In this ridiculously fast-paced world, where we often live in different continents to our parents, siblings or close friends and where our attention spans are forever challenged by the pinging of a WhatsApp, it's easy to see why so many of us are choosing to carve out time to travel and holiday with our nearest and dearest. Here we look at this multi-generational travel trend as well as place the spotlight on Pel's Post, The Old Rectory and Ekuthuleni Lodge - perfect destinations for your next family adventure.
A CHANCE TO RECONNECT
Today, more than in previous generations, families are spread across the globe. Grandparents are no longer ‘down the road’ and busy school terms, schedules and fast-paced careers mean that regular catch-ups are difficult to come by.
It’s this way of life, and the fact that grandparents are fitter, healthier and eager to travel that has given rise to a major trend in the travel industry which sees entire families planning ahead and booking a trip together.
New experiences shared; memories made; a beautiful place to stay altogether (but with enough space to have ‘me time’ too) and, ideally a set-up that ensures mum isn’t ‘in charge’ of all the cooking - what could be better?
A CHANCE TO EXPLORE
Booking that dream trip with everyone - grandparents and little ones included - also allows for the opportunity to explore something totally new away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Rather than all descending on one part of the family, many find it more refreshing and relaxing to go somewhere that's new for everyone. Your children’s first elephant sighting; gin and tonics on the deck with the grandparents; siblings bonding whilst on a walking safari… these are memories that will last forever.
A CHANCE TO SPOIL YOURSELVES AND EACH OTHER
The perfect family getaway is out there, just waiting for you to enjoy. We have a few beautiful properties in our portfolio that are ideal for your next big family get-together.
Pel’s Post is our exclusive-use bush hideaway in the far north of the Kruger National Park. It accommodates up to eight guests in four stand-alone, open-plan suites and it is our flagship property for luxury, multi-generational family travel.
You will have the entire place to yourself, along with a private game driving vehicle, expert field guide and a personal chef. For a family or a group of friends looking for privacy and a safari experience set at their own pace, to those searching high and low for that special place to celebrate a wonderful occasion, Pel's Post is the place to be.
We now also offer direct flights to the north of the Kruger National Park, so it's possible to reach the eden of Kruger in under two hours from Johannesburg airport.
If you’re travelling to the bush with your family, Ekuthuleni Lodge is also a great choice. It's just three hours from Johannesburg - making it suitable for a lovely long weekend. Guests can relax next to the swimming pool overlooking sweeping, grassy plains and take in a famous African sunset at the end of an adventure-filled day.
Each of the five suites offers intimacy and privacy, with magnificent views of the grasslands, giving a whole new meaning to nature on your doorstep. Plus, there is also a family suite that boasts two bathrooms and an additional loft area which accommodates two single beds.
The Old Rectory
Located in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, one of South Africa’s best-loved coastal towns on the Garden Route, The Old Rectory is an immaculately restored national monument, re-imagined into an intimate boutique hotel. Stroll to the beach, spend the day in our spa, wine and dine at our in-house restaurant, there is so much to see and do here at the heart of the Garden Route.
We welcome guests of all ages and the rooms have been designed with versatility top of mind; 14 of our 18 rooms are connected by a foyer which can transform two rooms on each floor into a single unit, ideal for families and groups of friends travelling together.
Feeling inspired to book that much-needed family getaway? Take a look at out our portfolio and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions - we are here to help.