Do you travel as a 3G family? Multigenerational holidays are a fantastic way to spend quality time together as a family. Giving everyone a chance to relax, unwind and enjoy each other’s company, this type of escape has proved enduringly popular over the years.
However, planning a multigenerational escape isn’t always straightforward. Due to the different generations holidaying together, there will undoubtedly be a variety of different tastes, budgets and activity levels to meet everyone’s needs.
This is why it’s lucky that 101 Holidays have a range of options for 3G Holidays to suit all tastes and budgets and across lot of different locations.
Why not push the boat out in the Algarve with A&K Villas
The real beauty of the Algarve is that you get such a long season, we’ve had some great family trips to the Algarve in February as the weather can still be bright and sunny.
At A&K villas, the beach & restaurants are in walking distance and with 5 en suite bedrooms it makes it perfect for those multi generational holidays as everyone can have their own space. If there are more of you then you can also book the adjacent Villa Moda (also with 5 bedrooms) for those much larger family gatherings.
You don’t always have to fly to have amazing holidays, and often the UK can provide a fantastic backdrop for your trip. It also makes the travel easier and less complicated with more people.
Dorset is an absolutely beautiful place to visit. We have a really popular post on 10 of the best sandy beaches in Dorset and where better to stay if you’re going to visit those beaches than a traditional British seaside cottage- Cobbles Cottage — set on a farm.
Burton Bradstock beach is in walking distance, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms it’s the perfect spot for a multi gen family.
Isle of Wight
Sticking with the UK for now and in the Isle of Wight this time is this beautiful contemporary beach house, offering accommodation across 4 bedrooms for eight people. It is within a few minutes walk to the beach and Bembridge village.
You really do need to flick through the photos on the site as they are truly lovely. I want to stay here with my 3G family.
Perhaps you could time your visit to fit in with one of the many festivals on the Isle of Wight, with our without the kids.
Whenever we can, we get to the Lake District. We’ve spent many a long weekend there with friends and family of all shapes and sizes.
This countryside escape which can be booked through Sykes Cottages is a beautiful rural house in the Lake District which sleeps up to 10 in four bedrooms.
While you’re in the area, make sure to visit Lowther Castle & Gardens, an imposing castle ruins, set in beautiful landscaped gardens with the most amazing new adventure playground or the medieval building Broughham Castle for a spot of history inside.
In my view you can’t really beat a large house in the Mediterranean. It is an area we have been to a lot and its always worth doing. Crystal blue sea, fabulous food and almost guaranteed weather between May and September.
This fabulous Tuscan house with direct beach access (which is as you may know is as rare as hens’ teeth in Italy!) is a cracker. It has 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. There is a huge swimming pool, a housekeeper who will make picnics and there is also a cook available on request. If you can, having someone else to cook the food is a brilliant way of keeping the stress out of a multi gen holiday as no-one is having to do too much.
Just look at the spectacular garden. I can imagine sipping a glass of vino or two there while someone else cooks up an Italian feast!
This country house with sea views in Corfu from GIC villas is spectacular and sleeps up to 10. The detached guest house by the pool sleeps another two-people making it the perfect choice for groups of friends or families with older children. That additional space away from the craziness of the main house would be perfect for our multi gen family as sometimes time away from the chaos is well needed.
This property has a great sized swimming pool and a table tennis table too.
As regular readers will know we have a huge amount of love for Africa at Mini Travellers and try and do a trip there every year. I’ve visited Kenya without the kids before but I think it’s time to head back.
While on safari in Kenya you could also book in a stay in the private Topi House in the Masai Mara , finishing on Diani Beach. Do click through to check out all the options on offer with Natural World Safaris as you won’t be disappointed.
We did a trip to Florida in 2014 as a multi generational family and we loved it. We also booked a villa in Florida close to the theme parks of Orlando on a resort with lots of facilities as well as a private pool. This option gave us the chance to have some down time too and to put the kids in bed after we got back from the theme parks, but with some outside space to have some drinks or dinner and chat without disturbing them.
Heading to Florida as a multi gen family worked so well because we had more hands for the kids, and the grandparents could experience the magic of Disney through their eyes too.
You can check out our 14 day trip plan for Disney with Under 5’s here.
South of France
We’ve spent a lot of time in France over the last few years and our first to holidays after the three kids were born was to France with the Grandparents. Once with my brother and his then family of 4 too.
This classic Provencal villa sleeping up to 8 wouldn’t have fit in the whole family group, but would certainly be a great option for one family and the grandparents too.
If you head to their website and take a look at all the gallery photos, I can assure you that you’ll be wanting to book. I think if I stayed there I’d feel like I was in the Great Gatsby!
Finally why not consider the Caribbean. Round Hill is a classic Jamaican hotel which also has a number of luxury villas with private pools scattered around the resort. This means you get the luxury of the full hotel service but the privacy of your own villa. Perfect for those with younger children as it has an outstanding kids club too and a gently shelving beach.
When my three were between 2 and 5 our own villa with hotel services was exactly what we hunted out. Now they are a little older they would love the luxury of having this whole pool to themselves but the option to go and join in in the big pool too.
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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