Traveling with your kids isn’t just a great way to help them broaden their horizons and explore new cultures and cuisine; it’s also an opportunity for the whole family to try their skills at some unusual physical activities and experience a little adventure. From sea kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving to riding a camel and hiking, we’ve put together some of our favorite destinations that combine adventure with a little luxury and much-deserved pampering for parents!
North America – Yellowstone for Families, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Adventure: Ideal for kids in the 8 to 12-year age bracket, the USA’s most famous national park is a dream destination for locals and international travelers alike. With daily hikes to explore the park’s geyser basins, canyons and waterfalls, guided animal tracking, boat rides, horse riding trails and the charming ‘Junior Ranger’ program, kids and adults alike will have plenty to keep them active and occupied.
Yellowstone offers an exceptionally diverse range of accommodation to choose from – from luxury glamping to lakeside lodges and five-star hotels – both in and around the park. If you’re looking for a bit of pampering, the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Three Bears Lodge, or Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa might be just the ticket.
Europe – Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Croatia
Adventure: If the idea of swimming in sea caves, cycling about on a completely car-free island, discovering secret coves, island-hopping and guided sea kayaking experiences really float your boat (if you’ll excuse the pun) then you’ll love this Croatian getaway. History buffs will love the many historical monuments, castles, churches and Renaissance summer mansions on Sipan island, and if you happen to be a Game of Thronesfan, you’ll get to see one of its filming locations in the form of the Trsteno mainland’s arboretum. Kids aged six and older are welcome and will have loads of fun with activities like banana rides and stand up kayaking.
Luxury: Let your expert local guide arrange absolutely everything from meals, accommodation and transfers, making sure you don’t miss a thing while you simply sit back and take it all in!
North Africa – Camel rides, Nile cruises, scuba diving and ancient legends in Egypt
Adventure: With over a thousand years of history to lose yourself in – from the majestic Sphinx and pyramids to the great medieval fortress, the Citadel -which was the seat of Egyptian power for over 700 years- the magic, mystery and history of Egypt enthralls young and old alike. While desert excursions, camel rides and tours of the sights will always feature on the itinerary, Egypt has become almost as famous for its diving opportunities. With its year round sunny weather and crystal clear waters, Hurghada has become Egypt’s premier diving destination, and is well worth a visit for the water babies in the family.
Luxury: Luxury Nile cruises and upmarket beach resorts, including the world famous Sharm-el-Sheikh, make Egypt an effortlessly luxurious destination.
Snorkeling and scuba diving in ultimate style – Thanda Island, Tanzania
Adventure: With its year-round good weather and picture-perfect turquoise waters, activities like jet skiing, diving, swimming, sailing, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, tubing, island-hopping and wakeboarding are all on the cards! Ideal for the very large family or a deluxe family reunion getaway with all the kids in tow, there’s just as much to do on the island as in the ocean.
Luxury: At this most upmarket of luxury private island resorts, you really can expect your every desire to be catered to – from luxury spa treatments and fine dining to your very own private gym and tennis courts.
UK – Luxury horse riding holiday in the English countryside
Adventure: Step into a fairytale and explore the stunning scenery of the English countryside that has enchanted and inspired generations of famous poets – the breathtaking North Devon Coast, New Forest, Exmoor and Somerset. While you’ll spend a good chunk of your holiday on horseback (a fantastic option for parents with horse-crazy daughters!) there will also be plenty of time to enjoy the many attractions, pubs and restaurants along the way too.
Luxury: Expect every aspect of your trip to be taken care of for you, from airport transfers, luxury accommodation, a driver to chauffeur you about when needed, and even champagne picnics!
We all want our kids to appreciate the diversity and beauty of the world around them – and with these luxury holidays for the active family, you can do just that without sacrificing on quality, style and relaxation.