Amazing family holidays your children will never forget
Whether it’s zooming down the slopes in Switzerland or training with pro footballers on an Italian island, our family holiday experts know the experiences that will stay with your children for years to come. While travel is on hold for now, we wanted to share a few ideas to spark excitement for your next adventure together.
Learn to dive in the Maldives
Kuramathi is our most popular island in the Maldives and great for a family holiday. You can all try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding, snorkel among brightly-coloured fish and older children can learn to dive. Those aged eight or nine can try out the mini scuba gear and have a gentle introduction just under the surface, with a maximum depth of two metres. Those over 10 can actually work towards a junior diving certification – and you can learn together if you’re new to diving, too. You could soon be swimming alongside turtles and clownfish.
The kids’ club offers treasure hunts, nature trails and mini discos; and you can have a memorable family movie night on the beach under the stars. Opt for a two-bedroom Beach House, which sleeps up to four adults and two children, and you can wake up to astounding views of the lagoon and step straight out onto the sand.
Have a scream (in a good way) in Dubai
Your family is in for a treat at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, an iconic marine-themed resort on the tip of Palm Jumeirah where you get free access to the world-class Aquaventure Waterpark. This thrill seekers’ playground is overflowing with adrenaline-pumping rides and slides: float down the river rapids, race the kids on the world’s first dual waterslide or brace yourself for the Middle East’s longest zip-line.
If your children love the sensation of the waterslides, book a natural rollercoaster experience on the desert dunes outside of the city. You’ll ride up and down the undulating dunes in a 4x4 with a pro behind the wheel; and there are places where you can book a sandboarding experience too, sliding down the soft sand peaks. Back at the hotel, your children can discover 65,000 marine animals at the Lost Chambers Aquarium and become a pirate during one of the kids’ club’s themed evenings; while teens can hang out at Club Rush, a more grown-up zone complete with mocktail bar, movie lounge and dancefloor.
Go glamping on a jungle safari in Thailand
Elephant Hills is an award-winning jungle retreat nestled in the misty limestone peaks of Khao Sak National Park and is an exciting adventure to twin with a family beach holiday in Phuket. Your children can enjoy canoeing trips along the pretty Sok River, monkey-spotting nature walks in the treetops and best of all spending time with Thailand’s gentle giants at an elephant sanctuary. You’ll split your stay between two luxurious safari tents. On your first night, you’ll stay at the main camp, where little ones can enjoy splashing in the pool while you relax with a cocktail or two at the jungle bar. For the second night, you’re all in for a treat, as you’ll stay in a gorgeous floating tent tucked away on a peaceful lake. Competent swimmers can jump into the lake for a refreshing swim while others simply kick back on the deck and soak up the stunning views.
Sunbathe with the penguins in South Africa
We know the best spots for a family-friendly safari escape and you and the kids can experience a non-stop South Africa adventure with our Cape Town, Sun City and Safari suggested itinerary. Start in the beautiful city of Cape Town and take the children in a cable car to the peak of Table Mountain before heading off to Boulders Beach to watch the wild penguins waddle around the sand.
We can then take you all to The Palace in Sun City, a grand hotel inspired by the myth of a lost African kingdom, where you’ll find Valley of the Waves waterpark, a manmade beach and kids’ camp. The final part of your adventure will stay in their memories forever – a safari in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Just watch their faces when they spot a herd of elephants or snoozing lion.
Go for goals in Italy
Footie-mad children should pack their boots for a stay at Chia Laguna on Sardinia’s south-west coast, where wannabe football stars can hone their skills under the guidance of professional trainers. With two exclusive football schools to choose from, your little ones can don a Juventus strip for a week-long workshop led by coaches of the top-flight Italian club; or learn new tricks with Premier League stars. This award-winning resort features the renowned Hotel Laguna, Hotel Baia and Hotel Village, and there is also a Dance Academy, kids’ club and a dedicated children’s restaurant offering healthy dishes and cooking classes.
Learn to ski in Switzerland
If you’re planning your first family ski holiday, Villars in Switzerland is a good place to start. The ski school here is a favourite for young beginners, with lessons available for those aged three and above. Children can choose from standalone ski lessons, classes with lunch and pre-school activities included, or you could book them in for one-to-one sessions. Villars has two dedicated snow gardens, meaning your children can practice in a safe environment; and there’s also a nursery slope in the heart of the village, which you don’t need a lift pass to access. For those who already know how to ski, Villars has over 100km of slopes where they can hone their skills. The Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa is a top family pick. Teens can hang out in the games room while youngsters are kept busy with the free children’s activity programme. There’s also a swimming pool and private cinema for cosy family film nights.