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- a luxury family holiday


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#1 LifesGood

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:32 PM

Please help with some ideas!

DH turns 50 at the end of this year and we want to take a family holiday Dec/Jan school holidays somewhere special.

Our thoughts so far are:

Flight - as short as possible as we will have an extremely energetic 3 y/o DS on our hands. DD will be almost 8 y/o and will be fine.
Accommodation - must be a bit special, we aren't looking for an ordinary resort-style room or apartment, we want some luxury (does anywhere like this exist that will take a 3 y/o?)
Length - probably 2 weeks, with 2-3 different locations acceptable
Budget - not too bothered about this as it is DH's 50th, but obviously there are limits.

Our thoughts so far have given us the following ideas:-

1. Japan - skiing for a week (we are mad keen skiers and DD is quite competent now too, DS would need child-minding) and maybe a few days each in Tokyo (incl. Disneyland) and Kyoto.
2. New Zealand South Island - Fjordland/Otaga/Nelson regions - can't find ANYWHERE that is special that will take under-5's.
3. Lord Howe Island - we've been there before children and it is pretty gorgeous, we always said we would go back there with the kids one day but again the luxury accommodation is all restricted to over-5's.

Any ideas? Where would you go with your family for a special holiday.

#2 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:09 PM

What state are you flying from?

How about Hawaii?

If I had cash to spare I'd be staying here

http://www.grandwailea.com/

#3 LifesGood

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

Flying from Sydney. Hawaii has definite appeal, the resort looks gorgeous, but a bit too....resort-y IYKWIM.

#4 2bundles

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:30 AM

Japan sounds good to me. They love kids.

Or Hamilton Island?  2-3 weeks is a bit long though.

#5 mards

Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:08 AM

Fiji - only 3.5 hours away - with a 3 year old too!!!

there are so many luxury islands to choose from.

think Jean Cousteu

Or

Castaway Island - 4 star - great for the 3 year old too

#6 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:11 AM

I think it's the wrong time of year for Fiji?  

I'd do Japan if you are keen skiers. In Niseko they have English speaking kids ski school, and some lovely accommodation (both western style and Japanese style).  You can pick out your hire gear here and they have it waiting for you to pick up there.  

It's very cold but so dry that you don't notice.  

And of course the amazing food.

#7 Harmonica

Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:28 AM

First ideas that came to mind for me:

Bora Bora
Bali - lots of luxury villas to choose from
Hawaii - http://www.luxuryretreats.com/search.aspx?...flg=1&jfx=1
Fiji - Jean Cousteau

#8 LifesGood

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:21 PM

QUOTE (Sassy Girl @ 11/02/2013, 09:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is there anywhere that your DH has always wanted to go ?

Japan

And a whole lot of other places that are a bit inaccessible with two small children (think Galapagos Islands, Central America/Costa Rica, Alaska/Inside Passage etc etc).

#9 LifesGood

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

QUOTE (Harmonica @ 11/02/2013, 09:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
First ideas that came to mind for me:

Bora Bora
Bali - lots of luxury villas to choose from
Hawaii - http://www.luxuryretreats.com/search.aspx?...flg=1&jfx=1
Fiji - Jean Cousteau


I'll look at Hawaii, even though I've been there before and DH isn't overly keen on island-y holidays. He prefers more adventure/culture holidays, though this can be tricky with small kids.

Bali we both find a bit meh. Fiji doesn't get us excited either, but I've heard several mentions of the Jean Cousteau resort so I'll check into it.

Thanks for the ideas original.gif

#10 Fairey

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:45 PM

QUOTE (LifesGood @ 11/02/2013, 04:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Japan

And a whole lot of other places that are a bit inaccessible with two small children (think Galapagos Islands, Central America/Costa Rica, Alaska/Inside Passage etc etc).


Pretty sure you've answered your own question  original.gif

Enjoy your holiday and your hubby's 50th!

#11 LifesGood

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:47 PM

QUOTE (Fairey @ 11/02/2013, 05:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pretty sure you've answered your own question  original.gif

Enjoy your holiday and your hubby's 50th!


You know, I think you're right. We've been hesitating because of the long flight - DS really is a handful and we have a very limited threshold for coping with cooped-up children going troppo. But I think we need to bite the bullet and do this trip. Plus DH just chose new ski boots today. original.gif

#12 MangoTango

Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

My vote is definitely Japan and if you do go to Niseko then take a look at this accommodation: http://www.kimamaya.com/

I had been planning to go there and came across the accommodation during my search (the trip is on hold now I am pregnant).

Happy planning!

#13 facetious-beast

Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:09 AM

Sounds like Japan is a go! We are thinking about it for next year but my two are extremely fussy eaters, so it would be a constant battle and probably not the best choice. Your DS may just surprise you on the flight. For what it's worth, we took a 3 and 2 year old to NY last year, so 24 hours+ travelling time. There were some tough moments (quite a few prolonged bouts of screaming, squabbling with each other and a 2 year old that could not sit still) but those moments did end and we got through it. There were also some times where they coped beyond my wildest imagination. I'm so glad we did the trip even if we did vow that it would be at least another year before we did long haul again. 9-10 hours to Japan would be totally manageable after that epic.

Just for future reference if you are brave enough to do the flight, a lot of the cruises which do the Inside Passage have kids clubs. I've been looking into it myself as it's definitely on my wishlist in the next couple of years. There is also a Disney Cruise to Alaska if you are that way inclined.

#14 *LucyE*

Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:29 AM

QUOTE
And a whole lot of other places that are a bit inaccessible with two small children (think Galapagos Islands

I've been eyeing off the new Silver Seas Galapagos Island cruise.  DS and I would love to visit the Galapagos Islands but I prefer to travel in luxurious comfort.  This looks like a good thing for us.  

I know that Silver Seas aren't really aimed at young children but they do allow kids onboard.  The people we know who've taken children have also taken a nanny with them.




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