It's hard to think of a favorite vacation. When I was a kid growing up in Nigeria, our parents always got a month of "holidays" which they always took in Miango where our mission had a "rest center". It was an ideal place for vacation: all meals prepared, peace and quiet, time to read, sleep, hike, etc. The thing is, Miango was also the location of the boarding school where us kids attended. My parents always came in March, so when they came we would move into their cabin with them, but we still attended school and life carried on as normal. Except that our parents were there and that far outweighed the fact that us kids never actually went anywhere on vacation. Except during Christmas and summer holidays we got to go home, so I guess that was our vacation.
When we returned to the USA, our family still didn't go on vacation, as in to a special place. Instead, we always took my parent's vacation time and visited relatives. Which was fine by me. Playing with cousins beats time at a resort anytime as far as I was concerned! (That's me on the top left....somehow my brother wasn't in this picture of a time the Texas cousins came to visit us.)
Then when John and I got married and became missionaries to Niger, we also spent our holiday time down in Miango in Nigeria. It really was a mom's dream vacation, especially those three meals served daily. Just show up to the dining room! Oh, yes, and afternoon tea every afternoon at 3:00. After siesta. Miango is on a plateau and not in a big town, so there are a lot of beautiful places to hike, which we did at least several times a week.
And if you go at the right time of year, it rains every afternoon, something that we don't get as much of up in Niger.
There were always other families there so our kids just spent hours playing outside or going with us on group hikes.
Every family had their own "cabin" which consisted of two or three bedrooms and a bathroom.
In the evenings we would gather for group devotions. Sometimes we would watch a movie together or play games together.
For me a good vacation involves having family around and going to a place that gives us all a break from work, including cooking!