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Seven of the best family escapes

Sophia Purcell July 26, 2019

Explore more of the world and create unforgettable memories on your next family holiday.

Unleash your wild side in South Africa

Discover South Africa, a sun splashed destination boasting wildlife encounters, child-friendly adventures and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Watch your children’s eyes light up as they enjoy the exhaustive list of fun packed activities at the Sun City Resort, from thrilling flumes rides at Valley of Waves, water-skiing at Waterworld and adrenaline pumping zip-wires and segway tours. With plenty to keep younger minds occupied, adults can enjoy a round of golf safe in the knowledge that the little ones are being entertained.

Continue your journey of adventure and become fully immersed in the naturally beautiful surrounds of the Eastern Cape. Enjoy a malaria free safari experience and a warm friendly welcome at Shamwari Game Reserve’s Riverdene Lodge. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by fully qualified coordinators and each young explorer will receive a back pack full of activities. The kids on safari programme is guaranteed to keep them entertained and includes a visit to the Born Free Big Cats Rescue Centre.

Sightseeing and the great outdoors in Ontario, Canada

Explore the wonderful city of Toronto where there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained on your holiday. Admire the spectacular city sights from the CN tower and be blown away by the majestic Niagara Falls on a day trip from the city. Learn more about the incredible animal kingdom with a visit to Toronto Zoo, get up close to tropical birds at Bird Kingdom and discover the colourful world of butterflies at the Butterfly Conservatory. Get ready for a splash at Calypso as you enjoy adrenaline pumping rides at Canada’s biggest waterpark.

Then grab the kids for fun, adventurous and unique activities at the family friendly Deerhust Resort in Huntsville, from indoor rock climbing to seasonal watersports and winter activities. Kids can enjoy treetop trekking and the inflatable park Splash Zone at the kid’s adventure camp. Toast marshmallows around the campfire and tune up your tennis skills with lessons for both kids and adults of all abilities or take an exciting snowmobile adventure. 

Discover the thrill before the chill in Dubai and Mauritius

Enjoy the best of both worlds, from thrilling waterparks in Dubai to paddle boarding in the clear turquoise ocean of Mauritius. Explore the fun filled resort Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. Slide through shark filled lagoons and take The Leap of Faith at Aquaventure Waterpark, and visit The Lost Chambers Aquarium to gaze at 65,000 marine animals.

Situated on a white sandy beach, with plenty of activities to keep both young children and teenagers entertained, discover the perfect active relaxation holiday for families with a stay at Long Beach Golf and Spa resort. Parents can chill out in the infinity pool with a signature cocktail in hand, while the little ones are kept occupied with afternoon rock climbing, windsurfing and nature excursions.

Combine futuristic Singapore with the rainforests of Borneo

Begin in Asia’s favourite playground, Sentosa Island in Singapore. Your children will be left dazzled and delighted by the immersive entertainment and thrilling rollercoasters as the silver screen is brought to life at Universal Studios. After a fun packed day, retreat to the tropical haven of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa and unwind on idyllic beaches whilst the little ones enjoy The Flying Trapeze, an exhilarating beachside activity.

Explore Borneo’s tropical rainforests and spot flame-haired orangutans swinging through the trees. Stay at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa and enjoy breakfast with spectacular views of Mount Kinabalu, while the kids’ club provides a wide variety of activities, from mask making to assisting rangers with their daily tasks. Adults can enjoy a round of golf on the championship course or take a relaxing Pilates class. 

Embark on a desert adventure in Oman

Our Oman Explorer tour is the ultimate family adventure. Begin in Muscat and explore Al Alam Palace, the residence of His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos and the Muttraj Souq – one of the oldest Souqs in Oman. Enjoy a cruise to witness friendly dolphins in their natural habitat before taking to the water yourselves to explore the marine life of the Gulf Sea.

Swap the city for the desert as you transfer to 4x4’s for an adventure across sand dunes. The adrenaline junkies of the family can take part in sand boarding and quad biking, before a night under the stars in camp. Nothing quite beats a desert sunrise, so wake early to witness the stunning sunrise over the dunes. Head up to Jabal Shams, the highest peak of the Arabian Peninsula at 2800m above sea level. Tour the Bahla Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore the ancient city of Nizwa before returning to Muscat where you can reflect on your unforgettable family adventure.  

See the sights before experiencing cowboy life in Seattle and Montana

For an action packed family holiday, discover Seattle, where city skyline meets emerald hills, before unleashing your inner western spirit with a ranch stay in Montana. Take in the spectacular panoramic vistas from the top of the Space Needle, before searching for whales on a wildlife watching tour. Be swept upward on an aerial adventure across the beautiful state of Washington on the state-of-the-art theatre ride, Wings over Washington. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Pike Place market, savour cinnamon coated doughnuts and watch the exciting flying fish display as vendors toss seafood in the air.

Explore the wonders of Montana when you stay at The 320 Guest Ranch, where luxury meets unspoilt wilderness. Saddle up for a horseback ride and enjoy gourmet campfire dining. Prepare your children for an exhilarating adventure through the wild meadows and forest areas, from sleigh riding to zip-lining and whitewater rafting to rock climbing. 

Take a journey of Far Eastern discovery in Bali

Magical landscapes, delicious food, blissful beaches and friendly locals, Bali is a destination that will fascinate families of all ages. Soak up sunset views at the peaceful Movenpick Jimbaran Resort just steps away from the golden beachfront, children can enjoy an array of activities at Meera kids’ club or paddle in the resort’s pirate themed pool. Venture to the nearby Samasta Village complex to watch local cultural dance performances and indulge your taste buds with the great variety of restaurants serving authentic Bali cuisine.

Explore temples, picturesque rice terraces and enjoy up close encounters with monkeys in Ubud. With the ideal blend of nature and wellbeing, stay at the hillside retreat of Pita Maha Resort and Spa, offering stunning views of the jungle from the infinity pool. Adults can enjoying cooking classes and indulgent Balinese treatments, while the Sacred Monkey Forest is ideal for a family day out.

 Experience it. Start planning your next family adventure, with Hayes & Jarvis.

South Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park
Cape Winelands

South Africa

Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

South Africa

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park
Hermanus

South Africa

Cape Whale Coast

Cape Whale Coast