Luxtripper Travel Editor
An idyllic tropical paradise and the perfect exotic getaway for adults, Mauritius also happens to be extremely kid-friendly. While most of the island’s resorts have kids clubs, the real appeal of the island lies outside of the hotels and resorts. Younger children will love snorkelling in the shallow, clear waters and will marvel at the thousands of brightly coloured fish, while the older ones can practice watersports, rent mountain bikes or try horseback riding. The whole family can enjoy a peaceful dolphin-watching trip, or an exhilarating lesson in Sega – traditional Mauritian dance. The island’s gorgeous landscapes and unique culture will make a family holiday in Mauritius fun for everyone.
The Dominican Republic is the best Caribbean destination for luxury family holidays, perhaps due to the many family-centred luxury resorts in the region. These resorts have programs for children and teenagers, as well as luxury amenities for adults, so the whole family will enjoy their stay. Even outside the resorts, though, the Dominican Republic is an ideal destination for family travel. The calm waters are perfect for snorkelling, even for children and beginners, and the many natural parks offer kid-friendly features such as an iguana park and petting zoo. For older children, the Dominican Republic is home to a wealth of fun activities such as beginning surf lessons, ziplines and dune buggy excursions.
Tucked between the skyscrapers and shopping malls in this bustling world capital is a cosmopolitan playground for kids of all ages. The entire family will marvel at the unique attractions in Dubai, from indoor ski slopes to camelback desert safaris to hot air balloon rides. Numerous water parks and theme parks, video arcades and cinemas promise endless entertainment. At the same time, Dubai is home to some of the world’s most fantastic luxury accommodation and fine dining, so parents can appreciate the comforts of true luxury while the kids enjoy the numerous activities that Dubai has to offer.
Though best known as a Spring Break destination for college kids, Cancun is actually an amazing destination for a luxury family getaway. Besides its luxurious resorts and pristine beaches, Cancun is home to a number of kid-friendly activities such as water parks, aquariums and zoos. Kids can swim with dolphins, touch sea turtles and feed sharks (from a safe distance, of course), and explore Mayan ruins. The whole family will also enjoy a day trip to Isla Mujeres, which is a small island just six miles from Cancun and accessible by ferry. The beaches on Isla Mujeres are the perfect place to try snorkelling, but families can also rent a golf cart and explore the rest of the island.
While parents will enjoy the exclusive luxury accommodation and stunning beaches in Sri Lanka, children will be much more interested in the exotic wildlife on the island. A jeep safari through one of the island’s natural parks will offer a rare glimpse at wild animals such as leopards and crocodiles, while a trip to an elephant orphanage allows kids to interact with baby elephants. At a turtle hatchery, children can see baby turtles being hatched and later released into the wild. There are also many other activities for kids and teenagers, such as canoe trips and river rafting. For kids and parents alike, Sri Lanka will be an exotic and unforgettable holiday experience.
Southern California is an ideal destination for luxury family holidays, simply because it has so much to offer. Of course, no family holiday in Southern California would be complete without a trip to Disneyland – the “happiest place on earth” and every child’s dream – but the region is also home to many other family-friendly activities. In Los Angeles, kids of all ages can visit a few of the many movie studios and see how their favourite films were made. San Diego is home to SeaWorld, where children can watch marine life shows featuring dolphins, penguins, turtles and killer whales. Best of all, the entire coast in Southern California is lined with beautiful, family-friendly beaches where parents and children can relax and enjoy the famous California sunshine.
Thailand may not be the first destination that comes to mind when thinking of a family holiday, but it is actually a wonderful place for a family-friendly getaway off the beaten track. Bangkok is an exciting location for older children and teenagers to experience a new culture, but might be a bit overwhelming for young children. Other areas of Thailand, however, are perfect for kids of all ages. In stunning Phuket, kids can enjoy unique activities such as elephant rides and snorkelling, alongside classics such as mini golf and go-karts. Further north, in Chiang Mai, children can spend time with tigers at the Tiger Kingdom or go on an all-day ziplining tour through the jungle (if their parents are courageous enough)!
Tanzania is an unforgettable destination for a luxury family getaway, and is the best of both worlds for those seeking a bit of adventure as well as beach relaxation. Families can enjoy a thrilling first half of their holiday on safari in the Serengeti National Park, where the kids can admire zebras, giraffes, elephants and countless other animals in their natural habitats, while the parents enjoy luxurious accommodation and lavish amenities at the Four Seasons Serengeti. From there, the family can move to Zanzibar, where they can relax on the safe, kid-friendly beaches and explore the eclectic, narrow streets of Stone Town for a peek into the island’s culture.
Argentina is an incredibly rich and diverse country, with a huge variety of activities for parents and kids alike. Its capital city, Buenos Aires, may be known for its nightlife but is also home to a wide range of family activities, from kid-friendly museums to theme parks to zoos and planetariums. Kids will also enjoy exploring the city, with its many outdoor parks and playgrounds. A trip to Iguazu Falls in the north will leave children awestruck by the huge waterfalls, and delighted by the huge variety of colourful tropical birds in the surrounding park. For an especially unforgettable experience, families can take a boat ride into the falls, where everyone will have fun and get absolutely soaked!
Another surprise family destination, Vietnam is a safe and memorable destination for a luxury family holiday. The culture is rich and engaging, giving kids the chance to experience something entirely new, and there are plenty of exciting activities for the entire family to enjoy. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is perhaps the most kid-friendly city in Vietnam, where kids can enjoy exciting outdoor markets, attend a water puppet show, take a riverboat tour or splash about at the Dam Sen Water Park. In the north, families can unwind on the beaches near Halong Bay and explore the area’s many caves and lagoons. For a kid-friendly cultural experience, families can take a boat tour of one of the floating fishing villages in the region, where kids will witness an incredibly unique and exotic way of life.