Did someone say holiday?
Dodge the soggy staycation next summer and head for the Caribbean sun (and Rum!)
I’ve lost track of the number of friends who’ve experienced grey, soggy staycations this summer and have sworn to go in search of guaranteed sunshine next time. Then there’s the ones who went en vacances to Europe and frittered away an absolute fortune thanks to the pound being dans la toilette.
So with this in mind, I thought it’d be useful to suss out some long-haul sunshine for you early birds already dreaming of your next holiday. The always-brilliant Turquoise Holidays is holding a frankly STUPENDOUS family sale from 18-29 Sep, with various super-duper offers up to 40% off across its network of family favourite hotels in the Caribbean, Seychelles, Maldives, Borneo and other glam destinations where you definitely won’t end up forlornly scoffing fish’n’chips in a wet cagoul.
Worth a gander, particularly as kids stay and eat for free, and one child gets to fly half-price, plusanyone who books in the sales period, will snaffle a £100 voucher for cool kids swimwear brand Sunuva. Not bad eh? I’ve just picked a selection that have caught my beady eye but go to the Family Sale website for a more complete choice.
Just so you know, all the prices below are per family of four (2 adults, 2 kids under 12) for seven nights, include international flights and transfers, and are based on May Half Term travel. In all offers, children stay and eat for free. See you on the sunlounger!
FOR A TURBO-CHARGED KIDS CLUB… Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
We often think of the Maldives as simply a honeymoon destination but don’t rule it out for a family holiday. The Six Senses Laamu, with its 97 villas strung along exquisite white sands, has a stonking kids club called The Den. There’s the usual array of sports, arts and crafts and treasure hunts but also fantastic activities that tap into the local environment like snorkelling to the house reef, coral planting and stingray spotting. Plus there’s loads you can do en famille, including cinema under the stars and a dolphin cruise. Zero chance of the dreaded “I’m boooooooored”, basically.
Seven nights for the price of five in a lagoon water villa on a complimentary full board basis, £8595 per family, saving £1500. Website
FOR LITTLE MONKEYS WHO LIKE BIG MONKEYS… Shangri-la Rasa Ria, Borneo
FOR HYPER KIDS … Constance Ephelia, Seychelles
Overlooking a national marine park on the north-west coast of Mahé, this is the place to come to run your offspring ragged. Activities include – deep breath – snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking, pedal boats, paddle boards and diving, while for land lovers there’s zip lining, a climbing wall, tennis, squash and yoga. Goddamn it, they will have a lie-in after all that.
Save over £3500, with a 40% discount, staying in a family beach villa with daily breakfast. Seven nights from £8465 per family, with 50% discount on babysitting. Website.
FOR TOTAL PRIVACY… Anantara Layan, Thailand
FOR PICKY TEENS… Long Beach, Mauritius
Half board accommodation in a junior suite with a 35% discount costs from £3715 per family including return flights from LHR. Turquoise guests also snaffle a four hour evening babysitting package on two nights. Website.
FOR WATER BABIES… Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, Saint Lucia
Save a whopping £3500 whilst staying in a luxury villa on an all-inclusive meal plan and enjoy a $200 resort credit. One child flies half price. Seven nights from £11,255 per family. Website.