Just because you have you whole family in tow, doesn’t mean you have to settle for run-of-the-mill family holiday destinations!
We’ve pulled together a list of the top five dream holiday destinations around the world where luxury and family-friendly go hand in hand.
Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort Spa, Mexico
Beachside, exotic family holiday…
In 1959, Jacques Costeau explored the Palancar Reef, off the southwestern shore of the then littleknown Mexican island of Cozumel. Today, the spectacular coral reef, which is part of the world’s second-largest reef system, tops the list of scuba divers. Those who prefer to stay on land won’t be disappointed thanks to the island’s picture-perfect beaches, the best of which is found at the Presidente InterContinental. Tucked between lush jungle and brilliant blue sea, and surrounded by flowering gardens, the resort feels ultra-private. Guest rooms are housed in thatched-roof structures with sleek interiors. The outdoors are celebrated in the details (hammocks on the terrace) and an extensive activities menu. Those hankering to follow in Costeau’s footsteps can join in daily diving excursions. Recreation options abound with an in-house dive shop, 24-hour fitness center, tennis courts, the Mandara Spa, Chiqui Club children’s program and nearby golf.
The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland
The perfect destination for the adventure seeking family…
Set on 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, Gleneagles is a dream destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Famed for the three championship golf courses (they will host the Ryder Cup in 2014), as well as facilities for, and instruction in, world-class archery, falconry, horseback riding, off-road driving, and a Gundog School. It is a great family destination, as children can join in with junior golf and off-road driving lessons, mini Highland games, and even a spy school. At the two-Michelin–starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles, much of the produce is sourced locally. This commitment to the environment extends to an award-winning green program, which sees staff on bikes and corks reused in drainage—all to help to preserve the resort’s awe-inspiring natural landscapes. A number of outdoor activities are available, including fishing, horseback riding, shooting, gundog training, falconry and off-roading including dedicated children’s programs including this activities.
Acqualina Resort Spa, Florida
Classic family holiday destination with a luxurious touch…
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, South Florida’s quintessential luxury resort, is located on 4.5 beachfront acres and features 400 feet of stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline in tranquil Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. An intimate resort with impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, offers guests expansive services and amenities including the first ESPA branded spa in the United States, the acclaimed Il Mulino New York restaurant, three oceanfront pools and an innovative AcquaMarine children’s program.
A true beachfront haven for couples and families, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach provides endless opportunity to relax and rejuvenate, while also offering easy access to South Florida’s best shopping and nightlife.
Thanda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Taking family camping to a whole new level…
With a name that means “love” in isiZulu, Thanda Private Game Reserve offers an authentically South African wildlife experience matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. Opened by the Zulu monarch, His Majesty King Zwelithini Goodwill kaBhekuzulu, the resort’s motto is “Proudly Conservationist. Uniquely Zulu. Incomparably Thanda.” Located in northern Zululand in KwaZulu Natal, Thanda is home to abundant wildlife, including Africa’s magnificent Big Five.
Visitors spend their days on open-air game drives and bush walks; youngsters will love the Bucks & Bugs Club, designed to teach children about the natural world around them. Evenings are reserved for fine dining, enjoying wines from the well-stocked cellar, relaxing around the bonfire and star gazing. The luxurious accommodations range from the family-friendly and exclusive-use Villa iZulu to the ruggedly elegant and utterly romantic Thanda Tented Camp.
Villa del Parco Spa Forte Village, Italy
A luxury European destination made for families…
A Leading Spa property nestled in the natural oasis of Sardinia’s Forte Village Resort, the Villa del Parco offers seaside seclusion, privacy and a top-quality spa retreat. With guest rooms divided between hotel-style, bungalow-style, intimate waterfront suites and three contemporary villas. The award-winning spa, Thalasso del Forte, features six different Thalassotherapy pools and a myriad of marine-based therapies. So soothing and regenerative are the water treatments that astronauts have come here after missions in space.
Guests may use the extensive Forte Village facilities such as the boutiques and entertainment in the piazza, a selection of sports activities and gourmet restaurants, also the nearby Is Molas golf course. The recently revamped lounge and lobby areas, plus the new Michelin star award for the Belvedere restaurant, assure that the experience of the Villa del Parco has never been better. With various children’s dedicated children’s programs and the all new Children’s Wonderland adventure village this is the ultimate family holiday destination.
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