Remember when you thought having children wouldn't change your holidays?
Yep, we all made that mistake.
A summer holiday is a big expense, so putting research into finding an all-round family resort is important - for keeping both kids and adults happy.
Here are 10 European family escapes that pack great summer activities, sunshine, rooms and food into one place.
Best for: Laid-back luxury
Far from the concrete and crowds of the Algarve, Martinhal feels like a blast of fresh air, balancing that little bit of luxury with a whole lot of consideration for kids of all ages. Child-friendly touches are everywhere: from sun hats and cuddly toys on arrival to staff setting up colouring stations in the restaurants, and clean-cut villas replete with full family and baby kits. When they're tired running through empty sand dunes, there are five pools, a football pitch, watersports centre, tennis courts and kids' clubs. Adults, too, are well catered for with daily itineraries (available to download on the mymartinhal app) that include cocktail-making and yoga classes, a superb spa, and, with playgrounds and trampolines within view of the restaurants, you can, in the words of a friend, "finish your hot cappuccino with the froth still on top". Holiday saved.
Details: From €1,738 for a two-bedroom garden villa for seven nights in June with travelrepublic.ie; martinhal.com. Fly to Faro with aerlingus.com or ryanair.com.
If you like this, try… Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve; Daios Cove, Greece. pinecliffs.com; daioscovecrete.com
Best for: Beach-culture breaks
The promise of your own private apartment with all the bells and whistles of a hotel is top of many families' holiday wish-lists. Add the beachside location and a full raft of facilities and this resort might just have the winning formula. Rooms and self-catering apartments are luxe affairs, as is the rest of the resort, but the trump cards are the spa, considered to be one of Croatia's best, the sports centre and football academy with occasional celebrity sportspeople. Eight restaurants and eight bars run the gamut of culinary choices, from brick-oven pizzas at La Pasta to more buttoned-up affairs at Ginja overlooking the beach. Dubrovnik, just 11km away, makes a nice day trip, and in summer daily boats run to Lopud island.
Details: Self-catering apartment for seven nights in May from €2,079 with loveholidays.ie; dubrovniksungardens.com. Fly with aerlingus.com or ryanair.com.
If you like this, try… Amarin Family Resort, Croatia; Caretta Beach Holiday Village, Greece. maistra.com; carettabeach.com
Best for: Eco-conscious families
Costa Navarino is one of the few family-friendly resorts with serious eco credentials: solar panels in the mountainside, a sea turtle rescue centre and itineraries that range from olive oil tastings to cookery lessons with local ladies and gardening classes for kids. The sprawling resort is split into two hotels: the Romanos and the Westin (the latter being the more family-friendly choice). They book-end nine restaurants, four pools, kids' clubs, golf courses, spa, bowling centre, cinema, go-kart track and the resort's own aquapark. For more cerebral stimulation, hop on a bike and head for the Palace of Nestor or the nearby harbour town of Pilos. Those with deeper pockets might like the luxury private villas with personal butler, gym and chef.
Details: Flights and accommodation for a family of four for six nights in June from €3,994 with expedia.ie; costanavarino.com. You can fly with aerlingus.com or ryanair.com
If you like this, try… Vila Vita Beach Resort, Portugal; Sani Beach Resort, Greece. vilavitaparc.com; sani-resort.com
Best for: Sea and sun for under-10s
Don't be put off by the scale of the place: this is a well-oiled machine and an Irish family favourite. Accommodation varies from rooms to more self-contained suites with plenty of loot for the kids. Aqua Lava waterpark and the geothermal fields at Timanfaya National Park are nearby, but Kikoland's enthusiastic staff will entertain your little ones all day if you so wish: there's beach volleyball, pool discos, evening shows and Kikoland mascots to distract them from tantrums, all while you decompress in the spa before booking that babysitter and the seven-course tasting menu at one of the island's finest restaurants, Isla dos Lobos, located within the resort. What they (and you) will remember most is probably the giant Kikoland mascots at the breakfast buffet, but it's a small price to pay: happy kids, happy parents.
Details: B&B and flights in early June for a family of four from €3,112 with sunway.ie; princesayaiza.com.
If you like this, try… Zafiro Palace, Mallorca; GF Gran, Costa Adeje, Tenerife. zafirohotels.com; gfhoteles.com
Best for: Water babies, adrenaline junkies
The theme at this Tarragona resort is very much high-octane fun, with unlimited access to the nearby waterpark (a 10-minute walk along the seafront), where under-10s get a whole section to themselves and can spend their days under a giant tipping bucket and on twirly slides. Thrill seekers will love the Boomerang or Kamikaze - both white-knuckle rides - and back at the resort there's plenty to fill your days. Varied accommodation makes it a popular family choice, and there's a whole host of organised activities for kiddies and adults. Still looking for more? A local bus service will take you to PortAventura theme park in Salou or the Roman city of Tarragona.
Details: Tui.ie has all-inclusive, seven-night packages from €726pp in June. Flights to Reus or Barcelona.
If you like this, try… Club Mac, Mallorca; Paradise Island, Lanzarote. clubmac.es; hotel-paradiseisland.com
Best for: Gourmets with kids of varying ages
It may feel like a grown-up hideaway, but scratch below the manicured Mediterranean vibe and you'll find mammoth resort 'Forte Village' and Hotel Le Dune, with a long-as-your-arm menu of activities designed with families in mind. Guests of all ages help themselves to bicycles to whizz around the resort between the beach, riding stables, interactive water park and (arguably) most importantly, the gelato hut. What makes it really special, however, is the balance of kid and adult-focused activities: 12 restaurants (a Gordon Ramsay outpost included) ,Thalasso spa and over a dozen academies including dance, magic, chess, DJ-ing, and football training with Chelsea trainers. It's like a camp but for everyone (without the packed lunch): a one-size-fits-all solution for tired parents… with the kids in tow. July and August see highest prices.
Details: €250 per night on a half-board basis for a family suite for four in June via the hotel website. fortevillageresort.com. Fly with aerlingus.com or ryanair.com
If you like this, try… Chia Laguna Resort, Sardinia; Blau Privilege Porto Petro Beach Resort & Spa, Mallorca. chialagunaresort.com; blauportopetro.com
Best for: Sporty teenagers
The lure of the sparkling water is sure to get your children off their screens at this Turkish resort. The formula is simple: provide as many activities as a family could want, with an all-inclusive bent in a beachside location. The enclosed lagoon means parents don't lose sight of their children as they learn to sail or windsurf at the excellent watersports school. Then there's the kids' club, where small people are kept busy all day and into the evening, the bonus of free evening childcare allowing parents to dine à deux. There's tennis and biking for those who prefer dry land, with the pretty town of Foca just a 10-minute bike ride away.
Details: Sunway has all-inclusive, seven-night packages in June from €999 per adult and €689 per child. mwphokaia.com; sunway.ie
If you like this, try… Melia Gorriones, Fuerteventura; Family Hotel Vespera, Croatia. melia-gorriones-fuerteventura. pajara.hotels-canary-islands.com; losinj-hotels.com
Best for: Water-loving teens
Club Med, the dame of all-inclusives, has certainly earned its stripes when it comes to family holidays, with Sicily's Kamarina (the original) giving kids a chance to hone their circus skills on the hotel's trapeze. Teenagers, in particular, will appreciate Club Med Passworld - a chance to plan film and dance shows, beach parties or chill at the teen spa. As you'd expect from Club Med, activities are aplenty, from tennis, soccer, sailing, archery and family yoga to treasure hunts and golf. And the parents? You're likely to find yourself kicking back at the Turkish bath while an army of cheerful staff keep your charges content. The only reason for tears? Having to leave.
Details: Sunway has all-inclusive, seven-night packages from €909 per adult and €599 per child. clubmed.co.uk; sunway.ie
If you like this, try… Club Med Da Balaia, Portugal; Anassa, Cyprus. clubmed.co.uk/r/Da-Balaia/y; anassa.com
Best for: Adventure seekers
You're unlikely to hear the words "I'm bored" at this four-star aparthotel, where the focus is very much on active fun. All bases are covered, with an Olympic-size swimming pool, spa, wellness centre and first-class cycling facilities. Kids can launch themselves down waterslides in the pirate ship pool, knock about in the adventure playground or busy themselves with crafts at the kids' club. The on-site mini-market is a handy addition for those staying self-catering, and the three restaurants also do spot-on kiddie staples. A sandy beach and the old town of Port d'Alcúdia are just a few minutes away and there's hiking and biking trails in the nearby hills for the more adventurous.
Details: Ebookers.ie has all-inclusive, seven-night self-catering packages from €1,054 for a family of four in June; hotelsviva.com; fly with aerlingus.com or ryanair.com
If you like this, try… Mar Hotel Paradise Club & Spa; Candia Park Village, Greece. marhotels.com; candiapark.com
Best for: Free-range unwinding
Run by parents for parents, this converted dairy farm in Occitanie has all the hallmarks of a sleepy country retreat, plus the draw of activities. Packages include everything a picky brood could want, from tennis to tractor rides, zipwire, yoga, spa treatments, family boating and a weekly circus, not to mention the award-winning childcare. You can opt to dine at one of the retreat's communal feasts or retire to your apartment, fully furnished with every child-friendly staple and lots of five-star goodies to boot. Parents will also appreciate the twice-weekly babysitting service and breakfast club for kids, allowing them a well-deserved lie-in.
Details: Prices start from €3,950 self-catering for a family of four. countrykids.fr; fly with aerlingus.com or ryanair.com
If you like this, try… Hotel le Cret, Morzine, France; Marbella Club Hotel, Spain. lecret.com; marbellaclub.com
NB: All prices subject to change/availability, and exclude flights except where stated otherwise.