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Luxury Family Holidays

Make precious memories

You don’t need us to tell you that family time is sacred. But whether your children are still crawling around or they’re all grown up, getting everyone together for a break that caters to all tastes is no mean feat.

That’s why our long haul family holidays cover the spectrum. From hushed beachside hotels perfect for a baby’s first holiday, to bustling resorts packed with activities for the young and the young at heart. Atlantis, The Palm is a case in point. This incredible luxury hotel on Dubai’s Palm Island lays claim to an award-winning kids’ club, a gaming zone for teens, and more restaurants than you can feasibly dine at in one trip. That’s alongside the Middle East’s biggest waterpark Aquaventure, and the Lost Chambers Aquarium – an aquarium so big it is home to 65,000 marine animals.

Family rooms at Universal's Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, make for the perfect base while exploring Universal Orlando Resort with the grandparents in tow. Our family safari holidays will transport you on a memorable adventure to the shimmering savannahs of Africa to encounter the Big Five. Great for multi-generational family breaks, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort on St. Lucia’s northern coast offers villas with up to four bedrooms and a private pool – allowing great quality family time together. Offering self-catering to all-inclusive, this gives families great flexibility if they want to stay in the resort and enjoy the all-inclusive benefits. Or opt for self-catering and explore St. Lucia’s great attractions and dining experiences.

Pre-school families

If your little ones are pre-school age, you’ll likely have the luxury of travelling outside of term time, giving you more freedom to travel as and when you like. For sun, sea, sand and fun, book your family a luxury beach escape, perhaps to the Indian Ocean or the Caribbean; many of our family-friendly hotels in places like Mauritius and Barbados offer great kids’ clubs and a range of activities to keep the children happy while you indulge in the spa or read that book you’ve been saving.

Expert tip: “A good family holiday should begin with a short transfer to the resort, and easy access around the resort for pushchairs, good size rooms and easy access to the beach. Hassle-free meals that encourage families to actually take the time to sit around the table together are important – as are good cocktails for the parents!” Jessica, USA Destination Manager

Young families

For families with school-aged children, there’s nothing like a bit of adventure. Why not take your troop on an African family safari to see the Big Five on a game drive? Or, visit the Middle East for waterpark thrills, fascinating culture and poolside sun. If you really want to bring those history lessons to life, head to China to see the Great Wall, or visit the USA where you’ll find everything from theme parks and museums to wonderful wildlife and nature. A motorhome holiday across the USA and Canada is also a great idea for families: see wonderful landscapes and iconic sites as you take the kids on a road trip they'll never forget.

Expert tip: “Water plays a big part in our family holidays and it’s always great to understand what the beach or pool facilities are. Regardless of age, children generally love playing in the water – whether it’s splashing, snorkelling or just swimming, this is always a winning factor.” Naomi, Head of PR.

Older families

Travelling with hard-to-please teenagers? A paradise all inclusive holiday could be the answer: with something to suit everyone, from watersports and luxury spas to first class restaurants and deep-sea diving, what’s not to love? The Maldives won’t disappoint thanks to its unbelievable beaches and serene snorkelling, and each island has its own quirks to make your stay truly memorable. Or, treat the kids to a holiday in Dubai where the shopping, architecture and theme parks are bound to thrill. Thailand is perfect for a multi centre holiday, combining two or more destinations, and the USA is a great choice too: island hop around Hawaii, sightsee in New York or tour the Californian coast to see even more in one trip. A ranch holiday in Arizona or Texas is also a great option and the perfect way to appreciate the great outdoors with the whole family.

Expert tip: The perfect resort should have a good mix of facilities for all the family. There should be kid’s and teen’s clubs, plus group activities that all the family can partake in, while adults still have their kick back and relax time. All inclusive deals at hotels mean that parents aren’t worried about spending vast amounts of money.” Martyn, Caribbean Destination Executive

Family multi centre holidays

Too old for kids club and bored by museums, but limited attention span for days spent on the beach? Need to keep everyone happy without compromising? With the perfect family multicentre holiday even your hard to please teenagers will thank you for it. With a tailormade multicentre trip, you’ll get to enjoy the best of all worlds; from relaxing on the beach and snorkelling with turtles and tropical fish one day, to exploring the iconic cities they’ve previously only seen in films. 

If time is on your side, plan the ultimate adventure and island hop around Hawaii for the perfect blend of sun, sea and surf, or tour China and Japan to experience some Far Eastern culture and to challenge their taste buds. A short city stopover is also a great way to break up the long journey to the Indian Ocean. Or, if you’re heading to California for a thrill-fuelled theme park break, first visit New York for a family shopping spree, bag some bargains and see a play on Broadway.

Our favourite family holiday destinations

USA

Book a family holiday in the USA and enjoy this vibrant, varied destination. Spend a few days at one of the many huge theme parks, before indulging in some shopping in Miami, LA or New York. Head to the national parks and see some incredible animals, as well as the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, beautiful lakes and lots more. Try horse riding treks in the mountains or head to the coast for some lively Watersports.

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Far East

Immerse your family in a new culture with our range of holidays to the Far East. Head to Thailand for a chance to see elephants in the north, as well as lively shops in Bangkok and beautiful beaches on the islands. See some incredible animals in the Philippines, or head to Vietnam for relaxed beaches where active children can try the Watersports on offer, or make the most of Kids’ Clubs.

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Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean offers the perfect setting for a relaxed family holiday where you can spend days on soft white sands. Little ones can take their first paddle in the clear, calm shallows of the sea, while older children will love the snorkelling and scuba diving trips. Take a glass bottomed boat tour to see the underwater world, or head to Sri Lanka for vibrant culture and the chance to see elephants.

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Caribbean

The Caribbean is well known for its warm people and friendly hospitality, making it the ideal place to take children. Explore the rainforests in St Lucia or the underwater coral reefs in Antigua, or visit lively markets and pick up trinkets and other handicrafts. All inclusive hotels offer Kids’ Clubs and plenty of activities for the whole family, while Mauritius is home to a crocodile park.

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Elephants in Masai Mara, Kenya

Africa

Our selection of family friendly safari holidays is ideal for those with older children wanting to experience the holiday of a lifetime. See the Big Five or the migration of millions of wildebeest in Kenya or Tanzania before relaxing in the beautiful island of Zanzibar. See the huge aquarium in Cape Town in South Africa or take the children to meet the penguins at Boulders Beach.

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Middle East

The Middle East is well known as an adventure playground for both adults and children. Dubai is home to fantastic mega malls where you can try indoor skiing and visit extensive aquariums, with the Wild Wadi Waterpark ideal for active families. Explore the deserts in Abu Dhabi or take a boat trip and try surfing in exotic Oman.

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Top family hotels

Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Eastern Cape

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Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve
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Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Dominican Republic

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€1,699 pp

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Atlantis The Palm

Dubai

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€1,359 pp

Atlantis The Palm

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso

Bali

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Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso

Frequently Asked Questions

Sri Lanka is a fantastic destination for family holidays with young children. See elephants or relax on beaches, while the friendly locals are sure to make your little ones feel welcome and at home. The national parks offer a chance to see elephants and even leopards in the wild. If you’re looking for a combination of nature, lively cities and family friendly beach resorts, we recommend Thailand. The cuisine is ideal for fussy little ones, while there are plenty of all inclusive hotels where they can make new friends and try lots of activities.

 

There are some fantastic family holiday destinations to choose. For theme parks, spectacular natural sights in the national parks and even a chance to see a working ranch, visit the USA. If you prefer to enjoy all the activities you can dream of right at your fingertips, visit Dubai where you’ll find Wild Wadi Waterpark, an adventure playground on Kite Beach and a desert to explore. 

For all inclusive family holidays, Mexico is home to beautiful beaches and hotels with plenty of activities, including Kids’ Clubs and Watersports. The Underwater Museum is a must, while adventure parks are ideal for ziplining and lots more. If you prefer to enjoy a safari with your family, book one of our family safaris in Kenya.

 

Once your children reach a certain age it’s a great time to book a long haul family holiday. Long flight times are no longer a problem, while they’re starting to become interested in other cultures and people, making it a great time to start exploring the world.

Head to New York for lively activities, cool neighbourhoods and some excellent shopping, while vibrant LA offers a chance to immerse yourselves in laid back Venice Beach or celebrity spot in the hills. Australia and Oman are ideal for those wanting to soak up a new culture, with excellent opportunities for surfing as well. Teens will also love safari holidays, including South Africa, Kenya and Namibia.

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Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for…Family Holidays?

At Hayes & Jarvis our experience spans over 60 countries and 65 years, allowing us to help you choose the perfect holiday for your family. Whether you’re travelling with fussy little ones or want to show your teens something completely new, book with us and we’ll help you plan your holiday from start to finish. We understand holidays are about creating lifelong memories, and our expertise will help you do just that.