Luxury family holidays are becoming increasingly popular with families looking for a comfortable, stylish and unforgettable travel experience. Many luxury resorts these days are geared towards children of all ages, but what do you need to know about planning luxury family holidays when you have teenagers?
Finding Activities Friendly for All
Maybe you have had a few family holiday traditions since the kids were little; however, now that they are older, it’s time to find activities that are more suitable for teenagers. They may want to go and learn how to surf, indulge in adventurous activities such as kayaking or abseiling, or be able to enjoy a dance with new friends in the evening. Whatever your teens are into, it’s important to check that the resort can cater to their interests otherwise it’s very likely they’ll quickly end up getting bored!
Factor in extra rooms
When yours kids are still little, it’s quite possible that all of you can fit into one room. Furthermore, it’s also helpful if you need to tend to the little ones in the night. However, teenagers are going to want their privacy, and they will likely feel grown-up enough to have their own rooms. These could be separate bedrooms in the hotel in which you’re staying; in many luxury hotels, you may be able to get them their own rooms adjacent to your own, so they have their own space but are never too far away. Speak to your trusted family tour operator for more advice on hotels offering interconnecting rooms.
Another possibility for luxury family holidays with teenagers is to incorporate educational experiences into the trips. For example, maybe you are staying in an area for several weeks or even the entire summer, and you could look into enrolling your teenagers into a music or writing course with some professionals who live in the area. Depending upon where you are going, you might also have the opportunity to bring your teenagers to volunteer opportunities.
Considering the Length of Time Away from School
When your children are very little, you might not be so concerned with taking them out of school for a couple of days. However, when they are older, they are likely to be preparing for exams or in the midst of an important piece of coursework. Additionally, their school or college will likely permit them to only miss a certain number of days. Therefore it’s always wise to book your holiday to coincide with the school holidays. The other benefit of this is that many other families will be on holiday too, and your teenagers will have the chance to mingle with other kids their age.
Planning a luxury family holiday with teenagers might seem challenging at first but seeking specialist advice from a family travel specialist can take all of the pain and hassle away. If you are looking for inspiration, check out these top 10 resorts perfect for teenagers. Wish you were there?