A well-executed luxury vacation with childcare can be tricky to pull off. With adults looking for a well-deserved, rejuvenating break and children craving adventure and activities, it can be hard to get the balance right.
Thankfully there are a number of hotels and destinations that have successfully mastered the art of luxury vacations with childcare.
FIJI VACATIONS WITH CHILDCARE
With more than 300 islands and plenty of child-friendly activities to choose from, Fiji has a well-deserved reputation as a destination offering some of the best vacations for kids.
A Fiji vacation with childcare offers some of the most entertaining technology free activities your kids can wish for from tidal pool explorations, shell collecting and mini-golf to the more energetic adventures including windsurfing, kayaking and river rafting.
One of the reasons Fiji offers some of the best luxury vacations with childcare is the culture. Fijians love kids! Fijian culture puts family firmly at the heart of everything it does, from the all-embracing, welcoming hugs when you first arrive, to the family-style dining, traditional dancing and warmth and generosity of its people.
BEST VACATION FOR KIDS
Fiji is a popular destination for honeymoon couples with plenty of adult-only resorts, but it also welcomes children with open arms offering a natural playground of soft, powder-white sands, tropical rainforest and miles of beaches and water-based activities.
Some of the world’s best luxury vacations with childcare can be found in Fiji, with sustainable, eco-friendly resorts that offer authentic Fijian experiences, extensive dining options and environmental activities for kids that raise awareness of their surroundings.
Many resorts in Fiji also foster a natural curiosity for the sea with a focus on marine biology and conservation. Children can learn how to protect the coral reefs and even plant coral themselves.
ACTIVITIES FOR VACATIONS WITH KIDS
So what can you expect from a Fiji vacation with childcare? Given Fiji is surrounded by water, you can expect a lot of water-based activities, kayaking, snorkeling, wind-surfing and stand-up-paddle boarding.
With its pristine waters, Fiji is a top spot for young snorkelers and divers – and what better way to foster a love of the ocean and its abundant biodiversity than with a young enquiring mind? There are many offshore coral reefs in Fiji so snorkeling is easy and accessible for kids of all ages.
Some of the best vacations for kids are those where they learn new skills. There are many resorts in Fiji that offer ‘Bubble-Blower’ courses where children can take their first underwater breaths. And strong swimmers as young as 10 can learn to dive in the nearby shallow lagoons.
And most resorts that welcome children will have a kids’ club for different age ranges with activities including treasure hunts and arts and crafts, to crab hunting and seashell collecting. Children will also enjoy Fijian language lessons, taking part in traditional Polynesian dancing and learning about another culture.
A TRADITIONAL FIJIAN WELCOME
The warmth and generosity of the Fijian people is known and loved the world over. When guests arrive at Turtle Island Resort they become immediately swept up in the island’s ‘family’ – the team of staff that have worked there for so many years.
A maximum of 14 families at any one time also means that the staff know everyone by name. As guests arrived, each bure is assigned their very own Bure Mama. Some resorts have butlers – Turtle Island has ‘Mamas’ and ‘Papas’. More than just butlers, these wonderful carers take on multiple roles suchactivity organisers and concierges, organizing dining and touring options that enhance every guest’s stay on at the private island resort.
FAMILY TIME IN FIJI
There are some resorts in Fiji that are exclusively for adults and open their doors to families at certain times of the year, such as the exclusiveTurtle Islandin the Yasawa group of islands.
During these special ‘Family Time’ weeks, Turtle Island Resort’s own ‘family’ of staff puts together a collection of activities for the children, thoughtfully curated menus and a highly personalized Fijian welcome. Where else can you expect your own “Bula Buddy” or Nanny to greet you as you arrive?
The “Bula Buddy” Fijian companions that are assigned to each child, along with each family’s Bure Mama or Papa, help to create new blended families. Turtle Island Resort has found that many families who return annually have seen their children grow up with the same Fijian buddies.
At Turtle Island Resort there’s also a Kids Camp for children and pre-teens to have their dinner, plus sun-up to sun-down childcare, which means each child under five has their very own nanny, while older children will be spoiled rotten with their own special Bula Buddy.
TURTLE ISLAND CHILDCARE ACTIVITIES
From clam digging and coconut tree climbing to snorkel lessons and fish feeding – the activities and experiences available at Turtle Island Resort are both hugely enjoyable and educational for children.
A luxury vacation with childcare at Turtle Island also includes Fijian storytelling and hand-line and net fishing – enabling them to start to understand the Fijian way of life and where the produce for the island comes from.
Teenagers who have outgrown vacation childcare will love outdoor movie nights, after dark crab hunting, beach bonfires and the chance to enjoy their dinners at special locations away from their parents and the younger kids.
They’ll also see their competitive spirit emerge during kayak races, island hikes and stand-up paddle board competitions.
On Turtle Island there are also specified areas for adults only where they can relax and enjoy activities. And there are plenty of options for the entire family to enjoy, from scuba diving to mountain biking, horse riding and cultural tours to local villages to see how families in other cultures live.
EXPLORE TURTLE ISLAND FIJI
When the kids are happy, you’ll relax and start to unwind, safe in the knowledge that the children are enjoying themselves and learning about their vacation destination. At Turtle Island they’ll learn about the environment, the Fijian way of life and traditional storytelling through song – plus they’ll have lots of fun along the way. If you’re looking for a luxury vacation with childcare to allow you to get the most out of your trip away, get in touch with the team at Turtle Island Fiji.