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The best, family-friendly, sunny escapes to Africa and the islands

by Kat MacLeod

With the summer holidays on the horizon, thoughts turn to how we’re going to entertain the family over the longest holiday of the calendar year, and if you’re looking for inspiration then you’ve come to the right place.

Our luxury travel specialists are dishing up the details on their favourite spots when it comes to booking sunny holidays, making it easier for you to find a destination that you and your family are going to love.

 

1. KINONDO KWETU, KENYA

kinondo kwetu sunny holidays

Barefoot luxury, sparkling azure waters and never-ending fun for the family await you at Kinondo Kwetu on Kenya’s South Coast. Lodge owners, Ida and Filip and their three children know exactly how to strike the balance between laid-back beach living and keeping boredom at bay. There’s lots to do, if lots is what you like to do; snorkeling, SUP, diving, windsurfing, sailing and excursions to far-flung islands as well as spacious day beds to kick back and relax as you watch the waves roll in.

 

“Kinondo Kwetu is all about getting out there and kids are quick to forget all about their iPads. In no time at all you’ll spot them ambling about with no shoes, sandy toes and sun-kissed cheeks. If you’re looking for a place to rewild your family, this is it.” – Kat MacLeod, Luxury Travel Specialist

 

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KENYA TRIP IDEAS

Family Adventure Safari to Kenya

Kenya Safari & Beach Holiday

Luxury Bush & Beach Kenya

 

 

 2. &BEYOND BENGUERRA, MOZAMBIQUE

&beyond benguerra sunny holidays

&Beyond Benguerra takes beachside luxury very seriously, with their collection of deluxe cabanas including Casa Familia; an exclusive-use, three-bedroom Cabana with a private pool overlooking the beach that is ideal for families. If you can tear yourself away from the decadent lodge, you’ll find pristine coral reefs dotted across warm waters, towering sand dunes and marine life aplenty. Go bareback horse riding through the waves, snorkelling, sailing or throw your picnic blanket out onto a sandbank and lounge in castaway paradise.

 

“A luxury family holiday just doesn’t get any better than this. I love that &Beyond Benguerra is an incredible stand-alone destination; you can spend a whole week here and feel like it’s not long enough, as well as being a fantastic finish to a Southern African safari.” – Tom Blakey, Founder

 

BOOK &BEYOND BENGUERRA

 

MOZAMBIQUE TRIP IDEAS

South Africa & Mozambique Family Fun

Cape to Coast

Zimbabwe & Mozambique Off The Beaten Track

 

 

 3. LUX LE MORNE, MAURITIUS

lux le morne sunny holidays

As you might expect from a five-star resort in Mauritius, LUX Le Morne leaves no stone unturned when it comes to ensuring that all your sunny holidays needs are met and that makes this a spot that is perfect for the whole family. The hotel has an unmistakable air of style and sophistication, but don’t presume that makes it an adults-only property; it has two kids clubs that cater to range of different ages and a seemingly endless array of activities to keep the whole family entertained whilst mum enjoys a well-deserved pamper at the LUX Me Spa.

 

“Mauritius is a great destination for families because there is so much to see and do on the island. It’s tropical, but very accessible and all the services you need are right on hand. LUX Le Morne really gets the balance right too when it comes to creating an atmosphere that appeals to adults and children.” – Cat Von Bredow, Luxury Travel Specialist

 

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MAURITIUS TRIP IDEAS

South Africa Family Safari & Beach Holiday

Luxury Kruger & Mauritius Holiday

 

 

 4. OL PEJETA SAFARI COTTAGES, KENYA

ol pejeta safari cottages sunny holidays

When it comes to family fun it makes such a difference to your experience when you don’t have to worry about bothering other guests, and that’s why we love Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages for a family safari. Their huge 2-bedroom safari cottages have room for the kids to run amuck, without the worry of upsetting near-by honeymooners and you have a private vehicle and guide included as part of your stay so you can plan your excursions around your own needs; early bedtimes, meal times etc.

 

“The exclusive use accommodation is one thing, but the staff at Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages love children and if you’ve found your little one has wondered off somewhere it’s likely they’ll be sat on the step being entertained by one of the staff, or up on a stool helping the chef in the kitchen. The team here really know how to make you feel at home.” – Maggie Asbury, Luxury Travel Specialist

 

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KENYA TRIP IDEAS

Northern Kenya Adventure Safari

Kenya Off The Beaten Track

 Family Adventure Safari to Kenya

 

 

 5. MATETSI RIVER LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS - ZIMBABWE

matetsi river camp sunny holidays

The iconic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe are so often a passing thought on a Southern African safari but stay a little longer and you’ll find there is so much to this incredible area than the waterfall that made it so famous. At Matetsi, spread yourselves across one of their spacious family suites, with an outdoor plunge pool and views across the Zambezi river then enjoy a huge range of family friendly activities including canoeing, fishing, game drives, boat cruises and trip to the falls themselves.

 

“At over 2,000 square feet of stylish safari lodge, the family suites at Matetsi Victoria Falls are straight from a designer home magazine. Along with the ample air-conditioned indoor space, for two children up to the age 16, there is also a private verandah and swimming pool perfect for a refreshing dip. With a lovely river frontage, it is a luxurious, out of town base to visit Victoria Falls as part of a longer safari, or as its own stand-alone destination.” – Josh Flatman, Luxury Travel Specialist

 

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VICTORIA FALLS TRIP IDEAS

Luxury Botswana Safari

Botswana Family Safari

 

 

 6. BARAZA RESORT & SPA, ZANZIBAR

baraza sunny holidays

Luxury on the shores of the famous Zanzibar Island. Baraza is a beautiful, beach side property that is elegantly decorated with distinct Arabic and Indian influences. Their opulent two-bedroom villas are ideal for families to tuck themselves away into their own, exclusive beach home and the kids club makes sure that the kids are always entertained.

 

“Baraza was voted one of the top 60 hotels in the world by Conde Nast traveller and it’s easy to see why; they have managed to create an atmosphere that is decadent and luxurious but warm and inviting. It’s the ideal spot for those who love to really relax and warm your bones.” – Maggie Asbury, Luxury Travel Specialist

 

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ZANZIBAR TRIP IDEAS

Luxury Kenya & Zanzibar Holiday

Northern Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar

 

 

7. CHAMELEON HILL, UGANDA

chameleon hill sunny holidays

Visitors to Uganda are left enchanted by the colour and character of Chameleon Hill on Lake Mutanda. It’s a fantastic option for families who like to get out there and enjoy more active sunny holidays. From Chameleon Hill you can go gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking, bird watching, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing or visit the near by village. There is so much on offer, even a spa, for weary parents in need of a little TLC.

 

“The décor at Chameleon Hill is just beautiful; it has a distinct Afro-European style that sticks with you. Better than this though, they have a strong commitment to serving the local community, which is a really important aspect for us at Wayfairer as we’re always looking to support lodges that understand the value of giving back.” – Tom Blakey, Founder

 

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UGANDA TRIP IDEAS

Best of Ugandas Wildlife

Discover Uganda

Uganda Highlights

 

 

8. SPLASH CAMP, BOTSWANA

splash camp sunny holidays

Kwando Safaris really know what they are doing. Splash Camp is relatively new to the Okavango Delta and its unique location, in a private reserve on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve, offers safari goes year-round water and land-based activities as well as access to seasonal floodplains. We love Splash Enclave, their private satellite camp, for families looking for their own space on safari. It has its own pool and dedicated facilities, and you can enjoy Mokoro safaris, game drives, walking and seasonal fishing entirely to your own schedule.

 

“If you’re going to go on one safari your whole life, the Okavango Delta is one of the best places to do so. Splash Camp boasts some of the best sightings of any camp and as if the constant safari action wasn't enough, due to its location it also has year-round access to land and water activities that a lot of camps can only offer seasonally. Unless booking the whole camp it accepts children over the age of 6 and has reasonable private vehicle rates.” – Josh Flatman, Luxury Travel Specialist

 

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BOTSWANA TRIP IDEAS

Luxury Botswana Safari

Botswana Wildlife & Bird Watching 

Chobe, Okavango & Kalahari Safari

 

 

9. CONSTANCE EPHELIA, SEYCHELLES

constance ephelia sunny holidays

With the whole of Mahe ready and waiting to be explored, a huge range of activities on offer including SUP, hiking, zip lining, sailing and a dedicated kids club, Constance Ephelia is a no-brainer for a fun-filled sunny holiday that the whole family will enjoy. Their gorgeous family villas are the ideal spot to spread out and relax, with a private swimming pool and all the comforts of modern living. And when your stay comes to an end you’ll likely find yourself digging your tanned toes into the beach and refusing to leave.

 

“If you’re looking for a bullet-proof family holiday then this is it. Constance Ephelia offers something for everyone and their kids club is so wonderful; the children build sand castles, have cooking classes, do arts and crafts and all the staff are well trained.” – Lotte Nash, Luxury Travel Specialist

 

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10. PUMULANI LODGE, LAKE MALAWI

Perched on the warm sands of Lake Malawi, with sweeping views across the water is Pumulani Lodge. A wonderful, fun and stylish family-friendly in-land beach holiday destination with activities for the whole family; snorkelling, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking to name a few. It's the perfect spot to soak up some sunshine, immerse yourself in the gorgeous scenery and rich culture of Malawi and you’ll head home with a flip-flop tan, full heart and tired, happy kids.

 

“The views from Pumulani are what really get you. Everywhere you look you have a sweeping lake vista; whether you’re lounging on the beach, building sandcastles, out boating and snorkelling or playing catch in the pool with the kids. You have this incredible back drop at every turn.” – Rebecca Blakey, Luxury Travel Specialist

 

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MALAWI TRIP IDEAS

Malawi Family Holiday Safari

Luxury Malawi Safari

Malawi Mountains & Safari Adventure

 

 

SUNNY HOLIDAYS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET

We're a gang of fun loving sunseekers at Wayfairer, and if you’re on the lookout for a luxury trip to somewhere breathtakingly beautiful then we’re here to help make that dream a reality. Speak to one of our luxury travel specialists today and let’s get planning!

 

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