In all honesty, not every family celebration goes the way it's designed to. There can sometimes be tears, tantrums and even the occasional bust-up, but a destination event may help mask these undesirable outcomes!

We can't guarantee a trip to Vanuatu will stop your weird Uncle Alan from dancing at inopportune moments, or allow your in-laws to get along for the first time in their lives, but we do reckon you'll overlook these blips in favour of the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding you once you get here.

Any blues brewing in your brood will quickly be forgotten about once you encounter the gentle Ni-Vanuatu people, who are always eager to show you and your family a good time and welcome you to their home. The locals here especially love kids, so encourage your little ones to get friendly and give you some time out! Unfortunately you will have to reclaim responsibility of them at some stage, but there will be plenty of opportunities in Vanuatu for you to catch a few hours of solitude without tiny terrors tottering at your feet.

There are many family-friendly resorts here, perfect for family reunions and birthdays. Drop them off at a local kids' club for painting, dancing and pool activities, while the older members of your family choose from the range of options available to you at this island paradise. Snorkel, scuba dive, swim or simply lie back on a sun lounger and lap up those rays.

If you feel like venturing out at all, head to the Mele Cascade Waterfalls, take a cruise on the Port Vila harbour or just explore around the islands. There are many romantic locations here for you to propose, renew your vows or take that big (huge) leap into marriage, so get creative! Just remember to pack your togs alongside your come-hither frock.

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