Kids of all ages welcome!
As you well know, a family holiday is notoriously difficult to plan and keeping the kids happy and entertained can sometimes leave you more exhausted than you were before the holiday. With that in mind, the travel experts at KAYAK.com.hk have come up with a list of 5 amazing destinations from all over the world, and corresponding hotels that are a little more than just family-friendly. All of these hotels are either geared towards children specifically or have an incredible kids program allowing you to do the one thing most of us want to do on our holidays, relax.
*Prices for flights and hotels are based on deals found on KAYAK.com.hk on 11 October, 2016 from Hong Kong to the indicated destinations abroad for travel dates between 09-23 November, 2016. Airfares are based on a return flight in economy class for one adult. Hotel rates are based on the nightly rate for triple occupancy. Prices are subject to change, availability may be limited and offers may no longer be available.
Having already mentioned that oh-so-important word: Relax, let’s head straight to Thailand. Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa is everything you want from a family-oriented trip to Thailand. The former Marriott resides on the banks of the River of Kings, and is just 15 minutes outside the city by train, meaning copious amounts of shopping, pampering, and quality family time are all achievable on the same day, let alone over the course of your getaway.
This tropical island resort features daily river cruises and free shuttle boat services to Saphan Taksin Skytrain station and the Asiatique night market, satisfying every shopaholic’s cravings. On top of that, the resort has a dedicated kids’ club and under-12s stay for free if they room with their parents. As parents you can enjoy the luxurious spa facilities at the Anantara Spa or play a friendly (or serious) game on the tennis courts any time of the day as the resort offers fantastic babysitters, that speak both Thai and English, to take care of the children.
Moving much further away from home, let’s shift our focus to deep in Germany’s famous Black Forest. With a landscape that inspired many a fairytale the Schwarzwald is also home to the Feldberger Hof Hotel.
This award-winning hotel has dedicated kids programmes for age groups ranging from newborns to teens and, impressively, has different programs for the different seasons. Feldberger Hof prides itself on its family-first philosophy, and this is reflected in the fantastic packages it offers.
From a weekend getaway at the height of summer to a week long skiing trip with Christmas festivities in the snow, there is something for every family, any time of the year. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets are included in the package price (there is also a fantastic restaurant on premise as well for a fancy night out) as are all non-alcoholic drinks for you and the family. On top of all this, the hotel encourages you, the parents, to take a break; the hotel is fitted with top-class spa facilities and offers childcare for kids of all ages allowing parents to get away on their getaway. If you want a unique family holiday in a setting straight out of a European storybook, then this is the place for you.
On the flip side, maybe you and your family want a brightly lit, adrenaline-fueled holiday together? Then get yourselves over to the Disney Ambassador Hotel, located within the Tokyo Disney Resort. While the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Hotel Miracosta (situated in Tokyo Disney Sea) might be pricier than a standard family-friendly hotel, the Disneyland Ambassador Hotel offers all the perks and benefits of being at an official Disney hotel without burning a hole in your pocket.
As hotel guests, children are spoiled with early admission into the Parks while Sassy mamas can rest easy as tickets can be purchased directly from the concierge or even when booking your stay at the hotel. Dreams start first thing in the morning when children head to Chef Mickey for breakfast. Here they get to dine with the many Disney Characters who pop in for pancakes. The icing on the cake is the rooms with Mickey, Minnie, and Donald Duck décor, ensuring that children and parents alike will be fully immersed in Disney magic.
Let’s not forget about the adventurers among us. For some, leaving the beaten path and spending time with your family somewhere unusual can be the ultimate reward, just as relaxing as lying on a beach is to others. Let’s cast our eyes towards Inner Mongolia; Hohhot specifically. The capital city of Inner Mongolia has everything your intrepid travellers could desire. Day trips from the city out to the plains are a must.
The plains of Mongolia are like nowhere else in the world and exploring them as a group by horse, or even spending a night camping in a traditional yurt will satisfy even the most adventurous family. While staying in the city (before wandering the fascinating streets and sampling incredible local food) check into the fantastic Holiday Inn Hohhot, an international hotel with extremely helpful staff, most of whom speak English. Our universal travel tip for families? Kids stay free at Holiday Inn! Anywhere in the world up to 2 children, under the age of 12, stay and eat free at Holiday Inn. That’s worth remembering anywhere you go.
Now, relaxing is a personal thing, and each of us does it differently, so while eating cotton candy after a rollercoaster ride, hitting the ski slopes, or exploring inner Mongolia on horseback is some people’s way to relax, it would be remiss of us not to include one exclusively beach based holiday.
The Teepanee Beach Resort is a stunning resort located in the Malapascua Islands, just a bus and boat ride away from Cebu in the Philippines. If you asked someone to picture the most postcard-worthy tropical island beach, what they’d imagine would look just like the private beach and sands attached to the resort.
The warm, crystal clear water offers never-ending fun; be it water sports, snorkelling, or just splashing around in the water. Kids will love the freedom the island gives and the possibility to play undistracted for hours on end. Consistently ranked on Best Resort lists, Teppanee Beach Resort is also constantly praised for it affordability, making it the ultimate place to soak up the sun, stress-free while the kids play, all without breaking the bank.