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15 more dreamy destinations for a luxury family holiday

Family holidays aren’t just time away – they’re an opportunity to share experiences with the ones you love.
In case you missed it, we already did a blog post previously with 15 dreamy destinations for a luxury family holiday. So we decided to do more.

In this blog post, we’ll take you to 15 places that seamlessly blend beauty with adventure, to ensure every family member finds their perfect slice of paradise on your next family holiday. So whether it’s on a sun-soaked beach, amidst cultural wonders, or within the embrace of scenic landscapes, this list has something for everybody!

1. Queensland, Australia

First up on our list, we have Queensland in Australia. From small beachfront cabins to luxurious city hotels, Queensland’s lodging options cater to all tastes. And so do the attractions! You and your loved ones can explore ancient rainforests, engage in indigenous cultural experiences, and bask in the sun while taking in the majesty of the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland offers you the perfect blend of nature and culture for your next family adventure.

2. Rovaniemi, Finland

If your idea of the perfect family holiday is somewhere dreamy and wintery – then this one’s for you. Why not take your little ones to discover the whimsy and wonder of Santa’s hometown! Get lost in the magic of the Arctic Circle and stay in cosy log cabins or modern hotels. Explore Santa Claus Village, witness the mesmerising Northern Lights, and engage in thrilling winter activities like husky sledding. Rovaniemi promises a magical blend of Arctic wonders and family fun, so you can create cherished memories in the heart of Lapland!

3. Cook Islands

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, just northeast of New Zealand, between American Samoa and French Polynesia is the Cook Islands. It consists of 15 small islands scattered across a vast area, with the largest island being, Rarotonga – which is home to rugged mountains and Avarua, the national capital. From quaint beachfront bungalows to stunning resorts, you can experience the island’s warm hospitality anywhere. You and your family can indulge in traditional feasts and embrace the laid-back island atmosphere. The Cook Islands offers a unique blend of island tradition and modern comfort for an relaxing family escape.

4. Big Island, Hawaii

Say Aloha to your next family holiday destination – and we think you’ll agree that it’s not short on dreaminess. From charming beachside bungalows to luxurious resorts, the Big Island caters to every family’s tastes. And the same goes for attractions. You can explore volcanic landscapes, snorkel in beautiful waters, and soak in the beauty of Polynesian culture. With a perfect mix of adventure, culture, and relaxation, the Big Island offers a family getaway in a tropical paradise.

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Maybe it’s time you experienced the vibrant charm of Amsterdam with your family. Amsterdam is a fantastic family travel destination – just think of its charming canals, lush parks, and kid-friendly museums like the NEMO Science Museum. You can explore the city’s cultural history by staying in quaint canal-side houses or opt for an uber-modern, contemporary hotel. Don’t forget to rent bicycles for a family ride, make sure you explore the wax museum, and take a boat tour through the picturesque waterways. When you’re done, why not grab a warm, gooey stroopwafel?

6. Florida, United States

Why not discover the Sunshine State’s diverse charm with your family? Where you can choose between quaint beachside cottages, family-friendly resorts, or even themed hotels for a truly unforgettable stay. Reconnect with your inner child at Disney World or unwind on one of the many pristine beaches. Florida seamlessly combines adventure and relaxation. Plus, you’ll create lasting memories in a state that caters to every family member’s idea of the perfect vacation!

7. Portland, Oregon

Known for its quirky charm, Portland in Oregon, USA, might not be your first thought for a family holiday, but trust us, it offers something for the whole family. Start by exploring the lush Washington Park, and make sure you visit the Oregon Zoo. You can also enjoy family-friendly attractions like the Children’s Museum. From charming boutique hotels to family-friendly Airbnb rentals, Portland ensures a comfortable and memorable stay for your family.

8. Oslo, Norway

Oslo offers both stunning natural beauty with thriving city life – something for everyone. Your family can explore the iconic Viking Ship Museum, marvel at the impressive sculptures in Vigeland Park, and enjoy the interactive exhibits at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology. And for accommodation, you can choose to stay in family-friendly cabins or apartments nestled in Oslo’s picturesque surroundings for an authentic and comfortable experience.

9. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

If you’re searching for a truly unique family holiday, then you might want to consider heading to Ecuador. The Galápagos Island’s otherworldly atmosphere is unlikely to be trumped. You can sink your toes in the sand and experience the once-in-a-lifetime natural wonders of this unique archipelago. And don’t worry, you don’t need to rough it – you can choose from eco-friendly lodges or luxurious resorts. Both will provide a welcome and comfortable retreat after days filled with snorkelling, hiking, and exploring!

10. Nairobi, Kenya

Maybe your family’s idea of a dreamy holiday is set against the African wild. . . Then you should explore the vibrant cultural tapestry of The Green City in the Sun with your family. In Nairobi, Kenya you can choose between comfortable family-run guesthouses or fancy hotels – but you’ll still be in the bush. And you can also get your cultural fill with authentic Kenyan cuisine,and a visit to the Nairobi National Museum. From wildlife adventures at Nairobi National Park to strolls in Karura Forest, Nairobi blends tradition and modernity for an enriching family adventure.

11. Antalya, Turkey

Antalya in Turkey is an incredible destination for a family getaway because it seamlessly combines history and luxury. This stunning city promises an unforgettable family adventure amid the beauty of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Just picture you and your family exploring ancient ruins, visiting historic sites, and savouring local cuisine while soaking up the city’s rich heritage. Then you end off your day by staying in a charming Ottoman-era hotel or modern resort. Sounds like a dream, right?

12. Ko Lanta, Thailand

Thailand’s Ko Lanta is an excellent choice for a luxury family holiday. You and your loved ones can explore bright coral reefs, indulge in authentic Thai cuisine, and enjoy breathtaking scenery. Whether you stay in a traditional beachfront bungalow or opt for an upscale resort, Ko Lanta seamlessly combines tradition and relaxation. A promising spot for an unforgettable family adventure in the heart of Thailand’s beauty.

13. Sentosa Island, Singapore

This tropical paradise is found just off the coast of Singapore – Sentosa Island invites you and your family to discover themed attractions, lush rainforests, award-winning spas, and golden beaches. Spend the day in thrilling theme parks like Universal Studios, relax on the beach, and explore the fascinating S.E.A. Aquarium. With family-friendly resorts and luxurious accommodations, Sentosa offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation for an unforgettable family escape! And most importantly, something for everyone.

14. Paradise Island, Bahamas

If you’re searching for a real-world paradise; Paradise Island in the Bahamas is the perfect place for you to sit back and relax – whether in beachfront resorts or charming cottages. You can also experience snorkelling in crystal-clear waters, building sandcastles with the little ones on pristine beaches, and of course, savouring local seafood delights. Paradise Island offers the perfect mix of tropical bliss and family-friendly fun – and ultimately the opportunity to create lasting memories in an idyllic Caribbean paradise.

15. Aruba

Unwind in beachfront resorts or charming boutique hotels, immersing yourself in the welcoming island atmosphere of Aruba. Nestled in the Caribbean Sea, you can explore colourful markets, indulge in local cuisine, and soak up the sun on beautiful beaches. Aruba promises an enchanting fusion of cultural richness and tropical bliss, ensuring an unforgettable family adventure.

So, what are you waiting for? I’d love to know your favourite destination on the list.

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. So far the furthest that we’ve flown with our kids is 4 hours and they’ve got into the routines of flying. Reading all of these great ideas makes me think that it’s time to try something more adventurous.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment!
      And glad to hear this post was your sign to take on more adventure with your family . . . :)

  2. Family holidays create memories that last for many a year. Even when things don’t go quite right.

    Although they are now heading into middle age our kids still talk about the family trip to Australia whenever they get together.

    1. Hi Ivor,

      I 100% agree with you.
      Even the bad days are full of cherished moments.
      And the memories last forever!

  3. It probably doesn’t do any good to look back with regrets, especially on parenting as it all flashes by so fast, but I do regret not taking our kids on a snowy Santa experience. If we ever get to be grandparents I think that will be something that we’ll do with the grandkids.

  4. Even if you’ve got the ultimate small family like we have there are still some good suggestions here, ie we’re a couple without children. We could turn a lot of these places into romantic suggestions for two.

    1. Hi Jez,

      Yes! Some of these spots are incredibly versatile.
      Plus a candle-lit dinner will make anywhere romantic. . .

  5. It’s still the beach options that work best for us. Moving our tribe of kids through a city would be like herding cats.

    1. Hi James — I’ve never tried to herd cats. LOL!
      But I loved this comment. Made me laugh.

      I think beaches are always a win with the little ones.

  6. Of course the big question in 2024 will be what’s a family? I read an article about the growth of big extended families going on holiday. Then to prove the point our neighbours went over to an Algarve villa taking their 17 month older toddler and her 89 year old great grandmother. You have to do a lot of research to make that sort of holiday work.

    1. Hi Pete — thanks for this!
      Totally agree. Each family dynamic is unique and some might require some special considerations.
      The most important thing is that everyone’s comfortable and has activities suitable to them.

  7. After today’s news that Argentina is devaluing its currency it’s going to be good value for families. Will it be in your next 15 recommendations?

    1. Hi Kate

      Thank you so much for commenting!
      I didn’t know about that and hadn’t considered a third edition.

      People seem to be enjoying these though. So might do another! :)

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