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Here are some tips on how to holiday with adult children, from how to choose your accommodation to what to see and do while you’re on holiday together.

Choose the right destination

Choose a destination such as Hong Kong which offers something for everyone. Grab the family and soak up the luxury at a five star hotel, ideally in a suite that’s big enough for you all to squeeze into. Mongkok plays host to the majority of Hong Kong’s famous markets: Ladies’ Market, Temple Street Night Market, Bird Market, Flower Market and Goldfish Market are all located here.  Although the last three sell goods which are not practical to bring home, they are the most interesting to visit.

Hawaii is a destination that knows how to turn it on when it comes to fun in the sun. The stunning stretch of golden sand at Waikiki is world famous but as the sun sinks towards the horizon this area proves that the fun doesn’t stop when the lights go down. The free 6.30pm hula show at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound on Kalakaua Avenue includes a torch lighting ceremony and ten dancers who sway to traditional tunes from a small band.

Stroll along the beach after the show and find somewhere to enjoy a refreshing drink. Great bars are easy to find (just follow the music) but Duke’s Canoe Club at the Outrigger Waikiki is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. Its Barefoot Bar is a great spot to watch the sunset. The W Honolulu Bar at Diamond Head is just as popular albeit different to Duke’s: this is where the cool crowd hang out. People of all ages come here to dress up and hit the dance floor. With so much to see and do, a week in Waikiki disappears more quickly than one of Duke’s famous pina coladas.

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Have a group surf lesson as a family

Queenstown in New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where heart-pumping adrenalin activities go hand-in-hand with the finer things in life. Tour the nearby Central Otago wineries, cruise around Lake Wakatipu, or enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak. Visit in summer and you’ll find plenty of things to do in Queenstown, plus some great hotel deals at luxe spots like Peppers Beacon and The Rees. This time of year is also better for any activities like jetboating which could see you getting wet.

Stay in an apartment

Staying in an apartment may be slightly more expensive per night than a hotel room but it is easier and more convenient especially for larger families. Once you take into account self catering and being able to do your own laundry it can be a real money saver. If you’re in Paris why not take turns buying produce at a Parisian market and cooking dinner or stay in a traditional New York brownstone and ride the subway to a baseball game. When children are older you can spend the day exploring independently and return to the apartment each evening to share stories of your adventures over an evening meal.

Stay at an all inclusive resort

The grass huts and beaded necklaces of the 1980s have been replaced by lavish suites and sophisticated dining at Club Med which is currently enjoying a renaissance. Staying at an all inclusive resort means there are no arguments about whose turn it is to buy the next round of Mojitos plus there is always plenty to do (or not do if you feel like relaxing – it’s entirely up to you). Club Med Bali in Nusa Dua offers free Balinese cooking classes, tennis and golf lessons, yoga and language classes and a redesigned pool area that looks like something from a designer mag.

Enjoy a cocktail at the bar
Enjoy a cocktail at the bar

The main restaurant has four separate dining areas, including The Dragon Room with two huge Nagas (protector dragons) sculpted in wood, and offers more than seven different cuisines. A DJ presides by the pool each evening where the young and young at heart dance the night away. The holiday vibe is so contagious it’s amazing what you can find yourself agreeing to (flying trapeze anyone?).

Disclosure: The writer’s son is a KIPPER who loves going on holiday with his parents.

If you are going on holiday with older kids, you might find our top tips for group getaways and travelling with teens helpful.

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Trevor Templeman is a photographer and writer who travels the world capturing the essence of locations through their landscape, architecture and people. His words and photographs are published in magazines, newspapers and online around the world.