Lucky for your bottom line, multi-generational family travel has proven to be a megatrend, not just a passing one, but finding the right fit for a variety of ages always has its challenges. Here are three options to quench the needs of clients traveling with kids that range in age from teeny tots to the Millenial set, as well as mom, dad, and the grandparents, too, of course.
For the Tykes
The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji has unveiled its School Under the Sea program, an educational, immersive experience focused on learning, exploration, and immersion into the Fijian culture. This new program allows young guests—kids ages 6-12—to take on an adventure-filled vacation with coral planting, mangrove adventures, snorkeling, beachside walks, rainforest and waterfall excursions, and a rainforest hike. Kids, along with the resort’s marine biologists, explore their surroundings while learning how to conserve and protect it. Children will also visit a local Fijian school; take part in arts and crafts, and a treasure hunt; participate in educational presentations; and watch movies, among other kid-focused experiences. The School Under the Sea operates daily with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions as a complimentary amenity to guests.
In addition, the resort offers the Bula Club for Kids, a complimentary kids program for those 6 to 12 that pairs them with a Fijian buddy. A nanny is also available for kids under six until 6 p.m. and a nanny per bure is available from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. All-inclusive rates for an Oceanfront guestroom that can accommodate four guests starts at $1,316 and an Oceanfront 2-bedroom for six guests starts at $1,618.
For families traveling with older kids, Backroads is offering a New Zealand Family Walking and Hiking Tour for 2018 that targets just that sector. This 9-day journey takes families on hikes through the natural wonders and sacred sites of the South Island such as Kura Tawhiti and a visit to Queenstown, where an architectural interest marries stunning views. Families will also check off exploring two glaciers including Franz Josef, which slopes into a rainforest, and experiencing unique landscapes such as the alpine tundra in the morning to the oceanside trails in the afternoon. Guests will also enjoy a New Zealand BBQ served overlooking the coastline, or they can opt for hiking, swimming, or canoeing with a naturalist on Lake Moeraki, cross the swing bridge over the West Matukituki River, and hike the Central Otago wine region where their reward will be a tasting at the end. Rates start at $4,898 pp dbl plus $960 for sgl and includes all breakfasts, eight lunches, and seven dinners.
Enchanting Giraffes for Multi-Gen Fun
Now with Travcoa, guests traveling to Kenya and Tanzania can extend their visit with a stay at the Giraffe Manor. This will be an experience kids of all ages, and by that we mean adults, too, won’t soon forget. The Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel set across 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in Nairobi. This luxury property, built in the 1930s, is famous for its resident herd of Rothschild giraffe that are known to capture guests’ attention at the breakfast table, front door, or even peak in their bedroom window. The Giraffe Manor is home to giraffe, warthogs, bushbuck, dik dik, and more than 180 species of birds, and it offers views of the Ngong hills.
This addition is also available through a pre-arranged Private or Custom Journey.
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