If you’re looking to pack up the family for Chinese New Year or the Easter holidays, then be sure to check out Lightfoot Travels latest offers. Whether you’re looking for something close to home or further afield, they have a wonderful selection of hotels to choose from. Happy holidays!
A country comprised of more than 7,000 islands, the time between CNY and Easter is when most of them enjoy good weather! A direct flight from Hong Kong, Cebu is a good choice for families with very young children. If you have time to travel further, nothing compares to Boracay and Palawan’s white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Even more remote, Siargao Island sees very few tourists, has some of the best surfing in the world, and is perfect for those looking to get off the beaten track.
After seeing a tremendous boost in tourism immediately after the release of politician Aung San Suu Kyi, visitor numbers have dropped over the past year making it even more pleasant for travellers. The highlights can be seen in a comfortable and non-rushed one-week itinerary including Yangon, the temple area of Bagan and Inle Lake. Kids will love the oxcart rides, cycling through the countryside, paddling boats on Inle Lake, and interacting with warm and welcoming local children.
With direct flights from Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific and Air Cananda, Whistler is the perfect alternative to Niseko when the latter fills up over the holidays and flights become non-existent! The resort is full of amazing, world-class ski instructors and there are slopes for all abilities, ranging from multiple bunny slopes to advanced off piste trails. If you’re a novice, be prepared to get schooled by some of the toddlers speeding down the runs!
A week is the perfect amount of time to fit in a lovely three-stop circuit of Cambodia. Start in Siem Reap with a few days exploring magnificent Angkor Wat and surrounding temple complexes, quad biking through local villages, and zip lining through the forest. Families with older children may opt for a stopover in Phnom Penh for a rather sobering history lesson that includes a visit to the Killing Fields and museums. Or head straight for the southern coast for a stay at Song Saa, an eco-friendly resort on two side-by-side private islands.
The Victoria Angkor is great value with interconnecting rooms and a large pool that’s ideal for kids to splash around in post-temple visits.
Begin in the cultural hub of Chiang Mai where kids can release energy cycling and horseback riding, buying parents time to fit in a few temple visits. Next, head further north to Chiang Rai, right on the border of Thailand, Laos and Burma, where you can visit (well run) elephant sanctuaries learning a great deal from the mahouts that look after them. Cross the border into Laos and sail down the Mekong on a slow river boat, passing remote villages and gorgeous scenery. End your journey in the charming town of Luang Prabang pottering around the markets, visiting the waterfalls in Kuang Si, and observing the monks collecting their alms at dawn.
Definitely one to book well in advance, New Zealand enjoys lovely summery weather over CNY, and crisp and clear Autumn days over Easter. Embark on a road trip of the South Island introducing the kids to native wildlife, outdoor activities, and the beauty of being surrounded by nature. Or, pick one or two destinations, renting private homes and opting for day trips instead – farm visits, helicopter excursions, and vineyard tours for parents! With its incredible food, gorgeous wines, and sheer number of activities for families, there’s no wonder that New Zealand tops our list of family destinations this year.
Situated on the rural Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, Annandale is an exquisite property comprised of four separate villas. The Homestead is a four-bedroom private home with a fifth kid’s room comprised of bunk beds, featuring a secret door that winds its way to the pantry downstairs. The grounds are extensive with a pool, gym, tennis court, and vegetable garden, and kids will love the farm tours.
There’s a reason why Phuket is one of the most visited destinations from Hong Kong – it’s a quick, direct flight, when you get there you’re practically straight onto the beach, and it’s home to some of the finest properties in Asia. Whether you’re looking for a resort with a kid’s club and all the family flourishes or a private villa for groups of friends or multi-generational families, there is something for everyone in Phuket. Child caring services are also very reliable giving parents peace of mind and the flexibility to head out in the evenings and enjoy the island’s innovative and exciting dining scene.