It is mind blowing how immediately life changes when you become a parent. Those dreamy luxury holidays lazing by the pool, reading a book in the shade of majestic palm trees, long walks along the beach and oh those amazing evenings dining out under the stars might feel like a distant, fading memory. But do they really have to?
We want to ensure a family holiday actually feels like a holiday for everyone involved, so from 24/7 on-site private concierge who are on hand to arrange activities, excursions or whatever your heart could desire; to fun filled days playing in the family friendly pool or relaxing in the home cinema in the evenings, we can cater for all your needs.
So long haul really is still an option, even after parenthood, and we have some incredible villas in destinations all over the globe from Mexico to Bali, Thailand to the Maldives. All of which offer expert trained staff to engage even the shyest of child, and to help your stay run smoothly. Private chefs are on hand to ensure that the menu suits every need of all the family, from local cuisine to international delights. For little explorers wanting to spend time away from the villa, we can ensure that all the amenities at the beach are just moments away.
We understand how important it is that every attention to detail is accounted for and designed for world travellers with no less than 5-star expectations. Our aim is to ensure our guests (both big and small) have the most spectacular vacation experience. . Find out more about some of our recommended luxury villas in exotic locations that are perfect for families here on our blog: Luxury Villas in Exotic Locations Perfect for Families
We asked Kerstin Smolcic at Luxmumma who is a lifestyle, family and luxury travel writer to share her top tips for long haul luxury travel with little ones, here is what she had to say...
What is your favourite long haul destination to take the family to?
"As a family, we really love tropical climates and beach holidays. With this in mind, our favourite long haul destination with kids is the Maldives . The calm crystal clear turquoise tinged waters are ideal for swimming with young children and we love the relaxing atmosphere. We also appreciate the seclusion and privacy the Maldives offers which makes it a place to truly relax as a family." .
Edge Retreats have a spectacular selection of exclusive luxury properties available in the Maldives which are ideal for families. Their team of experts work together with families to find the perfect holiday property and ensure they exceed all expectations.
✓ Access to resort restaurants and gym .. ✓ Private infinity edge pool and sun-deck
✓ Children aged 0-11 years are Complimentary when sharing with two adults
What are the three essentials you can't do without when travelling with family?
"There are three essentials which I always make sure we take with us when travelling with the family, the first is a lightweight compact travel stroller which fits into the overhead compartment of the plane, our soft alpaca wool knitted baby blanket which is the most versatile piece for flights and balmy tropical evenings, and finally our camera to capture all our family adventures."
What are your favourite activities to do on a long haul family friendly luxe holiday?
"Real luxury is all about taking the time to do activities which we can all enjoy as a family. Our first favourite activity would be sampling the local cuisine. The best way to do this is by engaging a local chef. The experience usually starts at the local farmers market, sourcing ingredients and then having a cooking lesson with our private chef at our villa. .
Kids enjoy taking part in preparing their meals and it is a great way to learn new skills and discover new cuisines at the same time. .
Our second would be anything that involves water activities. The best way to explore our surroundings whilst also incorporating plenty of water activities is to charter a boat for the day and explore the coastline whilst periodically stopping to take a dip or snorkel. This activity is ideal for families, as you can set your own schedule for the day and take your time exploring. .
The advantage of booking with Edge Retreats is that their expert team take all your needs into account when booking, from ensuring you have a 24 hour concierge available to organising excursions or arranging that baby sitter for you. As an added luxury, your private chef is on hand to plan your meals and cook them just as you and the whole family require, including family cooking lessons too!"
Here at Edge Retreats our villa collections are especially curated for those looking for family friendly super luxe properties. Proving that long haul luxury travel with little ones can be achieved and be magical all at the same time.
For more take a look at our Family Friendly Villa Collection or speak to one of our team today.