11th October 2018
Award winning Kuoni have been in the business of creating exceptional tailor-made family holidays for over 50 years.
They’re one of the UK’s leading luxury travel specialists, with stores across the country. Their range of exceptional hotels span the globe and each and every one of is handpicked, which means personally tried and tested down to the tiniest details by Kuoni travel experts. But even with all that behind them, Kuoni still start by asking, ‘what do you want from your family holiday?’ and, if heaps of international awards and glowing reviews are anything to go by, they clearly listen carefully to the answers.
There’s no substitute for first-hand knowledge when it comes to holiday planning, which is why Kuoni’s extensive team of family travel experts aren’t just seasoned travellers, they’re also parents themselves. They understand exactly what it’s like to travel with kids of all ages. They’ve crossed continents with babies; taken toddlers on long-haul holidays; adventured worldwide with teens, and pulled off countless fantastic mixed-age adventures – the toughest of all parental tests. So when it comes to your tailor-made holiday, you can trust them to think of everything just like you would yourself – only with a lot of more expertise.
Kuoni actively encourage families to give free-rein to their imagination when it comes to designing the ideal holiday. They’re also big on getting you what you want, and going the extra mile to sort out all the little things you might not have thought of, but which often make the difference between good and great on a family holiday.
So don’t be shy about asking for anything, even grown-up activities well beyond the bounds of spa pampering and candlelit dinners: Kuoni are experts on making every precious moment of me-time count, they never forget it’s your holiday too and they definitely don’t think you should feel guilty about needing a break from parenting now and then.
Kuoni handpick all hotels and don’t recommend a single one that hasn’t been personally visited by their travel experts. No surprise to find they are particularly finicky when it comes to the finer points of family hotels, as a quick look at a few recent favourites more than proves.
The south west coast of Cyprus gets more sun than almost anywhere else in Europe, and it’s a short, direct flight from the UK, which makes it a great choice for spring or autumn breaks with babies and toddlers. Kuoni recommend the Elysium Hotel, just outside historic Paphos. It’s close to the airport for easy transfers, beachfront and fantastically luxurious. But it’s also baby-friendly right down to pre-arranging essential equipment for your arrival, and providing outstanding professional childcare.
Find out why Kuoni recommends the Elysium Hotel in Cyprus for families
We’re huge fans of Kuramathi in the Maldives for families, and for that extra feeling of exclusivity it’s only available to book via Kuoni in the UK. It’s one of the larger resort islands and only 40 minutes by seaplane from Malé Airport: the type of transfer time you want after a long-haul flight with kids. The beaches are stunning, lush is the only way to describe the landscape, and a range of two bedroom beach houses might well have been designed with multi-gen family holidays in mind. Although don’t be too surprised if under 12s rave about the Kuramathi kids club more than anything else. One of the new generation of experience-led clubs its focus on water sports, beach activities and conservation projects is innovative and imaginative, as well as amazing fun. But don’t worry about feeling too abandoned, Kuramathi is another Kuoni resort with plenty of grown-up activities to fill child-free hours.
Find out why Kuoni recommends Kuramathi in the Maldives for families
Kuoni don’t stint on inclusions at all their handpicked all-inclusive hotels worldwide. But few are quite as generous as Hotel Xcaret on Mexico’s extraordinary Maya Peninsula. Think about everything you could possible want from a family holiday and it’s probably included, then add unlimited access to the region’s fantastic theme parks, including Xcaret Eco-Archaeological Park and Xel-Ha Waterpark. And if that isn’t enough largesse, you can have complimentary tours to heritage attractions like Tulum and Chichen Itza into the bargain.
Find out why Kuoni recommends Hotel Xcaret in Mexico for families
Realising your biggest dreams is another great Kuoni talent, and as far as they’re concerned there is no limit to how big you can go, even when you’re travelling with kids. They love to take families on adventures, know all the best ways to make the longest long-haul holidays as easy as possible, and if you’re in the mood to be truly bold, they are more than happy to rise to the challenge.
Kuoni safari holidays are magical for older kids, with everything from Big Seven coast and countryside experiences in South Africa to the sheer thrill of Big Five game drives in Kenya, Tanzania or Botswana.
And if you want independence with all the advantages of a tailor-made holiday, pick a villa from the CV Collection and Kuoni will take care of all the planning: a great solution for multi-gen families, and excellent value for extended adventures in long haul destinations.
The 5 star Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, located on the southernmost tip of Addu Atoll, this resort boasts picture-perfect beaches, a towering tropical jungle and three luminous lagoons laced with coral reefs.
Families will feel like house guests in a tropical, tranquil mansion here, complete with gourmet food, a beautiful beach and butler service, and the chance to kitesurf. Located on Le Morne Peninsula’s ‘five star strip’.
Recently-reimagined by talented British designer, Kelly Hoppen, this secluded resort oozes understated timeless glamour, yet feels like home from home, with a large golden sand swimming bay and great food.
Atlantis The Palm is an aquatic water wonderland by the sea spanning a massive 46 hectares with unrivalled facilities, restaurants and a waterpark. Atlantis is situated on the famous man-made ‘Palm’.
This luxurious, family-friendly hotel set on a hillside with panoramic views to Spinalonga has first-rate service, first-class restaurants, a blue-flag strip of sandy beach and a decent spa.
Families are safe and well-entertained in this spacious, stunning and secluded five star on a private east coast promontory, with two island playgrounds, one even for playing Robinson Crusoe on at Ilot Mangenie.