What better way than creating close bonds and lasting memories than by reconnecting with family on an unforgettable travel adventure?
1. Budapest, Hungary
Take the whole family on a city escape to Budapest and experience in iconic sites such as Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Fisherman’s Bastion. A river boat cruise at night along the Danube River is the perfect way to tick famous landmarks off your checklist. Take a dip in the iconic hot baths such as Széchenyi thermal bath, hike up the Gellert Hill for panoramic city views, have a picnic in Erzsébet Square and if at Christmas time, visit City Park for festive markets and an ice-rink.
Where to stay: Featuring a 24-hour reception and a daily maid service, the 7Seasons Apartments (www.booking.com/hotel/hu/7seasons-apartments-budapest.en-gb.html) offer one to three bedroom apartments in the heart of Budapest. A great home away from home choice for the whole family. All apartments boast a fully-equipped kitchen, a spacious living room, dining area and balcony.
2. Dubai, UAE
Dubai is the perfect playground for both adults and children as it is home to some of the world’s best theme parks, year round sunshine, exhilarating water-sports on the Persian Gulf and the largest shopping mall in the world. Dubai will please even the fussiest of eaters from fine dining Michelin starred restaurants to out of this world buffets. For something a little different, venture into the desert wilderness and experience a Bedouin camp, go quad biking or take an exciting drive in an SUV.
Where to stay: The vast array of luxurious resorts in Dubai are tailor-made for families and the Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf – Madinat Jumeirah (www.booking.com/hotel/ae/dar-al-masyaf-madinat-jumeirah.en-gb.html) is no exception. Ideally situated with a short stroll to the resort’s private beach and set it tranquil gardens, the whole family will enjoy the scenic waterways and vast selection of pools. The resort provides spacious family rooms, a world-class golf course, over 40 world-class restaurants, the luxurious Talise Spa and the Madinat Jumeirah for an authentic retail and dining experience.
3. Niagara Falls, Canada
Retreat to Niagara Falls with your family and be in awe of the surrounding natural beauty and wonder. Besides from the breath-taking waterfalls there’s plenty of activities to suit everyone. Take a trip to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark or hop aboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat tour for the best spectators spot, although make sure you pack a raincoat!
Where to stay: For the perfect family vacation the Butterfly Manor (www.booking.com/hotel/ca/butterfly-manor.en-gb.html) is the ideal home away from home stay. Wake up to daily homemade breakfasts and make yourself at home with the fully equipped kitchen, spacious dining room, bedrooms and beautifully kept surrounding grounds.
4. Kyoto, Japan
Venture to Kyoto and experience a bygone era Japan. Opt for a family walk around Kyoto Botanical Gardens, look for a bargain in the bustling shopping arcades in downtown Kyoto, visit the many temples, shrines and imperial palaces and experience formal Japanese traditions such as Kaiseki dining.
Where to stay: A trip to Kyoto is incomplete without an authentic stay in a Ryokan and the Kyokoyado Muromachi Yutone (www.booking.com/hotel/jp/kyokoyado-muromachi-yutone.en-gb.html) is great for the whole family. Sample authentic Japanese cuisine at the onsite restaurant and visit nearby attractions such as Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nijo Castle, Imperial Palace and Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
5. Zakopane, Poland
This peaceful resort town is popular for families who are interested in winter-sport activities, as during the winter Zakopane is a great ski destination with sweeping mountain views. In summer Zakopane is also good for mountain climbing and hiking. Families of all ages will love this quaint town situated at the foothill of the majestic Tatras Mountains.
Where to stay: Willa Orla (www.booking.com/hotel/pl/willa-orla-zakopane.en-gb.html) is a traditional guest house that was built in 1901 and is a short walk from Krupówki Street with numerous shops, bars and restaurants and Szymoszkowa Ski Lift. Guests can relax in the common lounge with billiards and table tennis and children can enjoy playing in the playroom, which includes a PS2 game console, toys and board games.
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