Fancy getting away with the family for the Mid-Autumn Festival? Boutique travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have sourced unbeatable offers at child-friendly stays in China, Thailand and Singapore, offering you Sassy savings and a host of exclusive extras.
The Opposite House, Beijing, China
Style Gleaming glass glamour
Setting Sanlitun urban village
A gorgeous glassy boutique hotel in the centre of Beijing’s glossy Sanlitun village development, The Opposite House is as appealing for its light and luxe rooms as it is for its trio of gourmet restaurants, classy cocktail lounge and kid-catering options. No need to go looking for the heart of the action – you’re staying in it.
Sleeping Light, modern, and delightfully spacious, The Opposite House’s Studios are all uncluttered apartment-style suites. The seven Studio 95s are our top choice (although the 115s come with the added bonuses of dining tables and Jacuzzis), as they feature balconies equipped with cosy Chinese day-beds. The huge penthouse has a fully fitted kitchen. One child can stay for free, and extra beds and cots can be added for a fee.
Activities The hotel is built at the heart of the Village at Sanlitun, a massive open-plan complex of shops, restaurants, cafés and entertainment venues, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be stuck for things to do. The immensely impressive Forbidden City is also within easy reach.
Feasting You’re spoiled for culinary choice – The Opposite House has three. With midnight blue walls and chocolate leather chairs, Sureño serves delectable Mediterranean dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven. Closer to home in both decor and menu, Bei offers up a spicy fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisine. The Village Café offers lunch-orientated lighter bites, with an international flavour. It’s also the only eatery with a kids’ menu, so a safe bet if you’re dining with little ones.
Sassy savings Book at least seven days in advance and you’ll get 20 per cent off the room rate. Plus, you’ll receive a glass of champagne each and a tapas selection at Mesh bar.
Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa, Krabi, Thailand
Style Panoramic glam
Setting Marina Bay waterfront
Family-friendly hotel Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa, a 90-minute drive from Krabi, balances a buzzy, cocktail-toting beach club and Ayurvedic day spa for adults with endless distractions for children, including a dedicated kids’ pool, arts and crafts centre and a swathe of action-packed activities on the Andaman Sea. Tailored menus in the welcoming restaurants seal the deal.
Sleeping All rooms can have baby cots and beds added (free and an extra THB1,550 a night respectively), although the Family Pool Terraces have private pools and two bedrooms connected by an outdoor terrace.
Activities The Dugong Club is open from 7am to 7pm every day for games, arts and crafts, and daily activities. As well as the distractions organised by the Dugong Club, many of the resort’s activities – kayaking, snorkelling, cycling – can be adapted to suit younger members of the family. The Bubblemaker programme, for children over eight, lets them experience what it’s like to go scuba diving in the safety of the swimming pool. Older kids might like to take part in batik painting or Thai language classes. There is a dedicated kids’ pool at one end of the main pool, supervised between 7am and 7pm.
Feasting Children are welcome at the hotel’s restaurants whenever they are open, and the relaxed Leelawadee is particularly inviting, offering lavish buffet breakfasts, light lunches and southern Thai dishes in the evening. Both kids’ menus and high chairs are available, and staff can heat milk or baby food if needed.
Sassy savings Be quick – you’ll save 20 per cent on room rates if you book 21 days in advance. For mini Paris Hiltons, the Anantara Spa has a special deal where children under 12 can have half-price treatments every day before 2pm.
Style Witty wonderland
Setting Vibrant Little India
Kids young and old will fall for the quirky charms of Wanderlust boutique hotel in Singapore. Since the property occupies a heritage-listed former school in Little India, little could be altered on the outside, but stepping inside is like tumbling into a vivid dreamscape. Surreal themes from Pantone colours to pop art, origami and childhood fantasies inspired the 29 rooms, and no two are the same.
Sleeping With its ceiling of dangling felt leaves and designer forest wallpaper, the Tree room on the Creature Comforts floor recreates the feeling of kipping in a tree house. Other themes in the top-tier Whimsical lodgings include Space and Bling. For something more subdued, opt for one of the soothing Mono rooms. Cots are free and extra beds cost SG$100 a night.
Activities Upon checking in at Wanderlust you’ll receive a handy itinerary with tips on local sights, restaurants and transport. It will point you in the direction of neighbourhood finds, such as the Jothi Store and Flower Shop, bric-a-brac at the slightly chaotic, outdoor Thieves Market and the Little India Arcade with its arts, handicrafts and Indian jewellery (did someone say souvenir?).
Feasting Cocotte is a casual, bistro-style restaurant with a real communal vibe. This is the kind of place to invite a few friends and relax over a long lunch of unpretentious French comfort food. Many of chef Anthony Yeoh’s dishes, including the signature roast pork collar with Dijon mustard, can be ordered to share among up to five people, so they’re ideal for family-style feasting.
Sassy savings Book at least seven days in advance to save 10 per cent on room rates. You’ll also be treated to a non-alcoholic welcome drink for two at the bar.
To book a child-friendly Smith stay visit www.mrandmrssmith.com or call the expert Travel Team on 800 905 326. What’s more, BlackSmith membership is now free for life, so book through Smith to receive life-enhancing extras and exclusive offers at more than 950 hotels and holiday houses around the world.