Treat your family to a fabulous year of travel with the hottest destinations and most stylish stays for 2018. Read on for suggestions courtesy of the trendsetters at Lightfoot Travel.
Everyone has a paradise island on their must-visit list, and Soneva Fushi ticks all the boxes. Not only is the property world-class, but the facilities for kids go above and beyond. Parents get to enjoy the Robinson Crusoe surroundings, luxury beachfront villas and amazing spa, while children can dive into The Den – a totally unique kids playground. Prepare to be jealous as they regale you with tales of an eight-metre high pirate ship, a DJ corner, a Mocktail Bar, cooking classes, a Lego room, a music room and a teenage lounge. You can all meet up in the evenings at one of the restaurants or on the sand for a picnic to work out who’s having the most fun. Warning – it’ll be a very fierce competition!
Haven’t made it to Middle Earth yet? Then make New Zealand your top priority this year. The scenic South Island is a perfect combination of adventure, beauty, and endless family activities, so it’s great for those with children who get bored easily! Immerse yourselves in the rolling hills of the Bronte Country, head to the waterfall at Ohau Point, go whale and dolphin watching at Kaikoura, travel on the Tranz Alpine Railway across the Caterbury Plains, and go picnicking on Mou Waho Island. The opportunities are massive – and unforgettable. Check out this itinerary for more of an idea of what’s on offer.
Chengdu is famous for its endangered giant pandas, and the sooner you see them, the better! For an extra special trip, stay at Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain which boasts a free kids club, indoor and outdoor play areas, a cosy cinema, a lifeguard-manned pool, and villas with room for all. You’ll be welcomed by a ‘villagey feel’, wooden beamed houses, organic gardens, a bevvy of restaurants, a space-themed bar and the infamously excellent Six Senses Spa. The pandas will practically be your neighbours and there’s are also a fleet of resident panda experts on hand who can introduce you to your new furry friends.
Mysterious, traditional and fascinating, Myanmar feels like stepping inside a time capsule - and one that may not stay this way forever. A fantastic choice for a family holiday, there’s plenty to see and learn about together. Explore the markets and monasteries of Yangon, feed turtles, visit a fortune teller and see a traditional puppet show. Move on to Bagan for boat trips, biking and a magical ride in a hot air balloon. Add some superb accommodation and you’ve got a truly bucket-list-worthy break. For a more detailed example of an itinerary log on here.
Everyone will be hotfooting it to Sri Lanka in 2018 and that includes those on a family holiday. For the ultimate stay while there, head to Meda Gedara. This sophisticated villa sits elevated among landscaped gardens and tropical plants overlooking layers of swimming pools and unspoiled coastline. Inside, there’s a beautiful living area, kitchen, breakfast room, individually designed bedrooms and a children’s bunk room (including a bottom bed for a nanny), meaning that everyone is cosy and catered for. The best bit? The hidden water slide snaking its way into a fabulous plunge pool. Hours of entertainment for kids and adults alike!