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10 best holidays for beach lovers, adventurers and every type of family

Last updated 8th May 2024

Just in, a brand new range of Kuoni holidays, created just for families. They’re all available to book now, and because it’s Kuoni, you can tailor them to fit your dreams.


Maasai Mara, Kenya fly-in Family Safari

Kenya Fly-In Family Safari: best for wildlife experiences

Safari and beach. Suitable for kids age 7 and older. Good multi-gen Kuoni holidays.

Kenya’s Maasai Mara has one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on earth, and it’s home to the legendary Great Migration from July to October each year. So this Kenya Fly-In Family Safari has been thoughtfully designed to let families experience as much as possible, but also has built-in flexibility to add elements that work with the ages and stages of your kids.

Then Kuoni really pull it out of the bag on the tailoring front, by adding downtime on Kenya’s southeast coast into the mix. Tranquil Malindi sits on the Indian Ocean, so the beaches are dreamily white, soft sand. Although kids less keen on lazing and more up for fun can look forward to water sports, turtle spotting, dolphin watching, and exploring historic Malindi town.

Kenya Fly-In Family Safari

10 night safari from £19,995 per family ( 2 adults and 2 children under 12) including:

  • 2 nights at Eka Hotel, Nairobi  in an inter-connecting Superior room with B&B
  • 3 nights Full board at Mara Sarova Game Camp in a 2 bedroom family tent with included game drives
  • 5 nights at Diamonds Dream of Africa, Malindi, All Inclusive in a Junior Suite.

Based on departures in August 2024 flying with Emirates from Heathrow

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Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Paradisus Playa del Carmen: best for sun seekers

Riviera Maya, Mexico. Suitable for kids of all ages

Mexico’s Riviera Maya mixes Caribbean beaches and endless sunshine with ancient history, fun resorts and plenty of activities. But finding a resort that’s made for families isn’t always easy.

Unless you have Kuoni expertise on your side, of course. Paradisus Playa del Carmen is exactly what you want from a resort in this part of the world: beachy; gorgeous to look at; big on pools and very easy-going. It’s also designed especially with families in mind. So as well as great restaurants, cool bars and soothing spas for parents, it features children’s pools, splash parks, and a daily activity programme just for kids. We also like the fact that it’s set on Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue, so pretty much at the heart of everything.

Paradisus Playa Del Carmen

 7 nights All Inclusive from £6,799 per family ( 2 adults and 2 children under 12) staying in a Junior Suite Nikte – Garden View.

Based on 22 August 2024 departure flying with British Airways from Gatwick

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Sea Trek pinisi, Indonesia

Sea Trek with Whale Sharks, Corals & Dragons: best for adventure seekers

Indonesia private cruise. Ideal for kids from age 7.

If we say to you, Komodo Dragons, and your heart beats a little faster – in a good way – out of all Kuoni holidays right now, this could be the one for you.

Sailing aboard a traditional, handcrafted, pinisi ship, Sea Trek with Whale Sharks, Corals & Dragons begins and ends in Indonesia’s Komodo National Park. One of the most unspoiled and highly protected places on earth, and also the UNESCO-listed refuge of Komodo Dragons, and you really will encounter these mythical-looking beasts here.

As well as dragons in their natural habitat, you’ll be sailing around the lovely Nusa Tenggara Islands where you can expect to spot whale sharks and manta ray. Off-board excitement comes in the form of diving and snorkelling, stunning deserted beaches, hopping around dramatic volcanic islands, and meeting the people who live in this miraculous part of Indonesia. So we probably don’t need to tell you that this a real family memory-maker.

Sea Trek Private Cruise

10 nights from £17,899  per family ( 2 adults and 1 child under 11 years of age) including:

  • 8 nights on the SeaTrek
  • 2 nights at Puri Santrian to start and finish your holiday

Based on 8 August 2024 departure flying with Emirates from Heathrow

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Sani Club, Halkidiki, Greece

Sani Club, Halkidiki: best for active families

One of the best family resorts in Greece. Suitable for all ages. Great for multi-gen.

Lying between the clear, blue ocean and gleaming olive groves on the Halkidiki Peninsula, Sani Club is regularly named as one of the best family resorts in Greece, where there’s a lot of competition.

What really sets this one apart for families is the variety of activities available for kids across a wide age range. The Blue Flag beach is heavenly for toddlers and pre-schoolers, there’s also the Sani Resort Swimming Club for trainee waterbabies, and the Sani Waterpark for under 14s.

Older kids and teenagers can also get up to all sorts at the resort’s various specialist sporting academies. Think lessons at Rafael Nadal tennis centre; coaching at the football academy, and survival training with Bear Grylls’ approved instructors.

Sunset cruises, DJ evenings, the Club Spa and the gorgeous surroundings, should keep parents happy too. Although there are plenty of activities from mountain biking and sailing to archery and water skiing, if you want to be as active as your kids.

Sani Club, Halkidiki

7 nights Half Board from £8,999 per family (2 adults and 2 children under 12) staying in a Junior Suite Grand Balcony Sea View.

Based on 6th August 2024 departure flying with Jet2 from Stansted

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The New Yorker hotel, Manhattan

New York: best for family bonding

Iconic Manhattan experiences. Suitable for all ages.

New York is packed with unforgettable experiences to have with your kids, especially if you have a plan. Our advice is start at the top, by that we mean get as high above the city as possible and get your bearings. The Edge at Hudson Yards is one of the highest outdoor decks in the world, and at 100 storeys above street level, trust us you aren’t going to miss much. If you prefer a more classic view, the Empire State Building is as iconic as ever and also still very much an NYC box to tick.

Down at ground level, keeping kids happy in New York isn’t hard. Ardent gamers will love the enormous Nintendo store at the Rockefeller Centre. Battery Park’s charming Seaglass Carousel is a must-do for younger ones, although Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn is the original and plenty would argue, the best. Try them both and let the little experts decide.

New York

3 nights at The New Yorker  from £4,595 per family(2 adults and 2 children under 12) staying room only in a Metro Twin Double Room.

Based on long weekend departures in August 2023 flying with JetBlue from London Heathrow

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Shangri-La Rosa Risa, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Shangri-La Rasa Risa: best for expanding kids’ horizons

Borneo wildlife and beaches. Suitable for all ages.

It’s almost enough that Shangri-La Rasa Risa is in dynamic and beachy Kota Kinabalu  in Borneo, but this dreamy resort takes family holidays above and beyond its perfect location.

Set in a 64-acre forest reserve with its own private beach, Shangri-La Rasa Risa couldn’t be more idyllic for do-nothing breaks. But this is a resort that likes to keep you busy – if that’s what you want.

Kids can try anything from after-dark wildlife walks with night-vision goggles to horse-riding, jungle survival skill training, paddleboarding and kayaking. There are also sunrise hikes up Timpak Pogimpaan. And for quieter moments you can try twilight river cruises, a round of golf, or even an hour or two in the spa.

Shangri-La Rasa Risa, Borneo

7 nights Half Board from £6,999 per family (2 adults and 2 children under 12) staying in a Garden Wing Superior Room.

Save up to 28% on selected August 2024 departures flying with Malaysian Airlines from London Heathrow

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Kuramathi resort island, Maldives

Kuramathi, the Maldives: best for family R&R

One of the larger resort islands. Suitable for all ages. Relaxed multi-gen Kuoni holidays.

Kuramathi is an amazing island for families. For a start it’s big compared to many islands in the Maldives and features three pools, as well as a tennis court and a range of water sports. Children as young as eight can start learning to dive here, and if their first experience of underwater exploration is in the Indian Ocean this could start a lifelong passion.

Three to 12 year olds also have all the fun of Bageecha Kids’ club where daily activities can be anything from guided snorkelling and island treasure hunts to creative play and beach games. The club also has its own splash pools and water fountains so everyone stays cool.

Kuramathi’s dining experiences and choice of cuisine are exceptional and each villa is allocated one of three buffet restaurants. Alternatively, upgrade to Select All Inclusive for access to all nine à la carte restaurants, including the popular Island Barbecue on the beach.


7 nights All Inclusive from £10,299 per family (2 adults and 2 children under 12), staying in a Beach Bungalow.

Based on 30th July 2024 departure flying with Emirates from Heathrow

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Lelapa by Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa

South Africa Safari: a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday

City and safari. Suitable for kids age 7 and older.

If you’re thinking ultimate adventure for summer, South Africa Safari is one of the Kuoni holidays that should definitely be up top on your wish list.

Starting off in energetic and hip Johannesburg, it mixes learning and fun with activities like exploring Soweto by bike and visiting the Cradle of Humanity to explore the origins of man, and dig deep into stalactite, stalagmite and fossil-filled caves.

Then it’s off to malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve for several days of child-friendly game drives, walking safaris and bush craft lessons for older kids, nights under starry African skies and the luxury of Lelapa by Madikwe Safari Lodge.

South Africa Safari

6 nights from £12,795 per family ( 2 adults and 2 children under 12), including:

  • 2 nights at Voco Hotel, Johannesburg in Grand Family room – Garden View, B&B
  • 4 nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge Lelapa Lodge, All Inclusive in a Family Suite and included game drives

Based on departures in July 2024 flying with British Airways from Heathrow

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Taj Mahal at sunrise, Agra

Taj Mahal, Tigers and Teens: best for culture-seeking families

Delhi to Agra. Ideal for teenagers.

Creating family itineraries that do complex and fascinating India justice is where Kuoni expertise really comes into its own, and Taj Mahal, Tigers & Teens is proof of that.

Vibrant Delhi is a great introduction to the country, before heading to romantic Jaipur where you can try anything from rickshaw rides and hot air balloon flights to local cultural activities.

A private game drive in Sariksa Tiger Reserve is without a doubt one of the most promising ways to spot the elusive inhabitants of this wonderfully wild environment. Although, exploring jungle forts and just the jungle itself could compensate on the fun front if tigers are a no-show.

Then it’s on to Agra, home of the legendary Taj Mahal, probably one of the very few things teens are prepared to get up at sunrise to see.

Taj Mahal, Tigers and Teens

8-night itinerary from £8,250 per family(2 adults and 2 children over 12) visiting Delhi, Jaipur, Sariska and Agra.

Based on departures in August 2024 flying with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow

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Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai: best for water lovers

Legendary family resort. Suitable for all ages.

Arguably one of the most famous resorts in Dubai, and certainly one of the most recognisable in the world, iconic Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is the kid-friendly paradise at  the very top of Palm Jumeirah.

Location aside, it’s home to the world’s largest waterpark, Aquaventure – which all guests have access to during their stay. There’s also an excellent kids’ club for 4 to 12 year olds, again free for families staying at the resort. And if that isn’t quite enough on-site fun, The Lost Chambers aquarium is on-site too and children aged between 8 to 14 can now visit the resort’s fish hospital to meet the Shark Specialist and learn about the aquarium’s breeding and rehabilitation programmes.

Teens who need me-time, can hang out with holiday friends at The Zone or The Chill Out Lounge. The resort also has 12 restaurants, including Nobu and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen. And if you find yourself itching to explore, downtown Dubai is within easy reach for everything from vast shopping malls to skiing.

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

5 nights Half Board from £5,999 per family (2 adults and 2 children under 12) staying in an Ocean Deluxe Queen. Includes a free upgrade to Half Board.

Based on selected August 2024 departures flying with Emirates from Gatwick

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Kids learning to dive, Kuramathi, Maldives

Why plan your next family holiday with Kuoni

Kuoni holidays are all about family experiences. Of course, that can be idyllic beach holidays – which Kuoni are famous for – or just as easily, family safaris, city breaks with teens or even experiences which weave in several different destinations.

What you do is up to you, because right from the start you’ll be collaborating with a Kuoni expert, who’s not only a passionate and knowledgeable traveller, but is also dedicated to creating an experience that’s unique to your family.

Plan your holiday with your very own Kuoni expert

Of course, all Kuoni holidays begin with a conversation, which can be online, over the phone or even in person at one of 27 Kuoni stores across the UK or in selected branches of John Lewis. If you want destination advice, you only have to ask. Alternatively you may know exactly where you want to go and what you want to do, so your expert will make that happen, with you in the planning process every step of the way.

More than 50 years experience and a Which? Recommended Providor

More than 50 years of experience goes into all Kuoni holidays, and it’s easy to see why they were voted The Times & Sunday Times Best Luxury Tour Operator 2022, and why they’re also a Which? Recommended Provider.

In short, all you really have to do is bring Kuoni your dreams and they’ll transform them into your dream family holiday.

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All prices correct at the time of publication (04 April 2024). All holidays subject to availability. Please see for more information and for our booking conditions.