Planning a family holiday is an art form that requires constant flexibility. Just as you think you’ve got it sussed, everything changes again. With babies, it’s all about finding hotels that will welcome you with sterilisers, bottle warmers and listening devices. When children enter the toddler stage, long-haul goes out the window (unless you relish the prospect of walking up and down a plane aisle for 12 hours) — you need the UK, Europe or the eastern Med. By the time they hit primary school, you can start bringing classroom lessons to life — whether that means experiencing Egypt’s pyramids or ordering breakfast in a different language. Travelling with teens heralds a return to more adventurous trips — safaris, surfing, long-haul winter sun — are all back in the mix. Here our experts have the pick of the trips to suit every age group.

10. Caribbean chill, Dominican Republiclic

Let’s be honest, the clock’s ticking on your family’s ability to breezily handle a long-haul flight, so jump on that plane to the Caribbean now and check in to the idyllic beachfront Eden Roc Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic while you still can. Sure, there’s a kids’ pool and plenty of beach toys but the real draw is for parents — you’ll be sipping cocktails by your private pool and slipping into the bath-water-warm ocean. There’s babysitting too, so dinner needn’t involve jiggling a fractious baby; instead it’s all about freshly-made sushi at the Blue Grill and local seafood at oceanside La Palapa.

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