Five Fab Family Holidays – That We’re Not Going On!

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Oh it never hurts to have a dream, does it?

To check out a few pretty pictures.

We’ve had some great overseas holiday in the past few years, great overall that is.

There’s always been some dramas and explosions, some tantrums and traumas along the way.

To be honest, I think I get the most value out of looking forward to a family holiday.

Anticipation can be blooming uplifting.

We don’t know how Hubby’s timetable will pan out for later this year. We needs to try to change his FIFO dates to get home for next Xmas.

So we can’t make any plans to book a family holiday.  As ever.

But that’s no reason not to have a few ideas.

So I’ve been doing some family holiday exploring, just for a wee bit of escapism, just for fun.

Here are my current top five holidays I’d love to go on with the family but probably won’t.

Oh go on, have a peek.

(Is it too rude to describe these ideas as family holiday porn?)

Heron Island

Heron Island

I’d love to visit Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef, both my sister’s have been and I’ve been meaning to for the past 25 years.

I think the children are old enough to really enjoy and appreciate a trip there now.  Reading my friend Annabel Candy’s posts from a visit with her three childen had me salivating.

Heron Island’s website is here.


Club Med Anywhere


We’ve tried to book a Club Med holiday but twice have been too late to get in during school holidays.

That’s the problem with not being sure of hubby’s work dates and so unable to book far ahead.  We’ll get there one day.

I think it’d suit all the family. Tell you what I’d LOVE… the  new four-day health and wellbeing retreats that Club Med has planned at at Club Med Bali (12-23 March) and Cherating Beach (7-14 April), themed around the concept Body and Soul: Four Colours in Four Days.

A bit of a mind and body retreat whilst still with the kids – sounds fab.

More Club Med info here.


Cruising The High Seas


I spent a lot of time sailing on small yachts when I was a child but have never taken to the high seas on a cruise. Shame!

Having head so many reports from friends, I’m dead keen. But our Intn’l Man of Mystery isn’t as he gets terribly seasick and has spent too long on oil rigs to feel that the sea has any romance left for him. One day I’ll take the kids on my own.

I just read that P & O are upgrading their kids programmes to include animation courses for for kids. P & O has partnered with Stop Motion Pro who made Wallace and Gromit and The Pirates, so the courses should be good.

Find out more here.


 Lady Elliot Island

Lady elliot island

Friends from school have raved about their holidays on this tiny island resort on the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a relaxed life on the island, the resort is simpler and more eco focussed than other Queensland resorts.

There are fringing reefs all around the island so snorkelling from the beach is wonderful, and there are manta rays swimming around, wonderful.

Lady Elliot’s website is not sleep or fancy, but has heaps of information, find it here.


Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

Fiji jmcousteau

And yes, it’s another resort surrounded by coral reefs!

Oh why not!?

As a child I went scuba diving all over the world with Jacques Cousteau and his amazing underwater TV programs.

His son founded this resort, which sounds amazing. Some friends have been and had a fantastic time with the family.

The downside, it’s very, very expensive and also gets booked up very fast.

Hmmmm… kids, you might have to wait until you’ve all left home for this one.

The website with photos to make you drool is here.

Do you ever do a little island dreaming?

Would your family enjoying one of these pretty luxurious holidays?

Or is camping the way to go every time?

Happy family holiday planning.

Your ideas to add to my list are VERY welcome!


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Posted on: February 15, 2013


  • Reply February 15, 2013

    Mystery Case

    I really want to do a P&O short cruise out of Fremantle but they don’t seem to be running anymore.

    • Reply February 15, 2013


      Actually a short cruise is a great idea, a little try out before committing to a longer one.

  • Reply February 15, 2013


    Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.
    I spent a couple of weeks on Heron studying coral reef ecology during my uni days. (Admittedly the research station digs weren’t nearly as flash as the resort is!) I’d love to take the kids back there.
    Great list. I understand not being able to plan in advance – my Dad was a long haul pilot during our childhood years. That was another roster that made things difficult to plan.

    • Reply February 15, 2013


      Oh we must talk coral reefs sometime. I did coral mapping in Sabah after uni. Not a scientist but willing worker. Are you able to get down to DP Con??

  • Reply February 15, 2013

    Desire Empire

    Wow. Love your picks. I say book something and take the ‘build it and he will come’ attitude. I think you could handle a cruise on your own as there’s kids club for the little ones and really no one can go missing. And you can hide in the spa. Go for it.

    • Reply February 15, 2013


      I’d like to hide in a spa right now. Just helped with literacy groups at school and my ears are ringing! Look forward to reading your thoughts on cruising.

  • Reply February 15, 2013


    Yep, I often do holiday dreaming. I don’t think we’ll be going on quite a fancy holiday for at least a few years yet. We are going to Port Stephens in November for a few night though and I can’t wait!

    And I would love to go on a cruise too. Dave isn’t too keen but after hearing my friends stories I think it would be excellent!

  • Reply February 15, 2013


    I do holiday dreaming of exotic locations or beautiful expensive islands and even, camping somewhere overseas (or other side of Oz). But things like work, study, schooling and money make those dreams come crashing back to earth!

    Reality sucks sometimes!!

  • Reply February 15, 2013


    I’m always holiday dreaming and I could easily do any one of your suggestions – one day, one day!

  • Reply February 16, 2013


    I would love to go to Heron Island! We tried to get out there a few times but you know, life got in the way (and this was even way before kids!)
    The scuba diving there looks ah-maaazing!!

  • Reply February 17, 2013


    I definitely choose the cruise. I never went on a cruise but heard only amazing things from people who went. There are some cruises designed for families and I heard they were great.

    • Reply February 17, 2013


      Check out today’s post at a great run down with pix of their cruise, fantastic to get a mum perspective. I’ll see you at sea.

  • Reply February 19, 2013


    Seana I was so lucky to get away to Port Douglas with my sisters for the weekend just been and I feel so grateful. But it was through friends and family so got great discounts. I think it’ll be at least 10 years before we can afford to take our 3 kids away on an overseas holiday 🙁 x

    • Reply February 19, 2013


      Take me away with you next time, I beg you!!!

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