Our top family-friendly destinations
We believe that family holidays create lifelong memories, which is why our experts take every care to ensure that the trips we design and family travel ideas we share are filled with magic ingredients that will delight all age groups.
Whether you’re looking to escape this October half-term or take flight to sunnier climes before Christmas, our favourite multi-generational family travel ideas are guaranteed to blow you away. From wildlife encounters in the African bush and cruising Colombia’s Caribbean coast to all-out luxury in the Maldives and dazzling desert adventures in Oman, we’ve got your dream family holiday sorted.
Children of all ages are welcome at Elewana Kifaru House, an intimate, luxurious bush hideaway comprising five charming, thatched cottages, located within the Lewa Conservancy, home to east Africa’s healthiest black and white rhino populations.
We love the variety of activities to keep all generations occupied – from game drives, guided bush walks and riding to camel trekking and cultural community visits, you’ll never tire of the entertainment here. A picturesque infinity pool with views over the plains beyond provides welcome refreshment on hot days, while the excellent library and cosy lounge with its log fire makes a prefect family retreat on cooler evenings.
A stay at a Singita safari lodge encompasses the best of a multigenerational family holiday, filled with exhilarating activities, shared adventure and opportunities to connect with nature and different cultures. The exciting menu of entertainment for young explorers encompasses board games and arts and crafts, plus a game ranger’s course, reimagined for little ones that covers animal tracking, bird watching, bush survival skills, frogging, butterfly capture and release, astronomy and more.
A range of accommodation options for family groups exist, including exclusive private villas for up to eight guests, complete with a pool, private chef, safari vehicle and Field Guide. The best bit? Babysitting facilities are available at each of Singita’s lodges and private villas, so parents can enjoy a well-deserved break too.
Another great family travel idea is to keep it simple but inspirational with a holiday on Colombia’s gorgeous Caribbean coast. Our experts have designed a trip that takes in beautiful beaches combined with the colonial culture and history of the spectacular walled city of Cartagena, perfect for families with older children. Boutique hotel Casa San Agustin is a lovingly restored heritage building, complete with a striking atrium pool located bang in the heart of Cartagena, making it the ideal base from which to explore the rich street life.
Time to relax? Check in to the family suite at Sofitel Baru, a premium beach resort with highlights that include alfresco cinema nights, bicycle tours, water sports and craft workshops.
Active families might prefer to lose themselves in Colombia’s adventure-filled coffee region, with a stay at either Hacienda Bambusa or check-in to Savanna Orinoquia, a fabulous lodge located in Colombia’s wildlife-rich eastern plains.
North-eastern Brazil is renowned for its stunning coastline and thriving beach life. The Toca da Coruja hotel near Natal is a fantastic choice for families with children over 10 years old, offering a world of pristine beaches and lush tropical vegetation, plus kitesurfing and boat trips to observe marine life such as dolphins and turtles. Alternatively, fly into Fortaleza and head to Jericoacoara, home to the chic Chili Beach hotel. A barefoot luxury hideaway that enjoys direct access to a glorious beach, this gem is topped off with amenities such as an infinity beachfront swimming pool, open air restaurant overlooking the sea, a tropical gym, a wellness centre and spa, and a beach club.
We love to send families to Six Senses Laamu, a gorgeous island resort with a lovely, laid-back rustic feel. The spacious villas are well designed for groups, with fantastic views onto brilliant-white beaches and the shimmering ocean beyond. A choice of four excellent restaurants ensures a fantastic variety of cuisine, complemented by diverse activities and experiences, from water sports and cookery classes to nights at the open-air cinema and sunrise yoga sessions. Budding conservationists aged 6 to 16 can join the resort’s Junior Marine Biology program, involving exciting science experiments, snorkelling adventures and the chance to make their own conservation videos. Grown-up? Hit the opulent spa.
Nestled among the Al Hajar Mountains, some 2000 metres above sea level is the Alila Jabal Akhdar Oman, a dazzling retreat in a uniquely rugged setting. Activities for adventurous families abound, from quad biking and visiting Bedouin villages to hiking, canyoning and sustainability experiences. Don’t miss the opportunity to try a slightly more challenging excursion that incorporates a section of Via Ferrata: you’ll follow a path into a wadi, passing spectacular mountain scenery en route to the village of AlKhutaymi, before discovering a secret swimming pool where you can enjoy a refreshing dip before hiking home.