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Five top family-friendly getaways
By Jane Anderson
ديسمبر 20, 2022
Five unforgettable family holidays, from beach retreats to action-packed city breaks
It might not be the first place that springs to mind for parents, but Paris is surprisingly well-suited to family holidays. The city’s dotted with beautifully-kept parks and old-fashioned carousels, while a salted-caramel macaron works wonders if spirits are flagging. It’s a chance to see iconic sights through fresh eyes, and experience them anew, whether it’s a climb up the Eiffel Tower or picnic in the Tuileries. You’re perfectly placed for sightseeing at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, whose inner garden is a tranquil retreat after a hectic day out. Children are well catered for, with welcoming gifts and crayons, while the concierge can recommend activities for restless mini-explorers.
Welcome to Turkey's answer to St Tropez, the wooded Bodrum peninsula. Edged by the Aegean, and dotted with ancient ruins, it's home to waterfront promenades, buzzing bazaars and sandy beaches. Kids can admire the shipwreck-salvaged finds at the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, set in a rampart-ringed castle, while older kids will love gulet cruises and horseback rides. Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum makes for a cocooning base, with access to two private white-sand beaches. It’s deeply relaxing for grown-ups, and warmly welcoming for kids, with a separate pool, sea-view kids' club and Gymboree activities and classes (think yoga, face-painting and ceramics sessions).
The Big Apple’s a thrill for all ages, whether you’re ascending the Empire State Building, where five-and-unders go free, or heading to Brooklyn Children’s Museum and its playful mini-cityscape. Staying at Mandarin Oriental, New York, Central Park is on your doorstep, with its playgrounds, zoos and street-performers. Feeling overwhelmed by all the city has to offer? The concierge can help you draw up a small-people-pleasing itinerary, while Fans of MO can sign up for the in-suite Glamping in the Sky experience, with a tepee, cookie-decorating kit and children’s bathrobe and slippers (sorry, grown-ups; it’s under-11s only).