Multi-generational family holidays
Thinking of a memorable holiday with the whole family? Here are some fantastic ideas that allow Granny and Grandpa to enjoy their time away just as much as the junior members of the family. They offer the right balance of activities, culture and relaxation to appeal to everyone. From villas with separate annexes to stunning safari lodges that can accommodate larger groups – if anything catches your eye, contact our travel specialists to start planning your family escape.
Celebrate that big birthday or family reunion in your own private house, villa, or chalet with a team of staff on hand to cater to your every whim. Or simply spend quality time with your nearest and dearest in the comfort of a luxurious exclusive-use property where you can dine when you want to, plan activities to suit your schedule and relax together on a multi-generational holiday to remember.
Sink into luxury at Chalet Artemis in the buzzing skiing hub of St Anton, sleeping up to 12 guests it is the perfect spot to gather as a family. You will be spoilt with first class skiing and equally fantastic service and hospitality with its in-house team of private concierge, chalet hosts, driver service and chefs offering exceptional dining throughout your stay. Leaving you all the time to spend quality time together in these luxury surrounds and on the slope. Not forgetting the wellness area with pool, hot tub, private cinema, sumptuous bedrooms, and large open plan living area with balcony overlooking the village.
Hidden in the grounds of the Goodwood Estate, this 10-bedroom lodge is the perfect location for a quintessential countryside retreat. A real home away from home, here you can unwind with your nearest and dearest, enjoying woodland walks, golf or clay pigeon shooting before relaxing in the plush drawing room. With 24-hour butler service your every need will be taken care of, so you can concentrate on spending quality time with family and friends.
A truly luxurious retreat in the depths of Northern Iceland, this former sheep farm can sleep up to 34, offering the ultimate family getaway. Surrounded by truly incredible scenery, the wild landscape of the Troll Peninsula will be your playground – here you can go sea kayaking, snowmobiling or whale watching. After a day of adventure, recharge with fantastic locally-sourced meals and relax your weary muscles in the geothermally-heated outdoor pool, keeping an eye out for the Northern Lights.
An idyllic beach location within a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Riviera Maya. This fully catered eco-chic villa sleeps eight guests and boasts a roof terrace, swimming pool, maid and butler. Spend your days exploring nearby ruins in Tulum, snorkelling with turtles or simply unwinding and enjoying the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. If none of these appeal, there’s a home cinema system to keep screen addicts happy, too.
Resorts, ranches and hotels
You don’t have to book a private property to enjoy a multi-generational trip of a lifetime; plenty of hotels, resorts and ranches will take excellent care of you and your family. Leave it to the staff to arrange special dinners and little surprises to delight you. Below are a few of our favourites properties where everyone is guaranteed a good time, whether you're a grandparent, grandchild or somewhere in between.
The sensational Costa Navarino resort in Greece ticks all the boxes for a luxury family holiday, offering an array of luxury suites, villas and guest houses, fitting your family needs perfectly. Mix that with sublime facilities, multiple dining venues, a wide range of sports, spa centres and all just moments from the fine sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, there is certainly something for everyone. Not forgetting our exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Club, giving the children the time of their lives and you some well-earned time to lose yourself in this slice of luxury.
Nestled in acres of olive groves and pine forest, hugging the gentle sloping shore and white sandy beaches the Sani Resort is another firm favourite for a family holiday. One of the big attractions is the number of activities and facilities the resort offers for all ages and interests. A particular highlight is the bustling marina and shopping plaza with its choice of restaurants, lively bars, boutiques and great leisure and sports facilities. Combined with fantastic dining options, and a complimentary children's club from 4-12 years and a paid crèche from 4 months - 4 years.
Anahita Golf & Spa Resort is the epitome of a great family resort on the crystal-clear shores of Mauritius. With a plethora of family friendly suites and 28 luxury villas in the heart of the estate overlooking the turquoise lagoon. The villas are perfect for families wanting even more space, with plenty of space both inside and outside with private pools as well as use of all the resorts facilities. Children can have a fantastic time at the children’s club whilst you perfect your swing on either of the Championship golf courses or indulge in a massage.
A real favourite with Scott Dunn families, Carlisle Bay is a superb introduction to everything the Caribbean has to offer; idyllic beaches, extensive childrens activities including a crèche and kids club, watersports, a spa and four wonderful restaurants. Service here is top notch, ensuring whatever you need as a group is taken care of. Choose from rooms where children can be accommodated with parents to larger three-bedroom suites, depending on your needs.
One of our favourite barefoot luxury resorts in Asia, located on the island of Koh Kood. With beautifully designed pool villas tucked away into the tropical vegetation, exceptional service throughout, down to your own personal butler, you’ll be taken care of whether you’re 8 or 80. Facilities are superb, with a three Michelin star chef, spa, open air cinema and plenty of watersports to keep you occupied.
Youngsters and the young at heart will love this working ranch in southern Wyoming, combining breathtaking scenery with charming Western hospitality. Stay in a two or three bedroom log cabin, or take out the Magee homestead if you’re a larger group and make the most of the great outdoors, navigating the trails on horseback or whiling away the hours fly-fishing. The tepee camp also offers exciting activities for children aged 4 to 8.
Designed to mirror a traditional village, Borgo Egnazia is a stylish and luxurious hotel in Puglia, based around a central Piazza. Families adore it here, with an adventure playground for children within a walled courtyard, complete with climbing nets, giant games and wobbly walkways. An ideal option for multi-generation groups are the luxurious three-bedroom villas set over three floors, each with its own private pool, garden and roof terrace from which to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Dotted around the grounds of the luxurious Amanzoe are a handful of villas, providing privacy and seclusion for the ultimate family retreat. Each villa has a private outdoor pool and benefits from the services of a dedicated host and chef, so if your main aim is relaxation, you don’t even have to leave your villa. For those a little more active or for kids with itchy feet, the hotel’s private beach club has four pools and a variety of non-motorised watersports.
Something you'll never forget
Want to push the boat out? We've got the low down on some truly extraordinary experiences that will wow your family whatever their ages. From helicopter rides across Kenya to off-the-beaten path hikes remote villages in Ladakh, whatever you do, this will be a trip you'll never forget.
A safari like no other, take to the skies in your own helicopter, exploring Kenya’s wild and wonderful landscapes and accessing areas otherwise impossible to reach. Fly over the Great Migration in the Mara, swoop low over the lunar landscape of Lake Turkana, soar right over Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit. State of the art Eurocopter helicopters have expert pilots and take up to four guests, so groups can take two or three choppers for their adventure. Explore the most far-flung corners of East Africa, staying in beautiful luxury camps and lodges along the way – truly an ultimate safari.
Less a cruise boat and more a boutique five star floating hotel, Aqua Mekong journeys along the Mekong river on 3, 4 or 7 day cruises between Siem Reap in Cambodia and Saigon in Vietnam. Take in the changing scenery and rural villages along the way, cycle along the riverbanks, visit monasteries or head into the jungle with guides in search of wildlife. Service is truly five star, with a 1:1 guest to staff ratio, and every need anticipated.
Journey to this seldom-visited mountain kingdom in the Himalayas to walk between three beautifully converted village houses, combining traditional Ladakhi craftsmanship and surprising levels of comfort for such remote locations. Travel between the houses over the course of several days, learning about local traditions and cultures from your guide, stopping in at Buddhist monasteries and taking in the spectacular mountain scenery. Each house is taken exclusively, ensuring you have the most private and unforgettable experience together.
Re-enact moments from Indiana Jones on this exciting trip around Jordan, only a five hour flight away from London. Learn about Roman warriors and gladiators, explore the delights of Petra and spend a night camping out in the desert before heading to the Dead Sea for some well-earned rest and relaxation. A great short-haul trip ideal for a half term break.
Take the whole family on an epic adventure, starting in the bustling capital of Bangkok to experience the best of Thai cuisine and culture as you explore the city’s markets and temples, getting off the beaten track on a cycling trip through the backstreets. When you have had your fill of cultural fun, head to the crystal-clear waters of Koh Samui to soak up the sun and explore local uninhabited islands by boat.
A fabulous introduction to South America, combining Andean culture and scenery with the inimitable wildlife experience of the Galapagos Islands. Starting in the colonial city of Quito you’ll head to a family-run hacienda for a few days of hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. Indulge in delicious home-cooking and learn about the condor conservation project here. Fly out to the Galapagos, cruising for a week on an expedition boat, stopping on islands to meet giant tortoises and go snorkelling with sea lions.
Do you love the idea of taking the whole family to the Maldives, but not sure about the long flight? When travelling with children we highly recommend enhancing your trip in more ways than one and stay in Dubai on your way. Not only does it break up the long flight, but you also get to experience everything Dubai has to offer before you hit the island paradise of the Maldives. Soak up the impressive Dubai skyline, visit The Palm’s Aquaventure Waterpark and indulge in some shopping before you arrive at the luxurious tranquillity of the Maldives, it really does add an extra element to your trip.