SOUTH AFRICA : TRIP OF A LIFETIME
South Africa’s biggest attractions are truly wild, where safari is the name of the game. There surely can’t be anything any more memorable or exciting for youngsters (or adults) than seeing the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo – in the bush. Taking the plunge and travelling on safari with children can be daunting, but being on the same time zone as the UK, and with a number of malaria-free options to choose from, it's an ideal destination for a truly wild getaway, and one that the whole family is bound to love.
And there’s so much more besides. As a developed country, it’s easy to get around and has a fascinating choice of other things to see: from cool, cosmopolitan Cape Town to exploring the magical sights and sounds of the Garden Route (not to mention the epic marine safaris too).
Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
The African bush is without doubt a unique and exciting playground for youngsters, and after a stay at Madikwe Hills, they’ll leave enlightened. The Junior Ranger programme is a must-do experience where kids will enjoy a wide range of hands-on, educational activities so all generations can enjoy the wonders of the African bush.
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CLOSER TO HOME : EUROPE
It’s easy to overlook just how many advantages there are to holidaying closer to home. Perhaps it’s because everything feels so familiar… but then that’s one of the big advantages, surely?
Europe’s incredible diversity in scenery, history, culture, language and cuisine make it a fascinating destination, whichever country you visit. And in just two to three hours you can be in some of the most fashionable resorts or greatest cities in the world.
Don’t forget too that in many European countries, life revolves around the family, so children are welcomed with open arms (especially if you encourage them to practice their foreign language skills!).
Belmond Hotel Splendido
Keeping the kids smiling in true Belmond style, the Belmond Hotel Splendido’s Smile Club is a real treat, and much, much more than just a kids’ club. Immersing the little ones in everything this fantastic destination has to offer, one day they could be learning Italian, or angling with local fishermen, making pizzas, ice-cream tasting, heading out on a scavenger hunt, or taking yoga and tennis lessons. Back at the hotel, the kids can enjoy their own child-friendly spa treatments and meals, or relax and watch a DVD, all cosied up in their mini bathrobes and slippers.
For a super-special treat for the entire family, why not take them on an exclusive after-hours evening visit to the Genoa Aquarium where you’ll meet the resident dolphins with a marine biologist and enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour, feed the aquarium’s adorable penguins then enjoy dinner with the sharks or dolphins?
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Porto Sani Village & Spa, Sani Resort
Parents and children are spoilt for choice at Porto Sani Village: a dedicated Babe Watch beach service looks after the little one while parents take a break and the Melissa Mini Club provides buckets of fun in partnership with UK childcare specialists Worldwide Kids Company. There’s everything from mini-beach Olympics, excursions, pool games, picnics, parties and stage shows. And teens can enjoy watersports, cooking or spa experiences and tennis and football academies.
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