The 8 Most Epic Family Getaways

Is this unprecedented cycle of isolation, school “holidays” and homeschooling leaving you with the desire to NEVER, EVER spend the holidays at home again?

 

Once this is over, you are going to need to holiday like you’ve never holidayed before! We’ve put together a list of the most EPIC family getaways so, when the time comes, you and your family can properly celebrate getting through all these hours of homework, boredom and zoom meetings. And this goes double for all you essential workers out there!

With incredible kids clubs, unique experiences and beautiful resorts, these getaways will ensure that every member of your family has the time of their lives.

Atlantis

A view from above. Image courtesy of Atlantis, The Palm Dubai.

Atlantis

Cruising through Shark Attack's clear tube. Image courtesy of Atlantis, The Palm Dubai.

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 Atlantis, The Palm
 

  Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The ultimate family fantasy land that’s almost as legendary as the lost paradise itself!

For kids: The resort’s very own theme park Aquaventure is packed full of never-ending fun with gravity-defying water slides, beautiful aquariums and amazing animal encounters. Away from the park is the The Atlantis Kids Club which has a gaming centre, climbing wall, the world’s only underwater theatre, and an adult-free zone for teenagers with a mocktail bar and gaming room.

For you: Bask in the opulence of the resort’s multitude of designer shops, restaurants, nightclubs, private beaches and swimming pools. Then let your inner child go wild at Aquaventure! You can even go on an aquarium dive and get up close with their 65,000 sharks, stingrays and fish.



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 Kingfisher Bay Resort
 

  Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

Reconnect with nature in this hidden utopia, on the largest sand island in the world.

For kids: The popular Junior Eco Rangers program for kids aged five to 12 runs each school holiday and is led by an experienced team of Rangers. The program is all about leaving screens behind and reconnecting with the natural world through activities such as learning to fish, discovering flora and fauna on bushwalks, playing games on the beach and listening to stories while toasting marshmallows around the campfire.

For you: Whether you’re an adventure-seeker or a leisure-seeker, you’ll be spoilt for choice with everything from 4WD tours and canoe paddles along the western bay, to soothing treatments at the Island Day Spa and sunset drinks on the jetty.

Kingfisher Resort

A view from above. Image courtesy of Kingfisher Resort.

Kingfisher Resort

Roasting marshmallows by the fire. Image courtesy of Kingfisher Resort.

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Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World. Photo by Erasto Chávez on Unsplash.com.

Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando. Photo by Travis Wise on Flickr.com.

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 Orlando
 

  Florida, USA

For some serious fun, you can’t go wrong with the theme park capital of the world!

For kids: Full to the brim with magic, this city is home to world-class theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. Stay at Walt Disney World Resort or Four Seasons Orlando to keep the magic going when you leave the parks!

For you: ​​​​​​For those who are children at heart, a visit to Disney World is guaranteed to fulfil your dreams. There are also hundreds of amazing culinary experiences on offer, with International Drive playing host to a variety of restaurants serving food from around the world. And for dessert… Did you know that Orlando is number one in the USA for number of ice cream shops per capita?



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 Royal Mansour
 

  Marrakesh, Morocco

Experience cultural immersion in truly extraordinary surroundings.

For kids: Located in the property’s expansive gardens, Le Jardin de Lila is a colourful space dedicated to kids from 4 to 10 years. Tiny guests get immersed in the local culture with Moroccan-focused fresco painting and other art activities, Arabic lessons, nature walks and treasure hunts in the hotel grounds, plus chocolate making (and tasting!) in the on-site chocolate laboratory.

For you: Delight in the hotel’s beautiful medina, restaurants, gardens, pools, 2500 square metre spa and charming riads (traditional Moroccan dwellings). Then get out and explore the beautiful city! Visit the captivating Jemaa El Fna square and the Palacio da Bahia, explore the alleyways of the Medina, or venture out further to dine under the night sky in the Atlas Mountains.

Royal Mansour

Traditional architecture in the lobby. Image courtesy of Royal Mansour.

Royal Mansour

The lush surrounds of Le Jardin de Lila. Image courtesy of Royal Mansour.

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Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

The view from the Oceanfront Bures. Image courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

Bula Kids Club. Image courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

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 Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
 

  Vanua Levu, Fiji

A world-renowned eco resort founded by the son of legendary marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau.

For kids: The all-inclusive Bula Club offers activities that mix education and a healthy dose of fun to encourage kids (from babies to 12 years old) to discover the world around them. A junior chef program, guided walks with the resident marine biologist, hermit crab races, ziplines and waterslides are just some of the activities that will keep your kids endlessly entertained.

For you: Head to the beach or poolside for some rest and relaxation, indulge in authentic cuisine and culture, or explore the incredible secrets of nature and the local environment with activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and rainforest treks.



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 Legoland Billund Resort
 

  Billund, Denmark

Set your imagination free at Denmark’s most famous amusement park.

For kids: Stay in a princess room in a castle, sleep like a ninja or live like treasure hunters in this resort’s fully themed suites - there are no boring corners in these rooms! And of course, Legoland is just steps away from your door, for action-packed days filled with exciting rides and imaginative family fun.

For you: Legoland is all about the kids, so get ready to get in touch with your inner child! After a long day, treat yourself to a drink in the Brick Lounge while the kids make new friends in the playroom.

Legoland

The Treasure Room. Image courtesy of Legoland Billund Resort.

Legoland

Mini Land in the heart of Legoland. Image courtesy of Legoland Billund Resort.

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CocoCay Island

A view from above. Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

The 11 Must Do's on CocoCay Island. Video courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

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 CocoCay Island
 

  Berry Islands, The Bahamas

Exclusive to Royal Caribbean cruise passengers, this one-of-a-kind private island is a guaranteed perfect day for your family.

For kids: CocoCay Island is packed full of adventure - check out this map to see just how much! Kids can chill out in the wave pool, conquer the tallest waterslide in North America, or score a view unlike any other on a helium balloon that floats up to 137 metres in the air.

For you: Whether your ideal beach getaway involves larger-than-life thrills or unwinding at a peaceful waterfront chill spot, you’ll find there’s no right or wrong way to make the most out of your adventure. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own floating cabana!



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 Soneva Kiri Resort
 

  Koh Kood Island, Thailand

A luxury island resort nestled within lush tropical rainforest.

For kids: The Children’s Den is this resort’s pride and joy, with an awe-inspiring bamboo playground in the shape of a giant manta ray! The Den also has plenty of fun and educational activities like dress-up rooms, cooking classes, and learning how to play Thai instruments.

For you: Soneva Kiri Resort focuses on family-friendly activities, so join your kids and let out your inner child with outdoor movies at the on-site Cinema Paradiso, entire rooms dedicated to ice cream and chocolate, and hands-on astronomy lessons in the observatory.

Soneva Kiri Resort

The Children's Den. Image courtesy of Soneva Kiri Resort.

Soneva Kiri Resort

Luxurious Sunset Ocean View rooms. Image courtesy of Soneva Kiri Resort.

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