Father’s Day Travel Treats
With Father’s Day around the corner (June 17), there are better ways to show the special man in your life you love him than with a new gardening set or some car chamois. What about a holiday of a lifetime? Whether he’s into culture, a couch potato or car crazy, there is something below for every Dad...
Best for... Outdoorsy Dad
Dads who love nothing more than fishing, 4X4’s and wildlife-spotting will be bowled over by a safari in southern Tanzania. This is real ‘man country’, with lion, leopard, elephant and all the big beasts of Africa on your doorstep. The remote Selous Safari Camp is completely unfenced, boasting luxuriously appointed en suite tents, each with beautiful views across a private lake – ideal for a quiet spot of fishing, but also home to a healthy population of man-eating crocodiles and hungry hippos! Book with Africa Odyssey for great rates.
Best for...Sport-Mad Dad
Any sport-mad Dad worth his hot-dog mustard deserves a trip to the Big Apple! Sport is America’s favourite pastime and NYC is home to a wealth of sports stadiums, showing baseball, American football, ice hockey and more – all accessible by subway. In addition, Central Park is a hive of activity, drawing runners, cyclists and inline skaters to its green pathways. Stay at the newly re-launched Broadway @ Times Square Hotel for a great-value base for the whole family. Kids aged 12 and under stay free!
Best For...Surf Dad
If your Dad’s a bit of a thrill-seeker and isn’t scared of the odd wipe-out, you could take him to the Maldives, which experiences a similar surf season to Indonesia – offering a great variety of reef breaks around the islands. Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort offers a host of adrenaline-fuelled watersports such as scuba diving and windsurfing, as well as one of the only registered kite-surfing schools in the Maldives. What’s more, if the conditions get too ‘gnarly’ for dear old Dad, there is a lovely Sun Spa offering a host of ‘manly’ treatments such as vigorous body scrubs and Thai massage (ouch!). Book with Purely Maldives for great rates.
Best For...Posh Dad
For Dads who prefer the finer things in life, why not provide him his own mansion in Mallorca with Mallorca Farmhouses? Home to the likes of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, this Balearic beauty doesn’t have a Waitrose or a members club – but it offers beautiful countryside, a wealth of golf courses, and cosmopolitan Palma and old town Pollenca boast pretty boutiques, fancy delis and lovely restaurants. To top off the trip, Mallorca Farmhouses can arrange island helicopter sightseeing tours, vineyard tours and heli-picnics with www.sloanemallorca.com.
Best For...Petrol-head Dad
For Dads wanting to hit the road this Father’s Day, Rhino Car Hire offers a choice of vehicles, from compact cars to cabriolets in a wealth of countries across the world. As it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip, what about Route 66 in the US, the Great Ocean Road in Australia or the Garden Route in South Africa?
Best For...Culture Vulture Dad
Bespectacled, tank-top wearing Dads will love nothing better than perusing the pyramids and ancient sites of Egypt and Jordan. Encounters Travel offers a special Ancient Encounters tour for wannabe archaeologists and history buffs – it takes in the museums of Cairo, the magical city of Petra (home to The Treasury, which featured in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade) and a Nile cruise – there’s even time at the end of the tour to take a swim in the unique waters of the Dead Sea! It beats the encyclopedia you bought him last year, eh?
Best For…DIY Dad
For Dads wanting a do-it-themselves holiday, just stick them on the phone to tour operator DialAFlight to speak with a knowledgeable advisor who can immediately tailor-make a holiday – whether it’s a private tour that’s made-to-measure, a self-drive road trip taking in chosen sights or mixing a city, beach and safari break to combine the best of both worlds. DialAFlight has a host of holidays to pick and mix from, to destinations including Thailand, Australia and South Africa!
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