Family Fun in the Winter Sun
From the colourful islands of the Caribbean to fun-filled adventures everywhere including Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and South East Asia, these are our travel specialists’ top sunny picks for families looking to escape the chill this winter.
Itinerary we love: Family Fun in South Africa
For intrepid families looking for an epic adventure and wanting to spend quality time together, South Africa is the place to be. Canter into the wilderness on horseback, quadbike through Mashatu, an off-grid game reserve home to big cats and elephants, paddleboard with penguins in Cape Town and spot whales splashing about in the water in Grootbos.
Hotel we love: Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Glistening coastlines, rolling desert sands, guaranteed sunshine - all just seven hours from the UK. Abu Dhabi is a top choice for families looking for winter sun, and with our newest Explorers Kids Club recently opening at Saadiyat Rotana Resorts & Villas, Abu Dhabi is a must-visit for families this winter. Enjoy the wonders of a resort stay and enjoy a wealth of attractions to keep the whole family happy. Travel to the famous Burj Khalifa skyscraper or take a helicopter tour in nearby Dubai, or head to the desert to sample Bedouin life.
Itinerary we love: Sri Lanka with Kids
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.
Hotel we love: Niyama Private Islands
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.
Itinerary we love: Thailand with Kids
Bursting with family-friendly hotels, safe swimming beaches and abundant water sports, Thailand is a haven for families. Frolic on palm-fringed beaches, snorkel with exotic marine life, plunge into waterfalls and savour the zingy flavours of Thai cuisine with a traditional cookery class. A really varied holiday destination, Thailand is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Hotel we love: Shanti Maurice
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.