August is that time of the year when everything slows down and holidays seem to take centre stage. Why not make it a special occasion and invite all the family along? Read on for our top 3 multi-generation escapes this side of summer and beyond.
1. Reconnect with nature and your loved ones in the remote and beautiful Alladale Wilderness Reserve in Scotland, a 23.000-acre playground with mountains, plains, lochs and rivers to explore, all on your doorstep.
The whole gang can stay in Alladale’s well-equipped, fully catered Victorian Main Lodge or in one of the two beautifully converted farmhouses which can accommodate up to 14 and 8 people, respectively. Guests can bask in comfort or enjoy a plethora of outdoor pursuits before returning to a warm bath and a roaring fire.
Adventure-seekers can explore the extraordinary landscape, a last remaining segment of The Great Forest of Caledon on walks and hikes with Alladale’s expert guides who will tell you all about the Reserve’s long-term re-wilding projects. And then cycling, fishing, running or visiting the secret waterfall are only few of the activities Alladale can tempt you and your family with.
2. Be among the first to stay at the newly unveiled Chalet Suite at The Alpina Gstaad in the loveliest of Switzerland’s alpine villages, Gstaad. With three-bedrooms, a large living area with a fully equipped open kitchen and dining room, there’s plenty of space to invite the extended family. Separate from the rest of the hotel, guests staying in the new suite can entertain, dine and relax in the quiet solitude of this idyllic mountain retreat. Echoing the hotel’s natural surroundings, the suite décor reflects the authentic alpine character of the region with wooden ceilings, carvings and bespoke furnishings.
Children are entertained at the hotel’s Tree House Club or participate in outdoor games. In the evenings, families can can kick back and relax in the hotel’s very own 25 seat cinema. For outdoorsy groups, Gstaad is the place to enjoy horse-riding, climbing, cycling as well as summer tobogganing.
3. Who said your Mema is a beach bum? If the family is seeking some winter sun and enjoys keeping fit, read on. Wildfitness retreats at Zanzibar White Sands with beautiful beachfront villas and acres of icing sugar sand will lull the three generations into a relaxed state, while the climate and abundance of fresh produce will improve spirits from the minute you arrive. The one week ‘Boost’ course in White Sands covers the basic essentials of the Wildfitness philosophy, while taking participants on a rollercoaster of outdoor experiences. The sea acts as your playground, leaving you energised and inspired.
Wildfitness holidays at White Sands throughout November are packed with workshops, movement classes and adventurous training. And you’ll soon realise the palm trees are as much for climbing as they are for providing a shady spot to read a book with your loved ones!