Multigenerational travel - a trip taken by three or more generations of a family - has been one of the top travel trends for several years and is expected to keep growing due to our fast-paced lifestyles putting a premium on family time.
This, according to Richard Bray, Group Operations Manager at Premier Hotels & Resorts - one of the fastest growing, independently-owned hotel groups in South Africa.
He continues, “These trips are all about sharing experiences and building memories, as well as introducing younger generations to the wonders of the world and providing those generations that are still working with a much-needed break from their frenzied daily routines.”
With the upcoming long Easter weekend being the ideal time for all generations to get away, Bray shares some of his favourite escapes for the whole family:
With an average temperature of 25ºC in May, Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal is a must for families wanting a seaside stay. At Premier Resort Cutty Sark, situated on the resort town’s main beach, families can make wonderful memories whilst diving the Aliwal Shoal with Scuba Xcursion, exploring the nearby Umdoni Park Nature Trails, getting up close with the critters at the Crocodile World Conservation Centre 14km away, or simply by spending time together on the gold, sandy beach.
A getaway that combines the wonders of nature with warm South African hospitality is Premier Resort Mpongo Private Game Reserve. Home to an array of African wildlife - including elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, antelope and numerous bird species - visitors to the Resort can get up close with these animals during game drives and safari walks.
The Resort is conveniently located close to other attractions so, while the kids are being entertained at the East London Aquarium, mom and grandma can sneak off for some pampering at the Emerald Spa at Premier Hotel East London ICC close by. Dad and grandpa can also walk in the footsteps of South African golfing greats at the East London Golf Course, which has hosted the South African Open six times.
To get the best of both beach and bush, visit Premier Resort The Moorings and be sure to stay in one of the villas, ideal for families or golfing four balls. Situated on the banks of the Knysna lagoon, the Resort is ideal for outdoor leisure activities such as fishing, golfing, swimming, boating, mountain biking and bird watching. Plus, it is the perfect base from which guests can explore the Garden Route and attractions like the Knysna Elephant Park.
Families wanting to holiday amongst majestic mountains should head to Premier Resort Sani Pass, in the Southern Drakensberg. There is plenty for families to see and do at the Resort ranging from 4X4 excursions up the Sani Pass, horse-riding and hiking, to biking, fishing, tennis and bowls. All generations can enjoy hearty meals at the nearby Himeville Arms Pub and may even learn a thing or two about the fascinating history of this are at the Himeville Museum.
All of the Resorts have something for every member of the family and each offer the Premier Kids’ Club to keep kids under 12 entertained and in safe hands while their parents and grandparents relax. Activities offered include talent shows, kiddies’ Olympic Games, treasure hunts, pool games, marshmallow toasting and more. Over and above the standard offering of activities, each property hosts specific events best suited to that Resort.
“We look forward to helping families maximise their time together this Easter,” concludes Bray.