Five of the Best Holiday Destinations for Families
February 07 2018
February 07 2018
Travel is an undeniably powerful educational tool for your family and, more than that, it’s a sensational gift to give your children. There’s something infinitely special about booking a family holiday in a unique destination, carving out time to really bond with them while enjoying novel experiences together in beautiful locations; imagine looking for rare birds in tropical forests, chasing waterfalls in the jungle, experiencing unusual and bustling marketplaces or marveling at a unique animal you might not have in your home country with your family—these are the types of experiences your children will never forget. When children travel, they learn about the world, other cultures, different languages and they get to learn about themselves. The challenge many parents face is finding a destination where can they book a wonderful holiday that will have something special for the each member of the family. If you are looking for an interesting and unique holiday destination for your family, then here are five of our top recommendations:
If you have an active and adventurous family (with children that are older than six years old) that absolutely loves the outdoors—or if you would like to encourage your children to spend more time outside than on their mobile phones—then Costa Rica is a sublime option. Take a trip to La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano area where you will be able to find a host of exciting outdoor activities with everything from surfing, white water rafting and kayaking, to zip-lining, mountain biking, camping and hiking, many of which can be enjoyed at the Adventures Arenal Park, an absolute must-visit for fun-filled activities for the whole family.
You can also share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with them in the rainforest by embarking on the three-hour canopy walk along hanging bridges or take the Sky Tram which allows you to float through the trees at 3200 feet—an absolutely breathtaking experience. If your family loves animals, then all the more reason to visit Costa Rica which is home to an array of monkeys, sloths and gorgeous exotic birds. Look for accommodation close to Arenal Volcano for a memorable stay and keep in mind that many of the properties in the area also feature hot springs and family-friendly accommodation.
If you have always flirted with the idea of a family holiday in Southeast Asia, you might want to consider starting with Malaysia. It has many of the incredible characteristics of Southeast Asia but is also still very easy to navigate (considering that it has a very different language and culture to anything you might be used to). A phenomenal place to introduce your children to different food, cultures, people and languages, Malaysia is really a melting pot of cultures with noticeable influences from Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, among many others. When you travel here, you should book your holiday according to what your family might like best. If they are interested in history, then the Penang and Malacca areas are an absolute must. If you are looking for phenomenal beaches then we recommend heading to one of the many islands nearby and if your family loves exploring the outdoors, then the rainforests are sure to impress. Malaysia is a wonderful and unusual place to share special memories with your loved ones.
If you adore the idea of Asia, then another exceptional destination to travel to with children is the often overshadowed country of Taiwan. The locals are exceptionally friendly (and really love children), the MRT train system is very easy to navigate and they have some of the most incredible Asian food you will ever try. Here you can visit the ample parks and playgrounds, the children's museum, quirky cafes that your children are bound to absolutely love and indulge in some phenomenal cuisine in excellent, novel restaurants. There are also sensational, bustling night markets that are sure to provide a very different experience to anything you as a family might have experienced together before. In this country, you can also discover centuries-old Chinese temples, hot springs and gorgeous, mountainous landscapes—it’s a truly wonderful family holiday destination, one that is sure to be remembered forever.
If you would like a sure-fire option for your family holiday, then Mauritius is a fabulous choice. With a mixture of all the best characteristics of an island holiday and the incredible authenticity of a unique country; the whole family is sure to absolutely love a trip to this Indian Ocean island. In Mauritius, days can be spent trekking forested national parks, visiting fascinating history museums, shopping in busy markets, visiting novel sights (both natural and manmade) and of course, embracing the island lifestyle on the beach. The perfect place to encourage your children to make the most of the great outdoors, there is a myriad of phenomenal activities appropriate for the whole family. Whether you decide to embark on a dolphin excursion, take a trip to Ile aux Cerfs, or simply make the most of the non-motorised water sports at your resort, whatever you choose to do in Mauritius with your family is bound to be memorable.
The great thing about many of the family-friendly resorts in Mauritius, is that they tend to have unbelievable kids clubs to entertain your little ones when you feel that you and your partner need a little break. That way, you can enjoy a much-needed massage at the spa, a nice sundowner in peace, a serene session of yoga or simply a moment to laze on the beach without having to run after or entertain your children. There’s no doubt about it; Mauritius is a superb holiday destination for children and adults alike.
The Maldives is the island destination that we all dream of. Flawless white beaches lined with palm trees seem to dissolve into pristine cerulean waters, luxury resorts unfurl along their own private islands and the underwater ecosystems thrive, giving guests fortunate to be in the Maldives the underwater experience of a lifetime. This is by far the ultimate destination for a family holiday in the sun. Choose a resort that caters to families and you are sure to find everything you could possibly need on your own private slice of paradise.
Here you can indulge in lazy days spent on the beach or marvellous spa days that you have been craving for years while your beloved goes on a fishing trip and your children revel in the fun and games at the resort’s dedicated kids club. When planning a holiday to the Maldives you can expect to enjoy the phenomenal cuisine, unbelievable luxury and unique experiences shared with your most important people. Many of the resorts in the Maldives also offer exceptional excursions (a visit to the orchid gardens or turtle sanctuary, anyone?) and daily programmes that include a plethora of water sports, land-based activities, special treats and authentic Maldivian experiences for both adults and children. During an unforgettable trip to the Maldives, your children are sure to learn a new skill or sport, relish the sight of unusual and endemic flora and fauna and discover amazing things about the Maldives as well as about themselves all while you sit back and take a much-needed break (if you so desire).
If you are looking for a stress-free family holiday that’s easily accessible, has stunning accommodation options and fun amenities for the whole family, then take a look at the sublime luxurious and family-friendly Sun Resorts, with phenomenal properties in both the Maldives and Mauritius. While each hotel is wonderfully unique, a holiday spent at any of them is bound to spark the beginnings of a lifelong love of travel for your children and special memories for the whole family.