Travel experts Mr and Mrs Smith have rounded up five fab family holiday ideas to keep the whole clan busy, making for stays you’ll never forget, mama!
Cherished memories may be forged by the pool or on the beach, but treat your family to a thrilling adventure holiday and you’ll be talking about the fun you had for years to come. Especially if you take the advice of travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith, who have handpicked five family-friendly stays offering action-packed land and sea activities in some of the most exciting natural environments on earth…
Swap the concrete jungle for the wilds of the Australian bush at Paperbark Camp eco-retreat, just two hours from Sydney and on the doorstep of three national parks. Here you can test yourselves at bush walking, creek kayaking, swimming, snorkelling and surfing, and don’t forget to keep your eye out for kangaroos, possums, kookaburras and other native creatures. You won’t find tinned spaghetti around the campfire here – this is glamping in all its glorious comfort, from verandas around your eco-tent to exquisite contemporary cuisine in the treetop Gunyah restaurant.
Smith extra: A bottle of Australian sparkling wine on arrival
With a sweeping Indian Ocean panorama, Cape Weligama is kitted out for mini explorers, with a family pool, whale spotting from two beaches and acres of greenery to roam. Parents will love the family villas (arranged into sociable ‘neighbourhoods’ around shared pools), quartet of restaurants and the adults-only cliff-edge infinity pool with a subterranean bar and cinema. Older kids should pop in to the on-site PADI dive centre for banana-boating, snorkelling, and SCUBA lessons, while parents can seek out a therapist for in-villa Ceylonese spa treatments.
Smith extra: A romantic candlelit bath with Ceylon Sea Salts, infused with vetiver, lemongrass and ginger; and your choice of chilled drinks
The family-friendly Vomo Island Resort offers ivory beaches overlooking turquoise sea set on a dinky, crocodile-shaped island in the easy-to-reach Mamanucas. Sleekly designed with stylish local touches, it is a sophisticated Fijian escape that seamlessly integrates children into its seductive setting. Juniors will love the free, five-star kids’ club that has entertaining activities like coconut-leaf and basket weaving and cooking classes, while parents will be wowed by smart dining, romantic bars and disco nights. Snorkel, paddle board, hike up the hill or circumnavigate the whole island as a family – it only takes around two hours.
Smith extra: A private beachside dinner for two
This is no by-the-numbers Greek getaway where a sagging sandcastle is the sum of family funtime. Ekies is a hip, nature-obsessed resort with activities for everyone and anyone: go trekking through a pine forest, seafaring out on the water, exploring neighbouring beaches, or you can learn to cook, dance, paint, act, do yoga and take part in gymnastics classes. Keen Smiths can even enrol in six-day adventure clubs in watersports or creative pursuits. Or, if you prefer, some of your gang might just want to recline on the sun-drenched beach, by the palm-fringed pool or undergo a treatment in the eco spa.
Smith extra: A relaxing 20-to-25-minute Detox Foot Bath for each guest, including a soak with Epsom salts and a reflexology massage
For a Thai family beach holiday off the beaten track, set a course for Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa, a 90-minute drive south of Krabi. The buzzy beach club and Ayurvedic spa will wow adults, and children will be kept entertained by the dedicated kids’ pool, arts and crafts centre, storytelling sessions and Andaman Sea activities. Older kids and adults will love the dugong encounters, snorkelling and SCUBA diving on offer through the Sea Bees Diving Centre; or sailing, kayaking and trekking further afield. There are skills to be learned, too: Thai cookery classes and fun language lessons are also available.
Smith extra: THB500 voucher for food and drink (excluding alcohol) and THB500 voucher for a massage treatment at Anantara Spa Si Kao
With Mr & Mrs Smith you’ll enjoy our best-price guarantee, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call toll free at 800 905 326 or visit mrandmrssmith.com.