When you think of luxury travel, couples’ travel usually comes to mind.
People naturally think about honeymooners, those looking for a romantic retreat, and those who just want a chance to be with one another and relax together.
Oftentimes, women join with friends for a luxury holiday.
Now what about luxury travel and kids?
Is it even possible?
Luxury Travel and Kids
Consider Your Destination
What type of vacation are you wanting to experience?
Are you looking to relax? Consider the age of your children and their interests as well as their stamina.
Older children may be able to handle long flights and changes in routines better.
They will also be able to care for themselves more, enabling you to have an easier trip.
Pick Your Accommodations Wisely
A big part of luxury travel is the accommodation.
Often travelers look for those remote, quiet, and unique properties that promise rest, relaxation, and romance.
When traveling with kids, the priority list needs to shift a bit, but there can still be a focus on luxury.
As you look for that perfect place to stay, be sure to check out what are dubbed luxury family hotels.
These are hotels that are oozing in luxury and opulence, but also welcome kids and provide amenities and activities just for them.
Luxury Link is a great source of these luxury family hotels, providing options in some of the most popular destinations in the world.
These hotels are proof that mom and dad can have a luxurious vacation, while the kids are kept busy and happy.
Key amenities you’ll want to watch for are
Spacious rooms, ideally with separate bedrooms;
Large pool for the kids to enjoy; water activities/features for the kids;
Kids play area; and being close to family-friendly attractions and activities in town.
A great example of a property that checks off all the boxes is the Hyatt Regency Orlando, in Orlando, FL.
This one is available through Luxury Link and has been a popular choice with families looking to blend activities, fun, and luxury into one.
Look for Options with Privacy
Still along the lines of accommodations, you may also wish to pick a property that offers privacy.
Vacation villas have become very popular as of late and are popping up all around the world.
For families, these are a great option because you will have a full residence/house all to yourself.
This usually includes a yard, and sometimes even a pool.
You’ll have multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, a living space, and full kitchen, making family vacationing a breeze.
If you have young children, this is ideal as they can be busy having their nap or early bedtime.
While mom and dad can enjoy their yard and the rest of the villa without disturbing the sleeping child.
It’s also very convenient to have a full kitchen while vacationing.
You’re on holiday, and don’t want to shop for groceries and prepare meals.
However, having the ability to use a kitchen or even to store some healthy snacks, makes it less stressful when traveling with children.
They often eat less at mealtimes and more frequently than adults.
Sometimes it is a hassle to traverse out to restaurants three times a day.
Being able to prepare a simple meal in your hotel or villa can really be an asset.
Choose a Property that Offers Child Care Services
Of course, part of a luxury trip is being able to enjoy a little adult time together, and that can be made possible if you pick a property with child care services on-site.
There may be a dedicated play area for the kids where the service is offered, or they may offer in-room child care.
Everyone is Happy
By booking a luxury family vacation, you’ll be ensuring the whole family comes home happy, relaxed, and ready for the next trip.
Things I Wish We Did More In The West
While traveling through South-East Asia & Oceania I saw people doing many amazing and beautiful things which I kinda wish we would do more of here in Western society.
What I learn when traveling I try to really implement into my own life, but once I get back home after a while I always find myself getting caught up and falling back into my old Western-conditioned habits.
Here are a few things I really appreciate about the East that I wish we would do more of here:
Celebrations and Appreciation Every Day
In some places it really seemed like they were celebrating something nearly every day, there was such an explosion of colors, dances and traditions – it was so beautiful to see!
Why can’t we celebrate more often?
Maybe not every day, but I definitely think we can find some more opportunities to switch off the 9/5 work work work.
And enjoy the moments of life a bit more.
Thanking and Blessing God/Life For Food, Wealth and Health
At first we didn’t understand why the shop keepers in Bali would always hit the money we gave them on their clothes, themselves, and the cashier.
When we ask they told us that they were thanking and blessing themselves, us, the clothes and the shop for the money they were given.
I’m not saying that we should start hitting our dollar bills on the shop attendants, but being more grateful and not taking all we have for granted is something I think we often forget.
Share and Be Friendly To Anyone
In some cultures, you share all your food with everyone in the village.
I think we should share more, and not be so afraid of always getting ripped off, or missing out. I’m not just talking in material ways, but sharing more of ourselves.
We are so afraid of not being enough or being judged that we choose not to give anything at all.
In Sweden where I’m from, people are really kind and loving, but it takes a lot for them to dare showing it, or you need to wait until they are drunk.
In many Eastern countries I have found complete strangers suddenly become your friend, and seem to want to know everything about you.
For no other reason than they are honestly interested, and care.
Prevent Illness Instead Of Waiting Until We Are Sick
In Asian countries they often have family doctors which they see regularly, even if they don’t feel sick.
It’s the doctors job to keep them healthy.
In Western society we focus more on fixing something that is broken rather than preventing it from ever breaking in the first place.
The other week I tried to get an appointment with a doctor, but they wouldn’t let me do a normal check up unless I had a problem or was feeling sick.
Is that crazy or what?!
Somehow the 24 hours we all get per day just seem to be getting shorter and shorter, it’s simply not enough!
The world seems to be spinning faster and faster, and we never take the time to slow down and simply just breathe.
The world carries on spinning just like it always has, but the people are speeding it up in their head, creating more and more stress.
Taking some time to just breathe is something we rarely do here.
So why not take a few moments to relax, and smell the roses…
What customs and ways of life have you found while traveling which you would like to introduce more into the West?