, however, there may be another option available.
Timeshare ownership may offer a cheaper alternative to paying these high prices each year with potentially more freedom too. The School Holidays in the UK usually fall between Weeks 29-34 (July-August) with some adjustments being made for Scottish and private schools which break up earlier than the rest of the UK. Based on a family of four sharing (2 Adults, 2 Children) we have picked some of the best deals available on our site during this period. Focusing on units of 2-bedrooms and above we have chosen family friendly resorts and also offer some fun family activities to enjoy too.
Below we will explore on a destination-by-destination guide the best deals available to families in the summer school holiday period. For more great summer holiday deals check out our July and August Timeshare Weeks.
Approximate Annual Management Fee: £650
Enjoying a warm summer climate on the South of Gran Canaria is the RCI Gold Crown Anfi Beach Club which was also awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence (2015). Part of the expansive Anfi Del Mar complex this resort boasts a Caribbean-style white sand beach and glamorous 80-berth marina, ideal for dolphin and whale spotting excursions! Available on Week 34 (Mid-August) for just £5,000 this spacious 2-bedroom apartment features a fitted kitchen, cooling lounge/dining area and a beautiful private balcony where you can admire sweeping coastal views. A choice between Benito’s Mini and Juniors Kids Clubs will keep the little ones entertained with arts and crafts as well as football, archery and canoeing for the older children. This gives you parents more time to relax by the large heated outdoor swimming pool with the sun on your face and a chilled drink in your hand from the poolside bar. For a day trip the kids will love the Angry Birds Activity Park in nearby Puerto Rico whilst Aqualand in Maspalomas is an exciting water-park packed with fun for all the family.
Approximate Annual Management Fees: £860
Nestled within the lush Quinta do Lago region of the Algarve on Portugal’s South coast is the Interval International Premier Resort the Four Seasons Fairways. A true family favourite it was voted in the Top 10 Best Family Hotels in the whole of Portugal in TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards (2015). Holidaymakers can take advantage of this luxury 2-bedroom villa available on Week 33 (mid-August) which features its own private swimming pool/jacuzzi to soak away the days within! Take a look inside and you’ll find a full kitchen and elegant living room whilst 2 spacious bedrooms with an en-suite in the master room afford a peaceful nights sleep to all. Bathe in the sunshine by your private pool as the kids join up with the Dedicated Fun Club and take the stress away by indulging in a massage from the soothing spa. Spend an afternoon horse-riding, work-up a sweat at the tennis courts or ease into the slow lane with a round of golf at one of the many famous local courses. A sumptuous selection of dishes are on offer at the delightful Flôr da Quinta Restaurant from International favourites to more intricate local dishes. Explore the golden sands of Praia da Quinta Do Lago building sandcastles along the way or enjoy a day at Zoomarine marveling at the magnificent Dolphin acrobatics. Renowned for its golfing exploits the Algarve entertains visitors of all ages and the Family Golf Park in nearby Vilamoura tees you up for a great day with two 18-hole mini-golf courses!
Approximate Annual Management Fees: £561
Also on the glorious Algarve is the Monte Carvoiero Club where Weeks 30 & 31 (End of July) are available for wonderful family holidays to Portugal at only £3,900 for the pair. This poolside two-story town-house with marble flooring throughout features a full-kitchen, private patio with sun loungers and a manicured lawn. Picture yourself kicking back and relaxing within the beautiful open-plan living/dining room after fun-filled days exploring Carvoiero. You’ll find excellent bars and a tasty restaurant at the Monte Carvoiero Club as well as a cooling outdoor swimming pool and supervised kids pool. Aqualand Algarve has something for everyone from the heart-racing Kamikaze slide to the laid-back Congo (Lazy) River not forgetting the Children’s Paradise too! The sculptures get bigger and bigger each year and now in it’s 13th year (2015) the Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival is an awe-inspiring twist on the sandcastles you were making back on Praia do Paraiso beach.
Approximate Annual Management Fee: £640
Checking in on Week 34 (August) is this opportunity to own a charming 2-bedroom lodge for just £2,500 at the RCI Gold Crown Barnsdale Country Club in Rutland, England’s smallest County. Fitted with a full-kitchen and spacious living and dining room this elegant lodge is ideal for families looking for their own slice of the great outdoors, best enjoyed upon the private balcony. Revitalise yourself within the Barnsdale Spa, take a dip within the heated indoor-pool or challenge the kids to fun games at the 18-hole crazy golf! A haven for outdoor pursuits the Barnsdale Country Club puts you in touch with 23-miles of traffic-free cycling trails around Britain’s largest man-made lake whilst the RockBlok climbing centre is great for all those little adventurers. Take an afternoon to relax with a beautiful cruise aboard the Rutland Belle sailing your way through the picture-postcard Leicestershire countryside.
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Approximate Annual Management Fee: £720
Experience a true highland holiday at the RCI Gold Crown Cameron House situated on the edge of the world-famous Loch Lomond. Available during the middle of August (week 33) this luxury 2-bedroom lodge with lavish décor can be yours for just £4,750. Coming beautifully appointed with a spacious living/dining room and gorgeous bedrooms the lodge’s views from the full-glass walls are simply breathtaking. A tricky 9-hole golf-course, invigorating heated indoor-pools and fine-dining from the Michelin-star Martin Wishart restaurant are just some of the treats that await at Cameron House.
Orlando, Florida is renowned for its unforgettable family holidays and adventures in the land of theme parks. Here you can explore Diagon Alley for real at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or travel the world in a day at the famous Epcot Centre. Discover mysterious foreign lands or play your favourite Princess at Disney’s Magic Kingdom whilst for more thrills and spills Wet ‘n’ Wild provides heart-racing experiences for the whole family. This is just the tip of the iceberg for a truly memorable family holiday.
Approximate Annual Management Fee: £700
A real family treat is in-store at the RCI Gold Crown Sheraton Vistana Resort which was voted in the Top 10 Family Hotels in the whole of the U.S.A in TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards (2015). This elegant 2-bedroom apartment is available during Week 34 (Late August) for just £995 and is equipped with a full-kitchen, spacious living area and private balcony whilst the master bedroom also features a whirlpool tub. Swim in a different pool each day of your holiday with a choice of 7 swimming pools and 8 whirlpools dotted around the resort and for the kids there’s 4 playgrounds and an 18-hole mini- golf course too!
Approximate Annual Management Fee: £730
Voted in the TripAdvisor (2015) Travellers Choice Awards as the 5th best Family Hotel in the U.S.A Marriott Cypress Harbour is a firm family-favourite for obvious reasons. Available here is an elegant 2-bedroom villa for just £3,000 during the peak Red Floating season. Featuring a wonderful lounge and dining area as well as a well-appointed kitchen the views over the manicured gardens and lakes are simply gorgeous too. Boasting 3 lakes, where boating’s available, a rejuvenating spa and a kids play area filled with fun water features there is almost endless amounts of entertainment on offer at Marriott Cypress Harbour.
Approximate Annual Management Fee: £600
Set amid almost 1,500 acres is the RCI Gold Crown Orange Lake Country Club where this spacious 2-bedroom apartment is available during Week 34 (August) for just £995. The large balcony overlooks a Par 3 golf-course whilst the interior provides its guests with a comfortable living area and full-kitchen to prepare those tasty family meals. At just 5-minutes walk from one of the seven swimming pools and kids pools the location of this apartment couldn’t be any better. Tee off at one of 4 pristine golf-courses, take the kids on in games of tennis and dine ’til your hearts content with a choice of 9 International restaurants!