Multigenerational travel with Ker & Downey means experiences everyone in the family can enjoy – from snorkeling in the Galapagos to kite flying on the Bund. Here are eight of our top places for luxury multigenerational travel that will get you started in planning the perfect family getaway.
Multigenerational travel is on the rise. Now more than ever, families are seeking to have meaningful experiences with each other – and that includes everyone. Grandparents, parents, kids and sometimes even extended family member like aunts, uncles, and cousins are opting to “getaway” together. But how do you ensure that your luxury multigenerational travel experience goes smoothly? For starters, talk through your desires with each other and your Travel Professional. Then choose a location conducive to multigenerational travel. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some of our top spots each member of your family will enjoy.
Named to the Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List for family friendly hotels, the sustainable land-and-marine adventure comes complete with its own private tortoise reserve. Children must be at least 8 years old, but once there, family members can be as active as they wish with private walking, jogging, and biking trails around the lodge, a glistening infinity pool, and the Sumaq Spa & Wellness Center. The lodge also has its own 100-foot yacht, the Pikaia 1, which can be used to cruise to neighboring islands to swim, kayak, and snorkel.
Families seeking the classic luxury of an oasis among big city lights and culture should head to The Peninsula Shanghai. It’s an opulent hotel of glittering chandeliers, intricate moldings, marble and fine carpets, but doesn’t overlook its tiny jet-setters. Let your children’s imaginations run wild with fun and educational activities like learning to make chocolate and a scavenger hunt through the hotel. Families can also partake in once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a tour of Shanghai’s heritage buildings in a Rolls-Royce Phantom limousine and a Chinese kite-making class followed by kite flying on the Bund.
The Four Seasons strive to make each guest feel at home. At the Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, kids 4 – 12 are invited to visit the Kids for All Seasons Club where they can partake in Egyptian crafts, cooking classes, and treasure hunts. At the Young Adult Social Center, teens can play games, table tennis, and pool. The Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh also features four swimming pools, including the Aladdin pool, designed specifically for kids with a playroom and playground nearby. There’s also a host of other activities for the whole family to enjoy, including snorkeling and sailing on the Red Sea.
Le Royal Monceau’s Le Petit Royal program offers a line-up of weekend workshops for kids over 5 while parents and grandparents can enjoy Saturday brunch at La Cuisine. The workshops are led by professional artists and are inspired by the major exhibitions that are taking place concurrently in Paris, like a workshop inspired by le Corbusier in September and a watercolor class centered around The Little Prince in October. Pizza making classes with the hotel’s chefs are also offered regularly.
Set among the mountains of Patagonia’s Nahuel Huapi National Park, Llao Llao Hotel & Resort is the perfect base from which to explore the region. It’s surrounded by an 18-hole golf course, has specialized activities for kids and teens, and specially-designed spa treatments for men, women, and even children. There’s also canoeing, hiking, biking, and nearby skiing to let you explore Patagonia however you choose.
In the Maldives, the youngest travelers are kept engaged with One&Only’s KidsOnly and OneTribe programs where kids have their own section of the resort with separate dining facilities, swimming pool, sports facility, and a clubhouse complete with computers, arts, and crafts. A pirate cruise and treasure hunt amps up the island magic.
On this Thai island paradise, adventurous kids can earn Banyan Tree Ranger status on guided hikes, and get hands-on by learning the arts of batik painting and kite making. Among a host of other “kids only activities,” families can also take a Tuk Tuk ride to the Khao Pra Taew Waterfall and hike through the forests, and go kayaking in the lagoon.
With its mild Mediterranean climate and over 300 days of sunshine, the Algarve region in Portugal is a perfect choice for multigenerational travel. At the Vila Vita Parc, there truly is something for every age. Babies 6 months to 3 years are welcome at Natalie’s Crèche while children ages 4 to 11 can play in Annabella’s Kids Park where there’s a playground, swings, a trampoline, and a playroom for crafts, baking, and playing. For older children, teens over 12 can take a daytrip to a water park, an adventure tour in a Jeep, and spend an afternoon at the beach learning how to surf. There’s plenty for the adults to do too with various water activities including a day on a yacht, golfing, and the Vila Vita Vital Spa.
Multigenerational Travel in Africa
Another great option for multigenerational travel are safaris in Africa. There’s nothing more exciting than getting up close to wildlife and sharing the experience with your family. In fact, there are so many great options, we dedicated a whole post to it. Be sure to check it out. And if you’re still looking for more multigenerational travel suggestions, you can check out our other post here.
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