A Kuoni holiday always has stunning beaches in the mix, but as we recently discovered that’s just the start of this incredible family travel story.
Dazzling sands trimmed by clear, warm seas are spectacular, no doubt about that. Even kids find them irresistible, at least some of the time. However, one of the many great things about a Kuoni holiday is how easily you can add adventure to those beaches, weave in new experiences and organise moments of sheer unforgettable magic.
Part of that comes down to Kuoni’s expertise and understanding of families. Although, perfecting that balance also owes a lot to knowledge, skill and really listening and getting to know families as people. Then it’s down to finding out what they want, and going the extra mile to create a holiday which exceeds all expectation.
Every Kuoni holiday is unique because it’s designed especially for you
Naturally when a holiday is designed from start to finish, it’s going to be flawless. That’s why Kuoni stay close from your first thoughts onwards. And speaking of first thoughts, it’s good to know that your dedicated expert is also a genuinely passionate traveller. So you can look forward to a lot of inside information, as well as fresh thinking.
If you’re beginning to get the impression that creating a holiday this way is a lot like a holiday in itself, you’re not totally wrong. After all, planning a trip with your kids should be exciting and keeping it that way is all part of Kuoni’s signature service. In fact, it’s not going too far to suggest that you could really just bring your dreams to the table and the experts here would create exactly the holiday you had in mind.
Which? Recommended Provider and Best Luxury Tour Operator 2022
Of course, what’s right for you isn’t perfect for any other family, so Kuoni are also big on getting the details just right. It goes without saying that finding out what your interests are and recommending destinations which reflect those is a vital early part of the process. Then there are all the elements which elevate a good holiday into one you’ll remember forever, because not a single moment was less than memorable. Those are the type of trips which Kuoni have made their own and part of the reason why the company is a Which? Recommended Provider as well as being voted The Times & Sunday Times Best Luxury Tour Operator 2022.
It’s also good to know that Kuoni have been in business for over 50 years and still believe in one-on-one service. So much so, that they have 27 stores across the UK. Plus, your own personal travel expert is always just a phone call away, before, during and after your holiday.
Find the ideal destination for your next Kuoni family holiday
Your family’s Kuoni holiday is just that: yours and yours alone. However, some destinations are so rich and complex, beautiful, cultured and incredibly exciting they naturally free you up to create your own personal experience. Some are places you might already have on your mind, others will be new and several sit up top on every family wish list, with very good reason.
Mauritius could be made with kids in mind
Mauritius is the Indian Ocean island which could have been created with kids in mind. Protected by the world’s longest, continuous coral reef, it’s famous for lagoons and deliciously warm, clear waters. Naturally the beaches are pretty spectacular too. However, with its rich Creole culture, vivid volcanic landscapes and remarkable interior dotted with fascinating towns and villages as well as natural wonders, this is far from just a holiday island.
Older kids will love the water sports and exploring potential. Soft white sands, relaxed family resorts and the friendly Mauritian people, make marvellous early memories for younger children. And it’s not easy to think of an interest Mauritius doesn’t indulge, from golf and sailing to history, wildlife, culture, art, music or simple sandcastle building.
For a truly unforgettable Kuoni holiday, consider twinning Mauritius with La Réunion. Two very different Indian Ocean islands, each remarkable in their own way. La Réunion is another beachy destination, fabulous for mountain biking, more French than France (some say) and famous for its rugged and astonishingly dramatic interior.
Sri Lanka in your own time and your own way
Discovering Sri Lanka with your children promises to be mesmerising. Not only is this remarkable island nation drenched in ancient history and deep spirituality – several of the world’s most sacred Buddhist sites are here – it’s also immeasurably beautiful. The rolling tea plantations and soaring mountains, wide and golden beaches and glossy jungles contrast with bustling cities and colourful mountain towns which contrast again with coastal communities, immense wildlife reserves and hip seaside resorts.
Astonishingly, there’s still a lot of Sri Lanka untouched by tourism and a Kuoni holiday with private transport lets families explore at their own pace. We should say, that pace is likely to be faster than the normal speed of getting around Sri Lanka. Although the country’s gentle, easy-going, with time to stop and stare, rhythm is part of its charm.
What you do and see in Sri Lanka depends on the ages of your kids and where you go. However, Kuoni can arrange anything you want from leopard safaris in Yala National Park to iconic train rides, whale watching on the south coast, hiking expeditions or city tours with local guides.
Since you’re in the Indian Ocean, think about adding the Maldives to Sri Lanka. Here paradise islands are home to luxurious resorts, the diving is like nowhere else on earth and kids will never forget the free-spirited fun that’s woven into every single day.
Thailand for wildlife, beaches and Bangkok
Another child-friendly destination that’s easy to explore, when you know how, Thailand is a Kuoni favourite for family holidays.
Of course part of the beauty of planning a trip with Kuoni is designing it exactly to your own specifications. However, a multi-centre holiday is a great way to discover the country’s deeply cultured north, famous island beaches and the legendary capital, Bangkok.
The northern city of Chiang Mai will astonish you with its historic architecture, ancient traditions, markets, temples and awe-inspiring landscapes. For a first time visit to Thailand, it’s a gentle introduction to the country and a perfect place for responsible wildlife experiences.
Gorgeous Koh Samui gives you Indian Ocean beaches, marine parks, fabulous resorts and lots of outdoorsy fun from jeep safaris to jungle hikes.
Then just add Bangkok. A city with a wild reputation that turns out to be surprisingly child-friendly and easy to explore, particularly as Kuoni can arrange private transport to let you see what you want at your own pace.
Consider Crete and let Kuoni take it from there
The largest and most southerly of the Greek islands, Crete also stays warmer longer than anywhere else in the country, as well as giving you the scope of its wildly different coasts and landscapes.
Some of the loveliest beaches in Europe are at home here, but you’ll also find spectacular mountains – and quaint mountain villages. There are gorges where you have to go walking with older kids. Mysterious caves and ancient monuments add another element of excitement – this is the island of the Minotaur after all. And if you want to go island hopping, Spinalonga waits for you just off the north coast.
Grand cities with evocative old towns and marvellous museums are another Cretan feature. Then just add glorious resorts which make the most of Aegean views, dazzle with their architecture and indulge your kids beautifully.
Mix it up in Sicily and make memories for a lifetime
A holiday in Sicily can be seaside towns, pretty beaches and lazy days doing nothing much at all. Alternatively, you can pack every minute with thrilling adventures which include anything from climbing active volcanoes to exploring ancient Greek ruins. Best of all, plan a Kuoni holiday in Sicily with your kids and you can seamlessly mix active and idle, cities and seaside, hill towns, historic villages and endless opportunities to eat. Even in Italy, Sicilian food gets special mention.
One-and-only Kuoni & once-in-a-lifetime Costa Rica
Out of all the family holiday destinations in the world, Costa Rica can truly be described as once-in-a-lifetime. With that in mind Kuoni design experiences which make the most of every minute of your stay in this fascinating country.
Xandari Resort & Spa is the ideal introduction to Costa Rica. Set in the hills, just 40 minutes from San Jose airport, the 40-acre reserve is your kids’ first hint of the untamed nature that will define their holiday. Dip into a landscape of rivers, waterfalls, forest trails and wildlife, acclimatise to the different pace of life and get ready for the rest of the adventure.
Tortuguero National Park can only be explored by air or water. As one of Costa Rica’s conservation areas, it’s heavily protected and any visit requires meticulous planning. Kuoni Tortugo Jungle Experience covers everything from your stay at serene Tortugo Lodge to a choice of incredible activities including kayaking, jungle treks and turtle nesting tours from March to October.
Volcanic Arenal, known for its hanging bridges, immense national park and fabulous hot springs, is another Costa Rica legend. Family-friendly Nayara Gardens near La Fortuna makes a perfect base for everything from sloth spotting and rainforest spas to guided tours of Arenal National Park.
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