There are few foreign forays as fun as taking a beautiful private property or taking over a great boutique hotel and filling it with family of different generations, experiencing unforgettable activities together. Our US friends may call it 'togethering', but we've christened this fast-growing trend '3G' (Three Generational) vacations. Original Travel offer luxury tailormade 3G vacations to suit the whole family with a perfect combination of relaxation, adventure and culture designed to appeal to all members of the group. Here are a few of our favourite 3G vacations destinations…
A luxury family holiday to Sri Lanka works so well because of the excellent range of activities to suit all, but also thanks to the brilliant boutique hotels that can be hired out for exclusive use. At Wilpattu National Park, your diminutive David Attenboroughs will adore the Junior Range Course at the Leopard Trails Tented Safari Camp. Alongside game drives and safari walks, children learn skills such as animal tracking, bush survival skills and wildlife identification, culminating in a Ranger's Test and certificate. Head to the Hill Country where Gran can pick her own tea leaves to challenge her infamous English brew, followed by time relaxing on the southern golden beaches whilst your little ones teach the non-millennials how to surf (you heard us). We'll also arrange fun activities for all the family such as cooking classes, treasure hunts and mask-making with a local master craftsman.
New Zealand deserves its moment in the ultimate-luxury family holiday spotlight thanks to a plethora of helicopter-based activities, world class lodgings and family-friendly fun from wild dolphin swims to kayaking, glacier trekking and nature walks. We can design a completely bespoke helicopter experience showcasing the very best of New Zealand's scenery to perfectly suit your whole family's needs including gourmet picnics, hiking, extreme golfing, wine tours, boating or fly-fishing. Fill ultra-luxurious private properties with your nearest and dearest in North Island properties such as Treetops Lodge & Estate, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Wharekauhau Lodge and Blanket Bay on the South Island.
Oman is one of Original Travel's all-time favourite destinations, thanks in no small part to the country's ability to appeal to all generations. The older family members will love soaking up Muscat's sights and the traditional culture of mountain life followed by stargazing in your Wahiba Sands private luxury camp, whilst the more restless members of the group can enjoy 4x4 driving and sand boarding down the desert dunes. Sail away on a privately chartered catamaran arriving at the uninhabited Daymaniyat islands where there is a wide range of activities to suit all from swimming, snorkelling, fishing, diving, exploring the islands on foot, or simply doing nothing at all.
With a beautiful coastline, fresh seafood paella large enough to feed the whole family and a great selection of big airy villas with private pools, Mallorca is a firm favourite of ours for a 3G holiday. From exploring vibrant food markets with the grandparents, to Dad getting everyone lost on a bike tour around Palma Old Town, there's something to please everyone here. Hire out a boat (with a skipper to escape any navigational arguments) where members of the family wanting to chill out can lounge on deck whilst the more active members of the family (whatever generation this may be) can snorkel and swim. We work with a large selection of villas excellent for 3G holidays - from villas with separate annexes for space-seeking grandparents to those that are fully staffed so the adults don't have to worry about cooking.
Kenya is the spiritual home of 'bush and beach' family bonding holidays with world-class safari experiences and a pristine coastline to amaze all ages. We know a fine selection of 'home-away-from-home' private hire options ranging from luxurious lodges to cosy family-owned safari ranches with private guides and vehicles, and private pools to amuse the kids and 'game' grandparents. For the beach element of your holiday, there are a number of fantastic fully staffed villas along Kenya's glorious Indian Ocean coastline where the extended family can relax, snorkel, dive and fish together.