Quality luxury family holidays are often much needed come the summer months.
Yet it’s a common falsehood, which puts many off travelling at this time of year, that heading off on your travels in June, July and August means compromising on quality and choice.
To bust this myth, we’ve hand-selected a few of our favourite destinations for a luxury family holidays during the summer months, at destinations which offer plenty on the way of stimulation for active tots, facilities to engage young children, amenities for independent teens or a place where you can enjoy the privacy of a villa with grandparents too.
Summer can be a busy time for bookings it’s true, but with availability at luxurious resorts and resort villas at these global destinations, you’re sure to find the perfect family escape:
There are some fantastic offers to be had if you head to the Maldives and Mauritius in the summer months, as well as sunshine and clear, warm waters. Travelling to either Indian Ocean regions from June to September can also mean quieter beaches and resorts, yet you’ll still be wowed by what’s considered the number one destination for service.
A trip to Spain and her islands has been a popular summer holiday spot for British travellers for decades and with good reason. A short flight from the UK, no jet lag and with great facilities for kids, it’s ideal for those with little ones and the number of families who travel to the region in the summer months means children will be guaranteed to make friends while away too.
Cyprus is great value for money in the summer months and with tourism the biggest industry on the island you can expect a warm welcome and great service. As driving is on the left-hand side of the road you’ll find it easier when travelling around by car and a drive up to the Troodos Mountains is a must-do during your stay.
The Caribbean islands can offer some great prices out of season and the balance of probability is that you’ll still get a lot of great, sunny weather, with any rain moving on quickly. Many of the hotels on Barbados have children’s programmes and summer camps for kids too, with plenty to engage active tots to teens.
A short hop to Greece and her islands is ideal for some summer sunshine, with a variety to offer including picturesque beaches, fascinating history and tasty local cuisine. The region is also superb for a twin centre holiday, perhaps combining the culture of the mainland with the coastal attractions of Crete.
Booking summer travel to Antigua means holidaying in low season; but this can ensure great value and yet still good weather. Activities are in abundance, with sailing and canopy tours of the rainforest high on most visitors’ agenda. The English Harbour Carnival (26 July – 5 August 2014) is a great way to truly experience Antiguan life.
No trip to Italy is complete without sampling the delights of the cuisine – certain to be a sure-fire hit with younger travellers – and many hotels now offer cooking classes. Summer is a busy time as it’s when the Italians love to holiday too, but as a very family-oriented nation you’ll find all the family facilities up and running with children welcome in many restaurants.
Guaranteed sunshine, safe beaches and waterparks make Dubai a great family destination for the summer, with some amazing deals to be found too. Expect very hot weather, but luxury resorts are well-equipped with air conditioned rooms, and if you need some relief from the rays you can always escape for a swish down the slopes at Ski Dubai!
If you’re off to Grenada in the summer then a trip to the Grenada Spice Mas Festival in August is a must; it’s the premier cultural event on the island and fun for the whole family. There’s also plenty to keep you busy on the rare rainy or cooler days, like hiking to scenic spots or diving at the underwater sculpture park.
A short hop from home – and with plenty of flights from UK regional airports – Portugal has a brilliant summertime climate, being hot, but not too hot! With superb surfing conditions it’s a great place to learn to ride the waves, or if taking to the greens is more up your street the golf courses are some of the best in Europe.
Speak to an Inspiring Travel Company Specialist about your luxury family holidays this summer.