Top 10 family holiday destinations this year


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Inspiring Travel Company | 5 Dec, 2019

Planning a family holiday can be stressful but at the Inspiring Travel Company, our experienced Travel Specialists are here to help.

Whether you want a short-haul break or long-haul trip of a lifetime, we have found hotels and resorts that will cater to every family member.

Worried about the teenager getting bored? Covered.

Want a romantic dinner without the kids? Sorted.

What about giving your children experiences they’ll remember forever? No problem.

We have thought of everything, so you don’t have to.

Want proof? Then sit back and peruse our top 10 luxury family holiday destinations for this year and the next. If you are looking for a family holiday destination in Europe then look no further than:

  • Tenerife
  • The Algarve, Portugal
  • Florence, Italy
  • Cyprus

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Whilst those looking more further afield, the trips to take your family we would recommend:

  • Dubai
  • St Lucia
  • Mauritius
  • The Maldives
  • Barbados and
  • Antigua

Find out more about these destinations below.

1. St Lucia

When you think of St Lucia, what comes to mind? Lush landscapes, glistening seas next to white sandy beaches? You are not wrong. St Lucia provides the quintessential Caribbean hideaway and a must-see for discerning families.

From its vibrant nightlife to leisurely restaurants, beautiful beaches and stunning mountain scenery; St Lucia has it all.

At Sugar Bay, A Viceroy Resort, the whole family, parents and children alike are well catered for. Irrespective of the age of your children, there will be suitable activities for your children to get involved with. The Sugar Club (for ages 4 - 12) offers treasure hunts, coconut bowling and archery to keep them entertained, whilst the Spice Club (for teens and tweens) up the adventure ante. Your teenagers can get involved in kayaking, paddle boarding and even learn the basics of sailing.

And when the little ones are tired out from a day of fun at the children’s village, leave them in the capable hands of the babysitting service (offered across many ITC destinations) while you enjoy a romantic dinner at the Great Room restaurant. Bliss.

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Poolside Sugar Bay St Lucia

How about relaxing poolside in St Lucia?

2. Antigua

On Antigua the trade winds blow a gentle breeze throughout the year, taking the edge off the almost constant sunshine, a real bonus when travelling with children. The island may only be 108 square miles in size, but the island is home to 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, and taking the children on a rainforest tour is a must.

Antigua Beach

One of Antigua's many beaches 

And as if 365 beaches weren’t already enough, with ITC you can stay at Jumby Bay Island, a car-free private island paradise. Compared to the bustle of daily life this place will feel like a haven where your children can roam free, exploring the four and a half miles of pristine coastline on resort bicycles. Where better to teach them to ride a bike than on a luxury Antigua holiday?

One to try: At Curtain Bluff, you’re unlikely to see your children for most of your holiday, with so many activities to keep them busy including organised excursions and lessons to teach them how to sail or waterski!

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cupcake mayhem at Jumby Bay Island

Keeping kids entertained during your holiday is a breeze at Jumby Bay Island

 3. Barbados

Famous for cricket and its easy-going outlook on life, its name alone conjures up visions of unspoilt sands and sparkling azure waters but Barbados offers vibrant entertainment as well as luxury. The 1 brings a carnival atmosphere to the streets for five weeks from July, just in time for the summer holidays!

Sandy Lane Afternoon Tea

Dining at Sandy Lane 

Entertainment and indulgence come on tap at Sandy Lane. Their Tree House Club will keep your 3-12-year-olds busy, while more discerning teenagers will be charmed by The Den, a social space offering pool tables, computers and a jukebox! And for something a little more grown-up, try the Romanesque spa, or hit a round of golf on one of Sandy Lane’s three championship-style courses.

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4. Tenerife

With year-round warmth, fantastic beaches and stunning volcanic mountains, it’s no wonder that Tenerife is such a popular destination for family holidays. And as the island runs on GMT there’s the added bonus of no disruption to your little one’s sleeping patterns.

Tenerife

Could Tenerife be the perfect family holiday destination for a short-haul trip?

They’ll have all the more energy, then, to enjoy Ritz Kids club at Ritz-Carlton, Abama, which is second to none for its programme of engaging children’s activities. There's also a great selection of family accommodation, including one/two-bedroom suites or interconnecting room combinations. So, whether it’s space for teenagers or a room for your nanny that you’re after, you’ll find it on a luxury Tenerife holiday.

Ritz Carlton Abama Playground

Plenty of things to keep children out of trouble at the Ritz-Carlton Abama

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5. The Algarve, Portugal

Right at the southern tip of Portugal, the Algarve is a sparkling jewel at the edge of the Mediterranean. For families making a trip as three generations, the region’s combination of historic Moorish architecture, stunning cuisine and 3,000 hours of sunshine a year ensure there’s something for everyone.

Algarve Portugal Beach

The Algarve is a popular destination for families

Vila Vita Parc certainly ticks all the boxes for a multi-generational luxury Algarve holiday. There shouldn’t be any fights over who gets ‘the best’ room as all 180 rooms and suites enjoy a private terrace and ocean view! Meanwhile, the 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a spa and plethora of kids’ activities mean it’ll be very hard to get bored, whatever your age! 

 

Kids park at Vila Vita Parc

Don't worry about bored children during your break at Vila Vita Parc 

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6. Florence, Italy

A city break may not be your first thought for a luxury family getaway, but be prepared to be surprised by Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and undoubtedly the best family holiday destination in Italy. The city is a constant visual and cultural treat. From riding the antique carousel in Piazza Della Repubblica to climbing the 463 steps to the top of Il Duomo; children will come home with new ideas and lasting memories!

Hotel Savoy retains a sophisticated atmosphere alongside its strong commitment to catering to the needs of youngsters. Form the RKids and RTeens programmes, to the Teddy Turndown service, children are attended to with warmth and an impressive attention to detail.

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Hotel Savoy room and Duomo

There is plenty to do and see during your time in Florence

7. The Maldives

Secluded and spectacular, the 1,200 islands of the Maldives stretch out across the Indian Ocean in clusters of pure white sand. But if the remoteness that makes this place so special seems off-putting for young families, rest assured that the Inspiring Travel Company Concierge team will arrange everything to make your journey as seamless as possible, from children’s in-flight meals to entertainment and making sure your room is packed with family-essentials.

Dune Bar Niyama

Is there anywhere more idyllic for families than the Maldives?

And this place has so much to offer children. At Niyama, the incredible kids’ activities on offer here include sports coaching, snorkelling safaris and performances on the Children’s Club’s own amphitheatre stage! Meanwhile, older teens or parents wanting a bit of ‘me time’ will love hanging out in the ultra-cool surrounds of CHILL island; home to the decadent LIME Spa and sublime underwater bar SUBSIX.

family holidays in the Maldivesfamily holidays at Niyama

Family holidays at Niyama in the Maldives

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8. Mauritius

Marooned in the Indian OceanMauritius is a melting pot of culture and cuisine. This island may be small but with the bustling capital of Port Louis alongside breath-taking mountain ranges and virgin forests, you won’t have any trouble finding family adventures to remember.

The powdery white sands, warm calm waters and superb kids’ clubs ensure Mauritius makes for the ultimate luxury family holiday destination. Surrounding coral reefs ensure that the island is a great destination for watersports, diving and snorkelling.

lux belle mare resort

LUX* Belle Mare Resort

Mauritians are renowned for their accommodating and welcoming manner. This is reflected in the many family-friendly touches provided at the island’s luxury resorts. The Constance Belle Mare Plage - situated on a two-mile-long beach to die for - provides children’s dressing gowns and strollers for the little ones, as well as plenty of fun at the Constance Kids' Club.

Family suite Lux Belle MareFamily Suite Lux Belle-Mare

Lux Belle Mare Family suite

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9. Dubai

More and more families every year are realising just how well-suited a holiday to Dubai is for everyone from tots to teens, parents to grandparents. World-class theme parks, Ski Dubai, safe beaches and warm seas, direct flights from many UK regional airports and a truly year-round destination are just part of the appeal.

Add to that fantastic hotels and resorts with private villas or interconnecting rooms, as well as children’s clubs, and you’ve got yourself a superb family destination.

Teenagers will go mad for the Dubai Mall. It’s the largest shopping centre in the world, with over 1,200 retail outlets and a colossal aquarium. After shopping ‘til you drop, why not take time to relax on the soft sandy beaches of a waterfront resort? The Aquaventure water park is a great day out for the family too!

Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis, The Palm Resort

If you're staying at Atlantis the Palm entrance to Aquaventure is complimentary, and water babies will be bowled over by the 17 hectares of aquatic amusements there, as well as The Ambassador Lagoon filled with 65,000 marine animals!

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10. Cyprus

There are so many reasons why Cyprus is a brilliant destination for a family holiday. Not only is it under 5 hours in flight time away, but it’s also brimming with stunning scenery, captivating history and culture as well as year-round warm weather and plentiful clean beaches.

If you are on a day trip away from a resort you might be interested in the Municipal Parl in Limassol which has everything you need for a great family day out. Furthermore, exploring Paphos means getting stuck into a city that has so much culture, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Close to Limassol is the Parklane Resort which is perfectly suited as a family holiday destination. They have exquisite family suites and their Park Suites can accommodate even larger families with three bedrooms and a private pool. The 3,000 square metres Park Kidz area has plenty of room for kids to run about. Added to this - their football academy means that families with future Beckhams and Rooneys can engage with celebrity football superstars (such as Rio Ferdinand or Dimitar Berbatov) and receive world-class coaching.

Kidz play at Parklane Cyprus

A holiday to Parklane in Cyprus will be a family holiday to remember!

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If you’re tempted to by any of these family-friendly holidays destinations, get in touch with one of our Travel Specialists today for more insight, recommendations and help to tailor-make your next luxury holiday.