Unwind and relax whilst your teens engage in activities that they are sure to be talking about long after their visit. These carefully selected hotels offer the perfect holidays to reward your children after months of revision and exams, from team beach-athons in Saint Lucia and undersea walks in Mauritius to rock-climbing and urban graffiti designed hang-outs in Cyprus.
Set on one of the best beaches in Saint Lucia, The BodyHoliday attracts families with teenagers looking to combine deep relaxation with out-and-out exhilarating fun. Over the summer months, the resort’s new ‘WellFit Families’ programme has been designed for a sense of cohesion and family spirit based around the beach. Spend a week learning the skills and developing the fitness that a beach lifeguard would – from physical strength and cardiovascular fitness to First Aid CPR training. Increase stamina on a bike ride, learn basic sailing skills on the Hobie Cats across the azure waters or marvel at the multitude of colourful life beneath the gentle waves on a snorkelling adventure. Mothers and daughters will delight with quality time in the wellness centre as they enjoy relaxing beauty sessions. Team beach-athlons complete the week.
Situated close to the remote Akamas Peninsula and exuding the charm of a Byzantine village, Anassa is ideal for independent families seeking space and relaxation. The resort has its own luxury yacht for private family cruises around the peninsula and one of the island’s finest beaches offering a plethora of watersports. During the summer months, activities include cookery lessons with the Chef, mini Olympics competitions, whilst the Hercules Teens Club provides the ideal place to relax and make new friends.
This vast resort is the ultimate aquatic playground for families. Unrivalled facilities include Arabia’s largest water themed attraction, an underwater habitat home to 65,000 marine animals and a dolphin conservation centre. Teens will love Club Rush, a fully supervised, mocktail-serving private club. Parents can attribute credit to their teen’s account giving them the freedom to spend as they wish. With a beautiful stretch of beach, luxury boutiques, 19 dining choices including four celebrity chef restaurants, a nightclub, spa and fitness club, everything your family needs is at the resort.
As winner of ‘Best Hotel for Leisure Facilities’ in the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2012 and with six beaches and three separate islands, there are ample distractions for all the family. Teenage guests can take part in a special photo safari or undersea walk, while out in the lagoon, Ile aux Cerfs is accessible only by boat and makes for an enjoyable island adventure with restaurants, bars, a spectacular championship golf course by Bernhard Langer and complimentary watersports.
Whisk your family away to Laguna Phuket, one of Asia’s finest destinations and experience pristine beaches, azure waters and the exclusivity of Banyan Tree. This no-luxury-overlooked resort offers private living at its most opulent. Architecturally-dramatic Pool Villas are exquisitely styled and nestled in fragrant gardens. Navigate the resort on two wheels with complimentary bicycles or join The Quest Adventure Programme, perfect for young adults seeking adrenaline-fuelled activities such as high ropes and abseiling.
Maxine Roberts is Head of Marketing at Carrier.