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Vacation spots for the family: Skiing in France, safaris in Africa, kayaking in Maldives, and more

Vacation spots for the family: Skiing in France, safaris in Africa, kayaking in Maldives, and more

Family affair

Text: Scott Dunn


It might not feel like it, but the festive holidays are creeping up upon us pretty soon. Kids in tow? No sweat. The whole brady bunch deserves a break out of the country. With the trusted aid of Scott Dunn, lose the anxiety of planning a child-friendly vacation and enjoy your very own getaway of our own all at the same time. And no, there will be no mindless galivanting, but rather a thoughtful approach to reaping the most out of a holiday in an enriching itinerary for both the grown-ups and little ones.

CLUBS FOR KIDS

Relax and recharge in Maldives

As a destination reinventing itself from a renowned honeymoon location, Maldives is an enviable family getaway. Set on two different islands, each with an iconic setting, Niyama dedicates one enticing island for pure relaxation, while the other island is a family orientated, playful destination complete with kids club and watersports from kite-surfing and kayaking to fishing and diving. 'Nature's playground' Niyama Private Islands has an exclusive Scott Dunn kids club that offers guests a plethora of activities and adventures in the archipelago for kids of all ages to enjoy. Adults recharge with the hotel's wellness programmes and dine at Niyama's myriad of innovative restaurants, indulging in a refined menu at the resort's floating restaurant or unwinding in the underwater bar and live music lounge. The Explorers kids club tends to children from as young as 12 months and up to 12 years — open all year round, seven days a week offering age-related activities to keep the kids entertained.

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Hit the slopes at the French Alps
Alternatively, for families seeking an action packed winter break, the French ski resort of Val d'Isere is amongst the most desirable destinations for elite travellers — as a distinguished world-class resort, it offers outstanding skiing and esteemed restaurants for a far-flung adventure for all the family. The cosy Alpine Hotel, Le Blizzard is in the centre of Val d'Isere and emphasises a 'ski lodge' feel with wood panelling and roaring fires. While the adults roam the slopes, Scott Dunn's Ski Explorers kids club is specially designed as an introduction to skiing for young children. With guidance from qualified ski instructors, the Ski Explorers programme promotes fun on skis, tobogganing, games, making snow globes with hot chocolate, and of course, snack breaks to keep the kids' energy levels on high.

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AN ADVENTURE OF SORTS

Jungle adventure in Eucador

Scott Dunn's portfolio includes far-flung destinations, from America to northern Europe and beyond with exotic properties and exciting itineraries. Scott Dunn's Amazonian adventure in Wild Ecuador includes accommodation specially equipped for families, with spacious suites and connecting cabins for those with young children. Appealing to explorers, the tour is filled with invigorating activities for children and parents alike — such as paddling safaris to view the Amazon wildlife, from monkeys to Macaws, and night time safaris to spot Caiman crocodiles and bats. Maintaining the range of off-the-beaten-track family holidays, Scott Dunn offers a true jungle experience in the Active Costa Rica itinerary — with a stay at the isolated jungle eco-haven Pacuare Lodge, which hosts the most adventurous white water rafting down the rushing rapids of the Pacuare River.

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Enjoy picturesque landscapes In Iceland
For those looking for a break from the heat, Scott Dunn organises trips to magical Iceland — home to otherworldly landscapes and areas of outstanding natural beauty including dramatic waterfalls and vast lakes. Families can enjoy the year-round itinerary — whether it be snorkelling or hiking through the summer months or snowshoeing in the winter.

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GET CULTURED

Safari exploration to Africa
Scott Dunn curates bespoke learning itineraries with multi-generational breaks that engage and educate all ages —allowing guests to unearth cultures from across the world. For those who want to embrace the safari experience on an unforgettable journey to Africa, luxury safari operator and conservation brand Singita has combined education with activity for families in the African wilderness. Singita's 'Mini Rangers Course' is available at each of their 14 lodges, across six regions in Africa, for little explorers to learn how to track animals and gain bush survival techniques with fun nature quizzes. Older teens are challenged in different ways — getting their hands dirty helping to plant trees at nearby community schools and learning necessary survival skills, including how to make a fire, find a water source and identify edible and medicinal plants.

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Tranquil getaway in Thailand
A multi-generational holiday with Scott Dunn is a customised, well-deserved break for all the family. Enriching itineraries are complimented by standout luxury hotels, chalets or villas to enable uninterrupted, stress-free quality time together. Scott Dunn's recommendations include celebrating a family reunion in one of Pa Sak Tong's selection of private villas. Close to the city of Chiang Rai, families can explore the surrounding 14 acres of working rice fields, and learn about the local hill tribes and Lanna culture for a wholesome Thai family experience.

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