4 Unique Experiences Around the Globe for the Perfect Family Escape
From luxury cruises around the Galapagos to restorative retreats amidst paradisiacal islands, every member of the family gets a dream vacation at these properties:
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Families on the hunt for a spring break paradise should look no further than Bali. April is a wonderful month to explore this idyllic island as it is the beginning of the dry season. The temperature is also very warm during this time of year. The perfect occasion to take in the most authentic essence of Bali, travelers can round out their itinerary by staying at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, beautifully set where the lush jungle meets the Ayung River and temples stand majestic against a backdrop of rice terraces. Designed as a sanctuary to relax one’s mind, body and soul, the property offers unique activities and accommodations to provide the ultimate luxury stay for families in Ubud. With 21,530 square feet and stunning views of the rainforest, the Three Bedroom Pool Villa makes families feel at home. Showcasing local traditional Balinese décor, the villa features three bedrooms, private spa facilities, spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, a fully equipped kitchen, a large private swimming pool, and a private garden, creating the ideal atmosphere to make unforgettable family memories.
Families traveling to Mandapa during spring break can also take advantage of the property’s Family Getaway, a four-night itinerary filled with exciting activities and cultural experiences. To make the most of this season's pleasant weather, families can enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities such as tranquil bikes through rice fields, exciting rafting at the Ayung River, winding drives to temples and historical landmarks in a classic Volkswagen, and many others. Families can also indulge in unique Balinese flavors in outstanding locations throughout the resort - from private dinners in elegant cocoons to relaxed picnics at rice barns, guests can enjoy a feast for all senses during their stay. At Mandapa Camp, mini explorers are invited to go on a learning adventure. Tailored for children or the entire family to enjoy, activities at Mandapa Camp offer guests the chance to learn new skills and take part in a wide range of creative activities that encourage them to learn Balinese culture through arts, music and games. Mandapa Camp includes an organic garden and an educational farm where young travelers can tend the resort’s cows, chickens, ducks, and more.
Pangkor Laut Resort
For travelers looking for a unique beach destination, Pangkor Laut Resort is the place to visit. Set off the West coast of Malaysia on a private island exclusive to guests, the tropical haven sits amid an ancient rainforest, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. The resort gives guests a glimpse into true, laid-back island living. From guided daily walks through a two-million-year-old rainforest to sunset cruises, island hopping and fishing adventures, guests will be enchanted by all that the paradise the island has to offer.
For more exclusive family fun on the water, guests can charter the YTL Lady II for a five-day, four-night cruise for up to six people. With the Straits to Luxury experience, guests can depart from Pangkor Laut in the late evening for an unforgettable cruise to Phuket, stopping at different islands along the way, including uninhabited islands where guests can snorkel, swim, or simply laze until the sun sets. The ship makes dock at Langkawi, Ko Rok Nok, Ko Kai, Ko Phi Phi, until it arrives at Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket.
Those looking to stay on land do not need to sacrifice exclusivity and can seek refuge at The Estates at Pangkor Laut Resort. Situated on the northern part of the island, eight private sanctuaries provide luxurious comforts that each house between one to four bedrooms. Three estates are beachfront, boasting a natural marine aquarium at their very doorsteps, and five estates are situated on hilltops nestled within the ancient rainforest.
Quasar Expeditions - M/Y Grace and M/V Evolution
For families interested in exploring the secluded Galapagos Islands in style, Quasar Expeditions offers luxury family cruises on their two yachts, the M/V Evolution and the M/Y Grace. These cruises operate on seven-night itineraries, feature child-friendly naturalists who make learning about the Galapagos and the importance of conservation fun for kids, offer an array of menus for children to enjoy, and include plenty of time for snorkeling and kayaking at destinations chosen according to each family’s skill level. A cruse with Quasar Expeditions also allows kids and families to get up close and personal with the islands' amazing beaches and animals and, unlike the larger tour operators in the Galapagos Islands, Quasar incorporates the more remote sites and outer islands in their itineraries and excursions.
Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui sits on the Gulf of Thailand, nestled within a private bay. The resort sits upon 58 acres of a former coconut plantation, featuring 11 restaurants, and 175 suites and pool villas that are perfect for group travel. This premiere Thai resort makes the perfect luxury family getaway destination for a lavish spring break.
Families are invited to make the most of the ample activities and experiences available at the Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. With scheduled supervised fish feedings and immersive snorkeling activities, guest can discover the largest, one-of-a-kind Swim Reef in Southeast Asia: strategically placed pieces of artificial coral reef structures with over 50 species of marine fish. Guests can spend time together on the beach or by the resort pool, which also includes a special kids area. Adult guests also have the option to bring their children to the Ritz Kids program, where they can enjoy a range of adventurous and immersive activities. They offer a range of activities with four pillars of foundation: Water, Land, Environmental Responsibility, and Culture. The natural wonders and rich traditions of Southern Thailand open a door to delight and curiosity, with immersive activities from swimming with the fish to an introduction to Thai cuisine.
As a family, guests can immerse themselves in the Thai culture, with six unique cuisine options, luxe spa treatments inspired by ancient rituals, and guided visits to cultural sites like the Big Buddha Temple, the Fisherman’s Village, Angthong National Marine Park and much more. They can also enjoy a myriad of fun activities at the resort, including: surfing, sailing, kayaking, tennis, hiking, and more.