Love the idea of a luxury getaway but worried about travelling with your children? You can combine luxury with child-friendly activities to create a memorable holiday, and finding this balance will give you the chance to take time out together, as a family.While big hotel chains offer organised activities and Kids Clubs, small boutique hotels and villas offer adult style and luxury with a warm and welcoming attitude, within close distance of family activities.
If your family enjoys the thrill of water sports, then a beach stay in Bentota or Hikkaduwa is ideal. With the ocean as your backdrop, the waves and sand provide endless joy for you and your kids. A kilometre away from Taru Villas, the Bentota river is your destination for whole families to partake in a range of sports and activities including water skiing and jetskiing.
Not far from here, the Turtle Hatchery is a big hit for families with both adults and kids enjoying the opportunity to see and hold baby turtles in the palm of their hand. This is an experience that can never be forgotten. There is a lot to learn, with five of the seven species of marine turtles in the world found in the warm, clear waters off Sri Lanka’s coast.
If exploring the seas is more your idea of fun, then Hikkaduwa beckons. Swim offshore in relatively calm, shallow waters and snorkel amongst over 60 species of living coral and 170 species of colourful reef fish, all vigilantly protected by the reef. If you enjoy diving, then plunge further into the sea and explore the number of well-preserved shipwrecks that are found at varying depths of the ocean.
If you prefer to stay dry, but would love to experience the colourful underwater world, then a glass-bottom boat ride to view the gorgeous reefs is the option for you.
If the tranquility of Tangalle is more your scene, then the waters of Mawella Bay are safe for swimming with children and are the perfect preparation and relaxation before and after embarking on a manageable hike to the top of Mulkirigala Rock Temple. Along the way, you’ll encounter a series of seven cleft-like caves on five different terraced levels, each with their own hidden treasures to explore. Further on up, perched on top of the rock, you will be rewarded some fine views of the surrounding countryside that can be taken in from the small and perfectly positioned dageba.
The buffer zones of Yala provide hours of bush walking and nature trails at a pace that suits your family. Of course no family holiday to this paradise isle would be complete without taking in a Safari (also known as a Game Drive). From the safety of a jeep, an expert Naturalist can help your family eagerly scour the wilderness to find the many stunning animals that safari parks have to see. From the elusive leopard to the glorious herds of elephants, the children will delight in seeing these magnificent creatures in their own habitat. Baby elephants will enchant them and the sight of crocodiles, bears and other wildlife will also add to your children’s adventure. It is not uncommon for children to return to the villa and spend time drawing the vivid memories of their fun filled days, giving their adult companions the opportunity to relax and unwind with a cocktail.
There are many beautiful Taru Villas properties perfectly positioned to provide you a base for your family trip. Whether you prefer the complete privacy of a whole villa or your own area within a small hotel, the Taru Villas team are happy to take away the stress of your planning and help you organise the perfect family getaway that you will remember fondly for years to come.