Top 12 Vacations for Multigenerational Travel
Multigenerational travel is one of the hottest trends in travel. Last year, 32 percent of vacationing U.S. grandparents took their grandchildren along. In a recent study, Preferred Hotel Group found that 40 percent of U.S. leisure travelers – about 21 million people – took a multigenerational trip in the past 12 months.
For the next getaway, take the clan on a luxury safari, cruise, or resort vacation. These 12 trips have something for all ages from adventure to total relaxation.
With &Beyond’s eight family lodges in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, and Namibia, the children don’t have to stay at home.
For tykes: The WILDChild program lets kiddies try their hand at tracking animals and fishing, making traditional bows and arrows, beading, crafting and painting, and cooking in the lodge kitchens.
For teens and young at heart: Morning and afternoon game drives to spot the Big Five are the highlight of any safari, and days can be spent lounging by the pool or chatting with the rangers about their most interesting animal stories.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a luxury lodge located on a 6,000 acre working sheep and cattle farm on the spectacular east coast of New Zealand.
For tykes: Cuddle an endangered Kiwi bird on a Kiwi Discovery Walk (most New Zealanders have never seen one!), learn to milk a cow, or watch the sheep dogs in action.
For teens and young at heart: Hit the legendary Tom Doak-designed golf course, relax with a lavender-themed spa treatment (the property has lavender field on property with over 6,000 plants), or enjoy an adrenaline-filled quad bike tour of the cliffside farm.
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Spend QT with the family in the heart of the jungle.
For tykes: The kiddies can spend a day learning to train and bathe an elephant at the resort’s signature Elephant Camp.
For teens and young at heart: Visit three countries in one day on a private tour through a bustling border market in Myanmar, followed by lunch in the historic Lanna Kingdom, and then an afternoon of shopping in Laos.
Both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony feature a fully-supervised Junior Activities program for ages 3-17, each with dedicated areas for both young kids and teens.
For tykes: Tour the Bridge with the Captain, join in an ice cream pajama party before bed, or learn some chef secrets during kids-only cooking classes.
For teens and young at heart: Learn magic tricks from Hollywood’s Magic Castle superstar magicians, hit the video arcade at Waves, tee off at the golf driving range and putting greens with a PGA golf pro.
Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica
Ian Fleming’s former residence, GoldenEye, was the site where he penned all 14 James Bond novels. Stay in the five-bedroom Fleming villa with its own private pool, beach, and movie theater.
For tykes: Carve coconuts and go on nature walks with Ramsey (Fleming’s own gardener) and swim, snorkel and kayak in the hotel’s turquoise lagoon.
For teens and young at heart: Embark on a jet ski safari, join a staff-led bike ride through Oracabessa, or run up to Firefly (Noel Coward’s former home) and channel the relaxed island vibe with sunset yoga.
Pavillon de la Reine
Set in the heart of the Marais, Pavillon de le Reine is the ideal base from which to explore Paris. Originally built for King Henry IV, accommodations including spacious duplex suites.
For tykes: Included in the family package is a digital Polaroid camera – perfect for creating instant family memories. The little ones may be too young to appreciate the wonders of the Louvre, but a picnic among the statues and fountains of the Tuileries Gardens is sure to please.
For teens and young at heart: Tour the Louvre, Orsay, and Pompidou, shop at the nearby trendy boutiques, and sample iconic Laduree macarons.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
At Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, a luxury ski and spa getaway tucked into the Rockies, families can have fun indoors or out with countless nonpareil offerings.
For tykes: Gather around the campfire for nightly s’mores happy hour featuring gourmet marshmallows or book a kids’ spa package, such as the “Diva Deluxe,” which includes bedazzled nail art and a take-home tiara.
For teens and young at heart: Get an adrenaline fix by land or water with activities such as horseback riding around Beaver Lake, hiking through mountain trails, or fly fishing on the Colorado river, followed by one of Allegria Spa’s signature treatments such as its lavender rose hot oil wrap, or participate in a cooking class.
The Cottages and Lofts at The Boat Basin
Almost like being on a boat, The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin sit right over the harbor waters, offering unbeatable waterfront views.
For tykes: Complimentary fishing rods for children as well as nets and tackle boxes are available for daily use. Hop on the free beach bus and head to one of the nearby beaches (with the parents of course!). Following a day in the sun, enjoy complimentary icy snow cones back at the Boat Basin.
For teens and young at heart: Explore Nantucket’s 29 miles of unspoiled paved paths on complimentary bicycles. For those 21 and over – head to Cisco Brewery for tastings and live music. Visit the Whaling Museum, a key part of Nantucket’s history.
Tucked within the Medina Walls, the three-floor Riads offer plenty of space for a luxe Moroccan family getaway. Book the Riad D’Honneur, the hotel’s top suite with private gardens and swimming pool.
For tykes: Spend the day at the Jou-Jou kids club, the supervised play arena.
For teens and young at heart: Shop in the souk for handmade pottery and silk scarves, enjoy a signature Hammam treatment in the 10,000 square foot spa, tour Majorelle Gardens (Yves Saint Laurent’s former home), and venture to the Atlas mountains for a hiking expedition.
Set within 130 acres of breathtaking countryside and just a quick jaunt to the coast, Chewton Glen is perfect for the adventurous family. Book the Spring Cottage, which can accommodate up to eight people, and enjoy a private garden and use of a river cruiser.
For tykes: Bike rides, pony treks in the New Forest, exploring the treehouse play set, and playing board games at the Kid’s Club will keep them busy for hours.
For teens and young at heart: Enjoy fly fishing in the three most famous English chalk streams, falconry on the grounds, and Apache Buggy racing followed by a relaxing afternoon tea and spa treatment.
Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort offers adventures for all ages.
For tykes: Supervised glass bottom boat tours, arts and crafts, fish feeding, and educational tours of the volcano and botanical gardens await children between the ages of four and 12.
For teens and young at heart: Sugar Beach’s SNUBA program (a cross between snorkeling and SCUBA) is a great way to explore the reefs and sea life below the ocean’s surface.
Los Cabos, Mexico
One&Only Palmilla’s beautiful beachside location with myriad activities is perfect for families.
For tykes: One&Only’s KidsOnly club is the spot for kids to make friends, learn to make a piñata, practice their yoga moves, or make origami.
For teens and young at heart: Play 18 holes or take a few lessons on Jack Nicklaus’ first Latin American course or take a nap on a floating seaside daybed and have a picnic delivered.
With nearly 200 beautiful, multi-bedroom private villas to choose from, Sibarth offers a home away from home for guests of all ages and families of all sizes.
For tykes: Villas on the super calm shore of St. Jean offer a great set up for young children with safe, shallow waters and a great view of the little planes coming and going.
For teens and young at heart: While young kids play on the beach, older kids can stroll along the beach or into the shops lining St. Jean, or take out a windsurfer or paddleboard from one of the beach vendors. (The less adventurous can relax at a restaurant on the beach and watch the rest.)
March 13, 2013
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Top 12 Vacations for Multigenerational Travel