With top tips from Alex Wix for travelling with toddlers and tots

Family Holidays

Our travel packages to Sri Lanka, Morocco, the Maldives and Dubai, amongst others are designed to ensure parents and pre-school-aged children get the break they deserve and maximise on the winter deals still to be had and booking early for summertime out of school holidays.

Founded by mother of two, Alex Wix, (who has travelled extensively with her own young children), Wix Squared apportions 60% of its business in 2023 to sending families on bespoke journeys to Africa, Middle East, Far East and beyond.

Family Travel

Alex Wix says, “Having been lucky enough to travel the world with my young children, I know all the tips and tricks to make my clients’ lives easier. It all starts with clever packing, ensuring parents maximise free luggage space and have the correct sized pram to fit into the overhead. We look at flight times so that babies and young children can nap in the airport before a flight, or in the car to and from the airport. We encourage booking fast track where appropriate, book seating near an exit to avoid long disembarkation delays and are careful to sidestep the emergency exit row.”

She continues, “In terms of the holiday itself, we work with child-friendly guides, arrange age-appropriate activities where it’s possible to push a buggy or carry the baby in a sling or backpack, and we take extra care to book interconnecting rooms or suites with an extra bed or a bathroom big enough to fit a travel cot. We also only send clients to kids’ clubs at properties we know offer exceptional care and have trusted babysitting services.”

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Sri Lanka

Long-distance travel should not deter families from visiting Sri Lanka since hotel staff and personnel will go above and beyond to look after them. We recommend starting in the tea country and staying in a spacious family suite surrounded by nature, spending time on a leopard safari and then visiting Galle Fort where the whole family can explore by tuk tuk and even try mask making together before ending their day with a river boat ride along Kapu Ela Canal.

A seven-night trip for a family of four, including accommodation at Camellia Hills by Teardrop Hotels, Leopard Safaris Camp, Yala National Park, and Fort Bazaar by Teardrop Hotels, plus leopard safari, tuk tuk day trip in Galle and mask making is priced from £7,000, excluding flights.

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As someone who lives in Marrakech – Alex can confidently say her guides are amazing with children. It’s also a country where everyone can have fun – whether it’s taking part in a market tour, camel ride, horse and cart ride, pottery making or watching glass blowing. The colours and cultural vibrancy of Morocco and the variety of city and desert landscapes make it easy to keep kids entertained.

We usually recommend staying in a well located riad near to Marrakech’s Medina, experiencing more rural accommodation in the stunning valley of Ouirgane and then relaxing at a larger resort outside of the city to end the trip.

A seven-night trip for a family of four, including family rooms and suites at riad Le Farnatchi, Marrakech, Domaine by Makassar, High Atlas, and The Fairmont, Marrakech, plus activities and English-speaking guide is priced from £7,500, excluding flights.

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You can’t beat the Maldives for service and the level of shining new facilities for young kids. If you want to be cocooned in paradise then the Maldives offers that lovely mix of relaxation, family time and the ability to take some ‘me’ time if needed. Niyama Maldives is one of the best for their Evening Club that allows tots to go to movie night in their pyjamas for movie night, creating a lull for parents to dine quietly, private nanny services and a lineup of kids’ club activities from baking to discovering sea creatures that are almost so much fun, parents will be tempted to join in.

A seven-night stay at Niyama Maldives for a family of four sharing a beach villa, with complimentary half board, transfers via domestic flights and speedboat is priced from £6,700, excluding international flights.

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Dubai is a playground for adults and young children. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to hotels with kids’ clubs and excellent babysitting services, but there is also an abundance of things to do – from small water parks, Lego land, Smurf village, soft play areas, child-friendly beaches, and pop-ups in malls just for little ones.

Wix Squared offers seven-nights at The Fairmont Dubai in a one-bedroom suite with breakfast and airport transfers priced at £2,000 per family of four, excluding flights.

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