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The best family holidays for children of every age

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These mega-tents are impressive, each with two bedrooms and a separate living area as well as private safari guides. Book extended families into both houses and you’ll get a pool to yourself too. From £1,977 per night for up to six guests, including meals and game drives through Aardvark Safaris (01980 849160).  

Meanwhile in South Africa, Intrepid has a safari itinerary especially for families with teenagers. Its 12-day trip packs in game drives in the Kruger National Park, kayaking, canyoning and a cycling tour of the township of Soweto and costs from £1,394pp excluding flights (0808 274 5111). Prices are partly low thanks to guests having to put up and take down their own tents – good practice for the festival-goers of tomorrow.

Elsewhere…

For summer: In the buzz of Corsica’s Porto Vecchio, Simpson Travel’s new three-bedroom Penthouse Les Oliviers (020 3839 4495) comes with a rooftop plunge pool that will win you major brownie points. From £8,140 for six adults (from 12-plus) for a week in the summer holidays, including flights and car hire.

For winter: Kids aged 12 or above are welcome at Club Med’s Kiroro Peak ski resort (03453 676767) in western Hokkaido, Japan – although a second property, Kiroro Grand, allows younger kids. A week at Easter costs from £16,808 all-inclusive for a family of four, including flights, accommodation, ski hire and passes.

For an easy escape: Active kids will enjoy a May half-term stay at Bike & Boot Peak District (01433 440777), the second outpost from this cyclist-friendly chain. Pedal off into the hills on traffic-free trails before returning for one of the hotel’s movie screenings. Rooms from £113 per night.

At this age, they’ll be grateful you’re paying but not that you insisted on coming along. To win them over, choose something really out of the ordinary.

Although the suggestion of camping might be met with eye rolls and resistance, that should change once you introduce them to glamping USA-style. Across the States, companies such as Under Canvas are opening chic sites bordering the country’s incredible national parks, seemingly aimed at a Coachella-loving crowd. 

The best brand for teens, says Alan Wilson of Bon Voyage Travel, is AutoCamp, which has seven sites across America’s most dramatically scenic stretches and another two opening soon. Each comes with spa-inspired bathrooms and a clubhouse where guests can meet over food and games.

Music fans will be particularly excited about AutoCamp Hill Country, which opens in mid-2024 about 80 miles west of Austin, Texas. Until then, there’s AutoCamp Yosemite, where they can sleep in an Airstream, cabin or tent, hang out by the pool and take guided hikes along forested trails. Wilson recommends combining a few nights here with Bon Voyage’s The Best of the West itinerary (0800 316 3012) for the chance to see Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Las Vegas too. From £4,000pp for 16 nights, including flights from the UK.

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