Families come in all shapes and sizes – find the perfect holiday for your unique crew, whether you're travelling with little ones or as an adult group.
The perfect family holiday doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. While some might fit the 2.5 kids cookie-cutter crew, others need more room for their growing group. You might have a host of little ones to keep entertained, or maybe you’re looking for a sophisticated break with grown-up children and their partners. Whether you’re after a kids’ club with all the bells and whistles or a beach club with cocktails for the big kids, we’re here to help find a family escape that suits you.
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The One for: families with teens and discerning tastes
Banish any image of themed restaurants and boisterous kids’ pools: Merusaka Nusa Dua in Bali is a family resort in a league of its own. Aimed particularly at adults and older teens, this tropical paradise overlooking the Indian Ocean draws in families of foodies with its incredible all-inclusive offering. Book guaranteed Interconnecting Deluxe Rooms for two adults and two children (17 years and under) and treat everyone to all-inclusive daily dining across four sophisticated onsite restaurants – serving everything from fresh seafood to perfectly grilled meats. Adults will love the free-flow cocktails, while older teens can join a packed resort program of yoga, volleyball and more.
The One for: active little kids
At Pullman Khao Lak Resort, the kids’ club is the crowning jewel for parents and children aged 4-12 years. Spanning 1,000sqm, the Kids’ Playground offers a wet zone with waterspouts, bucket dump and slide, an outdoor playground, and indoor club featuring a cosy cinema cave and plentiful toys. The activity schedule is jam-packed with dance classes, crafts, movies and more. Book a Family Suite Bunk Bed for up to two adults and three children (11 years and under) and let the kids run wild while you surrender to Thai bliss and enjoy all-inclusive dining, free-flow drinks and relaxing massages.
The One for: beach-lovers with laidback tastes
There’s no kids’ club at Hawaii’s Outrigger Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel but instead laidback resort activities allow families to build their own break. Book into a Junior Suite for up to two adults and four children (17 years and under) and bond with older kids and teens as you watch poolside movies, try morning yoga and encounter the displays at the Terrace of Modern Art. Come together over family breakfasts at Hawaiian Aroma Cafe (teens will love the fact this is easily the area’s most Instagrammable coffee shop), then split off and do your own thing on the world-famed Waikiki Beach.
The One for: a family-friendly city break
City breaks may not always seem the most family-friendly option but Shadow Play by Peppers turns that idea on its head. Spacious apartments in the heart of Melbourne allow families of all shapes and sizes to explore Victoria’s vibrant capital with ease. Select a two-bedroom apartment for up to four guests and make yourself at home in a modern space featuring a fully equipped kitchen – ideal for those with babies and young children who prefer self-catering. Travelling as a group of grown-ups? Hit the streets of Melbourne and explore its incredible foodie scene instead.
The One for: Zen-seeking families
Family life can get a little hectic, so there’s a good chance everyone could use a break – and Maya Sanur Resort & Spa is just what the doctor ordered. Whether you’re a frazzled parent dying for a massage, an older teen with a love of yoga or a younger child looking to let loose at the kids’ club, the Bali resort has you covered. Two children (17 years and under) stay free with breakfast in every room type, so book now and give your family the break they deserve.
The One for: families with a sweet tooth
The Mövenpick resort group takes holiday indulgence to another level with its deliciously sweet signature chocolate hour. Every day, big and little guests of the hotel are invited to come together and enjoy a spread of chocolate fountains, truffles, ice cream and more. At Mövenpick Myth Hotel Patong Phuket, the Family Suite for groups of up to four allows you to spread out across two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Travelling with children or teens only? Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran’s Family Connecting Room for two adults and two children (17 years and under) is ideal.
The One for: big groups of all ages
Whether you’re booking for a group of adult siblings, a break with older kids and their partners or a family celebration for a mix of ages, the ultra-chic Essence Peregian Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has room for everyone. Choose a spacious Two-Bedroom Apartment for up to four guests, an expansive Three-Bedroom House for up to six guests, an extensive Four-Bedroom House for up to eight guests or a sprawling Five-Bedroom House for up to 10 guests. Relax in bespoke luxury with access to two heated pools and an exclusive bar, plus the fully equipped apartments and houses of their dreams.
The One for: big kids and beach club lovers
You’re just a stone’s throw from Seminyak’s buzzing beach bars and electric nightlife at Peppers Seminyak. Get the family together for a stay in Balinese-inspired villas with private pools and spend your days exploring everything this vibrant corner of Bali has to offer. With spacious, fully equipped villas for up to eight guests, there’s plenty of room for everyone to relax. Groups of adults will love the proximity to restaurants and bars, while families with younger children can make the most of a fully equipped kitchen and dining area for laidback meals.
The One for: ski bunnies travelling in big groups
Families who want a slice of the ski action can book a group break at Japan’s Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse. Ski-in, ski-out luxury means easy access to the lifts and slopes of Niseko Village, plus a fabulous selection of restaurants and relaxing onsens. Stay in an incredible Three-Bedroom Townhouse for up to six adults and two children (11 years and under) with three bathrooms, a heated ski gear storage area, a fully equipped kitchen and separate lounge and dining area. Plus, children ski free with a kids' Niseko Village Pass included.
Feature image: Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Hawaii.
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