Here are four options for your next family get together
Travel briefs: Four ‘3G’ summer holiday ideas
The trend toward “3G” holidays – three generations of the same family vacationing together – is one of this year’s most popular, and with summer here, what better time than now to get the extended crew together.
InterContinental Fujairah Resort, UAE
For a holiday option close to home, the shores of Al Aqah Beach at the base of the Hajar Mountains could be just the spot. This five-star resort offers youngsters in the clan a selection of indoor and outdoor activities at its Planet Trekkers (4 to 12 years) or Teen (13 to 18 years) clubs. While the children wear themselves out, the adults can enjoy some “me” time at the O Spa by L’Occitane for a pampering session, or for something a little more adventurous, there are watersports aplenty. Rooms cost from Dh530 per night. For more information, visit www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/fujairah/fjrae/hoteldetail.
Shangri-La Mactan Resort, Cebu, Philippines
The children will be in their element at this 530-room resort. When they’re not swimming their hearts out, they can while away some parent-free time in the Adventure Zone – an indoor, air-conditioned playground. Alternatively, there’s the Toddler Zone (for 3 years and up); or the E-Zone, which has a Timezone arcade and a karaoke room. The rest of the family can partake in a round of mini-golf, parasailing or jet-skiing, or can pull up a pew by the pool or the beach. There’s a Chi, The Spa, too, and some of the best snorkelling around. The family-fun package costs from 13,700 Philippine pesos (Dh944) per night, including breakfast, shuttle transfers and discounts on dining. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com.
InterContinental Bali, Indonesia
Near upmarket Seminyak, this resort gives guests access to the best of the Ubud region. There are surf beaches nearby, so it’s ideal for families keen on combining cultural discovery with an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The resort is surrounded by gardens and has plenty of recreational activities. There are six pools, plus tennis courts and a 24-hour fitness centre, as well as classes in traditional Balinese dance, cooking and music. There’s also a Rip Curl School of Surf near by. Rooms cost from US$137 (Dh503) per night, excluding taxes, for a minimum five-night stay. For more information, visit www.bali.intercontinental.com.
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, Thailand
This tropical island retreat – one of the first big-name hotels in Patong Beach – happily delivers on sun, sand and satisfied parents (and grandparents). When not splashing about in the ocean, the children will be kept busy in the newly renovated kids’ club, while teenagers can hang out in Club 12, which is packed with TV corners and DVD players, with internet access. The adults can take in a round of golf at one of the nearby courses, lay by one of the resort’s four pools, or visit the Tea Tree Spa. Rooms cost 4,450 Thai baht (Dh488) per night, for a minimum two-night stay. For more information, visit www.phuket.holidayinnresorts.com.