As we picked up our Sunday Times Travel section there on the front page was one of the current growing trends: multigenerational holidays. “Grandad, Grandma, Mum, Dad, assorted kids, plus nephews, aunties and a pal or two: the biggest families make the best breaks.” We couldn’t agree more with Alessia Horwich as she set off to discover the world’s finest multigenerational hang-outs explaining that for the Sunday Times Travel team, there’s one reader question that pops up more than any other: “where’s a good spot for a big family — kids, parents and grandparents — to jet off on holiday together?”
As Alessia says: “It sounds simple, but as anyone who has tried to organise a big family gathering knows, it isn’t.” Most readers apparently ask for a beach, a pool and plenty to entertain small children, as well as teenagers; something for the grown-ups, such as a spa, golf, yoga or culture;
“Then there’s the accommodation. You need to be staying close together, so there’s that feeling of a shared family occasion — but not too close together, so everyone has their own space. These trips are often for a big occasion, such as a landmark anniversary or birthday, so you want it to be special. You might be pulling together a scattered clan, so it’s useful if it’s easily accessible from across the globe.”
Alessia has scoured the globe and came up with 13 super cool family spots including Mauritius, Italy, Rhodes and Thailand, Sri Lanka and Florida, all of which answered this big multigenerational ask. However, when it comes to the UK, there’s only two places she placed on her ultimate, have-family-must-go-to-list. One in North Wales, and yes, you’ve guessed it, yours truly, St Moritz Hotel.
Quite rightly highlighting that we have ‘been in the business of stylish bucket-and-spade breaks since the 1950s, The Sunday Times writer encourages families to discover our nautical self-catering apartments each have three bedrooms, a big kitchen, an open-plan lounge, sea views and a wide balcony or a landscaped garden, whilst our ‘penthouse apartments sleep eight; or apartments 5 and 6, which are next to each other on the ground floor and share the garden area.’
She also highlights the fact that, “The superb rock-pooling at Daymer Bay, bodyboarding on Greenaway Beach and the Mini Moritz kids’ club will keep them (kids) busy for hours, leaving the rest of you (the grown-up) to snooze in hammocks, take sailing and waterskiing lessons, visit the Cowshed spa or sneak off to Rock for lunch at Nathan Outlaw’s Mariners pub.”
We couldn’t agree more – and we are enjoying hosting more and more families of several generations at St Moritz. Many of these special guests have been coming to Rock and surrounds for decades, and now want to bring their own children here to discover our North Cornwall playground for themselves.
Our Guest Host Kaylee can essentially become a family’s personal event planner, creating imaginative itineraries that keep everyone happy, all day long, no matter what age or what their favourite hobbies are. We’d simply expand on Alessia Horwich’s St Moritz list of fabulous family fun activities and include sailing, jet skiing, paddleboarding, hiking, biking, BBQs, surfing, picnics, bodyboarding, swimming, fishing, lobster catching, flying ….. we could go on.
But we can also settle you all down at our acclaimed Sea Side Restaurant & Bar, carefully placed for its resplendent views across the Camel Estuary and out to Steppa Point. There, the kids can splash to their hearts content in our heated outdoor pool leaving their elders to completely chill out on our sunbeds, taking the time to read books or the Sunday Times whilst being topped up with crisp white wine and fresh seafood snacks by our attentive crew.
Isn’t it time you got your gang together?
Three-bedroom apartments and villas start at £1,150 a week