Luxtripper Travel Editor
The best thing about Mexico is that is truly has something for everyone. For a city experience, Mexico City is home to the best of Mexican culture, with plenty of family-friendly museums, zoos, parks and other attractions. For a beach getaway, Riviera Maya is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico, along with impressive archaeological sites and exciting eco-parks that the whole family can enjoy. At Xcaret, for example, families can walk through a bat cave, see sea turtles, jaguars and flamingos, and watch a variety of cultural performances. January is the perfect time to go, with the perfect weather in Mexico provided a much-needed escape from the dreary winter.
Where to stay: Be Tulum
Antigua is known for having a beach for every day of the year, so there are plenty of options to choose from. There are also several beautiful old towns to explore, with a laid-back atmosphere and plenty to see and do. Many of the resorts in Antigua cater to families, and provide activities for children and even babysitting services for parents who want to take an evening off. While in Antigua, families can also visit the nearby island of Barbuda, which attracts little tourism and provides an even more authentic island experience. In February, the weather is dry and relatively cool, making it more comfortable for children.
Where to stay: Jumby Bay Island
Thailand is a wonderful family holiday destination because there is so much to see and do that even the surliest of teenagers will find something that they love. While younger children might feel overwhelmed in Bangkok, older children and teenagers will love the bustling and colourful city atmosphere. Children of all ages will appreciate Chiang Mai and the villages in the north of Thailand, where they can experience the jungle and see wildlife such as elephants and tigers. There are also many family-friendly resorts in the islands in Thailand, from the busy islands of Phuket and Koh Samui to the more laid-back island of Koh Lanta Yai. In March, the weather in Thailand is excellent, so there’s little chance of rain spoiling an otherwise perfect family getaway.
Where to stay: Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
APRIL: Sri Lanka
With beaches, castles, mountains, and exotic wildlife including leopards, elephants and tropical birds, Sri Lanka is an enchanting family holiday destinations that offers the perfect combination of fun, relaxation and adventure for parents and children alike. In addition to many outdoor activities such as trekking, cycling, rafting and exploring caves, there are also many cultural activities available such as visiting ancient Buddhist sites, riding an elephant, learning to cook typical Sri Lankan dishes or touring a working tea plantation. There are also numerous beautiful beaches where families can relax and spend their time snorkelling and swimming with sea turtles. In April, as high tourist season is just winding down, the weather may be rainy in some parts of the country, but the beaches along the east coast should have sunny skies and warm temperatures.
Where to stay: Jetwing Blue
While Mauritius is best-known as an island honeymoon destination, it is a fantastic choice for families seeking a fun-filled beach getaway. What sets Mauritius apart from other island destinations is the wealth of activities that the island has to offer. From hiking the island’s many footpaths to swimming with dolphins to visiting the authentic villages, families will never run out of exciting activities in Mauritius. May offers mid-season rates and slightly cooler temperatures than the hot summer months, making it better for children during this time.
Where to stay: LUX* Belle Mare Resort & Villas, Mauritius
The Maldives is another island destination that is famous for romance and most popular among honeymooners. However, it is becoming more and more popular among families seeking a peaceful beach getaway with a safe and friendly environment for children and a relaxing environment for parents. With many resorts catering to families and offering amenities and activities for children and teenagers, Maldives is truly ideal for a low-maintenance yet fun-filled family holiday. Visiting during mid-season in June is ideal for families as well, as the islands are less crowded.
Where to stay: Ayada Maldives
From lush jungles to idyllic beaches, Bali’s varied landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for an adventurous family holiday. Families can explore the country’s many unique villages and temples, experience exotic jungle wildlife, and relax on pristine, palm-lined beaches – all in a single holiday! The range of family-friendly activities is endless, from zipline jungle tours to petting zoos to a wide variety of watersports. There are also many resorts that specialise in keeping the whole family happy, with activities to keep the children occupied with the parents enjoy a luxurious day at the spa. While July is considered peak season and may be crowded, there’s little chance of rain during this time.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
A family holiday in Bhutan is sure to be a fascinating cultural experience unlike any other. Because this unique country is largely untouched by tourism, families can experience an authentic culture that can be difficult to find in this tourism-driven world. The people in Bhutan are known for being especially authentic, warm and welcoming towards tourists, and even more so towards families. The country is so beautiful that it will seem like a fairy tale come to life for children. Active families can hike through the beautiful mountains, while those seeking a more relaxing experience can explore the temples and villages, enjoy the unique luxury accommodation and participate in cultural activities like cooking classes and authentic weaving lessons.
Families tend to shy away from South America when choosing a holiday destination, mainly due to safety concerns, but Argentina is actually a very family-friendly and safe travel destination for families travelling with children or teenagers. While Buenos Aires is certainly the cultural capital of the country, with a wide variety of family-friend activities, there are also many other regions to explore in Argentina, each with its own unique personality. For unique and unforgettable experiences, families can hike through the beautiful landscapes of the Lake Distract, walk across glaciers El Calafate and El Chalten, take a boat ride at the base of the incredible Iguazu falls, or go whale-watching in the Peninsula Valdes. September is spring in Argentina, with mild weather and resorts offering mid-season rates.
OCTOBER: USA - Southern California
A family holiday in Southern California is nearly always synonymous with theme parks such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Sea World, California Adventure and many more. While these parks provide great fun for the entire family, there is also much more to do in Southern California than riding roller coasters. There are perfect beaches stretching along the entire coastline, and plenty of big city excitement in Los Angeles and the surrounding cities. With so much to do and experience, the only downside of a family holiday in California will be convincing the children that it’s time to go home!
Where to stay: The Beverly Hills Hotel
Perhaps a surprising choice for some, Vietnam is actually an ideal destination for family holidays. For a big city experience, Hanoi is perhaps the most family-friendly city in Vietnam, with unique activities such as a water puppet theatre, a city tour designed for children and plenty of parks with outdoor activities like carnival rides and zip lines. The beaches in Halong Bay provide a relaxing contrast to the big city, but still have a variety of activities available such as kayaking in the bay and private cruises designed for families. The weather in November is pleasant, with sunny weather in the north of the country and some rain in the south, but pleasant temperatures throughout.
Where to stay: Evason Ana Mandara
Due to its troubled past, Cambodia might not be the first family travel destination that springs to mind. However, the country is recovering and is quickly becoming a unique and cultural family-friendly holiday destination that can be an educational and eye-opening experience for children and teenagers who haven’t yet been exposed to cultures that are much different from their own. Siem Reap in particular has many interesting activities for families, from theatre and other performances to more unique attractions like a snake farm and Cobra show. After a stay in the bustling city, families can relax on one of the country’s many stunning beaches in locations such as Koh Rong. December is dry season, with mild temperatures making it the ideal time to visit.
Where to stay: Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor