Recent research indicates that almost one in five of us Britons has been on a multigenerational holiday – trips which bring grandparents, parents and children together for some quality time – in the past year, and that it’s still a growing trend. But how to ensure that all goes well? Real Holidays’ Matt, veteran of many a multigenerational holiday, offers his advice...
Five things to consider:
1. Seek everyone’s input: Discuss holiday priorities with the whole group: this will helpfully narrow down destination contenders. If Grandpa has mobility problems or your sister-in-law requires gluten-free meals, noting those issues early will save time in the long run.
2. Location, location, location: If everyone’s in need of relaxation, then that two-week tour of India you fancy is unlikely to go down well! Not all destinations were created equal, and often somewhere offering a combo of beach, culture, relaxation and activity is the best bet for 3G trips.
3. Accommodation types: Prefer a villa’s privacy and space, or the on-tap activities of a resort? Places combining the best of both worlds are the ideal – having separate rooms or villas within a hotel enables some all-important downtime between group activities or meals. Ask us for tips.
4. Activities for all: Multigenerational trips entail a variety of fitness levels. Think broad: it’s useful to have swimming, cycling (including electric bikes) and watersports available, plus more relaxing pursuits. This isn’t always age-led – we’ve planned holidays for many an active octogenarian, while some teens want little more than the wi-fi password.
5. Enlisting experts (i.e. us!): Multigenerational holidays are demanding to plan – so let us take the strain. We’re used to juggling a variety of requests, from the need to be within walking distance of restaurants to non-negotiable demands for an on-site rowing machine!
Some tried and tested suggestions for multigenerational holiday success include:
In brief: Activities aplenty beside a wide, sandy beach in the Western Algarve.
Why it works: Martinhal is family-friendly and then some. Youngsters are catered for either by a dedicated baby concierge, age-specific kid’s clubs or the teen games room. You can get active at the watersports centre (sailing, surfing, kayaking et al) or tennis academy, while walking, yoga and spa treatments are also available for gentler days. Spacious Houses and Villas suit families needing plenty of outdoor space, while those preferring a full-service hotel are also in luck...
In brief: Beautifully restored farmhouse apartments in Le Marche’s wonderful rolling hills.
Why it works: By taking all six spacious apartments at Casal dei Fichi, families will have a winning combination of complete privacy and individual independence. The large pool provides spectacular countryside views, while Adriatic coast beaches and the Sibillini Mountains – a hiking and cycling hotspot – are both within easy reach. Even nearer are restaurants in the local medieval village, while the house itself offers communal feasting areas and an outside oven for family pizza parties.
It goes without saying that all families are different - contact us and we’ll find the perfect place to suit you and your relatives.