Travelling is an experience that is better shared with your loved ones – and this trend is quickly being picked up by the luxury travel sector worldwide.
A whole new world of adventure can be experienced, especially when travelling with children. The younger generation seem to have an affinity of viewing the world in a different perspective, enriching your experience of places you may have even visited before; yet it can be so refreshing to have your perceptions altered, and thus can result in an unforgettable memory to share with generations to come.
Although family travel is not a new concept, the luxury segment is beginning to introduce packages, experiences and facilities that allow the affluent traveller wishing to spend some quality time with their family the opportunity to do so in opulence. As the summer peak season swiftly approaches, companies around the world, including those in Asia and the Middle East, are bringing their unique multi-generational offerings to the forefront. The experiences available are not just limited to the array of traditional amusement and theme parks dotted around the world. Particular destinations that have in the past been tailored only to adults are diversifying their attractions to include all members of the family, from toddlers to teenagers.
For example, families who venture on a safari holiday in Africa can enrol their children to become ‘mini-rangers’ for the day. The programme allows children to explore the natural world whilst their parents relax. Staff interact with the children, and child minding facilities and other children’s safari activities are available at these lodges, allowing them to safely explore the wild and enjoy its simplicity and charm. Life under the sea can also be discovered in the Maldives, where properties have introduced eco-friendly undersea excursions for the younger explorers, led by qualified marine biologists. These experiences introduce the children to the importance of the conservation of the natural marine environment, where children also have the opportunity to play an active role in the preservation of these vibrant, natural habitats.
Of course, elite travellers are also drawn to the world’s major cities, including London and New York, which are home to a plethora of renowned attractions. These range from historic, cultural, art and heritage sites such as palaces, galleries, museums, aquariums and zoos, to name but a few. Again, property packages try to incorporate all of these elements to provide a family-friendly experience for the affluent traveller, even going as far as creating child-sized accessories and amenities, as well as child-only suites.
With infinite options available worldwide, family luxury is creating priceless memories for all to share, enriching lives and making the experience ever so sweet.