5 ‘Familymoon’ Holiday Ideas

Why take a break with just your new spouse, when you can holiday with the whole family? By Caroline Lewis

This summer, the footballer Lionel Messi chose to honeymoon with his extended family, rather than just his new wife. In an increasingly fast-moving world, multi-generational travel offers a chance to step off the wheel and spend time with those who matter most. For parents, taking the grandparents potentially means free childcare. It’s also the perfect way to celebrate a milestone birthday, a retirement or an anniversary. Whatever the reason, quality time with your loved ones is a given. Here are some suggestions.

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1. The Mansion at Daios Cove, Crete

This hillside resort on the north-eastern coast of Crete has a villa, aptly named the Mansion, perfect for multi-generational travel. There are two heated pools (one indoor, one outdoor), a spa and staff quarters, so that all the hard work can be done for you (such as the services of a private chef). And within the hotel grounds, you’ll find a private beach, tennis courts, cocktail bars and a watersports centre.

For the kids: the kids’ club has its very own minotaur-themed maze, celebrating Crete’s most famous ancient myth and educating budding classicists in one go.

For the parents: the aforementioned cocktail bars will come in handy post-bedtime. There’s also an in-villa gym, a personal trainer on request, as well as the possibility of Pilates or yoga classes within your private grounds. 

For the grandparents: a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor will help with any mobility issues. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools for morning laps; and Anne Semonin spa treatments available on the deck afterwards. 

A seven-night stay for six people costs from £36,999 with ITC Luxury Travel (01244 355 527; itcluxurytravel.co.uk), including flights, transfers and breakfast. 

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