Take five winter family travel destinations…
Holidays are coming, holidays are coming.., not that one, the other one – the next break, holidays, holibobs, half-term thing you know when I mean.
This year half term falls roughly 24 October – 1 November, just when the weather starts to turn… coincidence?!
To add to the misery, we’re told to brace ourselves for one of the coldest winters yet. If you ever needed to get away, now is most definitely the time.
I myself am planning a trip, which is rather handy for you, as I have put my top five recommendations together.
As ever, I’m a beach lover, sun-worshipper and luxury junkie, so my top destinations fit those criteria, and here they are…
1 – Los Angeles, USA
If you can handle the 12-hour flight, then LA is a great destination for
outdoorsy types, hitting 23-28 degrees this time of year. Swim with dolphins, surf the waves of Santa Monica, take a bike ride down uber cool Abbott Kinney, or just peruse the farmers market for fresh food. There’s so much more to Hollywood than people give it credit for.
When it comes to hotels, you’re spoilt for choice. Two of my favourites are The London and Shutters. But, taking advice from Smith and Family, check out The Montage Beverly Hills, described as a playground for adults and children alike.
2 – Miami, USA
Just a nine-hour flight from London and you’re transported to another world. Beautiful tanned people line sunny South Beach, perfection at 22-28 degrees come Oct/Nov.
Hotels there’s plenty, but one of my favourites, appealing to kids and big kids alike is The Fontainebleau. This 1950s inspired hotel is tucked away from the spring-break crowd and has the most impressive pools that your kids will love.
Out and about, Miami has everything you could want and need. From awesome shopping for Mum, brilliant bars for Dad and beach fun for the kids (sorry for the stereotypes!)
3 – Dubai, UAE
When is there ever a bad time to go to Dubai? Never! Although humid it’s still bearable at 18-31 degrees and a mere seven hours flying time.
The great thing with Dubai is that it’s safe, family friendly and caters for everything and everyone. I’ve often compared it to a more upmarket Las Vegas.
One of our favourite family-friendly hotels is The Atlantis on the Palm. If you’re looking for somewhere to ‘drop and flop’ this is one resort you never have to leave, as it caters for all your needs. If the kids are old enough, then the Aquacentre is an experience they will love you for.
4 – Barbados
Yes I know it’s the end of hurricane season, but Barbados is one of the more immune islands to them. And if you’re looking for total relaxation thrown in with a bit of luxury, then you will love, love, love it here. If you couldn’t tell, it is my favourite carribbean island and I’m itching to return.
The locals are so friendly and Friday night at Oistins is every bit as fun as people tell you. The beaches here are good, but not out of this world, so choosing a lovely hotel is important. I’ve stayed at The Colony Club many times and it’s still a hotel I return to for quality, quiet and affordable luxury. But if you’re a high roller like Simon Cowell, then Sandy Lane is a must!
5 – Mauritius
This is a great time of year to visit the sunny friendly island of Mauritius – with welcoming temperatures of around 27 degrees. If you like your luxury hotels and total chill, then I can personally recommend The Oberoi, which is out of this world. Less pricey and perhaps more geared to families is Le Tousserok, which offers a charming water boat service to nearby islands too. Despite the 12 hour flight, it is still a great place to bring the kids, with Lonely Planet Kids recommending lots of fun activities from dolphin watching to snorkeling. Whose in!?
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