Explore the great outdoors


It can prove challenging to peel your children away from technical devices, but once we do we realise how real outdoor experiences can be precious family time together.

Simple, old-fashioned adventures are both enjoyable and educational – so here are four ideas for the Great Outdoor Experience.

The Dolomites mountain range in Italy is a well-known ski destination, but once the snow has melted the green valley pastures and lush forests make an idyllic setting for a summer family adventure. The Cristallo Hotel and Spa offers a wide array of summer activities for all ages, with mountain biking and trekking being great ways to explore. For the more adventurous, the via ferrati or iron roads are a must. Offering amazing views of the mountain range, they are not for the faint-hearted! With only a two-hour flight into Venice, this is a family delight.

From a two-hour flight to ten-hour journey – Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island, Canada, gives visitors a most scenic seaplane transfer.

Frontier tents and outside fireplaces, and riding horseback through the countryside is about as far removed from the techno-centric family life as you can get. Whether you want to go kayaking, paddle boarding on lakes, zip lining through forests or even looking for bears on horseback, there are a host ofactivities to enjoy.

Wanting to search for wild animals? Then perhaps a safari is for you. Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, South Africa, could be considered the ultimate family adventure.

These two reserves offer individual itineraries planned around each family, helping make memories to last a lifetime. Children can join the Singita’s Mini Rangers Course, opening their eyes to a world of excitement and adventure including tracking animals, frogging, astronomy and nature quizzes. Young adults can learn bush survival skills, such as how to make a fire, finding a water source or identifying edible plants.

A much shorter flight of only two hours and fifteen minutes, can take you trekking in the Tramuntana mountains in Majorca. The Jumeriah Port Soller Hotel and Spa provides a unique experience for active families, with activities including mountain trekking and trails, against a backdrop of a Unesco protected mountain range.

At Porto Cristo there are the Dragon Caves to explore – while on the water, there are private yachts available to hire for the day and excursions to discover nearby beaches and coves.

For those feeling a little less active, you can have a lazy day by the year-round heated pool, which is lifeguard supervised so you can have peace of mind while your little ones splash around safely.