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Plan the perfect family-reunion

It’s a classic question: About 15 of my family members are having a reunion in October. As we are all flying in from different places—India, the UK and the US—where should we meet?

Answering this season’s family-friendly vacation venue question is our expert panel that comprises travel consultant: Shelby Donley, director of Cox & Kings India: Peter Kerkar and founder and vice president, Pearl LUXE: Taruna Seth.

Kenya offers experiences that transcend all ages and demographics, and has convenient flights from all three countries. Safaris are great for families, with game lodges set up for home-style meals, where everyone can discuss their adventures together. Since game drives are early morning and late afternoon, it allows for midday naps and pool time for the kids. Use an operator like Micato that specialises in family vacations. Stay in a tented camp like &Beyond’s Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara, where no luxuries are sacrificed. Complete your stay with a trip to Mount Kenya Safari Club, where activities include nature hikes, bike rides, and helicopter rides over Mount Kenya.

Peter Kerkar, Director, Cox & Kings Ltd, founder member of the World Travel and Tourism Council

Australia is a very family-friendly destination. October is pleasant and flight connections from the UK, India and the USA are excellent. I suggest a visit to Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne. Kids can pet kangaroos, hobnob with emus, snorkel and catch glimpses of Tasmanian devils. Gold Coast’s Dreamworld, Sea World and Movie World are a must for kids of all ages. Young adults will love the adventure of snorkelling, skydiving and walking across the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Older members of the family would enjoy the Sydney Showboats, exploring the Village of the Rainforest in Kuranda, Port Phillip, Port Douglas, Tangalooma Islands; the list is endless.

Taruna Seth, Founder and vice president, Pearl LUXE, specialises in tailormade travel experiences

I would recommend meeting halfway in Istanbul. The city straddles the Bosphoros, with a breathtaking skyline of ancient domes and minarets. Stay at the centrally-located Four Seasons or Ajia, a chic boutique hotel on the Asian shore of the Bosphoros. With only 16 rooms and suites, the entire property can be booked for the family. Take a walking tour of Sultanahmet with visits to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Spice Market. Have dinner at Al Jamal—it has incredible food, belly dancing and stunning Middle Eastern interiors. Adults can get pampered at Galatasaray Turkish Hamam, while kids go on a supervised visit to Miniatürk, the world’s largest miniature park with landmarks from across Turkey. If you’re interested in exploring local culture, spend a day strolling around Istiklâl avenue, which houses upscale boutiques, music stores, art galleries, cafés and historic pâtisseries, all housed in unique Turkish architecture.