Planning a luxury family summer holiday that will suit all the members of your tribe and that won’t break the bank can be a daunting prospect. Here are three unusual destinations you might not have thought of that should tick the boxes for you adults and children of all ages.
This most enigmatic of South American countries has got everything going for family fun. In terms of activities, adults and kids of all ages will be equally delighted with whale-watching boar cruises, horse trekking through the hills, and exploring the glorious Iguazu Falls. You’ll love the views, the friendly wildlife, and the immense power of the world’s longest chain of waterfalls at Iguazu. You could choose to take a boat out into the hammering mist, but it isn’t for the faint hearted!
The ‘wild west’ feel of the rural parts of the country are a big draw for families that love the great outdoors. Visit an estancia for a glimpse into the life of the gauchos on a traditional ranch. Head to Patagonia to spot whales, sea lions, dolphins and an abundance of marine life. Trek around the hills of Mendoza and tuck the kids up in bed before sampling some of the locally produced Malbec wine.
Buenos Aires is a capital city that’s fairly accessible for kids. They will love exploring the spooky Recoleta Cemetery, trying a family tango lesson, or checking out the many museums and historical monuments.
Try out the family’s skills at haggling in the traditional souks where you can find jewelled slippers, leather belts, bags and every type of spice you can imagine. Perhaps pick something up as a gift for a relative back home such as a copper-work lamp and silver tea set. The medina has a variety of entertainments that are sure to keep kids happy. Barbary apes performing tricks on leashes, children enacting traditional Berber dances, henna-tattooing women.
There are enough family-friendly hotels, resorts and traditional riads to choose from, and if you’re worried about confining your kids to the limits of a city, there are many day trips to take. What about a hot air balloon ride over the surrounding desert and Atlas Mountains, or a visit to a local village?
Tunisia is a great destination for a mixture of sightseeing, beach lounging and outdoor activities. The climate is reliably dry and warm during the summer, which always helps. Plus, there are lots of fantastic resorts along the coastline.
Kids will love voyaging into the desert for a day trip to see where Star Wars was filmed on the back of a camel or in a 4x4. Adventurous groups might even like to camp in the Sahara for a night or stay in a ‘cave hotel’ in Matmata – once dwellings for the local people. Adults will appreciate exploring the remnants of the Roman Empire at the magnificent Amphitheatre of El Djem whilst kids scramble amongst the rocks.