Seven Spacious Stays to Reconnect with Loved Ones
Getting to spend quality time to reconnect with loved ones has always been a main reason for many people to travel. Recent research conducted by Booking.com across five countries reveals that for more than a third (37%)* of US travelers, their post-coronavirus travel motivation lies in the opportunity to share experiences with family or friends. In fact, as travel restrictions slowly begin to lift and it becomes safe to travel again, only 14%* global travelers plan to travel alone. Even before the global pandemic, more than 70% ** of US travelers said traveling together as a family was one of their primary motivations to take a trip. Even though many of us may have spent a bit more time than we anticipated in close quarters with our families over the past few months, that desire to get away or reconnect with our nearest and dearest still remains - just perhaps with a bit more open space. With that in mind, Booking.com has delved into its more than 29 million reported listings and over 176 million verified guest reviews to present seven stunning family stays that are ideal for those seeking plenty of space to gather and reconnect, but still with the freedom to do their own thing.
As travel starts to become possible again, many people are opting to explore the stunning landscapes around them to enjoy some much needed fresh air. According to recent research Booking.com conducted in five countries, almost one-fourth (23%)* of US respondents say the trip type they are motivated by most once travel restrictions are lifted will be to do some sightseeing in nature. Located in the heart of the idyllic and mountainous Chamonix region, a popular ski resort area in eastern France that is also equally as pleasant in the summer, this villa provides plenty of space for the whole family. Featuring modern Scandinavian style furnishings, skylight windows and a cozy wood burning stove, this three bedroom accommodation offers breathtaking views of the iconic Mont Blanc and other surrounding alpine peaks. As nothing brings people together like sharing a good meal, the property’s fully equipped kitchen is perfect to prepare a big spread for the entire family.
While wonderful for creating memories that last a lifetime, family vacays can also be a bit stressful if there isn’t enough space for everyone to have a little alone time, too. Well, there’s certainly no issue with personal space here - perched on a sloping hill on the northern end of a picturesque beach on the Thai island of Koh Samui, this amazing villa has five bedrooms and five en-suite bathrooms, and can host up to 11 guests without having to sacrifice anyone's privacy. The stunning views from the property’s infinity pool make for a perfect way to relax with loved ones, especially as you enjoy the sunset over Samrong Bay together. Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui is popular for its sandy beaches, coconut groves and rainforests, also highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for relaxation, tranquility, and food.
Located in the riverfront town of Noosaville on Queensland’s popular Sunshine Coast, this luxurious villa is a great escape for those looking for a laid back holiday with some guaranteed warm weather. As Noosaville is highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for relaxation, restaurants, cafes and walking, this spacious property is a great base to explore everything that the town is popular for, including the loads of excellent surfing spots nearby. The beautiful villa has a dazzling private pool, soaring ceilings, timber parquet floors throughout and beautiful Italian mosaic bathrooms. After a day of fun in the sun, you can snuggle up on the couch with the fam and enjoy a tasty snack while you binge watch your favorite series on the property’s big screen TV.
Perfect for a big family gathering, this sprawling villa on Pacifica State Beach can impressively host up to 16 guests! Highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for beach walks, surfing and relaxation, the city of Pacifica is just to the south of San Francisco and a popular spot for surfers and outdoor enthusiasts, who are drawn to the area’s rugged coastline and scenic rolling hills. Family members who just want to kick back can relax in the outdoor hot tub or one of the property’s many spacious common areas.
Set in the village of Vasilikos on the Greek island of Zakynthos and within walking distance from the beach, this stunning villa is perfect for a carefree family getaway. If you want to stay in shape while on vacay, you can do some yoga on the terrace overlooking the Ionian Sea or take a refreshing dip in the large private infinity pool. Alternatively, you can also just sip on a cocktail, work on your tan and enjoy a little me-time, while the rest of the family does their own thing. If you want to catch a ride on one of the small boats headed to the secluded, world famous Navagio Beach, the small settlement of Agios Nikolaos is just a short drive away.
If you are looking to spend time and reconnect with your wider family, but still give everyone their own private space, then this complex of seven standalone houses in Pôrto de Pedras might be just the thing for you. A little over three hours south of Recife, near a beautiful tropical beach, you can have the perfect multigenerational holiday without hearing the grandparents snoring in the next room or waking up at the crack of dawn to your cousin’s kids playing downstairs. You can still spend tons of quality time together by the pool or playing a game in one of the spacious living rooms - but you also have your own private areas if you need some time alone. It just goes to show that you don’t all need to be under the same roof to bring the extended family together.
Next to a picturesque rice paddy and a huge lotus pond, this villa is located in one of Vietnam’s most historic and charming cities and has everything you need for a fun time with the whole family. With space for 18 people, this huge 10,000+ square foot property is within walking distance from An Bang Beach. As motorised vehicles are prohibited from entering the historic center of Hoi An, this hidden gem is a great base for you and your family to explore the surrounding nature and landmarks by bike. After a day exploring the city’s bustling markets and beautiful temples, sampling some street food and watching the beautiful lanterns float across the river at dusk, you can come back to relax by the pool or play some billiards with your family. The property’s hosts are also available to help you book a cooking class or a tour to learn more about the local people and culture.
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*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months. In total 3,509 respondents were polled including 609 from Germany, 677 from France, 723 from Great Britain, 750 from Italy and 750 from the US. Respondents completed an online survey between 25 and 30 June 2020.
**Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 50,688 respondents across 29 markets. In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2019.