Travelling with family can either be heaven or mayhem! There are so many boxes to tick when searching for a great family holiday, and a good Kid's Club is just the start of the search.
We've found when travelling that it takes more than a great Kid's Club to really create the lifetime of memories you want from what is often rare family time to reconnect and we've searched high and low for the best resorts in Asia your family will never want to leave.
Firstly, you want to feel welcomed. Nothing says that kids are welcome like staff that smile and warm to your kids as soon as you arrive. The attitude of staff can make or break your holiday and a smile makes up for so much!
Secondly, kids are exhausted on holidays. Often in jetlagged and in a different time zone, they're often going to bed earlier after a day in the sun and a good child-friendly room service menu can keep the night time exhaustion tears away.
Privacy - whilst we all love bonding with our kids, spending time in such close proximity 24/7 can be a little trying. An alcove, a curtain, a half wall or even better, a sliding door can help both kids and parents have a great nights' sleep.
Other things we considered for our "Best of" series for Family Resorts were great family savvy concierge who can direct you to a local supermarket or chemist, babysitting services, Kid's Clubs, waterparks, playgrounds and in room amenties like microwaves, cots, bottle warmers and even Playstations for those rainy days.
Check out who made the Best of the Best below:
1. Bali Dynasty Resort, Bali
For over 20 years Bali Dynasty Resort has designed this relaxed, premium resort around pleasing families.
All of their family rooms cater for up to 3 children with bunk beds and all the family rooms have a sliding door to provide privacy and quiet for adults and children alike.
Breakfast is included and has a huge array of western and Indonesian delicacies, so that even the fussiest of eaters is going to have a full tummy! Kids also eat free each night when dining with paying parents at the themed H2O Restaurant overlooking the main pool.
The family-friendly Bali Dynasty Resort is within a quick 15-minute walk of shops, attractions, and restaurants. Stylish, modern rooms. There are three outdoor pools including a kids pool with a waterslide and 6 restaurants and 6 bars.
The Kid's Club is divided into two separate areas the for 4-12 year olds and The Den caters for teens club. Babysitting can be provided for an very affordable rate (around AUD$6 per hour), so even the under 4's can enjoy it if Mum and Dad want to step out for a bit of shopping.
There is a huge range of free activities every day for kids and adults during your stay - Kids Yoga, Duck Feeding, Art Workshop, Indonesian lesson, Cooking Demo, Water Volleyball, Treasure Hunt, Bingo, Frog Race and family friend activities like the Village Walk that everyone can enjoy.
It's the extra thought put into the small things around the resort - carp in all ponds that the kids love looking at, a separate Kid's playground, even the placement of a giant mirrors opposite each other in a hallway gives kids hours of fun with the illusion it creates.
2. Centara Grand Beach Resort, Phuket
The Centara Grand Beach Resort offers plenty of fun for families including its adrenaline pumping water sports and its very own water park. Kayaking, windsurfing, water slides, dive lessons and a cliff-jumping platform, as well as the resort’s kids’ and teens’ clubs. This is all designed to ensure your days at the resort are filled with fun for the entire family.
3. Legoland Hotel, Malaysia
Lego is the most valuable brand in the world, appealing to both children and adults alike.
The Legoland Hotel Malaysia doesn't disappoint, and Club is the ultimate destination for your next holiday escape, making every stay an unforgettable for the entire family. From the spectacular dragon and Lego guards guarding the entrance and interactive Lego features to the fully Lego themed bedrooms and stunning lobby complete with Lego pirate ship and castle. The Resort looks to inspire your imagination and creates laugh-out-loud family memories.
4. Hard Rock Hotel, Bali
Even the littlest rock star gets the star treatment at Hard Rock Hotel Bali, from the Lullaby Club for kids age 4 years and below and the Roxity Kids Club for the 4 to 12 year-olds. While parents get some time to themselves, kids can be entertained with fun activities that are planned just for them— Treasure Hunting, Beach Club Party, Lego building, Play Doh modelling, and even Balinese dance. It’s everything they will love! The hotel has also recently introduced Strider, balance bikes which are perfect for kids who are learning how to balance and ride a bicycle. Ready, get set, stride!
5. Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido, Japan
Home of the 1972 Sapporo Olympic Games, Club Med’s Sahoro Hokkaido all-inclusive resort is any winter sports lover’s dream vacation destination.
Kids as young as four can hit the slopes after fun and informative ski lessons at Club Med’s Snow Garden. Parents can ski the more challenging slopes while their children are safe at one of Club Med’s signature kid’s clubs. Even the accommodations were designed with families in mind, the rooms are spacious and sleep six people comfortably. Come and share the moments from the top of Japan.
6. Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
With Castle-like towers and Disney-themed gardens this Tokyo Disney hotel offers families the perfect magical escape. Children will love splashing around in the resort’s Peter Pan-themed pool with a tick tocking crocodile water fountain. Several shops and boutiques can be found throughout the resort as well as the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a magical salon with sparkling dresses, makeup and hair styling for your little princess. You will love the Family Rooms and Junior Family Rooms with roomy living areas, three beds and pullout beds, as well as Disney Character Rooms.
7. Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort, Malaysia
The first and only one of its kind in Borneo, the water play area comprises of a dedicated section for toddlers, teenagers and an interactive area for all ages.
Their other fun facilities include water battle stations with water balloon launchers, a massive 2,000-sqm swimming pool with a tapered shoreline for children and an infinity pool section for adults. Parents can drop their children off anytime of the day between the hours of 10am to 6pm and the resort’s professionally trained staff will supervise and keep the children amused while parents relax in the sun or explore the sights of Sabah. Connecting rooms are also available for parents and children, as well as the option of extra beds to allow the family to share one room.
8. Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket
On a prime seaside location along a quiet stretch of Kata Noi Beach with six pools, bars, and restaurants across the grounds a family-focused resort, Katathani has a stunning amount of kids' activities. The kids' club hosts supervised classes in beading, cooking, and Thai-kite making, among others; and it provides a ball-pit, playground, and a small mountain of toys. There are also four shallow kiddy pools and on-site games for all-ages, like billiards, table tennis, a putting green, and pentaque. Spacious suites in the Thani Wing face the Andaman Sea are the pick for the best views.
Often overlooked when planning long haul journeys, these cool city stopovers should be added to your travel list next time you are heading abroad. There is so much more to see than just the inside of an airport or hotel walls. These stopovers are amazing destinations in their own right. You may even be tempted to stay longer!
The Garden City of Singapore just keeps getting better and better. It was once considered a quick stopover on route to Europe but now it firmly holds its own as one of Asia’s most exciting destinations. From its sophisticated shopping centres and vibrant cocktail bars. There is also no shortage of impressive eating establishments, new and exciting eating houses are popping up everywhere to keep the most discerning foodie well fed. Once you have had enough time in the flashing lights then it’s time to head to the lush gardens and mesmerising parkways. A trip to Singapore Zoo is also a great way to spend the day. Singapore is home to many amazing hotels. Travel Therapy’s handpicked recommendation is the Novotel Clarke Quay. You can book it here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-73635&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA
Auckland, New Zealand
The City of Sails is a beautiful harbour city in the North Island of New Zealand. Home to many unique experiences which makes it a great place to stop for a day or 2. Exploring the harbour by boat is highly recommended or even catch a ferry to Waiheke Island and have lunch at one of the Island’s beautiful wineries. New Zealand is famed for its adventurous lifestyle so why not embrace it with a Sky Jump from the city’s 328m high Sky Tour. The Viaduct precinct on the edge of the CBD has been home to America’s cup, it is a spectacular place to enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the many restaurants. Travel Therapy’s top pick is The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – Book here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-1506909&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=auckland
Los Angeles, USA
The City of Angels. So many things come to mind when we think of LA. Why not check out a baseball game at the LA Dodgers Stadium and tuck into a hot dog in the iconic stands. Or Spend an afternoon down at one of the classic beaches of Malibu, Santa Monica or check out the beach gym at Venice Beach, it truly is a great place to people watch. If you like to live large, a stroll down the iconic Rodeo Drive should be in order. Disneyland is only 40 minutes down the road, worth a visit if you are travelling with the family or you are just a big kid at heart. And who can forget the excitement and the movie magic of tinsel town. Stroll down the walk of Fame, wander around the entrance of the Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre. Our Hotel Pick is Loews Hollywood Hotel it is only a stone’s throw from the excitement of Hollywood. You can book it here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=20014181&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=Losangeles
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The city of Dubai needs to be seen to be believed. It is home to some of the most impressive man made structures in the world. From the Worlds Tallest Building, the Burj Khalifa and not to mention the highest hotel in the world, JW Marriott Marquis. A visit to The Dubai Mall – biggest shopping complex in the world is not complete without checking out its very own Aquarium and underwater Zoo. It is hard to believe this oasis is in fact built on a desert. To experience everything Dubai has to offer you can’t go past a Desert Safari 4WD Adventure in the dunes followed with a traditional Emirate meal and belly dancing. Travel Therapy recommends the Conrad Dubai - Book here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-782831&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=dubai
This City is a true bustling hotspot, where east meets west. The Island is around 1,100 Square Kilometres and is home is over 7 Million people. If you add to that number the amount of visitors they get annually it gives you some idea how impressive this island city is. It is also home to the most amount of sky scrapers in the world! Why not hit the streets and find a food venue and experience Hong Kong’s best street food. Travel Therapy’s pick is the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers it is located in the heart of the shopping district of Nathan Road . Book here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-1353149&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=hongkong
The island of the Gods. The Balinese are very welcoming of visitors to their island home. It is a tropical paradise, from its world famous surf breaks, down to its lush volcanic centre. The hustle and bustle of the tourist hubs of Kuta – Seminyak are in stark contrast to the quiet villages in the North and Eastern stretches of the Island where the local people tend to terraced rice fields. The rich Balinese culture strongly influences day to day life on the island, Bali is home to many breathtaking temples and beautiful architecture. Travel Therapy recommends Bali Dynasty Resort as a good spot to start your adventure – You can Book here https://www.booking.com/hotel/id/bali-dynasty-resort.en-gb.html?aid=1805195;label=bali;sid=74144e0c46e874b8ee0f9b763ad344a3;all_sr_blocks=4553702_189649878_0_1_0;checkin=2019-11-05;checkout=2019-11-06;dest_id=-2683839;dest_type=city;dist=0;group_adults=2;hapos=1;highlighted_blocks=4553702_189649878_0_1_0;hpos=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;srepoch=1563422731;srpvid=2e7e1cc59dd402d0;type=total;ucfs=1&
Johannesburg, South Africa
The perfect place to begin your African Adventure. Many of South Africa’s game parks are within driving distance of Johannesburg. You can experience the best of nature. Many amazing animals call this part of the world home. From Leopards, Lions, Elephants, Zebra, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros and the playful Meerkats. The UNESCO World Heritage site, the Wonder Cave is only 1 hour from Johannesburg and is situated inside the Rhino and Lion Nature reserve in Kromdraai, It is an amazing experience to stand in a 2.2 Billion year old Cave and get a true feel of how ancient the continent is. While staying in Johannesburg Travel Therapy recommends the Monarch Hotel https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-1240261&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=johannesburg
Bali is a firm favourite with Aussie travellers, and even more so for those travelling with kids - and for so many good reasons. There are so many kid and family-friendly activities to do while on holiday in Bali, from animal safaris and butterfly parks, to river rafting and flying foxes. Add tropical beaches, family-friendly resorts and cosy dining spots with kid menus and you've got the perfect combination for a fantastic family holiday.
But if you've never been to Bali before, of if this is your first time there with kids in tow, you may be a little stumped as to what activities you should put on your must-do list! So, to help you out, here are our top 10 recommendations of essential things to do with kids in Bali.
#1. WATERBOM BALI
Who doesn't love a good water park?
Waterbom is one of the best water parks in SE Asia, and is the premier spot for water fun in Bali. With 17 exciting waterslides and games for all ages, spread across 3.8 hectares of topical gardens and pools, a splashing good time awaits kids and parents!