Wildcatter Ranch, Texas, USA

This place is pretty big on kids (though not overbearingly so), so adults should prepare to reconnect with their inner child.

Offering a classic ranch experience with luxe touches, Wildcatter is 90 minutes from Dallas, and the drive through cowboy country will leave little ones speechless. Consisting of a stone lodge surrounded by log-cabin suites, this rustic-style resort sits amid 1,500 acres of striking landscape bordered by a Native American reservation.

Guests can explore cactus-dotted hills on foot or horseback, wandering down trails to the Brazos River. Children will love the wranglers on hand for wacky wagon rides, clay-pigeon shooting and archery lessons, and the early-morning feeding of the Texas Longhorns. The less adventurous can play golf, go fishing, or take a hayride. Then unwind in the infinity pool or head to the spa for a deep tissue massage. Perfect for families wild at heart.


WOW FACTOR: Watch out for black widow spiders in the trees and snakes on the paths - more eek than wow, but guaranteed to provoke shrieks followed by laughter.

GO: Western & Oriental (www.westernoriental.com; 0207 666 1234) offers three nights from £1,335 per person, half board. Includes flights. Car hire recommended.

FLIGHT TIME: 9 hours, 45 minutes