If you’re the parent of a young child, you’ve probably been frustrated on more than one occasion by the lack of luxury travel options for families. You want to go away and have adult experiences, perhaps a romantic meal with your spouse or a glass of champagne in first class, but instead, you find yourself catering to the whims of your children because there's just no other option.
Such is the life of a parent, of course, but when you’re on holiday, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get a break too. Luckily, it’s still possible to have a luxury vacation with young travelers in tow. Just follow these three tips.
Plan for the Journey
While it’s possible to be spontaneous on a solo trip, traveling with children requires foolproof planning. The more prepared you are for the journey, the less stressful it will be, and the sooner you can start to enjoy your holiday. It’s best to call your airline in advance and ask what facilities they have for children – can they provide toys or coloring pencils for the flight, for instance, or perhaps some special snacks? If you’re traveling with a baby, make sure you bring enough milk for the duration of the flight (most airlines don’t have a limit) and book a travel crib in advance.
If first-class travel is an option, book a seat! You’ll have more space and better facilities than if you fly in coach, so you won’t regret spending the extra money. It’s important to note that not all flight companies allow children in this area, so make sure you check before booking. You should also find out if the airport you’re traveling from has a children’s area, so your kids don't get bored waiting around.
Research Child-Friendly Accommodation
Hotels aren’t ideal for families with young children, except for very short trips. If you're going away with kids, it's best to stay in self-catered accommodation or a private let.
You’ll want to stay somewhere sunny and spacious, like one of the many luxury villas in Ibiza. Opt for serviced accommodation if you can so you don’t have to take care of the chores while you’re away. Some luxury travel agencies will provide butlers, waiters, bartenders, domestic assistants and even nannies so you can put your feet up and relax.
If you want time alone with your partner to relax on the beach or go for a meal, you need to know that your kids are being looked after properly. Family-friendly resorts tend to have on-site kids’ activity sessions and daycare centers available, but if you’re staying in self-catered accommodation, then you will need to find a babysitter. Some agencies specialize in providing holiday nannies, but you will have to pay for the nanny’s travel expenses as well as the agency’s usual fee.
If you only need a sitter for one night, you can contact local childcare agencies or ask your travel agent to book your childcare for you. Just make sure you hire a sitter through a reputable organization, and that you always check their credentials to make sure they’re qualified.