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Wine, wildlife and Caribbean dreams

Issue 1 · Winter 2014/15
· Images Getty Images, Gallery Stock, Corbis

How do you try somewhere new that you’re guaranteed to love? Use favourite past holidays as a guide

Issue 1 · Winter 2014/15
· Images Getty Images, Gallery Stock, Corbis

How do you try somewhere new that you’re guaranteed to love? Use favourite past holidays as a guide

If you like
Carlisle Bay, Antigua

planeicon  Direct 8-and-a-half-hour flight from London

calandericon  All year, but May to October are the wetter months

The luxurious surroundings of the tranquil Carlisle Bay resort,
the perfect hotel for families with children

Hotel1-Coloumn

What?

A luxurious Caribbean property that’s perfect for families with young children and is situated right on the sand, with light, contemporary interior design and three excellent à la carte restaurants to choose from. There’s a safe swimming beach too.

Why?

The hotel has an unrivalled kids’ club and a reputation for staff who are brilliant with children – they’re happy to let families pick and mix from different restaurants, for example, so while the grown-ups are enjoying a sophisticated Pan Asian dinner in the East restaurant, younger diners can still tuck into a macaroni cheese.

Wow

The endless, sweeping bay, perfect for long walks.

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Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada

planeicon  10-and-a-half-hour flight from London, stopping at St. Lucia

calandericon  All year, but May to October are the wetter months

Enjoy the finest local ingredients (below) in the restaurant at Spice Island Beach  

What?

Another high-end beachfront property set in the lusher, greener surroundings of Grenada. Styling is more traditional and opulent and although there’s only one restaurant it still serves excellent food.

Why?

Just like Carlisle Bay, Spice Island Beach Resort has a very safe swimming beach and a lovely freeform pool. The kids’ club isn’t as large as the one at Carlisle Bay but it still offers great childcare – plus you’ll find plenty to explore outside the resort, from discovering how chocolate is made to seeing where nutmeg grows.

Wow

Being able to walk out of your suite and straight onto one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

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Costa Rica

planeicon  15-and-a-half-hour flight from London, via Miami or Madrid, to San José

calandericon  November to April

Take in the lush landscape of Costa Rica at Poas National Park (below) or
see turtles burying their eggs on the beach

What?

A great first-time adventure destination for families with children over six years old. From horseback riding to walks through the cloud forests, zip-lining, visits to volcanoes and more, there is no end of thrilling things to do.

Why?

Costa Rica is a really compact country that’s easy to drive around, and discover for yourself. It’s exceptionally lush and green, and a very gentle, stable country. The local people are very serious about protecting their wildlife and you don’t have to travel far to feel completely immersed in nature.

Wow

The sheer range of wildlife to see, from parrots and toucans to turtles, snakes, monkeys and butterflies.

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Belize

planeicon  13-hour flight from London, with a stopover or connection in Miami

calandericon  November to April

Belize’s delicious cuisine (below) and clear waters make it the perfect destination
for family exploration

What?

A country that’s right for parents with older children or teenagers and famous for its beautiful beaches, with plenty to be explored inland too. The water in Belize is exceptionally calm – a contrast to Costa Rica where the rougher water is more suitable for surfing. The interior is great for trekking and has stunning rainforest waiting to be discovered too.

Why?

If you’ve got teenage children and are looking for something a bit more intrepid, then Belize is the perfect next step destination. There are plenty of historical areas to see as well. Belize’s cuisine is famous – especially its delicious fresh seafood.

Wow

The sheer range of the sealife, there’s some of the best diving in the world.

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Tuscan wine country

planeicon  Direct 2-and-a-half-hour flight from London to Rome

calandericon  From April to September (ending with the grape harvest)

Stay at Castello Banfi (below) and enjoy views of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, while sampling fresh local produce – the perfect hotel for families with children

What?

Europe’s most scenic wine region, which can be easily explored over a long weekend, or as part of a two-week holiday. First-timers will want to head to Chianti and maybe the historic towns of Florence or Siena, while connoisseurs can get in touch with their favourite Tuscan growers directly.

Why?

There’s always so much to discover in Tuscany, however many times you visit. The wine tastings organised by hotel restaurant sommeliers are a great way to try a range of wines alongside excellent cuisine, and if you visit in September you’ll see the grape harvest in action. A hot air balloon over the vineyards is a memorable holiday finale.

Wow

The food – a Tuscan tasting menu is a meal you’ll remember forever.

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Argentinian wine lands

planeicon  14-hour flight from London to Buenos Aires, and a 2-hour connection to Mendoza

calandericon  November to April

Celebrate the Mendoza region’s famous Malbec grape at the Vines resort
and spa (below) in the scenic Uco Valley

What?

A more adventurous wine-tasting destination for wine buffs who have already visited the leading European vineyards and are looking to escape the crowds. The winelands can easily be incorporated into a longer holiday.

Why?

Because of the altitude and the dry soil Mendoza has excellent growing conditions and is well-known for its Malbec, among others. You’ll find a lot of variation between vineyards, as some are a bit older, smaller and more traditional, while others are vast and use state-of-the-art technology. Even seriously experienced wine-tasters should find something to excite them here.

Wow

The stunning backdrop of the Andes.

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