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15 dreamy destinations for a luxury family holiday

Family holidays are an opportunity to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Thankfully, the world is filled with stunning destinations, each offering unique experiences that are perfect for families who enjoy both opulence and adventure.

In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey to 15 dreamy places where you can guarantee a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your loved ones. Whether you’re into beachfront paradises, cultural explorations, or scenic adventures, these destinations have something for every member of your family.

Oh, in case you missed it – here’s a blog post to help you plan your trip: Luxury family vacation: The ultimate guide to planning your perfect trip.


For families looking to bask in the lap of luxury amidst crystal-clear waters, the Maldives is a top choice. This archipelago of 26 atolls offers overwater bungalows and private villas that allow your family to experience paradise in privacy. From snorkelling in vibrant coral reefs to indulging in world-class spa treatments, the Maldives caters to both relaxation and adventure.

Whistler, Canada

Whistler is a winter wonderland and a dream destination for families who love snow sports. Luxury alpine lodges offer cozy retreats after a day of skiing or snowboarding on the world-renowned slopes. Whistler also boasts a range of activities, including snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and even dog sledding, making it an ideal destination for winter adventure.

Tuscany, Italy

Experience the charm of Tuscany with your family as you explore its rolling hills, quaint villages, and vineyard-studded landscapes. Rent a luxury villa surrounded by stunning views of the countryside and immerse yourself in Italian culture through cooking classes, wine tours, and art history lessons.

Kyoto, Japan

Explore the rich cultural heritage of Kyoto with your family by staying in traditional Japanese ryokans or modern luxury hotels. Visit stunning temples, participate in tea ceremonies, and enjoy the serene beauty of Japanese gardens. Kyoto offers a unique blend of tradition and luxury for an unforgettable family experience.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a city steeped in history and culture – offering a luxurious experience for families. Stay in elegant palaces that have been turned into luxury hotels and take your fill of an entire experience fit for royalty. Attend classical concerts at iconic venues like the Vienna State Opera, explore the city’s historical sites, and visit world-class museums. Vienna’s rich heritage and charm offer an extraordinary cultural outlook for all family members.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is an extraordinary destination for families seeking a blend of history and adventure. Families can embark on the Inca Trail, a breathtaking trek through the Andes, and stay in charming eco-lodges along the way. Explore the enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu, marvel at the breathtaking scenery, and learn about the fascinating history of the Inca Empire. This is an educational and adventure-packed journey for families that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If your family craves the great outdoors, Jackson Hole is an idyllic choice. Nestled in the Grand Teton Mountains, this Wyoming destination offers luxurious lodges and a range of activities, including hiking, wildlife safaris, and skiing during the winter months. The rugged beauty of Jackson Hole is perfect for families seeking adventure.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a haven for eco-conscious luxury travellers. Stay in sustainable eco-lodges and embark on wildlife excursions to spot howler monkeys, sloths, and colourful birds. The country’s diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests to pristine beaches, make it an ideal destination for a family holiday filled with adventure and relaxation.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, with its iconic, blue-domed churches and dramatic sunsets, is an alluring luxury destination. Stay in elegant cliffside villas overlooking the Aegean Sea and explore the island’s cultural heritage, which dates back to ancient times. Donkey rides, boat tours, and water sports provide all provide an opportunity to experience local life, as well as family time.

Queenstown, New Zealand

For families who seek the thrill of adventure, Queenstown is the perfect destination. Set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu, the idyllic town offers a range of adrenaline-pumping activities, including jet boating, bungee jumping, and hiking. Luxury lodges and boutique hotels provide a comfortable base for your family’s exciting adventures.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a captivating destination that combines the spiritual allure of ancient temples with the natural beauty of lush rice terraces and pristine beaches. Families can choose from an array of luxury villas and resorts – opt for private pools or direct beach access. Engage in cultural activities such as traditional dance performances, visit ancient temples like Uluwatu, and savour local cuisine in world-class restaurants. Bali offers an ideal blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural exploration for the whole family.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, a city known for its artistic heritage and vibrant atmosphere, is a fantastic destination for a luxury family getaway. Families can stay in opulent accommodations and explore architectural marvels like the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Barcelona’s beautiful Mediterranean beaches are perfect for relaxation, and its culinary scene is a delight for all ages with delicious Spanish cuisine in world-class restaurants.


Fiji, an archipelago in the South Pacific, is a tropical paradise known for its warm hospitality and stunning coral reefs. Families can choose from private island resorts and luxury beachfront accommodations. The Fijian culture is rich, and families can partake in cultural activities such as traditional Kava ceremonies and Meke dance performances. Outdoor adventures like snorkelling, kayaking, and exploring lush rainforests are perfect for those seeking family-friendly activities.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, nestled between the sea and the iconic Table Mountain, provides a unique blend of culture, nature, and adventure. Luxury accommodations include beachfront resorts with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Families can explore the city’s stunning landscapes, wildlife safaris, and take in breathtaking views from atop Table Mountain. The diversity of Cape Town offers a wide range of activities for families seeking both relaxation and adventure.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi Coast is a picturesque stretch of Italian coastline where colourful villages cling to the cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea. Families can rent luxurious villas with sweeping sea views, offering an authentic Mediterranean experience. Explore the charming towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, and visit historical sites such as the ancient ruins of Pompeii. The Amalfi Coast is an enchanting destination that offers a blend of relaxation and cultural exploration.

From the serene beaches of the Maldives to the adrenaline-inducing activities in Queenstown, these 15 dreamy destinations cater to a wide range of family interests and preferences. Regardless of where you choose to go, a luxury family holiday is an opportunity to bond, explore, and make lasting memories that will be cherished for generations to come.

Time to plan your next family adventure and get ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime!

Efrat Sagi-Ofir

Efrat Sagi-Ofir is CRO & Founder of Air Doctor. Air Doctor is a startup that connects travelers to a global network of 20,000 local medical doctors through an easy-to-use app, to receive appropriate medical care from anywhere in the world. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. Fairly familiar with most of these and I’ve even been to 7 of them.

    Jackson Hole’s crept in under the radar. I’ve heard of it but don’t know much about the place. Thanks for alerting me. I’ll have to take a deeper look.

    1. Hi Nick,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read the post and leave a comment.
      Glad you found a hidden gem too! :)

    1. Hi Fred,

      That’s great to hear!
      Nothing like a good skiing holiday – the crisp mountain air does wonders for the soul.

  2. My god-daughter spent 3 months of her gap year in Fiji and absolutely loved it. Her photos are incredible. I definitely want to follow in her footsteps though as I have a job and a mortgage I won’t be able to stay as long as 3 months.

    1. Hi Rachel,

      Three months in Fiji sounds like absolute bliss.
      And I’m sure a few days would be just as incredible!

  3. I think my family would take any of these! We’re getting to the stage where our teenagers are either asleep or glued to a screen so I think that they should be OK on a long haul flight.

    1. Hi Suzy,

      That sounds like a great idea to me. :)
      Maybe it’s the start of a family travel bucket-list?

  4. This is beyond our normal 2 weeks on the Costa del Sol for a family holiday.

    Now that our kids are becoming teenagers may be it is time to think a bit bigger when it comes to holidays.

    Back in the day my wife and I were big travellers but over the last 15 years it’s all seemed too much trouble. Thanks for making me think again.

    1. Hi Jez,

      I love to hear that.
      Travelling is an incredible experience, and the Costa del Sol is definitely a great spot for a regular family getaway.
      Let me know if you pick one of these spots next time.
      Happy travelling!

  5. You’re right about family holidays creating great memories. It’s over 20 years at least since our children left the nest and they still talk about some of the holidays that we went on. We alternated having a cheaper UK holiday every other year between more expensive foreign holidays. Funnily, the kids have as many memories of camping in the rain in Devon as they have of going to Disneyland in LA.

    1. Hi Steven,

      So glad it resonated with you and so lovely to read this comment from you.
      Reading it now made me think of a few of my own family holiday moments.
      Thank you for sharing this with us!

  6. We’ve been lucky enough to have a lottery win, nothing life changing but enough to give us a couple of treats that we wouldn’t have been able to afford in the usual run of things.

    That’s why we are doing some research on what should be the holiday of a lifetime. There are lots of great suggestions here for us to think about.

    1. Hi Sara,

      Thank you for sharing this and congrats on your recent win!
      I know you’ll find the perfect place to make memories.

  7. When I read posts like this there’s part of me that feels disappointed that I’ve seen so little of the world. Then on the other hand I get excited that there’s so much more that I’ve still got left to see.

  8. Time and time again I’ve been tempted by a family trip to the Maldives especially as the islands often pick up awards as the best travel destination. The trouble is that there are 26 atolls and I’m guessing that means that there are dozens of different islands and hotel.

    When I’m going to travel that far and spend all that money I’m worried about making the right choice.

    1. Hi Jack,

      Great to hear you’re considering a family trip to the Maldives! I understand your concerns about choosing the right island and hotel in a place with so many options.
      Here’s some suggestions to help you make the best choice:

      – Know Your Priorities: Start by listing the top activities and experiences that are important to you and your family. Are you more interested in water sports, relaxation on the beach, exploring marine life, or cultural experiences? This will help you narrow down your options.

      – Research Each Atoll: Each atoll has its own unique features. Research each atoll to understand what it offers. Some atolls are known for excellent diving opportunities, while others are perfect for serene beach getaways. Which atolls align with your family’s interests most?

      – Consider the Budget: Different islands and resorts in the Maldives come with varying price ranges. Establish a budget you’re comfortable with and focus your research on options within that range. Keep in mind that some all-inclusive resorts may offer better value for your money, but not always.

      – Read Reviews: Look for online reviews and testimonials from travellers who have visited the Maldives. These can provide valuable insights into the quality of accommodations, services, and activities offered by different resorts.

      – Connect with Travel Agents Or Join Community Facebook Groups: If you’re still unsure, consider reaching out to travel agents who specialise in the Maldives, or check what people are saying in Facebook community groups. These are great places to get advice and helps tailor your trip to your family’s preferences.

      – Get in Touch with Resorts: Feel free to contact the resorts you’re interested in directly. Their staff can answer your questions, provide more details, and even help customise your trip based on your family’s needs.

      – Don’t overwhelm yourself. The Maldives is a dream destination, and you can hardly go wrong with any choice. It all comes down to what suits your family’s preferences and budget the most.

      Safe travels and enjoy your trip planning!

  9. Machu Picchu would be more choice. I think our boys would be up for an adventure and my wife and I would love to try out some eco lodges along the way.

  10. We had a day and a half in Vienna in the summer for the start of a Danube river cruise. It was utterly brilliant but very frustrating at the same time.

    We had been to Vienna before and had forgotten what a great city it is. Also having the ship’s guide gave his a whole new perspective on the grand imperial heritage of the city.

    Though it was disappointing to hear about the opera, the concerts and the dances without getting along to a single one.

    Vienna is definitely on our list for a much longer visit soon.

  11. We went to Vienna last summer and we didn’t make the most of the trip. Going round all the sights wax great as we had some fantastic guides. What was frustrating was that we saw adverts for concerts and operas that were going on. Some were already sold out and some were happening by the time we’d gone home. Also there was a great looking restaurant that was always booked up. For us the lesson was that we should have done way more planning. Vienna is an amazing city and it’s tragic to miss out on it.

  12. Hey Paul, just read your fantastic article on luxury family holiday destinations, and I’m loving the suggestions! From the stunning beaches of the Maldives to the adventurous safaris in South Africa, you’ve covered it all. I’m actively looking for a new trip idea with my LO. Your tips on finding family-friendly accommodations and activities are super helpful. I putting Peru in my 2025 backlist!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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