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Planning a luxury vacation comes with expectations: good service, amazing views, and great facilities. The goal would be to live like royalty for the duration of the getaway with your loved ones; however, there are things to consider beforehand. Here are 4 tips on how you can avoid most hindrances when planning out the dream luxury trip for you and your loved ones.

1. Research on accommodations

The accommodations for your luxury family holiday should make you feel pampered and comfortable. The research process during the early stages of planning the vacation should consist of a checklist. Have a list of ‘must-haves’, for example, budget, location, bed sizes, or if the room is spacious enough to accommodate your family. The additional effort of researching accommodations can save you the headache later of any unpleasant surprises that might have you wishing you were home instead. Reading reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, however, you can always double check the authenticity of the review if there are multiple people issuing similar complaints. If you are searching for a luxurious place to stay that has a well-established reputation, Club Med might be the ideal destination. Experience premium accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and an array of activities you can indulge in when visiting our luxury resort in the Finolhu Villas!

2. Take your family’s wants into account

It's important to take into account the various activities some of your family members would want to participate in or try out. However, you should take into account each family member's age and physical abilities. Younger children may not be able to participate in certain activities, while older family members may prefer more relaxed activities. Look for activities and experiences that are suitable for everyone in the family, or consider splitting up for certain activities if needed. It is also crucial to not overpack the itinerary with too many activities and set aside some downtime to relax and bond with one another. Here at Club Med, families with kids can focus on having fun and without worries. Discover All-Inclusive family friendly resorts in destinations such as Phuket and Bali that provide childcare services together with activities where kids and parents can enjoy together.

3. Pack the necessities to avoid unexpected situations

Packing the necessities for unexpected situations can mean the difference between things going smoothly or the vacation turning into a nightmare. You can separate the necessities into 3 main groups, safety, convenience, and comfort. The safety category should consist of medication, emergency contact information, and so on. Be sure to ask each family member what medications they need to bring along on the trip and set up a reminder the day before the trip to ensure nothing is left behind. Keep the essentials in the easier-to-access compartments of your luggage. The ‘convenience’ category should include toiletries or snacks, while ‘comfort’ would consist of sunscreen or insect repellant, depending on your destination.

4. Take pictures at the end of the activity

In the age of instant gratification, with the popularity of social media, it's easy to get caught up in the desire for the perfect ‘insta-worthy’ picture. Recent studies suggest that our sense of smell is the most powerful sense when it comes to triggering memories of past experiences, and can transport us back to relive those moments. The best way to avoid the compulsion of spamming your camera is to set out a designated time for pictures, preferably at the end of activities. Take the time to also practise mindfulness by taking in your surroundings and focusing on one sense at a time.

Follow these tips to ensure your next family vacation is fully decked out in luxurious accommodations and activities that can get you and your loved ones feeling like a million bucks.

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