This summer, as schools go on a two-month break, plan a family vacation with focus on your kids. No longer is luxury the prerogative of grown-ups alone. Today’s young ones prove that they are connoisseurs of the finer things in life, too. We have put together a variety of holidays specially designed for them. By Ananya Bahl
From complimentary biking tours through the jungle—home to several animals, including spider monkeys—to exploring ancient Mayan ruins and learning about this lost, mysterious civilisation, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya has exciting programmes for the little ones. As a bonus, the resort’s innovative Spanish Immersion Programme offers its teen guests an engaging crash course in the local language.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Excitement takes on a whole new meaning as your kids embark on a desert adventure at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. Here, they try their hand at falconry and archery, with safety guaranteed under the watchful guidance of expert trainers. For a day out on the dunes, they can try fat bike riding or set up a tryst with the ‘Ship of the Desert’, as part of a camel caravan, while listening to Arabian legends.
Nihi Sumba Island
Chocolate dreams come to life at the Nihi Sumba Island. This secluded luxury resort offers children the chance to partake in the island’s cocoa bliss with chocolate wizards Chris and Charly, who have recreated a version of fictional character Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory on the resort’s premises. Throw in some Sumba dancing and Bahasa classes to the mix and they will have stories to tell for a long time.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
An African adventure awaits your kids at Ulusaba—Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve. Apart from going on safaris to spot the Big Five, sign up for the mini Rangers’ course to learn how to track animals by their footprints, and lend a helping hand at a local village by participating in one of the resort’s cultural projects—the kids are sure to gain a unique insight into community life, while learning how to give back to nature.
Armani Hotel Milano
Armani Hotel Milano ensures your little ones are indulged thoroughly at its Armani SPA. Sweet chocolate massages, mini-manicures and pedicures, 50-minute junior VIP treatments, and a special ‘With My Mom and Dad at the Spa’ package are just some of its delights!