Best Holidays For Kids: Luxury Hotel Programmes In Asia
- Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, MalaysiaFour Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
- Rosewood Hong KongRosewood Hong Kong
- Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, VietnamSix Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
- Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali, IndonesiaMandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali, Indonesia
- Niyama Private Islands, MaldivesNiyama Private Islands, Maldives
- Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, ThailandSoneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand
- InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, VietnamInterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam
- Amanpuri, Phuket, ThailandAmanpuri, Phuket, Thailand
While parents looking to lose themselves in luxury have plenty of high-end stays to choose from, hotels haven’t always been so adept at catering to their younger clientele...until now, that is.
We discover eight of the most exciting and exclusive children’s programmes on offer at some of Asia’s finest luxury hotels
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
Four Seasons Langkawi makes the most of its lush rainforest surroundings with a children’s programme that fully embraces the great outdoors. Their “Monkeys & Mangroves” eco-adventure safari cruise sees kids board a floating classroom, where they’ll see the area’s exotic wildlife up-close.
Other highlights include Malaysian cooking classes, rock climbing on the resort’s limestone cliffs, forest archery classes, kite-making and flying, and evening beach barbecues to fuel up for the next action-packed day.
Find out more at fourseasons.com
Rosewood Hong Kong
Who says city trips aren’t for kids? Rosewood Hong Kong’s “Family Summer Haven” package–which runs until 30 September 2019—aims to showcase Hong Kong’s unique cultural heritage in style. Carefully curated experiences include hands-on dumpling-making and dragon boat painting workshops, an in-depth tour of the Avenue Of Stars, family wellness workshops, and an expressive arts therapy class created especially for children.
Want to make it a real holiday to remember? Add one of Rosewood’s extra-special Exploration Experiences—a guided hike and picnic around Hong Kong’s beautiful countryside, or a private helicopter trip to Macau to watch The House Of Dancing Water extravaganza.
Find out more at rosewoodhotels.com
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
Ensuring that wellness isn’t just for the grown-ups, the “Grow With Six Senses” programme incorporates children’s social, environmental, physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual wellbeing into every stay.
At Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, kids are spoiled for choice with immersive experiences that include seed planting, water purification, dance classes, chicken farming, castle-building and even mini mixology. After a whirlwind of activity during the day, guided meditation sessions help everyone settle down to a great night’s rest.
Find out more at sixsenses.com
Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali, Indonesia
Nestled in an organic garden with its very own menagerie of farm animals to tend, Mandapa Camp encourages young guests to form a hands-on connection with nature.
Mandapa’s half-day, whole-family programmes include a jungle hike followed by Balinese arts and crafts, a healing day that includes morning yoga and a Jamu herbal drink workshop, and a magical night camp where kids learn about nocturnal flora before gathering around a bonfire to toast marshmallows and make memories.
Find out more at ritzcarlton.com
See also: 7 Best Overseas Summer Camps For Kids
Niyama Private Islands, Maldives
Set on two idyllic islands in the blissed-out Maldives, Niyama’s award-winning Explorer Kids Club is renowned as one of the world’s best. Splitting their mini VIPs into four tribes means activities are tailored specifically to the children’s age groups—resulting in even more fun.
Kids can soak up the island’s many delights, with dolphin-watching boat trips, hermit crab races, themed treasure hunts, coconut tree planting, lagoon kayaking and visits to Niyama’s underwater restaurant—which essentially transforms into their own private aquarium.
Find out more at niyama.com
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand
Created from bamboo to resemble a vast manta ray, Soneva Kiri’s The Den is dedicated to creative learning and fun. Adventurers will love exploring the surrounding rainforest and beach at this luxe eco retreat, before heading inside to play Thai instruments and scale the interior of the imposing bamboo structure.
As the sun sets, it’s time to grab a cone from the on-site ice-cream parlour and enjoy a lakeside family film, before heading to the observatory for some serious stargazing.
Find out more at soneva.com
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam
Thoughtfully designed by renowned resort designer Bill Bensley, InterContinental Danang’s spectacular Planet Trekkers space is more than just a kids’ club.
Offering an extensive menu of activities that includes Vietnamese lantern making, dance classes and guided jungle hikes, there’s plenty here to keep everyone fully occupied. Those travelling with older children should head to Project VN, a teens-only space that is well stocked with a pool table, games consoles and young adult library.
Find out more at danang.intercontinental.com
Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand
Amanpuri’s bumper programme of meaningful and memorable experiences is designed to engage youngsters of all ages. Their Eco-Beach Centre boasts its own Nature Museum, where children can explore freshwater eco-systems and create a mini snail habitat. Other highlights include beach critter hunts, traditional Batik art and sand sculpting workshops, and evening stargazing sessions.
Teens can hit The Hot Spot area to skateboard up a storm on the outdoor halfpipe ramp, or flex their creativity with GoPro movie making and DJ scratch classes. Add-on sports like flyboarding, Thai-style deep fishing and guided horse riding should ensure there are no idle hands here.
Find out more at aman.com