Being a family doesn’t mean luxury travel, elegant hotels and jet set living have to be put to one side. Although some of the top boutique hotels in the world do cater more to couples than kids, there are plenty of family friendly crash pads in both town and country that will make your holiday experience superbly lavish! After all, who deserves a little luxury more than a stressed out parent?
First of all, luxury hotels have an excellent reputation for personal service – and this can translate into family facilities, too. Many top hotels have a concierge who can arrange child minding or babysitting whilst the grownups enjoy a Michelin starred dinner, or an extra cot or bed to be added to the room to turn it into a family suite.
Moreover, the recreation and leisure activities available can be perfect for kids. What youngster doesn’t love splashing around in the infinity pool or swimming in the hot tub on the balcony? The tennis courts, golf courses and beaches will also keep them happily entertained.
Best Destinations for Luxury Travel with Children
1. Although the long flights might be a trial with very young kids, luxury hotels in the Caribbean top the list because many offer a private villa instead of a room. With all the comforts of a five star hotel (and none of the inconveniences of the self-catering apartments usually ear-marked for families) but also the privacy and space you’d find at home, these kinds of set-ups are ideal for travelers with children. Shop around for the resorts with private pools and barbecue areas (which should come with a complimentary chef from the hotel, too) to keep your family in splendidly luxurious isolation.
2. Europe can be a daunting prospect as a family (what three year old wants to spend the afternoon at an art gallery?) but it’s also a good place to find old-fashioned hotels that treat every guest like royalty – even those little monsters. Avoid the stuffy, minimalist places and plump for the city hotels with long reputations or self-contained resorts on the coast. Small, manageable and picturesque enough for all the family, Santorini and Malta are the best places to consider.
3. Whilst you’re best to steer clear of trendy metropolitan joints in Canada and the USA, countryside retreats can be a great alternative – and they don’t have to mean skimping on luxury, either. The kids can go wild in the great outdoors as parents pamper themselves at the spa, or perhaps enjoy a spot of wine tasting in the Napa Valley. Don’t just think about summer vacations, too – a snowy winter holiday filled with sledging and snowball fights (and brandy by the fire of course) certainly offer family-style fun.