Five alternative family destinations.... | Designer Travel

South Africa….

Has it all in terms of exciting cosmopolitan cities such as Cape Town; rural landscapes with a historical backdrop in the Kwazulu Natal and one of the world’s best safari destinations in the Kruger National Park or for families, the malaria free Eastern Cape. Not only will you see the ‘Big Five’ consisting of lion; leopard; rhino; elephant and buffalo but other various rare and exotic birds and animals. If you are seeking luxury accommodation, you and your family will be pleased to know that South Africa has luxurious safari lodges and stylish city hotels.

New Zealand….

With excellent flight options from the UK, New Zealand has never seemed closer and is fast becoming a popular destination for family holidays. Thanks to the Lord of the Rings, teenagers in particular will be fascinated to discover the magical land of Hobbiton! For adults, both North and South Islands contain some of the world’s most stunning scenery including Mount Cook and Milford Sound in the South. With miles of untouched beaches and coast line, it really is one of the best destinations to satisfy the whole family.


As Dubai has escalated in status to the most visited of the Middle Eastern States, for those seeking a more authentic Middle Eastern Experience Oman could be classed as an alternative family destination. It is packed with things to to see and do which the whole family will enjoy. Not only does it boast a rich and interesting history, but it’s vibrant culture can be felt in every single part of the state. Oman is synonymous with Arabian Safari’s where you can witness wildlife in their natural habitat whilst onboard a 4×4. Hotels such as the Shangri-LaBarr Al Jissah Resort offer families a luxurious stay with all the modern amenities expected from a five star hotel.

New York….

An obvious choice maybe, but New York offer so much more than any other city. The whole family will enjoy exploring such iconic landmarks such as Empire State Building ; Statue of Liberty and Central Park which offer families a different experience depending on the season.. New York is a shoppers paradise, little one’s will love the FAO Schwartz toy store, whilst older kids will want to stock up on trainers in the NIKE Store. For adults, Macy’s will have you reaching for your dollars and the whole family will have a frenzy in M and M World! There is so much to see and do in the ‘Big Apple’ you will never have a dull moment.

Costa Rica….

Adrenaline seeking families will love the wild adventures that Costa Rica has to offer. With British Airways offering more direct flights to San Jose, now would be a great time to plan your South America adventure. From rain forest canopies to deserted beaches and vibrant cities, Costa Rica has to be one of the hippest places to visit in 2016. Activities such as zip-lining through the forest or racing down waterfalls will satisfy the thrill seekers. If you have an interest in unusual animals, then head to the Sloth Sanctuary, a family run orphanage, which has to be one of the cutest places on earth. Or the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, where visitors can marvel at the free roaming ocelots and jaguars.  From rainforest eco lodges to beach side all inclusives, Costa Rica has all accommodation options covered.

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