You might be surprised to find out what type of travel Kuoni think is made for multi-generational family holidays right now. According to the experts with over 50 years experience, safaris, beach resorts and big adventures are perfect multi-gen fits. Find out why.
There’s no question safari holidays are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, so sharing them with all the people you love really is the dream. Although you might have put this adventure on a shelf because the thought of organising it sounds like a lot of work. Fortunately with Kuoni, that’s not work you or anyone else in your family has to do. In fact, organising amazing holidays like this down to the tiniest detail is what Kuoni do best.
Why Kuoni recommends multi-gen safari holidays
The best multi-gen holidays combine a lot of different experiences, the trick is getting that something-for-everyone combo exactly right. Now if you think a safari sounds too specific for that, Kuoni think otherwise.
For a start, quite a few of their tailor-made safari holidays weave beach time into the mix. Then, because they work closely with many of Africa’s leading camps and lodges, you can choose exactly the type of accommodation which suits your family. And of course, a safari doesn’t just mean 4 x 4 game drives, that’s only one option. You can also think about walking safaris, bird watching safaris, even safaris where you simply relax at base camp, overlooking a waterhole, with binoculars.
Choose your own WOW moments on Kuoni safaris
Wow! moments are a given on safari holidays, but Kuoni pay a lot of attention to getting you ones that will particularly wow your family. That could be a hot air balloon flight at dawn over the Maasai Mara or a bush breakfast with wildlife on the side.
Travelling with teens? Kenya offers visits to anti-poaching units, as well as opportunities to track lions and cheetahs. In South Africa, Kariega Game Reserve runs rhino conservation experiences. And camps like Shamwari, operate guided walking safaris for adventurous kids aged 16 and over. If you’re getting the idea that horizon broadening is a big part of a Kuoni multi-gen holiday, you are so right.
Three Kuoni safari holidays we highly recommend
Kenya and South Africa top all dream safari lists, and Kuoni have decades of first hand experience in both. So they may be very popular destinations, but you can expect an extraordinary take on each that only comes from personal knowledge of place and people, as well as understanding the very particular dynamics of a multi-gen family holiday: another benefit of first hand experience.
Kenya Fly-In Family Safari: Maasai Mara & Watamu Marine National Park
Nowhere delivers spectacle and wildlife quite like the legendary Maasai Mara. Although this incredible family safari also adds the fun of Nairobi to the mix, as well as cultural experiences, and downtime on the beach at Kenya’s Watamu Marine National Park: iconic area for diving and snorkelling.
Safari and the City: Cape Town and Kariega Game Reserve family safaris
Easy overnight flights to Cape Town and no jet-lag mean you can make the most of every minute of safari holidays in South Africa.
Malaria-free game reserves, like Kariega in the Eastern Cape, are another big plus for younger kids. And then there’s the fact that this is simply a fascinating country from historic experiences like visiting Robben Island to astonishing sights like Table Mountain and colonies of penguins on Boulders Beach.
Cape Town, Safari and Mozambique Beaches
A classic in every sense this holiday begins in South Africa’s oldest city, Cape Town, then takes you on safari to Kruger National Park: probably the country’s most famous game reserve. And finally, you come to rest at Machangulo Beach Lodge in Mozambique.
Nestled in wild, forested dunes overlooking a magnificently deserted Indian Ocean beach, Machangulo is the perfect castaway experience for adventurous families. But don’t worry, you won’t be totally alone, this part of Mozambique’s coast is known for outstanding dolphin and whale watching.
Although, after your Kruger safari, you might simply want to chill and do nothing more adventurous than laze by the pool. Then Mauritius is the perfect alternative to Mozambique. Famous for luxury resorts, dazzling beaches and colourful towns, it’s also great fun for kids and naturally Kuoni are experts in almost any type of Mauritian holiday you have in mind.
Choose resorts with villas for easy multi-gen holidays
Beach resort holidays are the last word in easy, so they seem like a good choice for a multi-gen family break. Then you come to the part where you’re matching up people with rooms and suites and everything becomes more complicated.
Cutting down on complications is another of Kuoni’s talents and in this case their solution is beautifully elegant: beach resorts which offer family villas as well as suites and interconnecting family rooms.
Grecotel LUXME White Palace, Rethymnon, Crete
Imagine the dazzling white, sugar-cube architecture of Greek villages elevated with sleek contemporary design, then gently placed on the sheltered north west coast of Crete. That’s the aptly named White Palace aesthetic, and when you dive into the details you find even more cross-generational appeal.
- 12 restaurants, cafés and bars, as well as the unique experience of the resort’s own Agrecofarm.
- Three fully supervised kids clubs entertain younger guests from age four to 13 years and over.
- While kids are off playing, grown ups can indulge in the Hippie Spa, as well as wellness activities and water sports.
- If you want a totally child-free few hours, the resort even has an adults-only beach area.
- A choice of swim-up bungalows and villas with private pools, in addition to a variety of rooms and suites, means there really is something here for everyone on a multi-gen holiday.
The Maldives needs no introduction, but what really sets Kuramathi apart is the way it’s so thoughtfully designed with families in mind. Naturally the beaches are spectacular, but so are the water sports and activities to suit all ages from diving, snorkelling and nature walks to family movie night under the stars.
- Take your pick from a wide choice of restaurants, many with stunning Indian Ocean views.
- Children will love the warm, friendly kids club – babysitting services are also available.
- The Spa at Kuramathi is exquisite, surrounded by lush greenery, but with overwater treatment pavilions too.
- Two-bedroom Beach Houses are perfect for larger families.
Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta, Thailand
One of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Pimalai Resort & Spa feels wonderfully off-the-beaten-track for somewhere so accessible. It’s another great resort for larger families with activities ranging from cooking classes to water sports working the something-for-everyone angle nicely. But the real beauty of this gorgeous Thai hideaway is its selection of spacious family villas.
- A choice of rooms, suites and three bedroom villas.
- Supervised children’s activity programmes for under-12s.
- Classes and activities for older kids and teens.
- Spa treatments for grown-ups and everything from cycling and nature hikes to sports available for families to enjoy together.
Kuoni adventures tailor-made for multi-generational holidays
There’s no reason why several generations of the one family can’t go on an incredible adventure together. And if all that’s put you off in the past are the logistics, Kuoni are experts in organising everything from unforgettable experiences and flexible itineraries to unforgettable places to stay.
Sri Lanka: culture, beaches and incredible wildlife
Sri Lanka can make memories to last a lifetime, with a little careful planning. Kuoni are experts in this mesmerising island country, so you can expect everything from glorious southwest coast beaches to Yala National Park safaris woven into your adventure. This suggested two week itinerary with car and driver is a great place to start.
Four nights at Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, followed by three nights at Double Tree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort, then two nights at Hide Ella Hotel & Resort, and ending with four nights at Aliya Resort & Spa
Dubai & Maldives: a surprisingly easy twin-centre adventure
Dazzling Dubai and the paradise-like Maldives might not be the first twin-centre pairing that springs to mind, but they’re amazingly well matched simply because of their differences. Plus, it’s only a five hour flight between the two.
Start with three nights at Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai, then seven nights chilled nights at Kuramathi Maldives.
Athens Riviera & Crete: ancient history and island hopping
Athens Riviera is the best of all worlds when it comes to the famously frenetic and fascinating, Greek capital. It’s relaxed and beachy, yet close enough to the world’s most historic city to easily explore everything from the Acropolis to atmospheric Plaka. Then just add Crete, for a well-balanced multi-gen all-rounder.
Why families trust Kuoni with their precious holidays
Apart from being a Which? Recommended Provider, and voted The Times & Sunday Times Best Luxury Tour Operator 2022, Kuoni have over 50 years experience. And it’s that expertise and knowledge families trust, particularly for multi-gen holidays.
As one of the few major UK travel companies who still believe in one-to-one service, Kuoni also have 27 physical stores across the country, so if you want to get everyone together to organise your holiday in person, you can. Although even if you prefer to do most of the planning online or by phone, you still have a personal travel expert before, during and after your holiday. And all Kuoni experts are world travellers, so as well as handling the practicalities, they also have first hand insight into your destination.
Of course, Kuoni are always big on getting the details right for your individual family, tailoring your trip exactly to your needs and making sure that everyone in the multi-gen mix is happy. Plus, their dedication to making sure that planning your big holiday feels exciting and fun, is another reason why families like Kuoni. And then, it’s always good to know you’re in safe hands at every level, so all Kuoni holidays are fully ATOL and ABTA protected, just for some extra peace of mind.