Thursday, September 7, 2017

Family travel - family-friendly villas and suites, and activities for everyone!

Private villas, such as the new Fish Eagle Villa in Lion Sands Game Reserve,
give families more options, flexibility, and privacy.


 What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:


The Los Colibris Garden Classroom in all its colorful glory
Todos Santos Eco Adventures: For families that are all about the 'alternative classroom,' we've got the experience for you - the Los Colibris Garden Classroom! During a stay at Los Colibris with Todos Santos Eco Adventures, young explorers can roll up their sleeves and get dirty. The gorgeous gardens at Los Colibris feature both native and transplanted species, and offer a world of wonder for tots. The gardens are made even more interesting with art classes focused on the flora, and an exciting treasure hunt! The day ends with a pizza and ice cream party hosted by the guides, allowing parents step out for a well-deserved adult dinner at one of Todos Santos' acclaimed restaurants.

The Cowley family says their visit to The Manta Resort was
'the most enjoyable family holiday so far!'
Ultimate Safaris: A family safari is an adventure of a lifetime! One paired with several days for play on the Indian Ocean is extraordinary! Take it from Tristan Cowley, co-founder of our partner Ultimate Safaris, who enjoyed a week at The Manta Resort with his family. He cites the welcoming staff, amazing food, the beach (without a dangerous swell), sea kayaking, boat trip to the sandbank, and the warmth and authenticity of the locals they met. Add to this the option of a rainforest visit and possibility of being invited for a pick-up soccer game, and kids of all ages are guaranteed lots of fun in the sun! Contact us for more family-friendly advice, including best time of year to visit and room configurations! Note - minimum age for children visiting is 7.

The beautiful new 2bd/2ba family suite has a living room
and private terrace
Classic Africa Safaris: Families planning a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda have a great new option in Buhoma. Mahogany Springs has added a family suite. While trekking is only for guests 15 and older, Classic Africa Safaris regularly host clients with underage children who cannot trek gorillas. Classic takes care of them while parents and older kids are trekking. Activities might include going to visit a school, local villages and/or short walks in the area. Kids get to have their own agenda, and experience the Ugandans' love and care for children. Classic's driver/guides enjoy the time, and lodge staff do as well, ensuring each child has a great time.

The lodge's private fire deck is the perfect spot to relax
after a day's safari
New Frontiers: For your family travelers visiting South Africa, a stay in a private villa could be the perfect set up. New Frontiers recommends a visit to Ivory Lodge's new Fish Eagle Villa in the Lion Sands Game Reserve. Accommodating up to six people (4 adults and 2 kids) in two bedrooms, the villa comes with a personal chef and butler, private Land Rover and guide, private lap pool, fire deck and more! Larger parties can also book an adjacent villa to accommodate up to 8. Families can enjoy their self-contained, ultra-private residence, and are also welcome to all of Ivory Lodge's amenities. View a variety private villa options available in South Africa in the Exclusively Yours section of the Agent Zone

Families staying in the new suites at Serian will also have
their own private vehicle
Albatros Travel: Since the introduction of family suites in the Serian Serengeti camps, demand has been high. To satisfy that demand, Serian has added an additional suite to each of their Tanzania camps. So as to not compromise intimacy of the camps, an individual unit was removed from each camp in conjunction with the suite addition. With these changes, both Serian Serengeti camps feature 4 individual units and 2 family suites. A suite comprises two separate tents joined by a communal living space. With parents in one half, and kids in the other (each with an en suite bathroom), Albatros Travel has found that families value the balance of proximity and privacy.

Families visiting Tropic's private villas will want for nothing!
Tropic Ecuador: Families have wonderful options for exclusivity and luxury when visiting the Andes and Galapagos with Tropic Ecuador. Villa Rumilahua sits below the dramatic Volcan Cotopaxi and offers six en suite bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen and easy access to explore the park. Foodie families can enjoy the delicious Nuna tasting menu in the privacy of their villa. After alpine adventures, families can visit Casa Iguana in the Galapagos. Situated on Santa Cruz Island, the 5 bedroom villa has an optional guest house and can accommodate up to 14 guests. Stays at the villas afford total privacy and luxe accommodation. Contact Tropic for availability and rates.

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