07 February 2019
From once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you wouldn’t get closer to home to the chance to discover new food and radically different cultures to our own, the reasons to take your family on a long-haul holiday are countless. We’ve pooled the combined experience of some of our Travel Counsellors to share our favourite long-haul family destinations and resorts all around the globe.
“I want my children to grow up with a knowledge of the world, and there is no better way to do that than experiencing it first-hand. Finding a destination that works for everyone can be tricky, but I truly believe Thailand is one of the best destinations that offers something for everybody in the family, especially for their first long-haul trip.”
Katie, Travel Counsellor
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Thailand: On the golden sands of world-famous Karon Beach, this five-star beach resort offers activities for everyone, from a cliff-jumping platform, teens’ club, Thai boxing lessons and even its own water park with a lazy river and slides to a serene pool just for adults. Alternatively, check out the nearby Centara Kata Resort Phuket, with similar offerings.
Jumeirah Beach Dubai: This family classic, renovated in 2018, includes a kids’ club, a children’s pool and complimentary access to Wild Wadi Water Park, as well as a whole array of family-friendly restaurants, six pools, seven tennis courts, a spa and 24-hour babysitting. Marine-inspired rooms, suites and villas come with views of the Burj Al Arab or Arabian Gulf.
Outrigger Mauritius: Nestled in the Bel Ombre Nature Reserve with its waterfalls, this memorable resort retains the charm of an early modern sugar cane plantation while offering unadulterated luxury and family amenities including the Coral kids’ club with activities such as table tennis and bowling plus a children’s pool.
Kanifushi Maldives: This private-island resort lures families with 132 standalone villas with sunset views and direct beach access (and in some cases private pools), floodlit tennis courts, expansive pools, organised activities in the kids’ club and a world-class PADI-certified Dive Centre.
Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico: In a prime location on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, this top-notch resort includes a kids’ club and a teen clubhouse, live Mexican fire shows and 15 restaurants and cafés serving everything from Mexican specialities to wood-fired pizzas. Within the resort, the exclusive Grand at Moon Palace also has a bowling alley and a waterpark (guests in the main part of the resort can get a day-pass).
To find out more about any of these destinations or properties and to book your long-haul family holiday, contact your Travel Counsellor today.