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Luxury Family Breaks with your 'Bubble'

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05-Feb-2021 Amy Henderson

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From sailing the seas to learning about new cultures, these family-focused luxury hotels promise enriching experiences and multi-generational memories that'll last a lifetime.

One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius

For the little ones: The magical KidsOnly club is designed to inspire young minds and (understandably given the incredible surroundings) get little ones into the great outdoors. Dedicated supervisors oversee a range of activities that little adventurers can enjoy with new friends - from treasure hunts to bonfires to exploring the thriving herb garden.
For the older kids: Older children are not forgotten here and the terrific TweensOnly club (for guests aged eight to 12) and the OneTribe (for 13 to 17-year olds) offer various age-appropriate adventures. The include tense table tennis tournaments, fun-filled five-a-side football, and supervised, safe snorkelling trips in the lagoon. As well as scheduled activities, there are also plenty of places for teens to just chill out and chat as they please.
For the whole family: Try something a little different and hop aboard the resort's 55-foot fishing boat, hunting for blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo and sailfish, whilst making the most of the world-class equipment at hand. Of course, this unforgettable fishing trip should end with a family feast, and here, you can enjoy your very own catch of the day freshly grilled by an expert chef right on the beach - bliss!
For the adults: Book a babysitter and take some time out from the children as you indulge in an intimate and romantic private dining experience. There are so many stunning settings to choose from, whether the unique dining tipi, the candlelit jetty that juts out into the beautiful blue sea, or even aboard a luxury yacht. Wherever you decide to dine, freshly prepared menus, attentive service and true romance are guaranteed.
Family accommodation: The resort's luxurious multi-bedroom suites offer a home-away-from-home for families, while the ultra-exclusive Villa One affords incomparable seclusion and every amenity you could dream of. Whether you wish to relax or entertain, the villa's amount of alfresco space is awesome - from a huge wraparound terrace and infinity pool surrounded by hammocks, to an open-air dining room, outdoor kitchen, charcoal grill and fire pit - perfect for gathering around come evening time.
Kids at One&Only Le Saint Géran
Kids at One&Only Le Saint Géran

Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, Portugal

For the little ones: The impressive Porto Pirata kids' club is the largest in the region and spread over almost two acres! Supervised by a smiley team of experienced and highly-qualified staff, children up to eight years old can embrace a bouncy castle, basketball court, mini track for big-wheel toys, scooters and bikes, a swimming pool just for kids, and an 18-hole mini-golf course to entertain the whole family!
For the older kids: Eight to 13-year-olds can look forward to plenty of action-packed fun at the Junior Club, making the most of mini-golf, football, crossbow and aim shooting, water ball, darts and disc bowls and much, much more! Many of these may be enjoyed with parents as well, creating special family moments to last a lifetime.
For the whole family: Tennis lovers rejoice, as the resort is home to a truly terrific Tennis Centre, where the five fabulous courts (clay, hard and padel) are managed by the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy. From tots to grandparents, from beginners to experts, the coaches are on-hand to improve your game and get the whole family serve-perfect.
For the adults: While kids embrace the delights of the children's club, parents can spend the afternoon at the picturesque Pine Cliffs Golf Course. Perched 200 feet above the golden sand and Atlantic Ocean, expect stunning views from the tree-lined fairways and a game of golf to remember.
Family Accommodation: As well as a variety of super-luxe rooms and multi-bedroom suites, this expansive resort is also home to a collection of townhouses and villas with up to four bedrooms - ideal for a multi-generational getaway in the Portuguese sunshine.
Porto Pirata at Pine Cliffs
Porto Pirata at Pine Cliffs

Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cyprus

For the little ones: Kids will quickly uncover the colourful, 3,000-square-metre Park Kidz Club. Here, there is a safe and supervised mini waterpark, treehouse and giant pirate ship, along with a dreamy two-storey castle, where little princes and princesses can enjoy everything from pottery classes to theatrical performances.
For the sports-mad minis: The exclusive Football Escapes academy will excite any budding footballer. During Easter, May, summer and October school holidays in 2021, children aged five to 15 years old can enrol onto an unforgettable, five-day course run by top international football stars. Along with unrivalled coaching, kids will receive a full kit to remember their time, along with a well-deserved medal and certificate!
For the whole family: While you'll all love the range of activities on offer here, it's important to unwind on your holidays too! This is where the beautiful beach's private cabanas come in handy. Complete with mini bars, comfy sunbeds and charger points, they are a great spot for soaking up the sunshine together as you overlook the perfect blue waters.
For the adults: Adults would be mad to miss out on a treatment at the exceptional Kalloni Spa, a serene sanctuary that offers a fabulous selection of therapies, as well as a unique thalassotherapy programme. Before your massage, facial or scrub using local Cypriot ingredients, take a dip in the sleek indoor pool, clear your head in a steam room, or refresh with a healthy blend from the spa's juice bar.
Family Accommodation: Travelling as a family doesn't mean you have to compromise on space here; choose convenient interconnecting suites or elevated luxury in a three-bedroom Park Villa with a private swimming pool. Sleeping up to six guests and set across two floors, they are perfect for larger families of multiple generations.
Park Kidz at Parklane
Park Kidz at Parklane

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, Greece

For the little ones: Kids can get creative with a schedule of amusing activities and friendly competitions at the complimentary club for children aged four to 12 years old. Overseen by a warm and welcoming team of staff, there is an air-conditioned indoor playroom jam-packed with toys and games, as well as an amazing alfresco play area.
For the older kids: There is plenty to do for active, older children here. They can look forward to hours of fun tackling the mini golf course, challenging new friends at a range of sports (from football to basketball to tennis) and taking to the waves with a wealth of watersports.
For the whole family: Holidays are all about spending time together. Create magical memories as you make the most of the private beach, extensive gardens, wonderful restaurants, various sports courts, and alfresco amphitheatre screening your family's favourite movies.
For the adults: Prepare to be impressed by the masterful wine list at Elounda Beach. Awarded with the prestigious "Award of Excellence" by Wine Spectator magazine, there around 1,100 labels to choose from. As well as wines from Greece and around the world, the cellar is also home to several exclusive labels selected by expert sommeliers. Keep your eyes peeled for the frequent wine tasting events held at the resort.
Family Accommodation: Indulge in the luxury of uninterrupted quality time together in the fabulous, family-orientated accommodation here; check in to an impressive multi-room suite or a fully equipped Family Villa - complete with kitchenette, private pool and sleeping up to six guests.
Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas
Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

For the littles ones: Operated in partnership with Worldwide Kids, the hotel's Little Nomads kids' club swaps iPads and television for interactive and educational activities - including art using eco-friendly supplies, exciting group games and plenty of water-based fun. Beyond the club, little ones can enjoy a dedicated children's pool and super-cute child-sized amenities, while dining is complimentary for kids under four years old.
For older kids: Dubai is a dream for adventure-seeking youths, known for its world-class waterparks, thrilling theme parks and malls filled with aquariums, ski slopes and other fun-filled facilities. This Mandarin Oriental hideaway is ideally located for accessing downton Dubai's iconic fountains and towering Burj Khalifa, while also right on the golden sands of Jumeriah Beach. Another huge highlight is the hotel's proximity to La Mer, an upscale beachfront area of restaurants (some casual and some fine dining), cafes, boutique shops and a family-friendly waterpark, reached by an easy, ten-minute walk along the waterfront.
For the whole family: See the iconic Dubai skyline from atop the Arabian Gulf as you set sail aboard a luxury private yacht on a day filled with family fun and superlative luxury. Soak up the year-round Arabian sunshine, sip bubbles and snack on delicious canapés, all while spending quality time together.
For adults: While the kids hangout at the Little Nomads club, escape to the adults-only rooftop infinity pool located next to the restaurant Tasca from Michelin-starred, culinary genius José Avillez. Unwind on a double day bed as you sip a craft cocktail, sample sumptuous Portuguese food for lunch and enjoy surreal sea views.
Family Accommodation:There is a collection of gorgeous suites to choose from here, offering up to two bedrooms, along with living areas, dining spaces and superb views. Super special, the Two Bedroom Suite with Terrace also houses an internal staircase that leads up to a private rooftop terrace. What's more, all suite stays include access to the family-friendly, skyline-view Club Lounge, where you can enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails and canapés.
Swimming Pool at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Swimming Pool at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Rayavadee, Thailand

For the little ones: Fabulous for little travellers aged four to 12 years, the complimentary 'Just for Kids' programme encourages children to have plenty of fun while leaning more about the culture and nature of Thailand. Supervised activities include Thai boxing, cookery, crafts and garden discovery.
For older children: Food and feasting are a huge part of the Thai lifestyle and a great way to experience local culture is through your stomach! Create the taste of Thailand on a cooking lesson with an expert chef, available to guests over seven years old. Authentic and seriously yummy dishes on the menu may include classic Tom Yum soup, aromatic green curry and tasty Thai noodle stir-fry.
For the whole family: Reachable only by boat, Rayavadee is the perfect place to get away from the everyday and truly cherish time as a family. The endless list of outdoor pursuits that everyone can enjoy includes kayaking, snorkelling, boat trips through beautiful scenery, and picnics on postcard-perfect islands.
For the adults: Thailand is a destination that is intrinsically associated with wellness, making a spa trip (or two) essential when visiting. Luckily, Rayavadee is home to a spectacular spa shrouded in jungle greenery, offering a menu of treatments that incorporate traditional Thai healing traditions and products using lovely local produce - including southern Thai herbs, coconut and lemongrass.
Family Accommodation: With all the charm and warmth of a traditional Thai village, the resort's tropical gardens and coconut groves are dotted with two-storey pavilions and ultra-luxe villas. Offering plenty of privacy for your family escape, many feature multiple bedrooms, dining areas and private swimming pools - perfect for multi-generational travels to Thailand.
Family Villa at Rayavadee
Family Villa at Rayavadee

Mandapa, A Ritz Carlton Reserve, Bali

For little ones: Featuring its own organic farm, the magnificent Mandapa Camp children's club invites little ones to embark on alfresco adventures inspired by the beauty and spellbinding spirit of Bali - including yoga, local crafts, traditional Hindu offerings, blending Balinese herbal drinks, and exploring the surrounding rice paddies.
For older children: Families with older kids can enhance their connection with the countryside and feel the thrill of rafting along the sacred Ayung River. After a super scenic drive, you will raft with an expert guide back to the resort's private jetty, passing hidden waterfalls, tropical jungle and, if you're lucky, local wildlife. To capture these memories, your guide will have a professional camera to hand, making sure to get some great snaps that you can take home.
For the whole family: At Mandapa, multigenerational memories are just waiting to be made and there are various immersive experiences available to help you all delve deeper into the wonders of this Indonesian paradise. You may discover more about traditional farming activities, cruise the captivating countryside by vintage Volkswagen, visit a local village by bicycle, or take a family picnic you'll never forget amid the rice paddies.
For the adults: Bali is destination known for its spirituality, and Mandapa embraces this through a collection of traditional blessing rituals. One of these, Homo Yajna, is a sacred healing ceremony that is said to purify unwanted habits into positive energy. It begins with priest-led meditation to the chimes of a Balinese bell, followed by the throwing of grains, lentils and other foods into the fire.
Family Accommodation: As well as beautiful Balinese-style suites and one-bedroom villas, Mandapa houses several multi-bedroom options for escapes with the whole family. The Reserve Two Bedroom Pool Villa's private garden overlooks the sacred Ayung River, while the Mandapa Three Bedroom Pool Villa boasts a colossal swimming pool and wealth of indoor and outdoor living space.
Family activities at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Family activities at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Mandarin Oriental Canouan, St Vincent & the Grenadines

For the little ones: The Pirates of Canouan Kids' Club welcomes young travellers to enjoy a variety of activities that embrace the natural charm of Canouan - including island-inspired arts and crafts, quintessentially Caribbean cricket and thrilling beach games. A play area featuring a sunken trampoline, pirate ship and climbing frames is conveniently just steps away from the beach.
For older kids: From the resort's utterly gorgeous Godahl Beach, you can enjoy safe swimming and snorkelling over the island's immaculate natural coral reef. For plenty of watery fun while still keeping the precious area pristine, there are various non-motorised watersports to enjoy including kayaking, windsurfing and sailing with some seriously stunning scenery.
For the adults: Canouan has the only championship 18-hole golf course in the Grenadines, which rises dramatically from sea level to the 840-foot-high rim of an extinct volcano. Considered one of the world's top ten fairways, the par-72 Jim Fazio course offers epic views of the beaches and reef, and if you get the timing right, watching the sun go down from the 13th hole with a glass of Champagne in-hand makes for a magical experience.
For the whole family: Canouan is part of the paradisiacal Grenadines archipelago, offering access to some of the planet's most picturesque locations. Embark on a family meal to remember with the unique 'Castaway' private dining experiences on offer. Maybe you'd like to enjoy a barbecue as the only guests on a beach as far as the eye can see, or perhaps you'd prefer a true Robinson Crusoe-style picnic on a private island?
Family Accommodation: Fabulous for families, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan is made up of exclusively ocean view suites and villas, promising plenty of space and the highest level of luxury. Nestled on the hillside, the luxurious Lagoon Villas are set across three storeys, home to four bedrooms, a den, living room, full-service kitchen and private infinity pool with - you guessed it - beautiful views.
Lagoon Villa at Mandarin Oriental Canouan
Lagoon Villa at Mandarin Oriental Canouan
Amy Henderson

Amy Henderson


From driving along the sun-kissed California coast and whale watching in Canada, to swimming with turtles in Barbados, cookery classes in Oman and touring temples in Thailand, I've enjoyed some amazing experiences around the world. With a genuine love for all things travel, I can't think of anything I'd rather do than research, experience and share incredible destinations, luxury hotels and bespoke adventures.

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