Whether you’re after a little adventure or pure relaxation, finding the right accommodation to suit your holiday style is crucial to a successful trip. There are some jaw-dropping resorts out there, but not all are suitable for kids. Here are some of the world’s best family resorts to help you decide.
Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia
A short ferry ride from Singapore, Bintan Island is fast becoming the new Bali for families looking to see what else Indonesia has to offer. The best part? It’s all-inclusive. Accommodation, meals, drinks, and the world-renowned kids club are all covered under one price so there’s no need to shell out any money once you arrive. Plus, kids under four years old stay free!
The kids club is split into three ages brackets so the activities are tailored for each group. Parents have a wellness centre, range of land and water sports and premium open bar to keep them entertained.
Castaway Island, Fiji
This private island resort has everything for an awesome tropical getaway . Inspired by traditional Fijian ‘bure’ accommodation, the spacious bungalows are scattered around 174 acres of lush rainforest.
Sail around the island, play beach volleyball on the sand and discover life on the reef at one of the snorkelling hotspots just off the beach. The all-inclusive rate covers accommodation, all your meals and drinks, kids club and great activities for the family.
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Thailand
One of many Centara resorts around Southeast Asia, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket offers stunning beach views, a huge range of activities for kids and an impressive collection of water-based fun. Waterfalls, waterslides, lazy river and a dedicated kids pool!
Kids stay and play free, with baby-sitting services available for nights when parents want to share a romantic meal at one of the fabulous on-site restaurants.
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, Turks and Caicos Islands
Taste a refreshing cultural blend of France, the Caribbean and Italy at this island paradise. Beaches is a resort village boasting a huge waterpark, several miles of pristine beach, dry sports (like basketball, beach volleyball and soccer), a DJ workshop and a games arcade.
Its unique calling card is its very own Sesame Street. Join in a Science Fair with Super Grover, go bird-watching with Big Bird, relax in Elmo’s story time, and even put on your chef hat and bake some cookies with Cookie Monster.
Cavallino Bianco, Ortisei, Italy
Being awarded the ‘best hotel for families’ by TripAdvisor every year from 2013 to 2017 is no mean feat! Nestled in among the Dolomites, this mountainside retreat offers jam-packed family itinerary as well as kids-only mischief.
In winter you can ski or sledge down the mountains before visiting the famous Christmas Markets of Merano and Bolzano. In summer, explore the scenery on foot or by Segway, brave the adventure ropes course or try your hand at golf.
You’ll also be welcomed by mascot Lino the Mouse to the awesome LinoWorld. Specially designed programs have the littlies and teens covered with adventure park excursions, ice-cream nights, cake-baking and a ball room.
Four Seasons, Whistler, Canada
Whirl down to the wintry wonderland of Whistler for an outdoorsy getaway perfect for an active family.
In the chilly months, go skiing, snowboarding or skating, and hike a glacier to visit an ice cave. When it gets warmer, try bike-riding, zip-lining, whitewater rafting, horse-riding, kayaking, trout fishing and a game of Junior Golf.
The magical thing about Whistler is that even in the warmer months, you can generally enjoy the snow of Blackcomb by morning, before heading out to the toasty Vancouver for a day trip.
Read more about why Whistler will wow the whole family.
This is Hawaii with a distinctly movie-flavoured twist. Dedicated to all things Disney, the Aulani Resort has pools, beaches and splash zones galore.
Included in your stay is an awesome Menehune Adventure Trail scavenger hunt, a Mo’olelo Fire Pit night with puppets and storytelling, a nature walking tour, loads of outdoor movie nights, a community hall packed with games and crafts and the special Aunty’s Beach House just for kids to chill out. For extra, you can enjoy Family Spa treatments, catamaran or horse-riding excursions, cultural encounters, canoe adventures and stargazing.
Soneva Kiri, Thailand
No expense was been spared when it came to kitting this jungle jewel of a resort out for kids. Their Den, a bamboo playground in the shape of a manta-ray, is dedicated to providing interactive and fun experiences for children, while exposing them to Thai culture. Kids can also go on special excursions to local schools and explore the rainforest.
If you’d prefer to stick together for some quality family time, try the family cooking class, enjoy private movie screenings and sunset cruises, and make the most of the Mother-Daughter Spa and Father-Son Fishing trip.
Some other awesome picks we wanted to include were Atlantis in the Bahamas, the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World Orlando, and Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown. For some budget options that are a bit friendlier on the pocket, check out the wide array of resorts in Jamaica, Mexico and Northern Queensland.
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