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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