Traveller rejoice - with 2018 looming closer, there is a whole new set of long weekends to look forward to! A quick flight, hop, skip and jump away are these family friendly hotels and resorts that keep an extra eye out for your little ones. From face painting, movie screenings to even cooking lessons, there’s plenty to keep the kids engaged (and happily so!) while you as adults, can get some quality, guilt-free time off too.
So first off, if you are seeking a hotel that has family rooms, close to the centre of Aonang and amazing, kid friendly facilities – just book the Holiday Inn before everyone else does! And did we say how it’s fantastic value for money too? Water lovers will relish the fun slides across the kiddie pools as well as the swim up bar that serves drinks at 50% off during happy hours. Happy kids and adults - what’s not to love!
The kids’ club is immensely well equipped with their own ball pit, tons of toys, art facilities – you name it. It also offers a daily changing program of activities for kids and teens including movies, face painting and water sports. So, no matter how long a stay you have planned in Krabi, you can unwind in the confidence that your children are under the watchful eyes of their super-friendly staff. The signature Holiday Inn Kids Stay and Eat Free programme applies here too. Up to two children under 18 years old stay and eat free when sharing a room with up to two adults. Children 12 and under also enjoy a complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner from the children's menu with the order of at least one main course.
VL Pro Tip: Make sure you book your stay at Holiday Inn and not the sister Holiday Inn express for these amazing kid friendly facilities. Also, try and book the family rooms that come with two bedrooms and two individual bathrooms. The real plus is seeing your kids delight in their part of the suite - mini child height sinks, sunken tub and colourful boat beds!
If you have been wanting to explore the white sands of Boracay with the kids, it’s time to book the Shangri-La. It’s worth the trek just for that gigantic slide in the playroom! Their kids’ club or Adventure Zone as it’s called, is a massive playroom with multiple (and did we say huge!) slides, as well as plenty of toys and books to keep everyone engaged, endlessly. Apart from free and supervised free play, there are lots of activities to keep the kids happy. From cookie making, kite making or good ol’ face painting; don’t blame us if they don’t want to come back to mum and dad anytime soon!
VL Pro Tip: Indulge in a villa to get your own private butler service. As for the kids, the breakfast buffet includes an ice cream bar – need we say more?
3. The Andaman, Langkawi, Malaysia
Living in the middle of a 10 million-year-old rainforest and the tranquil Datai Bay and an 8000-year-old fringing coral reef, should have your kids jumping for joy! There’s also the Young Explorer’s Club that takes nature very seriously! From bird watching, butterfly hunting to nature walks – they have your little one’s vacay sorted. The Coral Nursery is a one of a kind conservation effort where kids can take a private guided snorkel tour to see all the gorgeous coral and the accompanying colourful fish – Nemo fans anyone?
VL Pro Tip: Adults will delight in the beauty of one of Asia’s top beaches, complete with shaded trees, beach side drinks and glorious views. Parents of babies can leave sterilizers behind as the helpful staff will clean and sterilize your bottles for you at the hotel itself – bliss!
4. The Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam
Gorgeous greens, jaw dropping views of the ocean and legendary Bill Bensley design teamed with one of the best kids’ clubs in the region, make the Intercontinental Danang a must-do! Nail art and braiding for little girls (boys can join in too!) will have them raving about your holiday for a while as will the well-equipped play room that comes with tons of toys, a fun slide and amazing staff! Need their services after hours? It just costs $10++ per hour and is worth every well spent dollar if you ask us!
VL Pro Tip: While the kids are taken care of, book yourselves in at the La Maison 1888. Helmed by Three Michelin Star Chef Pierre Gagnaire, it is the perfect setting for a romantic classic French meal. For the kids, don’t forget some insta-worthy shots of them in kiddie sized bath robes!
5. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand
One of the most popular resorts in Asia, the JW Marriott at Mai Khao beach is a jewel, most holidaying families depend upon! Stellar Marriott staff and a kids’ club that will keep your children busy for days, makes it a keeper. With Batik Painting, Thai dancing, Yoga, Face Painting, Movie and more included in the day’s activities, you know they will be having tons of fun too! A short drive from the airport, makes this an easy one to do with little kids, so don’t hold back on that booking!
VL Pro Tip: Do take the time to borrow hotel bikes and cycle around the beach front! Free ice popsicles by the pool every afternoon will ensure you get lots of time together in the water too.
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