Top 10 Summer 2015 Luxury Family Holidays
Planning a family holiday can be stressful but at ITC Luxury Travel our Travel Specialists, many of whom are parents themselves, are here to help. Whether you want a short-haul break or long-haul trip of a lifetime, we have found places that will cater for every family member. Worried about the teenager getting bored? Covered. Want a romantic dinner without the kids? Sorted. What about giving your children experiences they’ll remember forever? No problem.
We have thought of everything, so you don’t have to. Want proof? Then sit back and peruse our top 10 luxury family holiday destinations for 2015.
This iconic Caribbean island offers all the variety you would expect from the place that birthed Bob Marley, Grace Jones and Usain Bolt. Vibrant nightlight life or a leisurely lunch, beautiful beaches or stunning mountain scenery; Jamaica has it all.
At Half Moon, a RockResort, the whole family can swim with dolphins in the Dolphin Lagoon, available exclusively to guests. And when the little ones are tired out from a day of fun in the children’s village, leave them in the capable hands of the baby-sitting service (offered across many ITC destinations) while you enjoy a romantic dinner at the Sugar Mill restaurant. Bliss.
On Antigua the trade winds blow a gentle breeze throughout the year, taking the edge off the almost constant sunshine, a real bonus when travelling with children. The island may only be 108 square miles in size, but it has a beach for every day of the year!
And as if 365 beaches weren’t already enough, with ITC you can stay at Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort located on a car-free private island. Compared to the bustle of daily life this place will feel like a haven where your children can roam free, exploring the four and half miles of pristine coastline on resort bicycles. Where better to teach them to ride a bike than on a luxury Antiguan holiday?
Its name alone conjures up visions of unspoilt sands and sparkling azure waters but Barbados offers vibrant entertainment as well as luxury. The Crop Over Festival brings a carnival atmosphere to the streets for five weeks from July, just in time for the summer holidays.
Entertainment and indulgence come on tap at Sandy Lane. Their Tree House Club will keep your 3-12 year olds busy, while more discerning teenagers will be charmed by The Den, a social space offering pool tables, computers and a jukebox! While they’re keeping busy you can relax Barbados-style in the Romanesque spa, or hit a round of golf on one of Sandy Lane’s three championship-style courses.
With year-round warmth, fantastic beaches and stunning volcanic mountains, it’s no wonder that Tenerife is such a popular destination for family holidays. And as the island runs on GMT there’s the added bonus of no disruption to your little one’s sleeping patterns.
They’ll have all the more energy, then, to enjoy Ritz Kids club at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, which is second to none for its programme of engaging children’s activities and choice of one/two-bedroom suites or interconnecting room combinations. So, whether it’s space for teenagers or a room for your nanny you’re after, you’ll find it on a luxury Tenerife holiday.
Right at the southern tip of Portugal, the Algarve is a sparkling jewel at the edge of the Mediterranean. For families making a trip as three generations, the region’s combination of historic Moorish architecture, stunning cuisine and 3000 hours of sunshine a year ensure there’s something for everyone.
Vila Vita Parc certainly ticks all the boxes for a multi-generational luxury Algarve holiday. There shouldn’t be any fights over who gets ‘the best’ room as all 180 rooms and suites enjoy a private terrace and ocean view. Meanwhile, the 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a spa and plethora of kids’ activities mean it’ll be very hard to get bored, whatever your age!
With flight times of as little as two hours Mallorca may be close to home but you’ll feel a world away at one of our exclusive resorts, which offer the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.
Nestled on a hilltop to the north of the island, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa has views that take in the picturesque fishing village of Port Soller, surrounding mountain ranges and, of course, the glistening Mediterranean sea, on which your family can take a private yacht to explore coves and caves nearby. Or for a sealife experience they’ll never forget, The Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel offers its young guests a ‘sleep with the sharks’ experience at the Palma Aquarium. With dinner, games and a sleep-over ‘in the shark tank’, all included in your room rate!
With breathing-taking lake scenery surrounded by tree-covered mountains, Lake Como makes the perfect luxury destination for families with older children who love to experience the outdoors and immerse themselves in culture.
A luxury villa such as Villa Del Lago will give your family their own freedom and space. This six-bedroom property with lake views is perfectly placed to take advantage of walks, enjoy watersports, or wander through the idyllic lanes of nearby towns. The large family kitchen has a wood burning pizza oven and will make for cosy evenings, but you needn’t worry about arguments over the washing-up. Our Travel Specialists can arrange it all, from butler-service to a laundress. Self-catering without the catering? What could be better?
Secluded and spectacular, the 1200 islands of the Maldives stretch out across the Indian Ocean in clusters of pure white sand. But if the remoteness that makes this place so special seems off-putting for young families, rest assured that our ITC Luxury Travel Concierge team will arrange everything to make your journey as seamless as possible, from children’s in-flight meals to entertainment.
This place has so much to offer children. At the One&Only Reethi Rah they can enjoy the Maldives’ first rock climbing wall, a FIFA approved football pitch and a plethora of watersports. While they’re occupied at the KidOnly Club you can enjoy some peace and quiet on one of this beautiful island’s 12 pristine beaches. With 6 miles of coastline, you’ll always find a tranquil spot somewhere.
Marooned in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a melting pot of culture and cuisine. This island may be small but with the bustling capital of Port Louis alongside breath-taking mountain ranges and virgin forests, you won’t have any trouble finding family adventures to remember.
Mauritians are renowned for their accommodating and welcoming manner. This is reflected in the many family-friendly touches provided at the island’s luxury resorts. The Constance Belle Mare Plage - situated on a two-mile long beach to die for - provides children’s dressing gowns and strollers for the little ones. Whilst at The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius young guests receive a welcome goody bag packed with treats. Add to all this hospitality fantastic kids’ clubs and indulgent spas and you will never want to leave!
South Africa boasts a striking mix of cosmopolitan culture, captivating history and majestic wildlife. With a new office based in Cape Town, ITC Luxury Travel is well placed to create a tailormade experience for your family. Plus, with the British Pound so strong against the SA Rand, now is the ideal time to visit and make some significant savings.
Why not start your adventure at the One&Only Cape Town with its enviable location at the foot of Table Mountain? This hotel’s spa, extensive wine cellar and complimentary kids’ club makes it an ideal base for a South Africa luxury holiday. Then it’s on to safari and the chance to catch a glimpse of the continent’s famed ‘Big Five’. Sabi Sand Reserve welcomes families, with children over six-years-old invited to attend the twice-daily game drives. Luxury and adventure; what more could you ask for from a once in a lifetime family holiday?
But this is just a small sample of what ITC Luxury Travel can offer you! To explore more options or get the ball rolling with your bespoke booking, call our Travel Specialists on 01244 355 550.