ITC Luxury Travel Group picks out some of the best experiences available within its two brand new family brochures, Kids in the Med and Kids Beyond the Med, based on that most common of children’s declarations.
Football academies are becoming increasingly popular in European resorts where youngsters want to hone their ball skills whilst on holiday. Some fans have the choice to stay loyal to their teams – the football school at Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort is affiliated with Arsenal and Forte Village in Sardinia offers the Chelsea Soccer Football Academy along with programmes for kids focusing on rugby and tennis. To inject some European soccer skills into a Mediterranean holiday, Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte Hotel offers a Juventus Training Camp during the summer months.
“When I grow up, I want to be...
...A marine biologist
Spending time by the ocean can open children’s eyes to a whole new world of incredible sights and species. The waters surrounding LUX*South Ari Atoll in the Maldives are abundant with marine life including parrotfish and rays – families can see them on a snorkelling trip or take a whale shark safari in search of bigger fish. At The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort in Malaysia, children can participate in a programme to grow new coral at the resort’s unique Coral Nursery or enjoy an educational talk in the newly opened marine life laboratory.
... A chef
Cookery classes are a great way to occupy the whole family. Kids can enjoy a flavour of the local culture and learn a valuable life skill at the same time. The Residence Mauritius offers Petit Chef cooking classes to children aged three to 12 at its Planters Kids Club and at Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, home to the famous Cookery School, kids can enjoy pizza demonstrations and learn to cook a favourite recipe with chef Attilio.
Kids with stars in their eyes will find hotels around the world where they can show off their talents. The Princesca Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort in Lanzarote gives them a chance to perform on the Amphitheatre’s stage and during peak seasons, they can also be inspired by watching clowns, acrobats and magicians. At the Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort in Crete, teenage activities within the Grecoteens programme include Greek dancing and hip hop dancing.
Explore beyond the hotel to discover ancient civilisations and natural history in a way that will bring the past to life for young travellers. From the Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, visit My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom from the 4th to the 13th centuries. The USA’s National Parks such as Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon will inspire budding geologists and at the Dinosaur National Monument, visitors can view and even touch over a thousand dinosaur bones in the cliff faces.