With the world on lockdown and fun family get-togethers a thing of the past, we're willing to bet that the moment the restrictions are lifted, families far and wide will be desperate for a foreign holiday, bringing together the whole clan for a sunny escape. While we may not be able to go far now for a large family holiday, we can plan and dream for our big escape #OneDaySoon. Read on for a roundup of the best places for multigenerational family holidays...
Multi-Gen Holidays in Europe:
If granny and grandad still love to travel but can't stomach a 13-hour flight anymore, then extended family holidays to Europe is just the thing. The sun-soaked Spanish island of Mallorca is one of our firm favourites. By day, explore cute fishing villages and unspoilt beaches and, come evening, sample the delicious cuisine in one of the many great family-friendly restaurants or cook up a storm in the kitchen of your luxury villa. Another great option is Greece. The Peloponnese peninsula, in south-western Greece, is a real winner for a family getaway with historic cities packed with culture for the parents and white sand beaches for the kiddos, plus a handful of great hotels to choose from with the all-important kid's clubs to keep the little ones entertained when you adults are too tired to.
Multi-Gen Holidays in Asia:
When it comes to a more exotic multigenerational family holiday, Asia is a real winner with cartloads of captivating countries to choose from. One of our favourites is Sri Lanka, a country that is bursting with beautiful villas, many of them a stone's throw from the beach, meaning back-to-back beach days in between whale watching excursions, visits to timeless temples buried deep in the jungle and trips to the tranquil tea plantations where the grandparents can discover a new favourite brew. Another great pick in Asia is the Maldives, a heavenly island nation where the whole family will be catered for with snorkelling adventures, sunset cruises and one of our heavenly hand-picked hotels.
Multi-Gen Holidays in the Americas:
When it comes to outdoorsy adventures, you are spoilt for choice when faced with the countless captivating options in the Americas. In Central America, Costa Rica is a wonderful spot for a large family holiday. With a quarter of the country made up of protected reserves, there is exotic nature and wacky wildlife in abundance. We'll pair you up with the best local guides, point you in the direction of our favourite family-friendly lodges and top or tail your trip with some time to relax on the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast. Alternatively, Mexico is bound to go down a treat with ancient archaeological sites in the beautiful states of Oaxaca and Chiapas for culture-loving adults and bucket loads of pristine beaches along both the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines for sea-loving squirts.
Multi-Gen Holidays in Africa:
For a truly show-stopping multigenerational holiday, head to Africa. One of our top picks is South Africa which ticks all the boxes for a family foray with malaria-free reserves to explore, direct flights from London, and some of the top family-friendly hotels in the country. From Big Five safaris in Kruger National Park to whale watching trips (best between May and December) in the stunning Cape Winelands region, the whole tribe will be sharing stories for years to come. For a destination that combines bush and beach, aim for Kenya. We've sought out the best private hire lodges - complete with private guides and vehicles - for adventures in the bush, and can recommend countless villas on the coast that are ideal for big family holidays.