We know that every family is different and that what you need from a holiday changes as the little ones grow up. But don’t panic, we’ve got some great ideas for you that will keep everyone smiling. Whether you’re travelling with a little one, five little ones or struggling to entertain your teens, here’s our top five tips, hotels and ideas to cover all ages…
Carlise Bay, Antigua
With your little ones
We love to find ways to make the whole family happy. So just because you’ve got young children, don’t disregard a week of pure indulgence and R&R at a luxury Caribbean resort. Particularly when you’ve got the option of Carlisle Bay in Antigua. With a team of qualified childcare professionals running their ‘Caribbean Cool Kids Club’ for children aged between 6 months and 6 years, you’re guaranteed to get the down time you deserve. We really can’t rave about their kids club enough and with many of our happy customers picking it year on year, it was about time that we shared it with the rest of you. Open 7 days a week from 8:30am to 4:15pm, those sleepless nights will be long forgotten after a few hours relaxing on the beach. Oh, and don’t for a second worry about the little ones, they’ll be having bundles of fun exploring the sand pit, splashing around supervised in the paddling pool, being creative with the arts and crafts or having an exciting trip on a treasure hunt and sharing plenty of stories with you at dinner time. If they’re not fast asleep by then of course.
Borgo Egnazia, Italy
With your toddlers
As a hotel that prides itself on catering for all members of the family and recently the winner of ‘Best Family Hotel’ award according to Junior Magazine, you’ll probably agree with us that Borgo Egnazia has to be the European choice for that summer holiday master plan. This is a resort that goes above and beyond to fulfil all of your children’s needs, as well as yours. With luxury spas and cosy reading rooms for the adults and a kids club and restaurant designed specifically with your young ones in mind, this really is an all-encompassing family resort. One of the hotels best features has to be the Trullalleri Kids Club. Run by highly qualified and trained staff, the club has an enormous array of activities for even the smallest kids, so you can enjoy some peace and quiet knowing they’re having the time of their lives. Let us think about keeping the kids distracted so you can enjoy some relaxing spa treatments, a yoga session or even a spot of golf…
Samara Private Reserve, South Africa
With your teenagers
Running out of ideas on how to keep your teenagers entertained this summer? How about a trip to South Africa’s mind-blowing Samara Private Game Reserve for the chance to spot the big 5 on safari? Spend your evenings relaxing with the help of some aromatic oils and one of the resorts experienced therapists. Rest up in one of Samara’s three colonial style, luxuriously decorated lodges and you’ll be ready for a day exploring the vast plains on foot or in a jeep as a family with the guidance of one of the reserve’s trained rangers. This is a trip that appeals to all age ranges, so there’s no risk of anyone getting bored. Well, how could there be when you’ve got the chance to spot anything from white rhinos to giraffes to cheetahs on one of South Africa’s biggest private game reserves? You don’t need to worry about malaria either, as this resort is a certified malaria free zone.
Mbarika Mountains, Tanzania
With the adventurers
This world first trip with our friends at Epic Tomato is one that you and your kids will be talking about for years. Call it a rite of passage and take on an adventure of epic proportions. This trip to Tanzania will see you transported to the heart of Tanzania’s Mbarika Mountains as you live and learn from Masai trackers and travel through uncharted territory and along the wild rivers of Africa. The first leg of your journey will see you reach the highest point of the Mbarikas and watching the sun rise from this vantage point will be a moment you and your family will never forget. You’ll also love the experience of navigating the Kilombero River on handmade bamboo rafts and there’s always the chance of coming face to face with Africa’s stunning wildlife. We’ll provide you with the most experienced guides to ensure your safe passage over the 15 to 25km distance you’ll cover daily and to provide you with unrivaled and ancient knowledge of the areas you explore. And our guarantee? You’ll come back from this unique trip with some amazing stories to tell and some very grown up young adults.