Chic Family Retreats
Family holidays that don't compromise style, space or satisfaction
Family friendly and boutique? Yes, it’s possible. And our travel experts know just the place. Well, quite a few actually. It’s time to slip away from the mainstream, with more authenticity and personalised service.
Safari for the Soul
SAMARA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - SOUTH AFRICA
Samara is the largest private game reserve in the Eastern Cape. Some 28,000 hectares of pristine, malaria-free wilderness; a place where luxuriously restored 19th-century accommodation and passionate conservation entwine with breath-taking scenery. Situated in the Great Karoo, it’s a true African safari experience and perfect extension to a holiday in Cape Town and the Garden Route; just a two and a half hour drive from Port Elizabeth or a short flight from Plettenberg Bay to historical Graaff Reinet.
Expertly-guided game drives and safari walks are offered daily as well as the chance to enjoy picnics, mountain biking and the opportunity to track cheetah on foot, which is a really special experience. And there’s an exceptional children’s programme that’s dedicated to making conservationists out of even the youngest wildlife enthusiast.
Whether you choose a room in Karoo Lodge or go for the rather upmarket Manor House, you’ll love the laidback luxury accommodation, the chance to relax by the pool in between activities, and you certainly won’t go hungry with heartening food served as standard. Samara makes a particularly relaxing addition to a holiday in South Africa and is a place which not only oozes charm and character but has extraordinary views and wildlife too.
“Kids will love being on the lookout to see their first elephant or giraffe on the wide-open plains, and with Samara’s new Big 5 status that’s of course not all they might see.”
Get out into African landscapes with a fly-camping adventure, where you’ll set off on foot through the bush and at dusk arrive at a camp, already set up but thrillingly remote. Exploring Samara on foot brings a new dimension to safari and you’ll find yourselves totally tuned in to the wild landscapes around you. End the day with a camp fire and traditional South African braai.
Delights of the Dolomites
ROSA ALPINA - ITALY
What does it take to make a ski holiday extra special? We all want great snow and sunny blue skies, of course. But central to lasting memories is a fantastic hotel and the Pizzini family-run Rosa Alpina will ensure you get them. Of course, there’s an indulgently-relaxing spa here, with sauna, yoga studio and indoor pool. And after a day on the slopes you’ll dine incredibly well at either the three Michelin starred St Hubertus under the watchful eye of legendary local chef Norbert Niederkofler, or at the intimate fondue restaurant. Children will love wood-fired pizzas at the informal Wine Bar and Grill, not to mention grabbing some popcorn for a movie at the hotel’s private cinema.
Rooms are warm and cosy, and perfect to flop into after a day out in the fresh air of the towering Dolomite Mountains. At the end of your stay consider a few nights in Venice, which is just a few hours away by private transfer.
“Tucked away in the middle of breath-taking scenery near the Italian-Austrian border, tRosa Alpina is where the warmth of a private home blends with all the award-winning facilities of a five-star hotel where hospitality is second nature.”
For something different, make use of Rosa Alpina’s private mountain chalets. At an altitude of 2000 metres the traditional mountain huts offer a chance to for some quality family time, surrounded by the silent, cloud-swirled peaks of the Dolomites.
Magic on the Mayan Riveria
Rosewood Mayakoba - Mexico
The Rosewood Mayakoba Hotel, set among a tropical landscape of beaches and lagoons, is the perfect setting to relax for a week or two. Although the Mayan temples of Chichen Itza are just a three-hour drive away, and the talcum-powder beaches of Tulum an hour south, you may find yourself never wanting to leave this resort at all.
Travel to your stylishly-contemporary villa, crafted from indigenous limestone and wood, by canal and then settle in to your surroundings. Depending on your room choice you might enjoy a private plunge pool, rooftop sundeck, terrace or boat dock. Some suites are just steps away from the beach, perfect for an early-morning ocean dip.
Be pampered at Sense, the resort’s spa island where treatments incorporate traditional Mayan healing practices, while children enjoy scavenger hunts and story-telling sessions at the Rose Buds kids’ club. And at the end of the day there are numerous ways to satisfy your taste buds with delicious Mexican and international dishes. Then enjoy a nightcap at the agave and tequila bar before drifting dreamily to sleep.
"Snorkel off the nearby reef, or just settle back with a good book beside the infinity-edge pool."
To understand more of Mexico’s mystical Mayan culture travel to Coba to visit the ruins of this ancestral city. Afterwards swim in a sacred sinkhole called a cenote. Slip into its emerald waters and dive down to see how underwater caves have formed in the jade green water.
Variety is the Spice of Life
SPICE ISLAND - GRENADA
If your idea of a perfect hotel for a week’s all-inclusive holiday is low rise, on a gorgeous beach with charming staff and plenty of facilities should you decide to ever stir from your sun lounger, then Spice Island on the friendly Caribbean island of Grenada is definitely for you.
It’s located on what most people agree is Grenada’s finest stretch of sand, Grand Anse, which shelves gently into the Caribbean and where the water is calm, so all in all it’s ideal for families. Everything from tennis to cycling, golf and water sports is available, and there is a children’s club for the little ones. Spice Island’s cuisine comes with an island-wide reputation, and for a good reason. Head to Oliver’s Restaurant on the sea front and dine on the finest Creole and international dishes
At Spice Island, there are just 64 rooms. It’s worth pushing the boat out for a Seagrape Beach Suite with an incredible setting right on the beach so you can step from your room straight onto the sand.
"Private pools, luxurious suites and the finest food in a quintessential island paradise"
One of the best diving outfits of the Caribbean operates from Grenada so this could be a good place for you and your family to learn to dive. If you’re already an accomplished scuba diver, why not try a wreck dive? There are 15 submerged ships to explore, including Bianca C, known as the “Titanic of the Caribbean”.
GREEK ISLAND BLISS
PORTO ZANTE Villas - GREECE
It’s been a long stretch at work. But now your plane descends towards the airport on Zakynthos and you catch your first glimpse of a secluded shallow bay lapped by turquoise waters. You can’t help but smile as the thought hits you: a week of pure, blissed out, unadulterated…nothing.
Your home is going to be Porto Zante, situated near a private beach with all-villa accommodation, which come with one to four bedrooms, and each has its own private pool. Children will be entertained at the kids’ club and the whole family can give stand-up paddle boarding or snorkelling a try.
When it comes time to dine, choose Greek and Mediterranean-inspired flavours at the Club House restaurant or contemporary Asian cuisine at beachfront Maya. Or treat yourself to fresh local lobster or fish, caught nearby that day and prepared privately in your villa by one of Porto Zante’s talented chefs.
"Rejuvenate and relax at the waterfront spa to the waterfront spa to indulge in treatments and therapies inspired by the nature of Greece. Enjoy a massage as the turquoise sea sparkles in front of you."
Just 20 minutes by speedboat from your villa is one of Greece’s most celebrated beaches, regularly voted as the world’s best by Conde Nast Traveller. Navagio Beach, which comes with its own shipwreck, is a vision of white sand and turquoise water and makes a fabulous backdrop for family photos – or your next Instagram post!
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