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These exciting famliy-friendly classes, features and facilities from around the world are guaranteed to put parents’ minds at ease when it comes to booking


Europe The Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa’sWine Concierge Service has a new Family Excursion to a Chateau. Parents and children discover an array of flavours, scents and aromas followed by a gourmet hunt in the vineyards for kids while parents enjoy wine tasting. Sani Resort in Greece has new three- bedroom family suites and a new kids club at Porto Sani Village, an exciting new wing of family suites at Sani Beach Hotel, and has heated all of its outdoor pools throughout the resort. Anassa in Cyprus has new dedicated music classes for children including percussion introductory games, rhythmic reading games and musical improvisation. Martinhal on the south-western tip of the Algarve has a new “pump track” for cycle- mad teenagers to tackle as well as an easier one for tweens. Daios Cove in Crete has added to its family appeal with a new heating system in the main swimming pool, whilst Elounda Gulf in Crete has a new kids club. Classic party destination Ibiza is targeting the luxury family market with the opening of the Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa. Here children enjoy a playground, several kids clubs complete with video consoles, and an interactive tech zone.


Africa & Middle East Anantara has opened Banana Island Resort Doha. Shaped like a banana and 20 minutes off the coast, the selling point for UK families is that it offers Maldivian style overwater villas, with a much shorter flight time, although it is a “dry” alcohol- free island. Kids facilities are impressive with 10-pin bowling, a huge soft-play jungle gym, cinema, surf pool with lessons with a professional instructor from the Maldives and an American- style dinner. Raffles Dubai has a new and immersive two-day cultural journey for families called Heritage Dubai, looking beyond the Dubai most visitors know such as the quaint alleys of the textile souk or breakfast at a Bedouin camp. Safari aficionados Nicky and Steve Fitzgerald open Angama Mara this June, on the edge of Kenya’s Mara Triangle. They say more children of all ages are travelling to Africa with their parents and grandparents for bonding, learning holidays. The camp has cribs, extra single beds, two interconnected suites and complimentary child minding. Kids can go fishing, frogging and tadpoling, beading with Masai ladies, learn the art of spear-throwing from a Masai warrior and visit local schools. Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti is a great introduction to safari for families as it offers a safe and pampered environment. The Lodge has recently lowered the age of children visiting to two years and has launched a Meet the Big Five package, ideal for families to create their personal big five list with the help of the Four Seasons team to track them down.


Asia Samujana, Koh Samui’s exclusive villa estate (pictured top) is introducing a five-night “Bonding and Balance” experience for families with five nights’ villa accommodation (some with private cinema), a private chef and two activities such as Muay Thai kickboxing sessions for the whole family, a kayaking excursion, Thai cooking classes, elephant ride or water adventure. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi (pictured above) has a new Mangrove and Monkeys Safari and Junior Masterchef classes offering younger guests aged 8-12 years the chance to learn cooking techniques.


US For an authentic Wild West experience, Mustang Monument Wild Horse Eco-Resort (below) in Nevada is a must for families. New for 2015 is the


Californian Trail Luxury Sleep Out, a one-night experience where families sleep out along the historical California Trail in super-luxe Pioneer Wagons. Dinner is cooked on the campfire accompanied by stories told by the resident Native Americans. The new Miami Beach Edition has a bowling alley and a 2,000 sq ft indoor ice-skating rink to tempt families with teens. At the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, keiki (kids) are the VIPs and during the summer months at the all-suite resort, daily activities are offered to young guests that teach all about Hawaiian culture such as dancing the hula, stringing orchids and playing the ukulele. A new Hawaiian Canoe Experience teaches families the basics of paddling as well as the history of the canoe and its importance to Hawaiian culture.


Caribbean Goldeneye, Jamaica, now offers complimentary kids outdoor yoga. The resort has also recently created a new Kids Spa Menu with experiences such as the “Rub A Dub Dub Bush Bath”, a relaxing soak in an outdoor bush bathtub. Also in Jamaica, Half Moon has new Camp Half Moon offering activities from July 13 to August 21 for 4 to 12-year-olds such as horse riding, golf, watersports, swimming, yoga and football. Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s fitness guru, Austin has introduced meditation for the whole family inviting them to switch off from digital devices together and reconnect to the beautiful surrounds of Virgin Gorda in the BVIs. At Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis, families booking a deluxe garden suite between now and December 19 will get a second connecting room for free. For a small charge, families can learn how to play a steel pan or head to the local pottery to create their own pots. On neighbouring St Kitts, Belle Mont Farm offers four-bedroom family houses, perfect for multi-gen holidays. Teenagers will appreciate the GoPro cameras ready and waiting for them to film their adventures, such as mountain biking.


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