What Makes A Great Family Holiday?


 
Everyone has their own ideas. For some, its all about spending quality time together. For others, it's an opportunity for every member of the family to do their own thing. But one thing's for sure. No-one knows their way around family holidays better than Eden's Travel Directors. Here are their thoughts, together with a little about them and their own families... 

 

 

 

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Eden's Kids' Concierge Service

Organising the perfect family holiday takes lots of planning, so let Eden’s Kids’ Concierge arrange everything, from interconnecting rooms, child-friendly restaurants and babysitting, to experiences the entire family can enjoy together.

​INDIAN OCEAN, ARABIA & ASIA

The isles of the Indian Ocean and the enchanting lands of Arabia and Asia… all have a reputation for dream-like beaches, astonishing natural beauty. But they can also be the ideal holiday destination for the whole family – even young children.

Pristine sand, safe swimming in lagoons the temperature of bath water, fascinating wildlife… there’s plenty for the kids to enjoy. And that’s without the growing number of family-friendly luxury resorts. If they love swimming, the Indian Ocean has some of the best places in the world to learn to snorkel or scuba around the spectacular coral reefs while mystical Arabia and Asia are rife with adventure too.



 

​​COMO Maalifushi

MALDIVES

 

Maalifushi is the ultimate away-from-it-all family playground where, as well as their kids’ programme and ‘tweens’ lounge, there are brilliant family adventures. At the Turtle Club, kids are encouraged to wax up their boards and get ready for their first surfing adventure led by surf partners Tropicsurf and a specialised daily programme for young ones where they'll learn the fundamentals of wave riding, build up their water confidence and maybe try some stand-up paddle boarding – all in the calm, safe lagoon.

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​​Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

VIETNAM

 

Want your family adventure to be a little more off-the-beaten-track? Then look no further than Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. An island that’s only accessible by boat, Ninh Van Bay’s Beachfront Pool Villas and Two Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villas are the ideal base for family explorations and the bountiful activities on offer here.

The Sub Club offers daily complimentary supervised activities for kids 4 years and above, including a spot of tree planting, mini-snorkelling, mocktail making, Origami, a dancing competition, glass-bottom boat adventures, movie nights and fashion shows; and a poolside restaurant with adjacent Pirates’ Playground means the kids can swim or climb in plain sight, while you enjoy a long, leisurely lunch.

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CARIBBEAN​ & NORTH AMERICA​ : DESTINATIONS OF CHOICE

The Caribbean Islands and Mexican resorts on the Gulf and Pacific Coasts are among the finest family-friendly destinations in the world. After all, what could be more appealing than white coral sands, palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear waters, lilting music and friendly faces? The ambience of the region is perfect for small children, friendly and fun. Teenagers seem to find the laid-back way of life really appealing too. Add nature’s beauty and year-round warm weather, and the case for coming here just gets better and better.

Meanwhile over in the US, whether you love its theme parks or not, Orlando, the fun capital of the world has the ability to put a smile on your kids' faces like nowhere else on earth, with a smart downtown area and remarkable shopping that will keep grown-ups happy too.

 


 


 

One&Only Reethi Rah

MALDIVES

 

An ideal tropical summer getaway, this island plays host to endless activities that everyone can enjoy, both on and off the water, including separate pools for families, children and adults, as well as the signature complimentary KidsOnly programmes for 4-9 year-olds; OneTribe for 10-11 year-olds; and ClubOne for teens 12- 17 years. Each makes the most of the idyllic Robinson Crusoe setting – the most popular activity here is Pirate Day – but every day has its own theme such as sports, music and crafts. For families, the Grand Beach or Duplex Villas are highly recommended.

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Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

THAILAND

 

Privacy, seclusion, and luxury is the name of the game at Four Seasons Koh Samui, tucked away in a quiet corner of the island, and effortlessly catering to both romantics and families alike. Family villas have private infinity pools and separate sleeping areas for the little ones, there’s a fabulous pool and private beach, and with so many fun activities right on-site, you and your family don’t even have to leave the resort to experience the ultimate in family fun.

Even the youngest of guests feels welcome, with coconut animals, soft toys, colouring books and crayons, board games and jigsaw puzzles provided, and with activities like jasmine necklace-making, Takraw at the beach, elephant trekking safaris to the nearby Wang Sao Thong waterfall and Muay Thai masterclasses the family is guaranteed a holiday they’ll never forget.

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One&Only Palmilla

LOS CABOS, MEXICO

 

Long a favourite with families, today One&Only Palmilla welcomes youngsters with the imaginative KidsOnly Club. Its full programme of activities keeps them entertained all day long, with beach tug of war, piñata-making classes, Spanish and cooking lessons, golf and tennis clinics, an introduction to surfing, swimmers programmes and more. This resort also has one of the few swimmable beaches in the area, an added bonus, and the Agua Pool is a tropical oasis complete with a waterfall, meandering river, and a dedicated children's pool.

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   SOUTH AFRICA : TRIP OF A LIFETIME

South Africa’s biggest attractions are truly wild, where safari is the name of the game. There surely can’t be anything any more memorable or exciting for youngsters (or adults) than seeing the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo – in the bush. Taking the plunge and travelling on safari with children can be daunting, but being on the same time zone as the UK, and with a number of malaria-free options to choose from, it's an ideal destination for a truly wild getaway, and one that the whole family is bound to love.

And there’s so much more besides. As a developed country, it’s easy to get around and has a fascinating choice of other things to see: from cool, cosmopolitan Cape Town to exploring the magical sights and sounds of the Garden Route (not to mention the epic marine safaris too).


 

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

The African bush is without doubt a unique and exciting playground for youngsters, and after a stay at Madikwe Hills, they’ll leave enlightened. The Junior Ranger programme is a must-do experience where kids will enjoy a wide range of hands-on, educational activities so all generations can enjoy the wonders of the African bush.

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   CLOSER TO HOME : EUROPE

It’s easy to overlook just how many advantages there are to holidaying closer to home. Perhaps it’s because everything feels so familiar… but then that’s one of the big advantages, surely?

Europe’s incredible diversity in scenery, history, culture, language and cuisine make it a fascinating destination, whichever country you visit. And in just two to three hours you can be in some of the most fashionable resorts or greatest cities in the world.

Don’t forget too that in many European countries, life revolves around the family, so children are welcomed with open arms (especially if you encourage them to practice their foreign language skills!).


 

Belmond Hotel Splendido

   PORTOFINO, ITALY

 

Keeping the kids smiling in true Belmond style, the Belmond Hotel Splendido’s Smile Club is a real treat, and much, much more than just a kids’ club. Immersing the little ones in everything this fantastic destination has to offer, one day they could be learning Italian, or angling with local fishermen, making pizzas, ice-cream tasting, heading out on a scavenger hunt, or taking yoga and tennis lessons. Back at the hotel, the kids can enjoy their own child-friendly spa treatments and meals, or relax and watch a DVD, all cosied up in their mini bathrobes and slippers.

For a super-special treat for the entire family, why not take them on an exclusive after-hours evening visit to the Genoa Aquarium where you’ll meet the resident dolphins with a marine biologist and enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour, feed the aquarium’s adorable penguins then enjoy dinner with the sharks or dolphins?

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Porto Sani Village & Spa, Sani Resort

   HALKIDIKI, GREECE

 

Parents and children are spoilt for choice at Porto Sani Village: a dedicated Babe Watch beach service looks after the little one while parents take a break and the Melissa Mini Club provides buckets of fun in partnership with UK childcare specialists Worldwide Kids Company. There’s everything from mini-beach Olympics, excursions, pool games, picnics, parties and stage shows. And teens can enjoy watersports, cooking or spa experiences and tennis and football academies.

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One&Only Cape Town

   SOUTH AFRICA

 

At the heart of the vibrant V&A Waterfront, the KidsOnly club here is exceptional. Activities – as with all One&Only experiences – provide a real sense of place and include safari- and ocean-themed days, as well as supervised excursions with everything from cheetah and eagle encounters, to big screen movies, or burning off some of their boundless energy at City Rock, a safe but challenging indoor climbing centre, complete with a Cool Runnings toboggan on steel tracks, sandboarding on dunes, indoor karting, ice skating and bowling.

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Verdura Resort – A Rocco Forte Hotel

   SICILY

 Verdura’s Families R Forte’s kids’ programme really does make sure its younger guests are as spoilt as the grown-ups. The Verduland Kids' Club for under 12's (overseen by Verdú the Hedgehog, the kids’ club mascot) has a dazzling array of activities, from the brilliant play area with its own pool; to pottery, cooking and acting classes, and tennis, golf and watersports sessions; plus lots of little extra luxuries like kids’ spa treatments, pint-sized bathrobes and slippers and animal toys.

Teens have their own club complete with snooker, football, tennis and more – including cocktail making (alcohol-free of course!), and a new spa menu too. After dark there's a disco, cinema or karaoke. And when it comes to accommodation, the Grand Suites have just been updated with plenty of space for two adults and two children to share, making these the ideal option for families. So, whatever your age, Verdura really has thought of everything – and isn't that just what you want on a family holiday?

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