Get a head start on your holiday planning with our guide to the best places for a family Thanksgiving getaway. We’ve rounded up some of the best places for your entire extended family to spend the holidays. View our suggestions for Christmas here.
The Marlborough Lodge, New Zealand
The Marlborough Lodge has quite a history behind it. It was originally located in Blenheim, built as a convent in 1901 for the Sisters of Mercy. It was later moved to its present location and converted into a Bed and Breakfast. In May, Marlborough Tour Company purchased it and plans to turn it into a luxury lodge, set to open in November. It’s available for exclusive use, making it the perfect place for a family trip over the Thanksgiving holidays. It is set on 16 acres of parkland and vineyards and its 10 suites sleep up to 20 people. From there, it is easy to explore the Marlborough region with a day cruise on the Marlborough Sounds on board the exclusive MV Tarquin.
Iniala Beach House, Phuket, Thailand
If you’re a “Keeping up with the Kardashians” fan, you might remember their extravagant family vacation in Thailand. They stayed at the Iniala Beach House, a VIP experience on Phuket’s Natai Beach. The beach house has 10 bedrooms spread throughout three villas, and a penthouse – each a temple of global art and design. The onsite Kids Hotel is an immersive space for children 4 to 11. It features tree house bunk beds, play areas, a climbing wall, and daily activities. A stay there includes a personal driver, chef, spa therapist, housekeeper, and butler. You won’t have to lift a finger this Thanksgiving!
Vanda Villa, Bintan Island, Indonesia
The four-bedroom beachfront Presidential Suite at Vanda Villa is an ultra-luxe accommodation. It’s located on a secluded stretch of white, sandy beach, just a 45 minute ferry ride away from Singapore. The villa has hosted royal families and celebrities from around the world. On the 23-acre estate, you’ll have access to a croquet lawn, Olympic-size infinity pool, two restaurants and bar, and beach side yoga pavilion. Your stay also comes with a dedicated chef, around-the-clock-butler, private infinity pool, and separate guest house.
Casa Puyuncuy, Peru
While everyone enjoys spending time with family on Thanksgiving, let’s be honest – Thanksgiving is all about the meal. For a truly spectacular meal, fly south to Casa Puyuncuy in Peru. It’s the country home of a wealthy Peruvian family available for exclusive-use and it has the most remarkable dining room. It sits perched on a small cliff with views of the mountains. Casa Puyuncuy can can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 bedrooms. For the family looking for a breathtaking meal and a little adventure in the Sacred Valley, this place is ideal.
Leobo Lodge, Leobo Private Reserve, South Africa
Another great option for a Thanksgiving getaway with your family is Leobo Lodge in South Africa. Located in a completely private malaria-free 20,000-acre estate in South Africa’s Waterberg region, the exclusive-use lodge is ideal for families with young children. Guests of Leobo Private Reserve have the option of staying at either Leobo Lodge, which sleeps 14 adults and four children, or at the Observatory Villa, a state-of-the-art private home accommodating up to six adults and three children. Both provide a truly unique African experience. Or bring the whole extended family and use both the lodge and villa! Search out giraffe, hippo, zebra, and cheetah with game drives, on horeback, or on quad bikes. Besides game drives, there’s a wealth activities offered. From clay pigeon shooting and fishing to helicopter flights and paragliding, there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy.
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, Dolomites, Italy
Are the mountains calling your name? The refreshing mountain scenery over the Pusteria Valley may be just what you need for a Thanksgiving getaway. The exclusive-use chalet at San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge can host up to 10 people for an unforgettable skiing holiday with your family.
Cliveden Estate Spring Cottage, England
Is there anything more charming than a cottage on the banks of the River Thames? For a family of six looking for a laid back Thanksgiving getaway, we think the Spring Cottage on Cliveden Estate is the perfect destination. It has two double bedrooms and and children’s room (with two single beds), two lounges with an open fireplace, a garden, and private boat launch on the River Thames. It sits nestled among 376 acres of National Trust parkland, an exquisite countryside ripe for exploring.