Travel in 2013: Holidays for families
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 30 December 2012
The Egyptian Red Sea resort of El Gouna (elgouna.com) will open a “cable water park” in July.
Water skiers, and wake boarders will be towed around the El Gouna Watersports Complex (elgounacable.com) which features a slalom course and two “Easy Rides” for beginners and youngsters. A week at the Captain's Inn El Gouna with Holiday Designers (020-3384 0023; holiday-designers.com) costs £595pp, including easyJet flights from Gatwick to Hurghada, transfers and breakfast. Departs 9 August.
Keep the kids occupied this summer on a one-week holiday with Activities Abroad (01670 789991; activities abroad.com). Adriatic Family Adventure uses the Croatian countryside as a playground for activities including sea kayaking, river canoeing and hiking. From £995pp, based on a child sharing with two adults, including return flights from London to Split, transfers, accommodation, breakfast, five meals, activities, equipment, instruction and guides.
A portfolio of new properties in Ireland is being launched next year by cottages4you (0845 268 0760; cottages4you.co.uk). It will feature more than 450 cottages across the country. Rental starts at £199 per week.
Second-home owners should take a look at anyfriendofours.com, a new luxury travel club featuring holiday homes available to rent to fellow members and their families and friends.
Finally, Mr & Mrs Smith launches Smith&Family (smithandfamily.co.uk) next year, a collection of child-friendly hotels that should help devotees of its romantic breaks to adjust to the next stage in their relationships.
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