Each family is unique and therefore each family holiday should also be unique. A trip to the mountains could involve hiking and horseback riding in one destination or thrillingly zooming down the slopes in another. A holiday in the countryside could include spotting one’s first herd of elephants, rafting through ravines or picking through Mayan ruins. Whatever your vacation cravings, our experts have the perfect private villas and lodges to make your family time, quality time.
Cottar’s Bush Villa, Kenya
A family trip to Africa will create lifelong memories for the whole family. As a fifth-generation run family safari service, the team at Cottar’s 1920s Camp and Villa value family tremendously. They accept children of all ages, plus those aged five and under stay for free. Rich with family history and the history of Kenya, Cottar’s return to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, the golden era of professional guiding and adventure.
“Our Cottars family is passionate about Kenya, its conservation and community,” explains Calvin Cottar, current director of Cottar’s and great-grandson of the its founder, Chas Cottar. “We know the wildlife and the people of our area intimately and you are welcomed in and treated as personal friends and we hope you leave feeling like part of our family.
“The key to our family friendly ethos is that we realise that time spent with your family is so precious and so we do exactly what you want to do, the only thing scheduled in your day is your game drives. We listen to you to find out what your individual interests are and then the adventure begins.
“Nothing beats watching a child’s face change from awe to delight as they come face to face with their first elephant or make their first bow and arrow with their guide. They will be immersed into the authentic safari experience and tribal interaction, looked after by our guides who truly engage with children and enjoy teaching them all about their surroundings, flora and fauna and the wildlife. With numerous activities they are sure to be kept busy and captivated throughout your stay: Maasai Warrior School, Day & Night Game Drives, Guided Bush Walks, Bush Meals & Sundowners, Cultural Visits, River Swimming and Fishing, Balloon Safaris and a private Swimming Pool.”
The Bush Villa has all guests need to keep families entertained in comfort and style surrounded by breathtaking views onto the savannah plains that carry the great annual wildebeest migration. The villa is over 10,000 square feet in size, and features a large living room, dining room, a magnificent viewing deck, and five en-suite bedrooms, all with stunning views. It has internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD, and is powered with electric and solar energy. So for any family, big or small, it’s the perfect getaway, providing something for everyone.
You can work directly with the Cottar’s team to design your magical family African safari experience at this link.
Casa Chimera, PT Ski – Klosters, Switzerland
Skiing holidays have proved themselves time and again to be an ideal family getaway and you couldn’t be in no better hands than with our Klosters specialists at PT Ski. Located in the Swiss Alps, this charming ski resort is populated by chalets built in classic Alpine style, and has a low key chic feel to it.
“There are ski slopes for everyone with the sunny south facing slopes on the Madrisa being idyllic for beginners while the Gotschna on the other side of valley is well suited to the more experienced skiers,” details James Palmer-Tomkinson, founder of PT Ski and a father himself. “As well as the magical skiing there are other activities such as skating and sledging to keep the children entertained, and for the non skiers there are beautiful walks up pretty valleys and gorgeous restaurants with sun terraces.”
When it comes to looking after children, PT Ski come into their own. Their kids programmes over the main holiday periods cater for children of all ages, ranging from the under fives in their “Pandas” course to older teenagers experiencing off piste in the “PT Ski All Mountain” course. They use instructors from the local ski school while their delightful reps are on hand to oversee the pastoral side and ensure that all the courses run smoothly. Their philosophy is that children learn best when they are having fun and the smiles on the children’s faces are certainly testament to this.
After a wonderful day’s skiing there is nothing better than relaxing with drink in hand on a comfy sofa in front of a log fire. As such, any family would adore to stay at PT Ski’s Casa Chimera. Built in 2005 as a luxury family home, it’s within easy reach of the lifts and centre of Klosters village. The chalet has a wonderful spacious feel and exudes Alpine charm and is ideal for families.
The chalet can sleep up to 10 guests in five beautiful bedrooms, each with its own bathroom or shower room. It features a generous open-plan living space divided into three sections: a double-height living room with comfortable sofas, a cosy games area separated by a large double sided fireplace and a dining area with a large table that sits 14. Just off the hallway is a fully equipped TV/audio room with widescreen TV. The kitchen is also situated on the first floor near the dining area.
On the second floor are the chalet’s two master bedrooms, each with its own fireplace and en-suite bathroom. There is a further double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. The last two bedrooms are on the ground floor, both twins with en-suite bathrooms. There is a sauna on the ground floor and separate power shower. As would be expected of a chalet of this calibre, the ski boot racks in the ski room are heated.
The chalet has a dedicated staff of two who live in and take care of guests impeccably. They prepare breakfast and have tea waiting for you for when you get back from skiing at the end of the day. In the evening they serve a four course dinner, preceded by canapés.
PT Ski’s expert staff will also help you take care of every detail you need for an exceptional ski holiday in Klosters. Contact them at this link to start planning today.
Hacienda Itzincab – Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Removed from the chaos of modern life; historic and fully-staffed Hacienda Itzincab, available through Catherwood Travels, is ideal for a special escape and recharge with your family. The Hacienda Itzincab is close to many major natural and historic sites of the beautiful Yucatan. Here you can enjoy delicious dining, refresh at the cenotes, relax by the pools, explore the on-site Mayan ruins or simply enjoy life lounging in your hammock.
The hacienda features three swimming pools and lush gardens home to abundant bird life. Its 14 bedrooms – five in the main house and nine in the original hacienda outbuildings – are air-conditioned and most of them have private plunge pools and terraces. Room distribution makes this hacienda an ideal location for family reunions or celebrations. And when it’s time to explore and discover, Merida, cenotes, archaeological sites and Maya villages are just a short drive away.
Itzincab is a dream place where you’ll swim, relax, explore, and dine in complete privacy, far from life’s worries and stresses, and where fun with family is your only prerogative.
Contact Catherwood Travels here to design your special family trip to the Yucatan.
Sawtooth House, Majordomo – Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is a phenomenal destination for active families seeking unparalleled outdoor adventures. Queenstown is a gateway to many of these adventures and our experts at MajorDomo have a fabulous family villa in the area: Sawtooth House.
The aptly named Sawtooth House is a unique architecturally designed villa sitting over the famous Shotover River with breathtaking views of the valley and the mountains behind. The contemporary flow of the house continues throughout with all five bedrooms leading off from the most exquisite hallway turned art gallery. Four large childrens’ bedrooms with king single bunks are perfectly designed and share two designated separate bathrooms. The owner’s passion for contemporary art can be seen throughout with pieces by artists from all over the world finding their way into every aspect of this villa.
“With the perfect blend of modern design and a warm welcoming feel, this villa would be perfect for a family holiday with a large garden outside with swimming pool and children’s play area,” says Lisa Hayden, co-founder of MajorDomo. “In the evening, while children entertain themselves in the media room, parents will find the perfect spot for pre-dinner cocktails looking out over the Shotover River, or they may wish to sit poolside with a Central Otago Pinot while they watch the sun set behind the mountains.”
Only a seven minute drive to downtown Queenstown, this villa is close to the action. For the more active, make use of the in-house gym or even better explore the Moonlight Trail which will take you hiking to Moke Lake and lies at your doorstep in Arthur’s Point.
With their comprehensive local knowledge, MajorDomo can help you design the ideal New Zealand family holiday. Reach out to them here.
St Remy Zen, Haven In – Provence, France
The French countryside is an enchanting destination for families and the magnificent, seven-bedroom St-Remy Zen villa by Haven In is a Provençal retreat the family won’t forget.
Hidden in an olive grove at the foot of the beautiful Alpilles Mountains, the villa is located a mere three kilometers from the center of St-Rémy-de-Provence, a quaint community offering bucolic French pleasures, like daily markets, cobblestone streets, restaurants using wonderful local ingredients, and much more.
The villa has been renovated to the highest standards to offer guests the perfect combination of authenticity and contemporary style. There are seven bedrooms and four bathrooms, accommodating up to 12 guests. The living room is spacious, bright, and sophisticated, and features a fireplace, beautiful artwork, and large windows.
There is plenty to do at the villa or in the area. Enjoy splashing around in Olympic-sized swimming pool set in beautiful grounds of well-manicured local trees and vegetation. Create culinary memories with the whole family in the fully-equipped chef’s kitchen. Or, discover the stunning, historic sites of the region on half or full day excursions.
Escape to Provence with the whole family at this refined villa by Haven In at this link.
Grizzly Creek Ranch, Mountain Homes – Montana, USA
The Grizzly Creek Ranch, situated just just seven miles from the Yellowstone River and available through Mountain Home, is a fabulous setting for families with children.
This luxury ranch can comfortable accommodate up to 30 guests. Guests have exclusive use of six homes, an expansive dining and event hall, a recreation barn, yoga and massage cabin, and the 2,000-acre ranch.
“Children can spend hours in the Recreation Barn, outfitted with pool table, foosball and ping pong,” describes Suzy Hall of Mountain Home. “There are mountain bikes yard games to use, and with the sleeping bags provided, the barn has been used for numerous kid sleep-outs.
“Just off the ranch are river rafting on the Yellowstone River, zipline adventures, and private tours of Yellowstone National Park. With accommodations in six different homes and cabins on the ranch, it’s a perfect gathering spot for one or multiple families seeking a Montana adventure.”
Enjoy this quintessential ranch experience through Mountain Home at this link.
Laragai House at Borana Lodge, Cazenove+Loyd – Mount Kenya, Kenya
With the snow-tipped peaks and glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south and a panorama of mountains and desert to the north, safari settings don’t get much more spectacular than at Borana Lodge, Kenya, available through cazenove+loyd. On this ranch land lies Laragai House, a stunning eight-bedroom private villa perched on the edge of a plateau, the perfect property for families.
Originally built as a country retreat by Lords Valentine and Michael Cecil, this house is unrivalled in its seclusion and style. Sympathetic to its surroundings, it has a thatched roof, panoramic views from the bedrooms and is filled with local-made furniture. Outside, there is large heated swimming pool and pool house, fully equipped with a bar and kitchen.
When not on game drives or other natural explorations of Mount Kenya National Park, your children will be thrilled by the lodge’s large games room stocked with table tennis, croquet and boules, not to mention the clay tennis court in the garden. The house is a master class in low-key luxury, of blending the traditional with the indulgence that you could want on holiday. Due to its size, you may be able to add to the fun by team up with another family. And if you want to arrive in style, why not take advantage of the house’s private helipad?
In addition to accommodation, cazenove+loyd can also assist with all the travel details and activities to make your trip to Mount Kenya a amazing family trip. Contact them here.
Chalet Rock n’ Love, Ultimate Luxury Chalets – Tignes, France
Bring all your children’s holiday dreams to life at the fantasyland Chalet Rock n’ Love by Ultimate Luxury Chalets. Situated in the family-friendly Alpine ski resort of Tignes, the magical 430m² chalet can sleep up to ten adults, plus three children, across five individually designed suites.
The one-of-a-kind chalet has an eccentric 1970s theme throughout offering an expansive living space with lots of grown up ‘toys’. The open plan living area boasts a unique mini car pool table, Wurlitzer style jukebox loaded with 100 albums, and an original Marshall Amp and speaker with guitar for those who can play a tune or two. With a comfortable lounge, dining area and bar, it’s the perfect place to unwind and have some fun after a hard day on the slopes.
Adult bedrooms are decorated in a sleek pop-art style whereas the bedrooms for children are decked out in car-shaped beds and other playful elements which will make them never want to leave – but the mountains call.
The chalet also boost a gym with cross trainer, rower and kettle weights, a massage room with a hydrojet bed system, a small outside Jacuzzi and an indoor swimming pool which will soon include a wave machine.
Make your children’s ski dreams a reality through Ultimate Luxury Chalets here.