Holiday Seasons Calling!
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Fun in the snow, sun, or both? Each year our readers have more than one season to choose from when it comes to family destinations appropriate for them. Now the question is - are you more of a snow bunny or a beach bleacher?
In Europe and North America, the traditional ski season starts in December when the first snow descends down on mountain tops in popular and well-loved places like the French Alps for some quality family time and snow adventure.
As there is no right age to let the children learn how to ski, as ski chalets, family resorts and apartments each provide a unique opportunity for family time in the winter. French Alp regions such as the ‘Les Portes du Soleil’ and the southern ‘Chamonix-Megève’ section are popular places when it comes to skiing options.
However, if sunshine is more your cup of tea, why not consider French Polynesia, which is composed of 118 islands and is one of France’s overseas collectives. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, halfway between the United States and Australia, French Polynesia’s exotic landscape has been captured in paintings by the French artist Paul Gauguin. With its crystal clear waters, brightly-colored fish and pristine coral, you can stay underwater for hours! But once you’ve surfaced, head on over to one of the vanilla farms or a pearl farm, for the black pearls native to the islands.
French Polynesia’s most famous islands are Tahiti and Bora Bora, but why not buck the trend and go to one of the surrounding islands (Raiatea and Moorea) where better value for money and more authentic local traditions will make it a holiday to remember?
Coral under water, French Polynesia