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DESTINATIONS MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY HOLIDAYS


SAMPLE PRODUCT


A-Rosa offers an eight-day Provencal Rhone & The Camargue river cruise departing August 4,


bookable through Shearings,


starting at £4,756 for a family of


four. The price includes seven nights staying all-inclusive onboard, flights from Gatwick to Lyon, and two excursions. shearingsagent. com


A week’s self- catering in a villa in Croatian town Fazana, near Pula, with Novasol leads in at £1,379 for up to eight people, not including flights. The


four-bedroom, four-bathroom property has a kitchen, living room,


private pool and children’s play area.


novasol.co.uk 56 travelweekly.co.uk 8 February 2018


ABOVE: Gnome Village, Efteling


LEFT: Two-bedroom suite, Columbia Beach Resort


and ferry, if a flight doesn’t appeal) and self-catered group accommodation at Efteling Bosrijk Village, it’s a practical option for larger families. If they don’t mind the long-haul flight, however, there are plenty of magical options farther afield. Family brand Beaches has also taken inspiration from traditional tales with a new series of interactive shows, Creativa, which feature modern remakes of classic stories such as Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book. There’s a chance for parents to enjoy a bit of alone time by dispatching little ones to the kids’ club (staffed by fully-certified, autism-aware nannies) or getting grandparents to babysit one night while they enjoy a glass of wine at the Sky Bar rooftop bar.


w SPACE RACE Factoring in alone time is probably the single greatest key to ensuring a successful multigenerational break, and the easiest way is by booking interconnecting rooms, a family suite or even a villa that gives everybody space to spread out. Whether that lets young kids wake up early to watch cartoons while grandad has a lie-in, or teens sleep late while parents and grandparents have a peaceful cup of coffee on the balcony. If hotels can’t guarantee


interconnecting rooms – and many can’t until arrival – a suite is a more reliable option, if budget allows. Beaches Negril, for example, has two


Villas can offer lots of fabulous facilities such as private pools and the ability for all the family to enjoy meal times together


or three-bedroom beachfront butler suites that accommodate eight or nine respectively – and with the added help of a butler to take care of the details. Closer to home, many family hotels


around the Med offer family suites with separate bedrooms and living areas – essential if grandma doesn’t want to sacrifice her afternoon nap – though these might mean kids bunking down


in the living room on pull-out sofa beds, so might not be the best option for teenagers. Columbia Beach Resort in family


favourite Cyprus has 75sq metre suites with three separate areas – a master and second bedroom, both en suite, with a living area and large balcony running across all three rooms. If that’s still not enough space,


suggest a villa. Alex Stuart, general manager at villa operator Novasol, says: “Villas and large apartments can offer lots of space, fabulous facilities such as private pools and the ability for all the family to sit down and enjoy meal times together in their home away from home.” He points out they can also be more


economical than booking multiple hotel rooms, while self-catering can help keep costs down (provided everyone takes their turn cooking!) Opt for a destination with plenty of


family fun on hand to make up for the lack of hotel facilities. Funway Holidays has a range of Orlando villas with easy access to the theme parks. Destination product manager


Malcolm Davies says: “For larger groups, a villa holiday will usually work out cheaper than a hotel, and booking an entire property can be a great way to share relaxed times with friends or family. “When selling a villa holiday, it’s important to consider the whole family’s needs. With hotels often unable to guarantee connecting or adjoining rooms, villas prove popular for multigenerational families, with the added benefits of communal areas and self-catering facilities.”


PICTURE: MARIJN DEWIJS; NIKOLAS MICHAEL


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