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Family holidays with Original Travel A handful of our favourites


An Original take for Original Families Planning a family holiday requires more logistical skill than your average military campaign, and that’s where Original Travel comes in. From the moment you pick up the phone to the moment you arrive back home with tired but ecstatic children, we aim to make the entire process a breeze. Meanwhile, the Original Travel team baby boom shows no sign of slowing down, so we know all there is to know about travelling with children – the do’s and don’ts; where works when; tips to keep the cost down – all while remembering that key factor: ‘a happy mum means a happy family’. The Original Travel family portfolio has grown steadily as we discover new family favourites, but will always remain select because we know that despite ubiquitous claims to family-friendliness, few hotels, lodges or destinations really have the right kidentials. And while there’s always a place for the bucket and spade holiday that the likes of Cyprus (see right) and the Caribbean do so well, with our worldwide know-how we believe that it is now perfectly plausible to enjoy family camping under the stars in the dunes of the Wahiba Sands in Oman, or a sailing holiday in the Galapagos Islands. After all, family holidays can and should be as much fun for parents as they are for the children.


Stress-free in Cyprus Without a hint of hyperbole (well, maybe a bit), the ‘Baby Go Lightly’ programme at sister hotels the Anassa and Almyra in Cyprus is tinged with genius. The concept? As with all the best ideas, it’s incredibly simple. Anyone who has travelled with infants knows that it can involve lugging more luggage than a Bedouin camel train, but not here. Simply fill in the detailed form listing all the required baby accoutrements, be that sterilisers or swimming nappies, and they will be in your room on arrival. Like we said, genius.

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Family Safari Do you have some feral children who could benefit from being released back into the wild? If so, a safari in the malaria-free Madikwe Reserve in South Africa comes highly recommended. Aside from introducing them to the jaw-dropping wildlife, we can arrange specialised children’s safaris where your mini-Attenboroughs can learn bushcraft and animal tracking.

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Dog-sledding in Sweden How about taking your pack dogsledding in Swedish Lapland? Older children (12 and up) can mush their own team of incredibly good-natured Siberian huskies along remote trails, while the little ones sit snug in the sleds. This is also Northern Lights country, so keep an eye out, and you can even spend a night at the world-famous Ice Hotel, sleeping in thermal sleeping bags on beds of ice, covered with reindeer hides. To call this trip ‘original’ doesn’t come close.

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Wildlife in Costa Rica Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, crammed with a greater variety of plants and animals than you can shake a stick at. Although we don’t particularly advise that. It’s also one big adventure playground, with everything from white-water rafting and surfing lessons to rainforest canopy tours and zip-wiring on offer. Best of all, if you go in the summer hols you can watch rare green turtles coming ashore to nest on the beautiful beaches of Tortuguero.

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Rainforest and culture in Borneo Borneo is famous for rainforest national parks, unique fauna and flora, fascinating indigenous peoples and white sand beaches. But forget all that – what the children will really want to see are the orang-utans. Sadly, this is one of only a few places remaining on Earth where this endangered species are protected, and your little ones can help the conservation effort by adopting one of these apes. Original Travel adoptee Sen starts his work experience next year.

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