Winter sun for families
From the colourful islands of the Caribbean to fun-filled adventures everywhere from Africa to the Americas, these are our top picks for families looking to escape the winter chill.
Sri Lanka is simply spellbinding – a small teardrop-shaped island fringed by a sparkling Indian Ocean coastline. The diversity of activities on offer makes it perfect for all types of travellers, with endless adventures to choose from. Take an early morning hike through the rolling green hills of Tea Country, search for leopards in Yala National Park and unwind at one of the country’s renowned wellness retreats on the ruggedly beautiful south coast.
From £11,900pp for 14 nights based on our Ultimate Sri Lanka itinerary between December 2022 and March 2023 with flights and transfers included.
Safe seas, colourful marine life and a whole host of fun-packed activities make the Maldives a wonderful place for a family winter getaway. Snorkel the house reefs, dive with manta rays, try your hand at surfing and lie in the sand for a spot of stargazing. With some of the best family-friendly resorts in the world, including our Scott Dunn Explores Kids Club at Niyama, it’s time you went.
From £15,000 for a family of 4 staying at Niyama Private Islands Resort for 7 nights in January 2023 with flights, transfers and 2 Scott Dunn Explorers places included.
A southern African island with a rich history, kids will love discovering Mauritius’ true melting pot of different cultures while getting stuck into our Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Club at Shanti Maurice. The varied beaches provide plenty of entertainment, but you can also try out kite surfing in Bel Ombre, go on food tours in Souillac, head out on some gentle hikes in Le Morne or enjoy a round of golf.
From £7,500 for a family of 4 staying at Shanti Maurice for 7 nights in February half term 2023 with flights, transfers and 2 Scott Dunn Explorers places included.
Glistening coastlines, rolling desert sands, guaranteed sunshine and all just seven hours from the UK – Abu Dhabi is a top choice for families looking for winter sun. Stay at a luxurious resort for fantastic value, and enjoy a wealth of attractions to keep the whole family happy. Elevate yourself in the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, take a helicopter tour of downtown Dubai, or head to the desert to sample Bedouin life.
From £8,300 for a family of 4 staying at Saadiyat Rotana Island for 7 nights in February half term 2023 with flights and transfers included
With a different beach for every day of the year, Antigua is a top choice for little ones with a short attention span. Boasting direct flights from the UK and several luxurious properties with kids’ clubs, it makes a hassle-free winter escape for families. Visit Stingray City to get up close and personal with the very gentle stingrays, and follow it up with a touch of snorkelling (maybe even catch sight of a turtle).
From £20,000 for a family of 4 staying at Carlisle Bay for 7 nights in February half term 2023 with flights and transfers included
Impossibly picturesque, St Lucia is renowned for its spectacular rainforest, dazzling natural beauty and plethora of outdoor activities, making it a fabulous choice for families. When not exploring the verdant jungle and crystal-clear waters, head to Project Chocolat to visit the six-acre Rabot Estate, where chocolate lovers can take part in the Tree to Bar Experience.
From £22,000 for a family of 4 staying at Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort for 7 nights in February half term 2023 with flights and transfers included