Whether you’re a regular nine-to-fiver or you frequently find yourself working round the clock, when summer approaches, we’re all in need of a little R&R. Lazing on the beach with a cocktail in hand might not be exactly the holiday your little ones had in mind, but luckily, there are a handful of family-friendly resorts around the region which offer you the best of both worlds. These ones offer a wide range of activities and facilities to entertain the whole family as well as the odd evening off for some much-deserved quiet time.
The Mulia Bali
This beachfront property occupies a prime spot on Nusa Dua Beach. With the sun in the sky and the sand between your toes, you’d be hard-pressed to stifle a smile during a week spent here. And with its KIDZ Centre (open daily for children aged between three and eight) offering activities like arts and crafts, indoor volley, movie nights, balloon creations, and more, your little ones will be truly entertained. Back on the beach, outdoor activities include windsurfing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. The Family Package includes accommodation in either the Royal Ocean Court of Family Villa Rooms and is inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two adults and two children.
The Mulia Bali, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, (+62) 361 3027777
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Looking for a resort that caters to your every whim? Look no further than the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort. With six swimming pools, a shopping boutique, and a private night market, this is the perfect place for those looking to combine a lazy seaside holiday with exploratory adventures and activities at their fingertips. With the little ones in mind, the Chang Noi Kid’s Club offers activities from kite making to Masterchef cooking classes.
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, 14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket, Thailand, (+66) 76 318 350
Club Med Kabira Ishigaki
Nestled in a quiet corner of Okinawa, in a protected marine park, Club Med Kabira Ishigaki is just a 90-minute flight from Hong Kong, followed by a 30-minute transfer. It offers a whole host of outdoor and indoor activities, from scuba diving and kayaking to flying trapeze and archery. The all-inclusive resort caters to families with children of all ages; Baby Club Med is specially designed to cater to children aged four to 23 months, while the Petit programme welcomes two to three-year-olds, the Mini Club Med caters to four to 10-year-olds, and teens aged 11 to 17 fall under the Passworld programme. The children’s clubs are inclusive of your rate, as are accommodation, all meals, drinks, and leisure activities – meaning no nasty surprises at the checkout!
Club Med Kabira Ishigaki, 1 Banchi, Kabira-Ishigaki City, Okinawa, Japan, (+81) 980-84 4600
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
The Four Seasons Langkawi property caters to families of all sizes and children of all ages. Accommodation is categorised by family needs, with some inclusive of private pools and outdoor patios. The All Seasons kid’s club is open to children aged four to 12 years old. There’s a complimentary babysitting service too, available with a 24-hour notice period. Experiences for the whole family include a mangrove and eagle safari experience, catamaran sailing, kayaking, and taking a turn on Malaysia’s first X-Jetblades, for the thrill-seekers among you.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000, Langkawi, Malaysia, (+60) 4-950 8888
Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay Resort & Spa
Hainan is taking its approach to family-friendly fun very seriously, and thanks to the open-visa system now in place for over a dozen nations, it’s likely to see a boost in visitors. The Grand Hyatt’s Camp Hyatt spans nearly 6,000 square feet, with indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a kid’s swimming pool, a junior kitchen for budding chefs, and the newly-opened Play On 5 gaming floor. This is a great holiday resort for little ones looking to make new friends.
Grand Hyatt Sanya, 68 Haitang North Road, Haitang Bay, Sanya, China, (+86) 898 8881 1234
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Just a five-minute stroll from Jimbaran beach lies a 297-room, five-star property and its newly rolled out family programme – part of a global Mövenpick initiative. Boasting a pirate-themed play area, babysitting services, interactive family activities, and lengthy opening hours (the Meera Kid’s Club is open daily from 9am to 8pm), the chances of your little ones suffering from the plight of boredom here are slim to none.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran, Jl. Wanagiri No.1, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia, (+62) 361 4725777