Holidays with teenagers

Holidays with teenagers need a little twist; something really exciting to engage their imaginations, a hip hotel with the cool factor or an adventure that they cannot wait to Facebook their mates about. As family holidays as you once knew them come to an end, it is worth really making the most of your time away together. From an adventure in the Indian Subcontinent or the lush jungles of Central America to a real African safari, here are some suggestions that will delight them… and you.

South Africa for Teenagers

When to go: Easter, Christmas
A great family itinerary to South Africa for the more adventurous with teenage children. Enjoy the best of African wildlife with 2 fantastic different malaria free safari experiences and then finish with some fun in Cape Town. Leobo Private Reserve in the Waterberg region is a luxury bush retreat offering a huge range of activities for endless entertainment. Then to Marataba for the only malaria free Big Five walking trails in South Africa. Finish in vibrant Cape Town staying in a luxury apartment in the heart of the city.

Action and Adventure in Western Canada

When to go: Summer
An activity packed summer adventure through the stunning scenery of Western Canada which makes the most of the Canadian outdoor experience. Teenagers can enjoy no end of adrenaline-fuelled fun: surfing in the Pacific Ocean, zip lining through valleys, white-water rafting, riding Cowboy style and heli-hiking in the Rockies. There's even a seaplane flight en route to Vancouver where you can spot pods of orca.

The Caribbean is Calling: Curtain Bluff, Antigua

When to go: February half term, Easter, May half term, Christmas
Curtain Bluff is an all inclusive resort a stunning location overlooking two beautiful beaches on the south coast of Antigua. With friendly and typically Caribbean service, with a wealth of amenities, this luxury resort is ideal for families with older children. It offers activities galore, superb sporting facilities, a weekly beach party lunch and nightly entertainment so there is no chance of teens lacking something to do.

Bodrum Bliss: Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

When to go: May half term, Summer, October half term
The Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is a cosmopolitan and luxurious resort set around two private Aegean beaches in Paradise Bay. Combining traditional Turkish elements with eastern touches, it offers fabulous service and exceptional comfort and there are ample opportunities for watersports, land based sports and socialising.

Costa Rica Cool

When to go: Easter, Christmas
A wonderful introduction to Costa Rica that is ideal for families, combining high adrenaline activities in the cloud forests, wildlife in the Osa Peninsula, the Arenal volcano and a beach break on the Papagayo Peninsula. Zip-lining, white-water rafting, scuba diving, erupting volcanoes... the list of opportunities for fun goes on.

Teen Dream - the Ultimate USA Adventure

When to go: Summer
Teenagers, and parents, looking for a Stateside summer holiday full of excitement and new experiences should look no further than this dude ranch and Rocky Mountain adventure, that finishes with an injection of LA cool on the sunny California coast.

Winter Wonderland

When to go: February half term, Christmas
Embrace the epitome of a winter wonderland with this journey north to Swedish Lapland. First stop is Stockholm to explore the winding streets and discover the Viking history. Then venture south to set up camp in a luxury treehouse - two destinations sure to enthral teens!

Discover Peru

When to go: Easter, Summer
A superb family-friendly Peru itinerary that is perfect for active families and those looking to explore the cultural and natural highlights such as the Amazon, the Sacred Valley, the awe inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu Inca and the colonial gem of Cuzco.

Souks, Berbers and the Coast

When to go: February half term, Easter, May half term, October half term, Christmas
Think Marrakech and think of vibrant, colourful souks, the odd snake charmer and the waft of exotic smells and spices. Continue into the Atlas Mountains, passing local markets, and walking through Berber villages before finishing on the coast in Essaouira.

Bell'Italia

When to go: Easter, May half term, Summer, October half term
Enjoy a trip to Venice, Florence and Rome staying in some of Italy’s top hotels in these three fascinating cities. An Italian adventure giving a taste of why this country is one of our most popular and favourite European destinations. Simply Bell'Italia.

Chillin' in Sri Lanka

When to go: Easter, Christmas
Teenagers will simply adore Sri Lanka; think of exploring remote villages, spotting leopards, taking tuk tuks to ancient temples, rafting, cycling, and trekking through tea estates, before relaxing on the palm-fringed beaches of the south coast.

Villa Canacati, Mallorca

When to go: May half term, Summer
Canacati is a newly renovated townhouse on the edge of the old town of Pollenca, just 10 minutes' walk from the main square. It has manicured gardens, a spacious terrace, private pool and is fully staffed with a private chef, nanny and host. Sleeps 12

Whistler Powder Days

When to go: February half term, Easter, Christmas
The Four Seasons Whistler is a luxurious 5* mountain residence located at the base of the magnificent Blackcomb mountain. Just minutes from the slopes, shops and restaurants of Whistler village, the hotel offers a superb hideaway after a day outdoors.

Get to the Greek

When to go: May half term, Summer
A luxury, boutique style resort on a beautiful beach overlooking the Ionian Sea, the Costa Navarino The Romanos offers families and couples luxury and privacy. Superb watersports, a beautiful Spa and great kids facilities makes it an ideal holiday.

Thailand for teens

When to go: Easter, Summer
Thailand is a land of adventure and is a great place to take teenagers with lots to keep them busy. This itinerary takes you up north to activity packed and cultural Chiang Mai and then down south to the idyllic but happening island of Koh Samui.

Maldivian Magic

When to go: February half term, Easter, May half term, Summer, October half term, Christmas
NIYAMA is a luxury, 5* resort on the Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives set on two pristine islands: Chill and Play. This laid back Indian Ocean paradise offers exceptional watersports, an Explorers kids club (up to 12 years old) and a sense of privacy. For older children, activities include snorkelling safaris, football skills, beach cricket, tennis, Master Chef cooking classes and expeditions to nearby islands.

Crew is exclusively for older children and teens (aged 11+). A flexible 18-hour programme split over six fun-filled days, Crew is curated for independent kids who want time away from their parents while having fun with friends their own age.

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