Families seeking a reprieve from the winter weather or humdrum of school and work, New Zealand is essentially an oasis of wellness and restoration. Sure, you can find a spa in your own neighborhood or a local way to check self-care off of your to-do list — and you should — but for a vacation centered around getting health, wellness and empowerment, New Zealand has a few to go around.
Get in touch with your holistic side at Soul Journeys in Queenstown, New Zealand. Hike along the incredible terrain and meditate in the peaceful surroundings, practice yoga with likeminded guests and feel inspired and refreshed. Whether a yogi-certified family or novice to the practice, Soul Journeys has a swath of options, including all fitness levels.
For a Mix
Relax your mind, body and spirit at the Aro Hã Wellness Retreat, just a 40-minute drive from Queenstown, New Zealand. The luxury wellness center focuses on every aspect of Zen, inside out.
Retreats range from adventure and wellness to eating well and completely relaxing. Heal your problem areas, detox your body and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Choose from whole foods and vegetarian menus to refuel from a day of yoga, hiking and a blend of mindful classes. Spend five–seven days and nights, $5,200–6,250, year-round.
For a Complete Refresh
Focused on healthy eating, weight loss and body confidence, Resolution Retreats is exclusively for women. Make it a girls’ trip or just spend the day on an already planned vacation and enjoy unique, all-inclusive programs specifically designed for women by women. Resolution encourages healthy practices through support, positive body image, encouragement and body renewal — all while in an exclusive, luxury paradise location.
Get away to the Shunyata Retreat and Day Spa on a couple’s trip, relaxing girls’ getaway or solo excursion for the ultimate wellness retreat. Enjoy serene surroundings, fresh cuisine, spa treatments, yoga, meditation and emotional healing methods. Shunyata comes with all the trappings of your traditional spa, but with an added importance of peace and serenity. This stay could be a great way to introduce the kids to meditation and being more aware of both mind and body health — all while completely surrounded by enchanting natural beauty and luxury services, of course.
Book a mother-daughter trip, plan an extended stay with the family and pick and choose your daily relaxation services, or just take a healthy break from exploring the country’s bounty of wine and cuisine options. Check out a family-friendly list of Queenstown spots before your trip.
However you view Niagara Falls, it’s an unforgettable sight. That being said, on the Canadian side, you’ll get a panoramic view of both the American Falls and the magnificent Horseshoe Falls, as well as more chances to get up close and experience the falls. Families traveling to Niagara Falls find more activities to engage children on the Canadian side.
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It’s not too early to plan holiday family travel, and those bound for the Grand Canyon region might want to consider booking tickets now for Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel’s popular Polar Express. Tickets are going fast!
Family travelers spending time in Riviera Maya, Mexico, cannot miss Xel-Há, a park offering an extensive list of activities, all surrounded by the pure natural beauty of the region. The beginning of fall marks the perfect time to visit the park, with more than 20 unique experiences.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
Qatar may not seem like your typical wintertime family travel destination. After all, you won’t find many snow-capped peaks or ski resorts in the world’s desert nations, but the country’s newest winter attraction will make sure you have so much fun you won’t even think about snow. From roller coasters and merry-go-rounds to cotton candy and ice cream, there will be something for everyone at this nightly, winter-themed entertainment park.