Forget the cliché gift sets, treat dad to a holiday he’ll never forget this year. Dads often say they already have everything they need – but there’s one thing they can’t ever have enough of, and that’s quality time.
Book him in for a getaway that promises quality time together doing something he loves (even if he has to pay, sorry Dad).
Whether it’s pedalling through Spain, driving a Formula 1 race car in Bahrain, or golfing at Tiger Woods’ favourite course in Mexico – here are our top Father’s Day experiences from around the world.
Golfing, Gastronomy and Whale Watching
For Father’s Day – stay 4 nights and pay 3 nights. Applies for bookings made from May 15 to June 30, 2019, and traveling through June 30, 2020. (Blackout dates may apply) loscabos.nobuhotels.com
The Luxe Gentleman’s Getaway
OK, so this one is the ultimate.
Playing a round of golf with breathtaking views of a cerulean sea, sipping an award-winning vintage scotch on a white sandy beach, selecting the perfect bottle of wine from the Maldives’ largest wine cellar, enjoying a private submarine exhibition following a morning of jet skiing or savouring a world class cigar looking out on to one of the most beautiful vistas in the world – Velaa Private Island in the Maldives has everything needed for the Ultimate Gentlemen’s Getaway.
For keen golfers, the luxury island’s golf course (designed by Jose Maria Olazabal) offers 220 metres of the world’s most expensive grass enriched with USGA spec greens.
For an adventure seeking dad, he can swerve and spin around the island on a jet ski, explore the underwater world on a personal Seabob adventure or glide through the air with parasailing.
Rates at Velaa Private Island for the Beach Pool Villa start at $4,700 (approx. £3,590) per night. For more information and/or to book please contact: [email protected]
Sicilian Sunshine and Baroque Beauty
Conde Nast tagged it ‘the place we’re going this summer’ but this south-eastern corner of Sicily is still one of the less travelled spots on the island. It’s low-key rather than luxe – but being affordable in no way makes it less wonderful. South-eastern Sicily is a stunning, relaxed destination for a father/son/daughter trip steeped in beauty and history – and the south-east corner, famous for its Baroque towns, architecture and history, is the perfect spot for the dad who loves a road trip, historical architecture, and Sicily’s famous food and wine.
Getting away from the capital of Palermo, if you fly into Catania in the East, you are bang in the middle of Etna an hour north, and the beautiful Baroque towns of Ragusa, Odica and Noto around an hour south or south-west.
The coastal town of Ortigia, actually an island, has a gorgeous fish and vegetable market with street sellers cooking fresh calamari right there on the stall, boat trips around the island and cave visits.
For the perfect centre for the trip, stay at the beautiful Artemisia Resort, 15 minutes from Ragusa and set in acres of its own land with swimming pool, table tennis, table football, bikes and more to keep you all entertained.
There’s a barbecue that staff will light for you if you want to cook in, or you can order in from a list of exquisite local restaurants – the food will be delivered to your terrace where the staff will prepare a candle-lit table.
Breakfast is served at the hotel with a km0 philosophy – lovely cakes, fruits, cheeses, meats and honey all produced on-site or by local farms.
June offer of 73 euros per night for double standard room. Contact hotel for more information at artemesiaresort.com
Sky High Adventure
Set in the heart of Siem Reap, in the leafy French Quarter and close to the Siem Reap River, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is a heritage hotel just a stone’s throw from the ancient Angkor Wat temple. Ideal for history loving dads, as nods to the hotel’s 86-year history are peppered throughout; with a grand, colonial façade, swish Elephant Bar and original wooden elevator.
There are exclusive scenic helicopter tours over the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat available through the hotel. Dad can appreciate the scale of these enormous architectural wonders from the air, before flying over the northern edge of Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages and local fishing boats from a very cool perspective.
Rooms start from £160 in low season, with breakfast. Price for helicopter tours available on request (raffles.com)
The Fast and the Furious
For dads who like to live in the fast lane, give them the chance to get behind the wheel in the Kingdom of Bahrain, an archipelago of 33 islands, and home to the famous Bahrain Grand Prix.
Whether an amateur or a racing enthusiast, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain offers a once-in-a-lifetime motor experience on the world-class track. Dad can buckle up and enjoy a briefing with a professional driver before co-piloting a race.
Beyond the racetrack and just a short drive from the Circuit, dad can kick back post race at the hotel, with super views of the Arabian Gulf.
Also great if dad is a foodie as the resort has 11 bars and restaurants, its own private island and tonnes more experiences, bound to provide an unforgettable Father’s Day treat.
*driver requirements and age restrictions apply.
Room rates at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain start from £338. For more information or to book, visit ritzcarlton.com
Argos in Cappadocia: For Dads Who LIke Living the High Life
Take your dad on an unforgettable trip with vistas to match and hop into a hot air balloon sailing the skies over Cappadocia, Turkey.
From the ruins of an ancient monastery complex with interconnecting caves and underground tunnels, houses and mansions, the Argos in Cappadocia hotel has risen out of volcanic ash and stone like a modern Phoenix to become one of Europe’s great luxury hotels.
Following a hefty 22-year restoration project, the 51-room luxury cave hotel is an unforgettable way for dad to explore one of Turkey’s most famous destinations.
Rates at Argos in Cappadocia start at £240 for a Stone Room argosincappadocia.com
When He’s Partial to the Pedal
The perfect destination for dads who love spending time in the saddle, Zafiro Palace Alcúdia’s prime positioning in Majorca, set amongst some of the regions finest cycling routes, will let dad zig-zag his way through the island’s most beautiful backdrops.
Boasting both winding roads and a mix of flat and mountainous settings, Alcúdia is the ideal destination for a dad who likes a bike.
Zafiro Palace Hotel Alcúdia offers breathtaking tours along the coast to the 17th century town of Pollença and up to the highest points at Cap de Formentor. With its very own dedicated cycling station, the Zafiro Cycling Experience offers bicycle storage, expert advice on the best cycling routes, free access to the spa, bike tools and one maillot per cyclist, and for an additional cost bicycle rental, ensuring that every guest’s biking need is met.
The Zafiro Cycling Experience at Zafiro Palace Hotel Alcudia offers a seven-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis in a Junior Suite from £1,460. Price is based on two adults and two children sharing, with a saving of 5% per booking. To book please visit zafirohotels.com – and reference CYCLINGUK.
The Family Fantasy Getaway
From sleeping in secluded and luxurious Jungle Tented Villas and deserted island dinners to private tennis lessons and jet ski sessions, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi has something for everyone to enjoy on a Father’s Day getaway.
One and all can take to the water with the resort’s marine biologist, snorkel the verdant coral, swim with manta rays and tropical fish, or for the more adventurous, enjoy a private jet ski lesson around the protected lagoon with an accomplished guide.
For relaxation-seekers, they can indulge in a private Safari Spa experience in one of Fairmont’s new Jungle Tented Villas. Massages, facials and full-body treatments, (many tailored to male skin), are offered in-villa, surrounded by verdant jungle with only sounds of the canopy for company.
The whole family can dive into a Maldivian Dhoni, a traditional fishing boat, for a sunset fishing experience or set up camp in a tented villa for a movie night under the stars.
You and dad can toast the experience with a private wine and cheese experience on the beachfront, before feasting on fresh-out-of-the-ocean seafood, from Maldivian lobster, to tangy wagyu steak.
The experience includes a three-night stay in a luxury villa with private pool, floating breakfast, four-course dinner for two with wine pairing at Azure, wine and cheese experience, safari spa package, private tennis lesson, one-hour fly board or jet ski, two-hour private snorkelling trip with marine biologist.
Book by June 15 2019. Starts from £700 per room, per night. To book visit Fairmont.com/maldives
5 super useful Father’s Day gifts for dads who love to travel
Mu folding plugs with double USB, £22, themu.co.uk
Take two chunky plugs on hliday with you? There’s really no need. This folding plug slips into you bag and charges two USB devices at once. A genuine ‘why didn’t they think of this before’ moment. Also available in European and International versions.
Floating sunglasses, £18.99, Amazon.co.uk
How many times have you watched a pair of sunglasses vanish over the side of a boat, paddle board or kayak, never to be seen again? These floating sunglasses will do away with that sense of mourning as his Ray-Bans sink to a watery grave.
Cabin trolley bag, £530, Mont Blanc
Resuable airport liquids bags, £9.13, amazon.co.uk
Heathrow might be lifting its ban on liquids in your hand luggage after investing £50m in next-generation scanners – but there’s a long way to go before the rest of the world catches up. These durable bags double up as washbags, taking the faff out of security.
Sony noise cancelling headphones, £221.99, techinthebasket.com
These are really some of the best performing noise cancelling headphones out there. The sound is excellent (a quick search will surface almost unanimous positive reviews) and the noise cancelling works an absolute treat, blocking out almost all ambient noise when you’re on a plane. Brilliant for long-haul to get some sleep, and short haul just to get some peace. They seem expensive – but since reviewing them and previous models for over a year, they are durable and they are worth it. This site currently has them at 33% off.
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