June 11, 2015
Traveling with three generations can be tricky.
“There are innumerable places for wonderful family trips for just parents and children,” says Andrew Harper, editor of the Hideaway Report, a luxury travel newsletter. “But it’s the grandparents you have to worry about. Belize has some of the best snorkeling in the world. Great fly fishing, Mayan ruins, whitewater rafting. But what if the grandparents can’t, or don’t want to, participate in these activities?”
Similarly, guests at a luxury spa don’t want to have their poolside hot stone massage interrupted by kids playing in the water.
So, how do you choose the best destination for a multigenerational trip? The keys, Harper says, are variety and accessibility. There must be enough activities, features and amenities to appeal to everyone in your group, ages 8 to 80. Also, the destination must be relatively easy to get to — no changing planes six times followed by a four-hour, bumpy bus ride through a remote mountain pass. And the accommodations themselves need to be comfortable enough for the older generation — this may not be the time to book a tree house in Africa.
With that in mind, Harper offers his top three destinations for multigenerational luxury trips:
Whether you stay in a canopy suite with sweeping views of the Costa Rican coastline or a private villa with its own infinity plunge pool, the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo will not disappoint the luxury-minded traveler.