Trips of a lifetime need not be confined to gap-year memories or wishful retirement plans. We got the low-down from our lovely friends, Scott Dunn, on the most family friendly trips that are guaranteed to go down in holiday history!

French Fancy

Driving yourself to a private villa in the south of France is like having two “vacances” in one. En-route stop off in chic and welcoming boutique hotels, wander through historic towns and delve into the foodie French offerings. Reach your villa truly relaxed and enjoy being thoroughly looked after by a private chef, host and nanny. The only difficult choice you’ll have here is whether to loll by the pool all day or meander down the French Riviera. On your return drive, stop in Lyon to explore the charming history of its old town.

Villa Bastide des Virettes

Watersports at Eagles Palace

This resort in Greece is the ideal place to introduce your kids to all things watersports. Qualified instructors can teach them the basics of sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and windsurfing in the gentle and warm Aegean. There is also an Explorers kids club, run by Scott Dunn, so you can kick back with a great book (or G&T) whilst the kids splash about.

eagles palace

 

Chill and Play at NIYAMA, Maldives

This renowned resort now has two islands, one for adults called CHILL and one for families called PLAY, which includes a new Explorers kids club. It’s impossible to get bored at NIYAMA with diving, big-game fishing, seabobbing, wakeboarding, sailing, kitesurfing and sailing to name a few - it’s busy life in paradise!

niyama

Turf to Surf

Take a family road-trip through some of Western Canada’s most jaw-dropping landscapes, from the plains of Calgary and the dramatic Rocky Mountains, to the stunning lakes and city buzz of Vancouver. Stay in a working ranch, learn to surf, mountain bike, go whale-watching or discover secret hot springs, this is a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary.

family travel

Ellies and Blue Seas

Experience a family-friendly safari in malaria-free Addo National Park, South Africa, before heading for a week in the sunshine in Mauritius. Kids will fall for the Mini Rangers safari activities at River Bend Lodge and the Planters Kids Club at the Residence Mauritius, whilst parents enjoy the look of wonder as the little ones catch their first glimpse of a wild giraffe, and then ooze in the luxury of a spa treatment in Mauritius!

family safari

Culture in Italy

Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany is an exclusive country estate offering luxurious suites and villas with private heated pools and exceptional cuisine, set against the magnificent backdrop of the Val d'Orcia. There is a wealth of activities for all the tribe that embrace the local culture including cooking and art classes, visits to the kitchen garden and horse-riding and biking as a way to explore the local countryside.

Villa Alba at Castiglion del Bosco