Sometimes it’s ok to break the budget when planning a special vacay with the fam at these resorts…
Travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have hand-picked the most magical spots for whole-family getaways. These five luxury-with-a-twist lodgings give above-and-beyond service in extraordinary settings, offering nothing but the best for you and yours.
Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia
Just three hours’ drive from Sydney, Wolgan Valley transports blissful private-villa luxury to a 4,000-acre wilderness of sun-blessed escarpments. With here-to-the-horizon wilderness to play in, wildlife safaris, mountain biking and horse riding, the kids will be having a blast for days, while the adults can indulge in fine dining, fine wining and reclining in a world-class spa.
Smith extra: A gourmet Wolgan picnic hamper for families, to be enjoyed on the reserve
Nihiwatu, Sumba, Indonesia
Protected from urban development, this off-the-beaten-path Indonesian island escape is an idyllic setting for once-in-a-lifetime family holidays. Unplug and spend your carefree days exploring acres of luxuriant valleys; let the children run free around the estate’s winding paths, tropical greenery and rock-pool adorned coastline. There are daily excursions to local villages and, for adventure seekers, there are world-famous surfing breaks, mountain bike trails and horseback treks.
Smith extra: A family outing by open-top jeep to swim at Lapopu waterfall
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand
Jungle-meets-ocean location, fun-filled activities, switched-on service – this Koh Kood playground ticks all the holiday-heaven boxes. Then consider the sensuous spa, treetop dining, outdoor cinema, magical kids’ club, first-class food and free sweet treats to distract little ones and disappointment is impossible. Hell, if it’s good enough for Brangelina’s brood…
Smith extra: One dinner (excluding drinks), either at the View or Benz’s
Marbella Club, Marbella, Spain
This former princely abode – and 1950s celebrity hideout – turned family-friendly luxury resort has an extraordinary kids club that offers flamenco lessons, perfume-making, cookery classes and more; and there’s a champagne room and spa for more grown-up fun. Stay in a suite overlooking the Gibraltar Strait, or hole up in a fully staffed villa with a pool. The glitz and glam of Marbella Town is a short walk away, but you may prefer to mingle at the beach club, be caddied around the groomed golf course, or ride in the hotel’s respected stables before dining at one of the five eateries.
Smith extra: Bottle of Oloroso sherry for BlackSmiths and SilverSmiths; GoldSmiths get a bottle of champagne. Little Smiths are given an age-appropriate toy – a diabolo, kaleidoscope, wooden car, blackboard, rattle or puppets – on arrival
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam, Oman
Where else in the world can you choose to arrive by speedboat, 4×4 or paraglider before catching a movie on the beach under a blanket of stars? This Omani hideout, backed by rugged, rocky cliffs and facing the opal waters of the Musandam peninsula, is truly like nothing you’ve seen before.
Smith extra: A hotel voucher for £25/$40/€30 to use towards your next Smith stay
Smith & Family gives you the best price, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival. Book online at smithandfamily.com, or call the Smith24 team toll-free on 800 905 326