It’s that time of year again! The leaves are starting to change colors, the smell of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air, and people are buying Christmas presents.
Why not add a little travel to your holiday wish list? We’re talking about family travel, which we think is the best gift you could ever give your loved ones. Check out these top reasons why it’s so great!
Luxury Summer Family Holiday Destinations:
The summer holidays are here, and while they’re not quite what we expected them to be this year, there’s still time to squeeze in a last-minute family escape.
We’ve selected a few of our favourite family-friendly destinations for some last-minute holiday inspiration.
Hôtel Métropole, Monte Carlo
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is the ideal family holiday destination for a post-lockdown retreat. Ideally located in the Carré d’Or.
overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the glamorous Belle Époque style property combines luxury, glamour and practicality.
In the light of the pandemic, the hotel has adapted to ensure families feel comfortable and safe. The hotel’s entire top floor, with six communicating suites – including the magnificent Suite Carré d’Or
Penthouse Suite (240 square metres) – can be privatized to provide security and space away from other guests. Moreover, a private butler service will be assigned to help throughout your stay, as well as helicopter transfers available to and from the airport.
Similarly, families also now have the option of a ‘Family Suite,’ consisting of a Deluxe Junior Suite for parents and a Deluxe adjoining room, specifically designed for children, allowing families that much needed quality time. Fun amenities and surprises are available for children upon arrival.
Hard Rock Hotel, Maldives
The Hard Rock Hotel is inspired by local Maldivian culture and infused with contemporary design features.
It is perfect for music and entertainment fans as the hotel holds ‘The Sound of Your Stay Stay’ music program, which offers complimentary use of Fender guitars and Crosley record players.
However, for those of you in search of serenity, the Hard Rock Hotel offers a spa as well as a kids club, which includes aerial arts classes, circus camp, Brazilian jiujitsu, beachfront sports competitions, and so much more.
On-site food and beverage options include a pool bar, Pan-Latin cuisine at The Elephant and The Butterfly, and the Hard Rock Café itself.
Blue Palace, Crete
A five-star hotel created with family in mind, Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is situated on the breath-taking Elounda coastline, on the island of Crete.
Taking full advantage of its unique setting, the hotel offers many water sports that the Kid’s Club has full access to and a beachfront spa.
We also recommend trying out one of the unforgettable family experiences on offer, such as sailing on the resort’s private Greek cacique boat on the crystal clear Aegean and investigating coves around the island.
The hotel also caters for families who would prefer to enjoy the privacy and tranquility of the beautiful Cretan resort and is now offering an all-inclusive.
private villa experience, including the option of in-room dining, remote beach access, plus an elite service crew, on-call, to assist throughout your stay. A holiday haven for all the family.
SAii Lagoon, Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton
The luxurious hotel features 198 guest rooms, beachfront and overwater villas with a modern yet artisanal touch.
The journey at SAii Lagoon begins as guests can hand-select their bathroom amenities on arrival at the on-site Aroma Lab.
Fresh and exotic dining experiences are available at the Cafe del Mar to enjoy daily gourmet breakfasts, seafood feasts at Miss Olive Oyl, Thai-inspired snacks at Mr Tomyam, as well as artisanal coffees at bean/Co Cafe & Bakery.
For little ones, the resort offers tailored mini-bathrobes, in-room toy surprises, cosy pajamas, matching sleeping caps and more.
La Reserve, Saint-Jean-de-Luz
A picture-perfect family resort, La Réserve, owned by luxury Groupe Floreat, sits overlooking the beautiful Basque coastline in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Only a stone’s throw away from the Bay, the hotel offers easy access to the beach whilst also providing a beautifully set infinity pool looking out over the ocean so that families can enjoy the panoramic view from the comfort of the hotel.
Besides swimming, the hotel offers family activities such as tennis, ping-pong and seven acres of lawn to run around in.
To wind down in the evening, the hotel welcomes families to dine at the two hotel restaurants, Allura, which offers an idyllic view of the Atlantic and the Elaïa Lounge, allowing families to enjoy a light savoury menu.
Apartments and Studios within La Résidence are separate from the main building and equipped with kitchenettes and private terraces or balconies – a perfect way to accommodate families looking for a little more privacy.
Terre Blanche, Provence
Just 30 minutes from Cannes and 45 minutes from Nice airport, Terre Blanche is nestled in the Provence hills with stunning panoramic views.
Spanning 750 acres, the Leading Hotel of the World – is designed to emulate a Provençal village and provides the perfect setting for a family-friendly holiday.
Terre Blanche has a Kids Club, where they can zip-line through the trees, splash in the water park and participate in a laser quest. Best of all, there is also Pitchoun, a supervised children-only restaurant.
For adults, there is a private wine cellar, central infinity pool, plus a multi-award-winning spa and two 18-hole championship golf courses- ideal for mum and dad, who, perhaps, deserve a little peace after the last few months.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
Tiny travellers can make a splash in the resort 200m infinity pool, the largest in the Maldives, before heading to the resorts Kids’ Club – Majaa, Toddler’s Play Garden or Teen Town
where they can enjoy an array of thrill-seeking activities, from kayaking the lagoon, Thai boxing classes, jet-skiing or cycling sandy walkways, to embarking on cultural tours of local communities and taking part in authentic Maldivian cooking classes.
Those looking to get creative can even try their hand at coconut painting, jewellery making, or crafting custom-made dreamcatchers under the watchful eye of the resort’s resident artist, at the Fairmont Maldives very own Art Studio.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
This summer, the kids club at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay will host its first Posidonia-themed mini party – the latest addition to Ibiza Bay’s signature schedule of iconic island parties.
Previous parties include themes such as Flower Power, White, Mermaid and Pirate day parties.
Genuinely encompassing the island’s surroundings, baby bohos will learn all about the environment through Balearic crafts lessons using repurposed material from the beach.
Children can make their very own body scrub with local ingredients, including Ibizan salt, olive oil, and lavender picked from the hotel’s herb plants, as well as homemade playdough using Ibizan salt and flour.
With a never-ending selection of activities, children can also become Ibiza’s next big DJ or follow in the footsteps of Nobu himself and become a culinary mastermind in the kitchen with sustainable sushi-making classes.
St Moritz, Switzerland
Out of the five ski areas in St Mortiz, Corviglia is probably the best suited to families, thanks to its abundance of blue runs.
There are also several hotels with ski-in/ski-out options, plus a snow park where mini-freestylers can test their skills. Under-sixes go free.
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