Best family destinations we recommend
Holidays with kids and with the right destination is an easy recipe for unforgettable memories. Packing your family is the easy part, believe it or not. Picking the right family holiday destination is a bit more complicated. You need a place that can entertain children and adults, of various ages, separately and together, with authentic experiences that will turn into treasured family stories.
Here’s our pick of nine destinations that do just that. If you need a sounding board for your family holiday ideas, contact one of our family travel experts by clicking here.
From above, Fiji is a spatter of 330 emerald dots set against the South Pacific’s bright teal waters. Across its white sandy beaches, under its tall green palms, and throughout its quaint towns, Fiji is a world of tropical tranquillity that has been and still is perfect for family beach holidays. Many of Fiji’s resorts run special activities for kids and families. Create elaborate sand sculptures on the beach with the expert staff at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Shangri-La’s Fiji resort boasts world-class childcare and supervised kid’s activities, for when parents just need a worry-free day in the sun. If Fiji sounds like your next family holiday destination, have a look at our Fiji specials.
Broome, a former pearling town in Western Australia’s Kimberly region, is the ideal destination in Australia to enjoy the Indian Ocean. Just be sure to go during the dry season, from May to September. Take a camel for a trot along Cable Beach’s white sands and watch them turn golden under the blazing sunset and shining Indian Ocean. Discover prehistoric dinosaur paw prints at Gantheaume Point. Watch a full moon rise over Roebuck Bay and reflect a stunning silver glow off tidal flats. These are just some of the memorable activities within easy reach when you take your family to holiday in Broome.
Bali is an easy choice for a tropical family holiday. The island’s outdoor adventures range from beautiful beaches to elephant-riding safaris, from whitewater rafting to volcano hiking, from rice terraces to theme parks. They’re all great family activities, and the island has just as much family-oriented and kid-catered accommodation to match. Despite the density of things to do and places to stay, Bali’s culture, traditions, and local way of life remain authentic and welcoming to all curious visitors.
Whichever island you visit, you’ll find an endless array of family friendly adventures to take on, from scenic treks up and around jungle-covered mountains to swimming with graceful mantas and colourful fish. Hawaii is a good fit for active families with older children, but there are also ways to experience authentic Hawaiian culture. You can look for ancient rock paintings at the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological District, or visit Molokai, considered “the Most Hawaiian Island,” for how the people maintain cultural values and traditions through modern times.
On Honolulu Island, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, built in 1927, brings a vintage luxury atmosphere right to the sand on Waikiki Beach. The modern Sheraton Waikiki offers trendy spa treatments, and its Beach Services offer everything from surfing lessons and paddle board classes to outrigger canoe rides and colourful introductions to Hawaiian surf culture. If that’s more your speed, you can move forward on your next family holiday with our Sheraton Waikiki special offers.
In Thailand, kids never get bored, whether they’re on the beaches, or in the inland forests and mountains in northern Thailand. Beachside hotels are perfect for families that want to explore some of the coastal islands, or for parents that want to be able to watch their kids play in the sand while they dine at waterside restaurants. In the north of the country, some villages offer a more unique experience with simple village hut accommodations. You get to sleep on rattan mats, taste authentic Thai barbecue cooked over camp fires, and interact with local kids and adults living a life that’s far from modern city living.
6. SOUTHWEST CHINA
If you’re looking for a destination that’s a bit off the beaten path, a bit of a trip outside the comfort zone, and a big chance for some wildly different perspective, China is a destination you need to consider. The southwestern region, namely the Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces, is an epicentre of China’s colourful ethnic minority cultures and otherworldly natural scenery. See enormous mountains that rise and fall like giant ant hills and large scale folk musicals that use natural scenery as a stage and hundreds of local farmers as performers.
7. FAMILY CRUISE HOLIDAYS
Cruise travel on open seas will always have a special magic and a feeling of adventure that plane, train and car travel just can’t copy. Even better, it’s an experience that fits all the quirks of family travel. Cruise ships are made to accommodate boredom of all ages on long trips between ports. High-end dining, shopping, wave pools, rock climbing walls, even roller coasters are getting packed between decks on cruise ships these days. When you do make it to port, there’s always a long list of unforgettable excursions on offer.
8. SUNSHINE COAST
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has built up a family-friendly reputation with its comfortable weather, pristine beaches, family holiday resorts and easygoing atmosphere. Not to mention that it’s only an hour and a half drive from Brisbane International Airport. There’s plenty more than beaches to see at Sunshine Coast, though. National parks, like Kondalilla Falls, Lake Currimundi, Mary Cairncross Reserve, Great Sandy National Park, Noosa National Park, just to name a few, are great sources of adventure, family tradition and fond memories just waiting to be tapped. So whether you go to the beach, or into its rain forests, Sunshine Coast is perfect for family holidays.
The Golden State is rich in kid friendly holidays from top to bottom, east to west. You can cover the whole state in one trip and still not have seen it all. Theme parks in Los Angeles and Hollywood bring fantasy to life, while national parks turn life into fantasy with giant redwood trees and otherworldly high-altitude landscapes. California’s colourful cities, like San Francisco and San Diego, are also great stops to make on a family holiday throughout the state.
Have some ideas about your next family vacation? Reach out to our family travel consultants for more specific recommendations.