Planning a perfect family vacation can often be stressful, especially if you want to indulge in luxuries. But taking time off to spend quality time with your loved ones in some of the most incredible destinations is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
To help take the stress out of planning where to go for a luxury family holiday with your loved ones, here are our suggestions for some incredible destinations for luxury family vacations.
1. Dubai, Asia
Home to lavish shopping malls, high-end hotels, and elegant restaurants, Dubai has long been a favourite destination for luxury travellers. And if you’re a family heading to Dubai for a holiday, you are in for a real treat. The magnificent Middle Eastern city offers numerous family-friendly attractions and activities, from amusement parks to beaches and museums.
If you visit Dubai in summer, the best way to cool off in this hot desert city is to splash at its waterparks. You’ll find several of them, with Wild Wadi Waterpark and Aquaventure Atlantis being two of the most popular options. Wild Wadi has numerous water rides featuring incredible views of the renowned Burj Al Arab, while Aquaventure is known for its thrilling water rides and direct beach access.
In winter, you can enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures in Dubai. One of these is a desert safari, which includes sandboarding, a thrilling activity much like snowboarding, except you’re doing it on the dunes. Some safaris include dinner and entertainment in the desert, dance performances, and camel rides.
One of the best areas to stroll around in Dubai with your little kids is Dubai Marina. The affluent neighbourhood has a long stretch of stroller-friendly waterfront walkways taking you to fancy shopping malls, outdoor cafes, and restaurants. It’s a great place to shop, dine, unwind, and take scenic walks.
2. Chile, South America
Chile may not often come up on the list of family holiday destinations. However, you can find luxury travel itineraries to Chile catered to families who want to see more of the country with less hassles. Your family holiday to Chile will be about fun adventures, exploring the great outdoors, and discovering wildlife.
Adventurous families will have a blast in Chile, as there are numerous activities to enjoy both land and sea. You can go kayaking around the glaciers and fjords of Patagonia, take on whitewater rafting in the raging rivers, or hike along the country’s fantastic hiking trails leading to vast plains and lush forests.
One of the things your kids will surely love about Chile is the incredible wildlife, including quirky and enchanting animals like the ostriches and the flightless rheas of Torres del Paine. The other animals you could spot around the country are blubbery elephant seals, adorable pygmy deer, and waddling penguins.
3. Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai is one of the most magical islands in Hawaii. With majestic waterfalls, jagged mountains, and crystal-clear waters, it is a haven for families seeking a relaxing break in nature. Aside from relaxation, your family holiday to Kauai will be full of fun adventures, from hiking and cycling to kayaking and snorkelling.
Families who are avid cyclists can explore the island on two wheels. Hop on a bike and ride along the island’s eastern section, following the path from Ahihi Point to Lydgate Park. The trail is well-paved and mostly flat, so it’s safe enough even for the kids.
If you have adventurous older kids, take them on a kayaking adventure at the Wailua River, and paddle your way to a secret waterfall named Uluwehi Falls. You can then take a scenic hike around the waterfall and marvel at the stunning views.
After a fun-filled day, the best way to relax is to head to the family-friendly beaches of Kauai, such as Poipu Beach, a stunning beach with a lifeguard on duty, so you can feel confident about leaving your kids in the water.
4. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Travelling to the Galapagos Islands with the kids is a magical experience. The archipelago lies about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and is famous for its incredible wildlife and ample opportunities for outdoor adventures. It’s also a fun way for kids to experience wildlife conservation and learn more about the archipelago’s unique flora and fauna.
A family adventure in the Galapagos will include numerous activities for everyone to engage in. You will benefit most as a family if you can take up fun activities together, such as kayaking, snorkelling, and hiking. As you enjoy these activities, keep your eyes peeled on the wildlife, from giant tortoises to lava lizards, sea lions, and marine iguanas.
While much of your family holiday is enjoying the different activities, the Galapagos is also home to some stunning beaches, where you can relax and enjoy downtime with your little ones. Their long stretch of powdery white sands offers the perfect setting for you and your kids to stretch out your legs and play in the sand.
Gardner Bay on the island of Española is one of the archipelago’s most beautiful beaches, featuring soft sparkling white sand. Here, your kids can play in the gentle surf with a chance to encounter a colony of sea lions.
5. Italy, Europe
Italy is one of the world’s most stunning destinations for family holidays. It has family-friendly beaches, fascinating historical sites, and incredible natural wonders to delight your curious kids. And, of course, there’s the delectable food – from mouth-watering pizza to divine pasta and the tastiest gelatos.
Italy has many beautiful cities that function like air museums, where you can learn about the country’s rich culture and history. Just walking the streets of Rome will take you to some of the world’s most incredible historical sites, such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.
If you are a family of beach lovers, visit the picturesque Mediterranean of Sardinia. Boasting over 2,000 km of coastline, it has stunning sandy beaches and mountainous interiors featuring scenic hiking trails.
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