You want luxury and quality time, your kids want fun and excitement – here’s some ideas for places to go where you can reconcile the two and have the best luxury family holiday ever.
Norfolk is the ideal place for a luxury family holiday in the UK as it strikes a great balance between activity and relaxation. Soaking up the beautiful countryside while on a gentle walk or cycle is a brilliant option, and you can tailor the length to your kids’ abilities. You could even go along the Bure Valley Path one way, and then catch a steam train back along the Bure Valley Railway. Barnham Broom is a great choice for somewhere to stay, as they’ve got activities on site as well as being close to Norwich as well as all the beautiful countryside and activities the county has to offer – you won’t be short of things to do!
There are very few places as idyllic as the Maldives for a beach holiday full of crystal clear water and soft white sand, but it might not always be a parent’s first call for a family holiday. However, it’s slowly becoming popular as a family destination as more and more family-friendly resorts pop up ready to cater to you and your family’s every need. As well as finding the luxury you’re after, it’s worth bearing in mind that flights to the Maldives often involve transfers – so it’s best to try and work your dates around finding a direct flight. It’s also important to think about how long it would take to get to the mainland hospital in case of an emergency, but usually there will be an on-island doctor as well so it needn’t be a major concern. Make sure you book a resort with a kids club so you can relax, soak up the sun or snorkel during the day while they’re busy having the time of their lives.
The Hamptons are usually known as an exclusive summer haven for New York’s elite, but for the most part it’s actually a fun and down-to-earth spot for long days outdoors, fresh-air and adventure. Everything here is focused on the sand dunes and watching the Atlantic waves roll in, so it’s really vital to find somewhere to stay near one of the areas many beaches. Unlike the resort-based option I’ve looked at in the Maldives, it’s really useful to have a car so you can go to a different beach if yours gets too crowded or visit a restaurant and have some of the best seafood you’ve eaten in a long time – of course with kids menus too. After a long day splashing among the waves visit the Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen for some of their fantastic homemade ice cream.