Making sense of luxury family travel

When it comes to planning a luxury family vacation, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed getaway filled with adventure and excitement, or a relaxing retreat where you can simply unwind and rejuvenate, there’s something to suit your needs.

However, this isn’t your typical post offering you “ordinary” luxury family vacation ideas; instead, we focused on providing inspirational ideas based on sustainability, eco-luxury and the meaning of luxury travel. So grab a cup of tea and let’s take a look at these ideas.


Kenya is extraordinary, with vibrant people, stunning coastlines, towering mountains and, of course, sublime wildlife. Your children will love the Giraffe Center in Nairobi, as well as the Rhino Orphanage, and will be captivated by the sight of tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra making their great migration from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara. But your family will love Kenya any time of the year, especially when they have the opportunity to engage with the people. The Maasai communities surrounding the Mara ecosystem face a number of challenges. Many of these problems stem from a lack of education and resources, which makes it difficult for these communities to improve their situation.

However, you and your family can help turn the tide by funding and building a new classroom for local schools. By providing access to quality education, you can help lay the foundation for learning and give these children the skills they need to build their lives and improve their communities.

Luxury Family Volunteer Holidays in Kenya

Sustainable development is also essential if we are to ensure that these communities continue to thrive long into the future. To this end, you can choose to partner with the Masaai people to install eco-friendly stoves in villages.

Where to stay for eco-luxury: Masai Mara base camp

Bali, Indonesia

Bali – an island paradise where your family can have so many experiences, from learning to surf, to rafting thrilling rapids, to Balinese cooking classes. When most people think of the Balinese, they think of their warm and gentle nature, their beautiful culture, and the natural charm that seems to permeate everything they do.

However, what many people don’t know is that many Balinese actually view disabilities as the karmic result of past wrongdoings. As a result, people with disabilities in Balinese society are seen as outcasts who live difficult lives with little or no government support.

Many of them depend solely on their families for care and assistance, placing a heavy burden on these already vulnerable people.

Despite this grim reality, there is hope: your family can make a real difference in the lives of Balinese people with disabilities.

To do this, we finance and install accessible bathrooms for paraplegics living in remote and very poor villages; with your support, we can ensure that all members of the community have access to essential resources like toilets that meet their needs.

Where to stay for eco-luxury: Amankila


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Romania is a fascinating European treasure, with varied landscapes and rich cultural traditions, and of course Dracula and his castle. But what really sets this country apart is its abundance of wildlife.

Home to the largest population of wild European brown bears in Europe, Romania is a paradise for nature lovers. And yet, despite this, hunting is still allowed here, endangering these majestic animals.

If we are to ensure that Romania’s bears thrive for generations to come, it is up to all of us to act now. Your family can do this by spending a few days volunteering at a bear sanctuary in Romania: tending the enclosures, preparing their meals, and creating “enrichments” to energize the bears and keep them engaged.

Where to stay for eco-luxury: Viscri 125


So why not consider spending your next luxury family vacation in one of these sustainable eco-luxury destinations? Not only will you have a unique and unforgettable experience, but you will also be able to have a positive impact on local communities and the environment. Together we can work to create a more sustainable and equitable world for all. Be the change.

Christopher Hill is founder and CEO of Hands up. Hands Up Holidays is an award-winning travel agency specializing in bespoke luxury family travel that combines sightseeing with hands-on service projects.

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