7 Tropical Islands for Unforgettable Family Holidays
June 19 2018
June 19 2018
Planning the ultimate family holiday is always an exciting endeavour and gives you all something to look forward to. One of the hardest and most crucial parts about this process, however, is finding the perfect destination, one that will cater to the needs of everyone in your family from tiny tots to mischievous teens and of course your loving significant other. Choosing the perfect destination for your magical holiday may seem complicated but if you narrow it down to one of these incredible islands, you are sure to have the holiday of a lifetime with your favourite people:
Kauai - Hawaii
A destination taken straight out of Jurassic Park (quite literally as Kauai served as the shooting location for many of the scenes from the movies) this destination is one of the most incredible places on earth to share with your family. Wild, undulating volcanic terrain and gorgeous scenery make it a great place to go hiking or enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter trip, beautiful beaches make it a wondrous place to go snorkelling or for the family to learn how to surf, and tropical interiors ensure island exploring is always exciting. Here you can teach your children about the healthy Hawaiian cuisine, the fascinating culture and customs while making the most of the awe-inspiring surrounds. There’s no doubt that Kauai makes for a fabulous backdrop to unforgettable, tropical family holidays.
Cebu - The Philippines
Warm, translucent waters, gorgeous nearby islands, magical waterfalls and jungle-like interiors are just some of the reasons that make Cebu a magnificent destination for memorable tropical family holidays. Perhaps better for families with slightly older children, highlights here include Cebu’s fabled sugar-white beaches and its excellent diving spots particularly in the north, off Malapascua and on the southwest coast at Moalboal. The bustling Cebu City, a mere hour’s flight from Manila, is also well worth a visit, with a host of incredible restaurants (the food here is absolutely extraordinary but sometimes very unusual!), shops, museums and sights to visit. A wonderful all-around destination, Cebu, and the Philippines in general, perfectly balances an excellent, exhilarating family holiday destination with signature, world-class Filipino hospitality.
Koh Chang - Thailand
A stunning destination for slightly more rugged tropical family holidays, Koh Chang is one of the largest Thai Islands in the Gulf of Thailand (relatively close to Cambodia). Mountainous scenery covered in wild dense jungle and pristine long stretches of sandy beach are two of the island’s major draw cards and make for an exceptional spot for the ultimate tropical family holidays. From diving and snorkelling to hikes with waterfalls, cooking classes (the Thai food is absolutely outstanding), boat trips, island hopping adventures and more, this is an exceptional place to spend some quality time with your family.
North Island - Seychelles
Often touted as a fabulous honeymoon destination, Seychelles is also perfect for stunning family holidays spent in the sun. North Island has all of the tropical island classics—cerulean lagoons, exclusive beaches, stunning accommodation and pristine beaches in a wonderfully private setting for families who really want to “get away from it all” and relax to the max in this gorgeous paradise. With equal opportunities for relaxation and activity, some of the many things you and your family can enjoy here include scuba diving, snorkelling, cycling, beach picnics, kayaking and much more; it’s the perfect place for families looking for a proper break.
Families who like to travel to new and unusual places are sure to enjoy the magical island of Curacao. Situated in the Caribbean Sea, this fascinating and hugely popular tropical holiday destination resembles a tropical Holland (it is Dutch-owned after all), with incredible jungle-like surrounds encompassing buildings that have been built in a Dutch style. Stellar beaches, unusual architecture, fascinating museums, wonderful beach bars (you can simply sip on a Daiquiri while the kids play on the beach) and an extraordinary national park make this destination one for the bucket list.
Kanuhura - The Maldives
If you have ever opened up a travel brochure with pictures of sublime dreamlike destinations where villas are built on stilts over the ocean and every aspect of every picture is just pure perfection, then the chances are you are looking at pictures of the Maldives (ones that haven’t been airbrushed mind you). An incredible, once-in-a-lifetime type destination, the challenge when it comes to the Maldives is narrowing it down to the best island for you and your family. One thing is for sure, you just can’t go wrong with Kanuhura.
“Gypset”, five-star luxury in extraordinary surrounds, this absolutely breathtaking place has just been renovated and is totally out of this world. Technically made up of three islands (Kanuhura and its two deserted neighbouring islands), there is an incredible wealth of things to do in this absolute paradise.From jam-packed kids club programmes to a range of exciting, immersive and authentic experiences for the adults, it’s simply perfect for families who really want to escape to a sensational, stress-free island destination.
The glittering gem of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius rises out of warm, tropical, topaz-blue waters like a magical island straight out of a fantasy novel. Volcanic, mountainous terrain covered in lush jungle and patches of vivid sugar cane make for an exquisite destination. One of the best possible places for tropical family holidays, Mauritius boasts fabulous weather year-round, absolutely flawless stretches of sandy beaches and a fascinating history which has led to an incredible culture and extraordinary local food. Once totally overlooked, this glorious island is now a much sought-after holiday destination for an array of different travellers from honeymooners and intrepid travellers to families and discerning jet-setters because it literally has something for everyone.
The thriving tourism industry in Mauritius has also ensured that there is an array of stunning accommodation on offer, from self-catering villas and apartments to standard hotels and luxury resorts; whatever type of accommodation your family loves, you are bound to find it here. With a bustling and interesting capital city (Port Louis), diverse tropical terrain (everything from dense jungle to tea plantations) and stunning beaches all around the island, you can’t go wrong with this destination. What’s more is over and above a plethora of land- and sea-based activities, exceptional culinary offerings and day trip adventures, Mauritius is also home to exceptional golf courses, museums, distilleries, national and adventure parks and more. Many of the luxury resorts also cater specifically for families with wonderful gastronomic experiences and sublime cocktails for the adults and remarkable kids clubs for the little ones—it’s the quintessential destination for unforgettable family holidays.
If you are interested in heading to the Maldives or Mauritius, you can’t go wrong with a stay at one of Sun Resorts’ incredible, family-friendly resorts. Boasting four and five stars, these gorgeous resorts have a little something for each member of the family, from spectacular spas and world-class golf activities to outstanding kids clubs; at any of these resorts you are sure to have unforgettable holidays with your favourite people.