Sometimes luxury travel is not considered family friendly, but with the right choices and considerations, it can be a great family trip. The luxury angle is not always the resort in which you stay, but also the travel destination – such as exotic locations like Bora Bora, Bali or Southeast Asia destinations.
Regardless of which luxury family vacation you are planning, timing is everything. Be sure to time your trip in accordance with your destination’s ideal weather, to avoid any weather-related snafus. For example, Southeast Asia is characterized by its warm and humid weather. The monsoon season for Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam is June through October, and Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore experience monsoons in November through January. In the Caribbean, hurricane season runs from June to November, so keep the local weather in mind when booking trips. Nothing is worse than bored children stuck in a hotel room because it is pouring rain outside.
When embarking on a luxury family friendly vacation, plan a variety of active activities to keep children engaged. For example, consider getting close to marine life while snorkeling, or pick up a new skill and learn to surf or paddle board in the waves.
Also choose activities that complement the exotic locales your family is visiting – for example, a nature walk to explore the natural beauty of the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam property ending at the suspension bridge for a fun surprise. Families visiting the InterContinental Bali can even adopt and release a baby turtle back into the sea, in partnership with the Turtle Conservation Centre. The staff at your hotel can always recommend local family friendly excursions.
Lastly, consider staying a resorts that have kid programs to keep them happy during those ‘rest’ days at the resort. With the Planet Trekkers at IHG properties, for example, the staff can provide culturally authentic – and fun – experiences. At the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam, children participating in Planet Trekkers can experience activities including kite making and kite flying lessons, handmade soap making, and gardening and junior chef classes.
So start planning that next luxury family vacation!