Alternative Summer Holiday Inspiration for your Family
Rather than the typical European getaways, immerse yourself in alternative summer holidays that promise uniqueness and adventure. Explore hidden gems and partake in unique experiences as we redefine the essence of a perfect summer retreat, introducing you to unconventional destinations that go beyond the expected.
Travel with your kids? It’s going to generate memories like nothing else, but you want to know they’re going to have wonderful days packed with energy. Here your family is planted at the heart of Machi Picchu, which means you’ll be exploring in the tracks of the Incas by horse, on bikes, in kayaks or trekking on foot. Maybe, even, taking to the skies in a tandem paraglider. There’s also plenty of culture, local crafts and conservation to get involved in, so something not just for everyone but for every individual temperament.
Hotel pick: Sol Y Luna, located in the stunning Sacred Valley, you’re surrounded by the snow-capped Andes even when you’re in the amazing outdoor pool.
Ditch your preconceptions: Switzerland isn’t just for winter ski breaks. It’s a tremendous summer playground where everything is done properly, dependably and beautifully. From scenic train rides for the little ones to glacier hikes, paddle-boarding, basketball and kite-surfing, and even dedicated sports clubs, where the pristine Alpine air will build up appetites and wear everyone out after a day of thrilling adventures.
Hotel pick: Badrutt’s Palace, where the stunning alpine views provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities and stylish, comfortable suites to retreat back to.
Go wild in Kenya – yes, we mean go completely wild, and sometimes pretty deserted, too, as there are tons of child-friendly holidays to be had here. Of course, these include safaris and exciting wildlife experiences, but also beach holidays and even family cycling tours. Kenya is a lovely country, very accessible and with eye-widening excitement abounding. Accommodation across the country is well developed, and alluring places like the Masai Mara and Amboseli are quite compact, so driving around isn’t too daunting.
Hotel pick:Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, nestled within a 58,000-acre wildlife conservancy, Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy is the epitome of exclusive. Enjoy early morning game drives and late afternoon spa treatments.
Canadian family holidays are certain to be unforgettable, because it’s probably the most outdoors-y country on earth. Whether you’re taking the family into natural wildernesses, staying in one of the country’s surprisingly quirky cities, or hitting the road in a motorhome, adventure awaits. Animal encounters can include bears, beavers, moose and dinosaur ghosts, and you’ll love to see your children’s eyes sparkling around a night-time campfire. Whether you experience its cool, crisp waters from a canoe or while gazing at the Niagara Falls, you’ll still be drenched in Canada’s natural wonders.
Hotel pick: Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, the 25 canvas tents at this opulent forest outpost, with sustainable local food, take you and your children away from all modern distractions.
You should definitely consider Vietnam for a holiday with your clan, whether young ones or of those often-surly teenagers. The people are super-friendly, the weather good, the food tasty even for faddy young palettes, and there are lots of interesting ways to get around – from boats to bicycles and even overnight trains. Best of all, the sights and experiences are like a school library book coming to life, with temples, pagodas, palaces, zoos, national parks, old towns, speedboat trips through tunnels, paddy fields, museums, floating markets, water puppet shows and even waterparks.
Hotel pick: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, an opulent oasis with family-sized villas on Vietnam’s rich if little known central coast, with a beach one way and three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the other.
Time here, maybe, for your older children to fully understand why mum and dad just need to unwind in the most indulgent way possible. The dazzlingly blue water and soft sand force everyone to slow down and chill, with the odd bursts of adrenaline when snorkelling or swimming. There’s a lot to learn and absorb about marine life and also the huge efforts being made to conserve and cherish the islands, lagoons and atolls in the face of global warming thoughtlessly propelled in places far away. For any antsy offspring, they can play tennis all day to really justify that non-alcholic cocktail!
Hotel pick: The St. Regis Maldives, this private island getaway – remote even for the Maldives – was designed for today’s experiential traveller, from its daring architecture to its dive center, where marine biologists catalog the rich biodiversity
So… time for a ‘family meeting’ to decide which destination to head for! We’d be delighted to help plan your summer family getaway, tailored perfectly to your needs.
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We are a proud member of The Conscious Travel Foundation which is a global community, uniting members of the travel industry to reshape the impact of tourism on the world. We believe in the power of education and collaboration to fuel a shift in industry practice, igniting change and safeguarding the planet for future generations.
Whilst it can be seen the devastating effects of the climate change on our world, we are hopeful that going forward travel can still provide a positive impact on communities around the planet.
There are many inspiring stories from properties looking to make the changes necessary in order to preserve what we have. The resilience of communities ad habitats across the world is a sign that we can do better, and we must all learn how we can do things ourselves in order to best protect our future generations.
Below are some of the inspiring stories from some properties from across the world.
The Lodge at Blue Sky
The team at Blue Sky believes in being genuine stewards of the earth, taking every opportunity to be kind to the planet. Explore the ways in which we craft the Blue Sky experience to promote a positive impact on the environment.
No single-use plastics
Blue Sky uses no plastic water bottles and offers guests an insulated, reusable bottle during their stay, which they can take home with them. Blue Sky uses biodegradable plant-based straws. Picnic utensils are made of bamboo.
In-room Bath Products
All of our bath salts are sourced from the Great Salt Lake and are very mineral-rich. Our shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion are specially made with sage essential oil that has been distilled from wild sage harvested from Blue Sky’s property.
At bluegr Hotels and Resorts we are committed to making sustainable holidays the way to experience exclusive hospitality, executive services, creative gastronomy, beautiful surroundings, regional culture and customs.
Our environmental philosophy is based on the adoption of a new eco-culture and the enhancement of the environmental awareness that extends throughout bluegr Hotels & Resorts.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY PHILOSOPHY AND COMMITMENTS
We strive for sustainable development and that is mirrored in our commitment to making sustainable holidays the way to experience exclusive hospitality. Without sacrificing luxury and quality, we work hard towards minimising our impact on the planet. We believe that the highest standards of luxury hospitality can and should be delivered in responsible ways that benefit our guests, staff, and communities. Our goal is to adopt and consolidate a new environmental culture that will permeate every hotel of the bluegr Hotels & Resorts Group.
From the very beginning sustainability and community have been at the very heart of the Teardrop story. We love this island home of ours and passionately believe in making a positive impact wherever possible. Our core beliefs sit behind everything we do and we constantly look for new ways to have a positive social and environmental impact.
Restoration and transformation
This is a great passion of ours; Saving and restoring beautiful, often abandoned, old buildings and reimagining and transforming them into inspiring fusions of old and new.
Each of our properties is totally unique and many have been saved from ruin. Heritage buildings and vintage tea bungalows were carefully chosen for their character and have been lovingly restored. Wherever possible, we preserve their original features and let their architecture inspire our contemporary interiors.
Tiger Mountain, since its start has been at the forefront of responsible tourism. This covers all our stakeholders: our guests, employees, local communities, and government. We strive to minimise our impacts be they environmental, social, or corporate and to support our local communities’ own development initiatives. This is through our Community Support Partnership Programme that supports Community Forest User Groups, local schools, health posts, local national and international charities, environmental research and monitoring, advocacy, and media.
As we have evolved through the thought processes of eco-tourism and wider sustainable tourism, we now seek to develop concepts appropriate to the middle hills of Nepal for truly Regenerative Tourism – a leap beyond somewhat passive sustainability to reverse damaging trends to regenerate the environment and communities so that all can thrive – in so doing we provide a deeper level of transformational journey for our guests through a rich sense of place and an immersive experience of life in the middle hills of Nepal. Through authentic experiences, engagement with the local community, integrating with the forest and mountain landscape, understanding the rhythms of life, we create a fuller engagement than just the change from work to holiday. This, in turn, must co-evolve with a more holistic approach to local communities and their aspirations for development. Tiger Mountain aims to be the bridge between the guests’ transformation and the community’s aspirations.
Join the Crees team at the Manu Learning Centre, a research and education hub in the remote Peruvian Amazon. In this programme you will live and work with a group of like-minded people from across the world, sharing their passion to protect the Manu rainforest.
Discover what it takes to save this rainforest by learning about the social, economic and political challenges Manu is facing, but actively working on it, by supporting our community team as they empower local people through improved livelihoods and living standards.
Become part of the solution, spending every day exploring the rainforest and meeting its wild creatures, while carrying out tropical ecology surveys to collect data that is used in scientific publications.
Our Vision: To preserve and protect parts of the Indian wilderness as well as our diverse cultural heritage for future generations.
A Family dedicated to Conservation
Our family has a legacy of working with wildlife through filming, monitoring, researching and creating awareness about tigers in Ranthambhore for generations. In 1974, when Tejbir and Malvika followed a narrow, winding road it led them to the base of the ancient fort of Ranthambhore. In 1988, they co-established The Ranthambhore Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), working closely with the development of villages around the park boundaries. As a child, Jaisal learnt the lay of the land by walking through every inch of the park; forbidden under today’s regulations. He was taught animal tracking and bush craft skills as a toddler under the tutelage of his father Tejbir, the late Fateh Singh Rathore and his uncle Valmik Thapar – regarded as India’s leading wildlife experts and conservationists.
One of our post-covid promises includes the promise to provide an experience that is “not once in a lifetime, but for your lifetime”
BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
In so much marketing, you see around the promotion of a safari or safari camp you are likely to read the words ‘a trip of a lifetime!’. This is, honestly, because most safari experiences are very expensive and most people who visit Kenya can only afford to come on a trip that happens once in their lives. But this doesn’t need to be the case – many travelers or families go to the same place time and time again, especially if it was a place they felt a real affinity for.
Sustainability is a real ‘buzzword’, but what does really mean? Can travel, which can be incredibly bad for the environment if done without thought, really help sustain a landscape for the future? At The Safari Series, we think so. In fact, it is built into the core of what we do.
Nature sits at the very core of The Datai Langkawi’s DNA – it is an integral part of who we are and what makes us unique. The wonderful natural setting and the environmental features – the sea, mangroves and ancient virgin rainforest – provide the very foundations for our offering of nature-related experiences combined with holistic and well-being programmes.
Just as nature has gifted us our environment and its fascinating inhabitants, we have a responsibility to conserve and strengthen nature’s increasingly fragile resources and to reduce the negative impact of our footprint on the environment. This responsibility – which has evolved into The Datai Pledge – has culminated into a robust programme of initiatives with the single-minded objective of creating a sustainable environment for the future. The Datai Pledge programme not only benefits the living creatures who share this spectacular island with us but also enriches the lives of our guests, team members and the local community through meaningful participation.
The Datai Pledge programme comprises a series of initiatives relating to our business operations, the land, sea, and youth. These four elements correspond to the four pillars of our programme: Pure for the Future; Wildlife for the Future; Fish for the Future; and Youth for the Future, respectively.
Bocachica is an under-served village on an undeveloped island. The roads are not paved and there is still no running water. Access to education is limited, unemployment is high, and those lucky enough to find work must often support entire families on the Colombian minimum wage of less than $10 a day.
But like all people, all over, Bocachiqueros are proud, charming, hard working and ambitious for themselves, their families and their community.
As one of the only sources of formal employment in the area, Blue Apple’s goal as a business is to offer guests the best experience possible, while also creating opportunities for our neighbours and being a respectful and contributive member of the community.
We employ local people where we can, from Bocachica and from other villages on Tierra Bomba and the islands around Cartagena.
Most of the tours and activities we offer are owned and run by local people. We are also proud to support the Green Apple Foundation, which provides jobs through recycling.
Sol y Luna authentically reflects the rich Andean culture and allows us to share the beauty of the Sacred Valley with our guests while generating the income to support the Sol y Luna Intercultural School.
My name is Marie Hélene Miribel, but everybody calls me simply Petit. Following my heart, I left a successful corporate life for the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to live my dream of improving the future for some of the world’s poorest children. In my husband Franz, I met the perfect match. I have tons of ideas for how to educate these children, and Franz possesses the gifts to build and realize these audacious dreams.
In 1999, we started an education project for the local children, many of whom walked for hours each day to get to a school in poor condition or did not go at all. Working within the existing social fabric proved invaluable to understanding the realities of schools and families around the Sacred Valley. To support our education initiatives in the most economically sustainable way given Sacred Valley’s potential for tourism, in 2000 we decided to build a hotel.
Australia’s landscapes are some of the oldest on Earth and having been isolated for 45 million years, we are one of the most biologically unique and diverse countries on Earth, with more than 80% of flora and fauna species endemic to our environments.
Two hundred years of European settlement has emphasised the fragility of our unique country with land clearance, the introduction of feral animals and invasive weeds substantially impacting on the country’s biodiversity. Twenty two Australian mammal species have become extinct in the last 200 years (the highest rate of any country) and 20% of our remaining mammal species are also threatened with extinction. Climate change will only exacerbate this conservation challenge.
The Wild Bush Luxury portfolio offers guests a chance to see some of Australia’s most incredible and pristine environments, almost completely untouched by human settlement – the Top End and Flinders Ranges.