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Family Bucket and Spade holidays with Turquoise

The calming effect of water and its wellbeing properties have long been known. Perhaps that is why your little ones are never happier than when on a white sandy beach lapped by warm water, bucket and spade in hand.  Contented kiddies make the family holiday - as the Mums and Dads among us at Turquoise Holidays know only too well.  The Caribbean has long been the obvious choice for year-round family sunshine, and with its laid-back vibe and deep-rooted family spirit we have to admit that it is hard to beat. 

However in the last couple of years the Indian Ocean, once the reserve of the super-rich, royals and WAGS, has also embraced the idea of a five star family holiday with many of our favourite resorts now topping the family league table with spacious pool villas, convenient all-inclusive meal plans and activity clubs for the tiniest of tots through to the terrible teens. Where better for eager young eco-warriors to learn about the wonders of the natural world than the coral rich reefs of the Maldives or the palm-fringed jungles of the Seychelles? For a dash of the exotic and minimal jet lag, spice up your family holiday with a week or two on sleepy Zanzibar.  Asia is still unbeatable value for money with both Thailand and Malaysia coming in at equal first in our book as top choices for indulgent family holidays in the sun that won’t break the bank during those all-important school holiday months.

Our Top Bucket & Spade Family Holidays

  • Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort

    Superbly poised between the foothills of the Plaine Champagne and the dreamy Indian Ocean in the south-west corner of Mauritius, Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort sits on the site of the former sugar estate of Bel Ombre – one of Mauritius’ finest estates with a history that dates back over 200 years. This luxurious, yet inviting, retreat is a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio.

  • One&Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius

    This elegant grande-dame of Mauritius nestles serenely on its own private peninsula on the country’s north-east coast, with a white sand beach on one side and a sheltered lagoon on the other. Immortalised in Bernadin de Saint Pierre’s novel ‘Paul et Virginie’, the peninsula is close to the site of the historic Le Saint Géran shipwreck. Under the calm sway of countless coconut palms, One&Only Le Saint Géran’s 60 acres of glorious grounds encompass beautiful tropical gardens which sweep right down to the ocean’s edge.

  • Curtain Bluff

    Perched on a rocky peninsula, Curtain Bluff is a charming all inclusive resort in a beautiful setting. To one side a blissfully calm beach and to the other, a dramatic surf beach pounded by the ocean.

  • Round Hill Hotel & Villas

    Built as a playground for the rich and famous 60 years ago, set above a swathe of brilliant white sand, Round Hill lists more than its fair share of artists, literati and stars amongst its past and present guests.

TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: MATANGI PRIVATE ISLAND, FIJI

This privately owned 240-acre island enjoys an enviable location on a stunning, horseshoe-shaped island in Fiji's lesser known northern group of islands. A haven for divers, honeymooners and romantics, Matangi boasts virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.

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TURQUOISE ISLAND OF THE MONTH: MATANGI PRIVATE ISLAND, FIJI

This privately owned 240-acre island enjoys an enviable location on a stunning, horseshoe-shaped island in Fiji's lesser known northern group of islands. A haven for divers, honeymooners and romantics, Matangi boasts virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.