Is it possible to plan the perfect family holiday? Thinking of traveling with kids, babies or teenagers is enough to make any parent second guess the vacation plans. But here’s the good news. If you simply pick the right destination, you’re halfway towards your goal.
And these resorts have proven their worth for helping to create the ultimate family memories:
–Anassa in Cyprus
–Gleneagles in Scotland
–Bush Lodge, Sabi Sabi in South Africa
–Saariselka in Finland
–Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort in Mexico
Are you ready for your trip? Here’s how you pick the perfect option.
Look For Children Centered Specials
Can you have epic family holidays without breaking the bank? You’ll be happy to know many travel agencies, resorts and even airlines offer specials for just these situations.
Search for discounts—or even free offers—for kids traveling with their parents. Saving on travel expenses means you can do more when you reach your destination.
But how do you pick where to go?
Is Weather an Issue?
If you know your family is sensitive to temperatures, don’t pick locations with extreme temperatures. This goes for both hot and cold areas.
You don’t want your kids to not enjoy epic scenes such as the Northern Lights, simply because they’re not accustomed to the icy weather.
Are There Child Care Services?
Even a family vacation should provide parents with some down time. Seek out resorts that offer child care services. Let them entertain your children while you get that much deserved massage.
What Activities are Available?
You also don’t want your children to become bored because limited activities are available. Research the general attractions in the area, but also child orientated things to do. Draw up a tentative schedule, so you know what’s available the moment your kids want a new adventure.
What’s Your Goal?
What works for other people won’t necessarily work for your family. Do you love watching wildlife in natural habitats or discussing the history of architecture and unique cultures?
Make this a deciding factor in which destination you pick, so the experiences align with your interests.
Does it Have the X Factor?
What’s the one thing you want to remember a year after the trip? You can go to a picturesque place, but if there aren’t any unique features, it will simply be another holiday.
Search for places that give remarkable experiences you won’t easily find elsewhere. It’s special to experience it as a family, it will draw everyone closer together and give you something to think back on for the rest of your lives.
Now you know how to gauge the value of a destination, let’s find your next one.
The Greek Islands
You probably think a trip to Greece is only for adults. But why not share the sun and beautiful seaside towns with your children?
At Anassa you can take a break from routines, while your kids can enjoy the programs put together especially for them.
No wonder this hotel won awards as a family oriented hotel in 2015. The activities range from beach visits to cultural events and even piano lessons.
– Family rooms
– Baby care service provides all amenities new parents need
– 4 Different kids clubs cater to all ages and interests
– Always beware of sunburn under the Mediterranean sun
– Some parents may feel nervous sending kids to the beach without accompanying them
Go to Africa
Why was the Bush Lodge at Sabi Sabi Game Reserve voted a best family vacation option recently? Because the lodge incorporates kids’ interests into every aspect.
Menus include kids’ options and even a kids’ buffet. After breakfast children of all ages can enjoy adventures in the wild:
– Bird identification
– Animal tracking
– Map reading
– Safari drives
– Walking safaris
The possibility of seeing real wild animals makes a simple trip a high adrenaline moment.
Parents can enjoy the trips too, or unwind with a luxurious massage at the Amani day spa. There’s truly something for everyone’s preferences.
– Babysitting services available
– Lodge offers discounted rates for children
– Luxurious lodge accommodation
– See the Big Five
– No children under six allowed on game drives
– One hour flight or five hour drive from large cities
– The area is known for mosquitos, though the lodge supplies repellent
Experience Scotland’s Charm
Gleneagles prides itself in offering families the ideal getaway. Even the slogan refers to a ‘glorious playground’.
Families can enjoy luxury accommodation on the 850 acre farm. The activity list is endless, ranging from mountain biking to Segway tours to falconry.
Age appropriate care facilities include:
– A crèche for 2-9 year olds
– Interactive play areas for 6-15 year olds
Family rooms are interconnected so everyone enjoys luxury amenities, while still experiencing the holiday as a unit.
– Range of activities
– Child care facilities
– Tuition and coaching available in various sports
– Keep Scotland’s low temperatures in mind when planning this holiday
Off to Mexico
Yes, a family holiday can be exotic too.
At the Grand Solmar Land’s End resort you take a break right next to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The resort’s claim to fame is the infinity edge pool you can relax in.
While parents watch the sunset and use the private beach, children can enjoy child care facilities.
And for that epic family moment, why not go whale watching?
For fun days out you can visit nearby Cabo San Lucas or enjoy kayaking and horse riding together.
– Rated as a top family destination in Mexico
– Private cabanas create intimate family time
– Daily Kids Club service
– Cabo’s sea can be rough—keep small children close while swimming
Visit Santa in Finland
What better way to end this list than making every child’s dream come true?
Visit Saariselka in Finland and tell your children you’re going to Santa’s home town. This area shares Santa’s postal code, so it’s the closest you’ll get to the bearded man.
And for teenagers and adults there are the riveting sights of the Northern Lights to chase. If this is on your bucket list, everyone’s dreams can come true in Finland.
– Memorable moments
– Exciting activities such as snowmobile safaris
– Reindeer farm
– Easy access with multiple transport options
– Cold weather is not for everyone
Have you got your trip planned yet? We advise you consider the lovely Gleneagles resort. You won’t get a more luxurious stay than this classic farm and with the wide range of activities, you know each of your family members will be catered for. Holidays just got upgraded!