Six summer holiday ideas

Here are some beautiful family holiday destinations that could be just what your family is looking for this year!

According to Skyscanner, some of the leading trends for GCC travellers this year are slow travel and cultural immersion. Tourists and families are increasingly looking to take their time, connect with local culture, disconnect from technology and minimise their impact on the environment.

Hike the Swiss Alps on a sommelier tour

GCC families looking for an active summer holiday can visit the region of Graubunden in Switzerland, and hike with the world’s first air sommelier, Patrick Stebler. The award-winning perfumer from Chur, Switzerland offers one-of-a-kind tours around the Graubunden mountains to help guests uncover the unique scents of the region, from its distinctly crisp morning summer fragrances in its verdant valleys, to its calming, resinous top notes found in the lush forests. Beyond the olfactory experience, these tours offer a full-body immersion into the cultural fabric of Graubünden, with opportunities to meet local artisans, indulge in regional cuisine, and partake in activities like berry picking and hiking.

Stunning nature

Known for its bright green valleys, snow-capped peaks and shimmering Swiss Alpine lakes, Graubunden is ideal for individuals, couples and families seeking spectacular outdoor adventures, with each region of the canton providing a unique set of experiences to suit every set of tastes. Excitement and stunning nature await you and your loved ones, as visitors can hike among the craggy ravines of the Rhine Gorge, otherwise known as the little Swiss Grand Canyon, experience thermal water healing at one of Graubunden’s many world-renowned spas, or take a train through glacial landscapes, an activity that has been graced with the accolade of being named among the most spectacular train journeys in the world.

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Lounge at your private beach escape in Corfu, Greece

Perched majestically on a hillside overlooking the serene expanse of the Ionian Sea, Ultima Corfu is an exquisite private beachside residence that promises an unparalleled retreat for families and friends alike. Boasting over 1,000 square metres of luxurious living space, this property seamlessly blends the outdoor landscape with its elegant indoor spaces.

Activities and fun

Beyond its stunning interiors, Ultima Corfu offers a wealth of bespoke experiences designed to elevate every moment of your family’s stay. From exclusive beachside lounging to thrilling water sports adventures, your household can immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of the Ionian Sea, indulging in gourmet delights prepared by expert chefs, using locally sourced ingredients that celebrate Corfu’s rich gastronomic heritage. For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, luxurious spa treatments, holistic wellness programs and yoga sessions await overlooking the azure horizon.

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 A tropical family trip

Situated in the south of Mahé, Canopy by Hilton Seychelles is the brand’s first resort property in the world, seamlessly blending local flair with contemporary charm to deliver an idyllic getaway for families and adventure seekers alike. A short drive from the Jardin du Roi (Spice Garden), and Seychelles Golf Club, you will have plenty to do! The 120 guestroom resort draws inspiration from its surroundings to offer an authentic experience – from the stylishly designed rooms, to the tranquil spa and world-class food and drink offerings.

Perfectly located for adventure and relaxation, the resort overlooks crystalline waters and has a plethora of onsite restaurants to indulge in, as well as kids’ and teen clubs, a swimming pool, direct access to the Anse à la Mouche beach, known for its shallow and calm seas, perfect for swimming and snorkelling together.

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Indulge in a Greek getaway

Perched above a protected cove on the rugged west coast, the newly opened One&Only Kéa Island promises discretion, seclusion, and authentic Aegean living. The resort’s exceptional experiences celebrate the natural and cultural wonders of Kéa, with bespoke adventures across land and sea.

Water fun

With the resort’s expert team, experienced technical divers can explore the Mediterranean’s most renowned dive sites, including four historic wrecks and protected marine parks surrounding Kéa, while beginners can learn the art of diving in the bay’s calm waters. Above the waves, guests can sail to one of the island’s secluded beaches, accessible only by boat.

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Tranquillity in the Maldives

Emerald Faarufushi Resort and Spa invites GCC travellers to escape to the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Boasting 1.2 km of pristine white-sand beaches, the resort offers an ideal escape for those yearning for the perfect relaxing summer getaway. Nestled within the lush tropical gardens of the resort, the Emerald Spa resides at the heart of the island, offering an oasis of tranquillity and rejuvenation for families looking to truly relax.

Spectacular spa days

Embracing the rich traditions of Thai and Balinese cultures, the spa delivers world-class treatments using premium natural products from the renowned British brand, Elemis. Its contemporary architecture seamlessly integrates with the surrounding beauty, creating a serene ambience to unwind within. Guests are welcomed into a sanctuary of calm, featuring eight air-conditioned tree-huts, a steam room and a blissful relaxation area complete with plunge pools.

Additionally, a yoga pavilion and manicure and pedicure stations cater to every aspect of wellness. As the summer sun bathes the island in warmth, you and your loved ones can surrender to the serenity of the spa sanctuary and let your worries melt away.

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Boutique Italian hospitality in the heart of Capri

A reimagined oasis in the heart of Capri, Pazziella Garden and Suites is set among peaceful floral gardens and lemon groves just 100 metres from the Piazzetta. It offers Mediterranean sea views and world-class service.

Historic surrounds

Originally a private villa dating back to the early 1900s, Pazziella Garden and Suites has been meticulously transformed into an exquisite 25-suite property. Established in 1950 as A’ Pazziella, it proudly stands as one of Capri’s oldest hotels, offering a blend of tradition and luxury.


Newly reopened, the renovation of Pazziella Garden and Suites, which lasted almost three years, has resulted in a refined collection of exquisite suites housed in two charming villas, surrounded by lush greenery. The hotel’s interior design was a collaboration with renowned Italian craftsmen and local artisans, to capture the true essence of the location where it stands. Rooms at the Pazziella are decorated in a contemporary style with light colours and antique furniture and guests can also enjoy a swimming pool in the garden, and private pool or outdoor whirlpool jacuzzi in select suites.

La dolce vita

Nestled in the heart of Capri’s town centre, just a short stroll from the central Piazza Umberto I, Pazziella Garden and Suites provides your family with an atmosphere of tranquil luxury. Here, your family can discover the flavours and fragrances of the city of Capri, its unique and uncontaminated nature, the region’s excellence in food and an unequalled experience in authentic Italian slow living – an ideal family retreat from the island’s bustling streets.

World class rustic dining

The highlight of Pazziella Garden and Suites is the P Garden Restaurant, a seamless indoor-outdoor space that extends into the gardens and poolside area. Immersed in a simple and elegant atmosphere, P Garden is the ideal spot to have an aperitif by the pool or dine on refined Mediterranean delicacies. Led by executive chef Angelo Fumeto, the restaurant offers a seasonal Mediterranean menu featuring signature dishes such as Tonnarello pasta with tub gurnard pulp, lemon and zucchini, showcasing the essence of Mediterranean and Neapolitan cuisine. Based on fresh ingredients selected with care, the dishes are always guided with respect towards the seasonality and the territory. The restaurant welcomes diners to enjoy an à la carte breakfast and a sumptuous lunch indoors or by the pool, and later transforms into a candlelit dinner venue, providing a perfect setup to enjoy the intimacy of the property.

The Funicular Railway Station is a 2-minute walk from the suites and provides frequent service to the Marina Grande. From here, ferries depart for Naples, Ischia and Sorrento, allowing your family to explore the surrounding Italian cultural hotspots.

For more information, call + 39 081 8340044 or email

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