Three Luxury Travel Destinations for a Multigenerational Trip

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Traveling with three generations can be tricky.


“There are innumerable places for wonderful family trips for just parents and children,” says Andrew Harper, editor of the Hideaway Report, a luxury travel newsletter. “But it’s the grandparents you have to worry about. Belize has some of the best snorkeling in the world. Great fly fishing, Mayan ruins, whitewater rafting. But what if the grandparents can’t, or don’t want to, participate in these activities?”

Similarly, guests at a luxury spa don’t want to have their poolside hot stone massage interrupted by kids playing in the water.


So, how do you choose the best destination for a multigenerational trip? The keys, Harper says, are variety and accessibility. There must be enough activities, features and amenities to appeal to everyone in your group, ages 8 to 80. Also, the destination must be relatively easy to get to — no changing planes six times followed by a four-hour, bumpy bus ride through a remote mountain pass. And the accommodations themselves need to be comfortable enough for the older generation — this may not be the time to book a tree house in Africa.


With that in mind, Harper offers his top three destinations for multigenerational luxury trips:


Costa Rica

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo


Whether you stay in a canopy suite with sweeping views of the Costa Rican coastline or a private villa with its own infinity plunge pool, the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo will not disappoint the luxury-minded traveler.

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But it’s not just spa treatments and poolside lounging here. There’s something for everyone in your group, from the eco-adventurer to the gourmet chef.


“This resort is right on the Pacific, with a beautiful sea-front golf course, a glamorous spa and an incredible range of activities,” Harper says. “The restaurants are superb. And it’s easy to get to.”


Trips With a Mission: Family, Fun and Financial Planning


Not sure how to plan your days? No problem. The Four Seasons will customize experiences with families in mind. For adventure lovers, there’s zip lining through the rain forest, horseback riding and world-class sport fishing. For those who prefer pampering, there are soothing spa treatments or quiet catamaran rides at sunset. You can even volunteer in the local community. There are guided activities as well: hiking through the rain forest, bird watching, salsa dancing, fitness training and cooking classes.

And for your teen who thinks everything is boring, there’s the Tuanis Teen Center, a place to hang out, watch TV, play pool or surf the Internet with his or her peers.



Singita Sasakwa Lodge


With its elegant turn-of-the-century manor house and 10 private cottages, lovers of “Out of Africa” will swoon for the amenities, grace and adventure at the Singita Sasakwa Lodge in the stunning Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania.


“This is the best wildlife lodge in the world,” Harper says. “And the view from the lodge — it truly is an astounding view.”


The game experiences are called “gentle safaris.” Daily game drives (in state-of-the-art Land Cruisers) with professional guides and trackers get you up close and personal with cheetah, wildebeest, black rhinos, Maasai giraffe, lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, zebras and more. The more adventurous can do it on horseback, while the luxury lovers can relax at the spa, enjoy gourmet food and fine wine, or play a round of tennis. For the youngest, there’s the Mini Rangers course, where they learn to track animals and spot wildlife.



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New Zealand

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown


“New Zealand is a great family destination,” Harper says. “It’s safe. It’s away from the troubles of the world. There are fantastic wineries, delicious, outstanding food, spectacular golf courses, the world’s best trout fishing and incredibly beautiful scenery. The question is, which lodge?”


He recommends the Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown, an alpine lodge with sweeping views of the nearby mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.

The 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage is ideal for families traveling together.


Activities include tours of every kind — bike cruises, photo safaris, river cruises, horseback rides, shorter hikes (for the less active), winery tours, a tour where you meet local artists and even a Lord of the Rings tour.


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