Looking for an extra portion of zen while traveling with the littles? Check out our round up of the best kid friendly wellness retreats!
Clocking some quality family time can coincide with a much needed wellness retreat, despite the obvious challenges of keeping your kids in tow can present. There are plenty of resorts within Asia that cater to this exact scenario, providing a relaxing escape for parents, combined with the right amount of excitement for the kids, and enough crossover for you to reap the rewards of shared family adventure. Find your own Zen, give the kids a chance to chill, and discover amazing new places together at the same time. The travel experts at KAYAK.com.hk have put together a list of the top 5 wellness retreats in Asia, suitable for the whole family, to help you on your own journey towards inner peace.
Soneva Kiri – Koh Kut, Thailand
Soneva Kiri on beautiful Koh Kut island goes beyond providing distractions for kids. This resort was built with children in mind. Features like the giant bamboo playground are likely to inspire the imagination of adults as much as children. You can leave your little ones at The Den playground for an adventure under the watchful eye of professional child minders, while you indulge in a mud massage, Thai herbal bath, yoga class or silk facial with your significant other. A father and son Koh Kut fishing trip, or mother and daughter spa day are great ways to strengthen those familial bonds, or get together with the whole family for a cooking class or private sunset cruise. An indulgent gourmet tasting experience is also on offer, with wine, cheese and meat for the adults and a mocktail, chocolate and ice cream selection for the kids. Easily accessible from bustling Bangkok, this destination will wow both you and your kids, with its pristine beaches, charming local fishing villages and wild natural forests.
Fusion Maia Resort – Da Nang, Vietnam
Lifestyle is at the heart of any stay at Fusion Maia, with a healthy blend of fitness and holistic spa treatments. Kids are well catered for, having their own selection of mini spa treatments to enjoy while you indulge in the real thing, including active bamboo roller massage, reiki, sports compress massage, a fully-equipped fitness centre and free lifestyle consultations. Get out and explore the region like a local with one of the resort-organised tours, or grab the free shuttle to nearby Hoi An and pick up some bikes from Fusion Cafe to create your own itinerary. Dedicate an entire day to relaxation and order breakfast on the private beach, followed by a lazy swim in the infinity pool, then take the kids snorkelling at beautiful Cu Lao Cham island, a short boat ride away. Two or three bed villas are available to accommodate your family, with special details like pint-sized slippers and bathrobes to let your little darlings share in the full resort experience along with you.
Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali – Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Check your family into one of the ocean view suites at Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso and escape into a world of 5-star relaxation and luxury. From the immaculate private beach to the Bamboo Kid’s Fun Club, this resort covers your every desire. Share in a themed cuisine night, with delicacies derived from Asia, Europe and Australia, then have some fun together in the karaoke lounge. Spend some quality couple’s time in the spa and fitness centre, and pamper yourself with the aqua medic heated seawater pool, hydrotherapy and beauty treatments, or exfoliation and massage. Professional babysitters are on call to help your kids try their hand at ocean kayaking, paddle boating, water polo, beach volleyball and tennis. Create some unforgettable memories and sign up for the Seawalker, which allows you to explore the underwater world together and walk the seafloor, using specialised masks and equipment.
Amaya Lake – Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Picturesque Kandalama Lake makes for an idyllic backdrop at Amaya Lake resort, and the serenity will quickly have you relaxing like you’ve never had before. With culturally significant surroundings and abundant natural beauty, the region is perfect for a lush family retreat. Add an educational touch to your stay with a trip to Sigiriya fortress, then visit the local villages and ancient temples of the Cultural Triangle. Your little ones will love the outdoor sports on offer and be fascinated by an elephant safari or the art of bird watching in the nearby tropical forests of Minneriya or Kawudulla. Restore your inner calm with herbal baths, yoga and holistic healing, or go for some private indulgence by opting for a plunge pool and jacuzzi suite. This award-winning resort showcases the best in Sri Lankan design, culture and tradition, and your kids will love the chance to share in these new and wondrous experiences.
Alila Diwa – Goa, India
At Alila Diwa, the best of both worlds is truly achievable – an intimate couple’s retreat and valuable family time. The well-appointed family terrace rooms afford easy access to the kids’ pool and club, while also providing a tranquil private garden patio to slip away in the evening hours. Add some excitement to your stay with a tour of the local fish market and 200-year-old spice plantation, then challenge each other to a cook-off at the Alila cooking school with your newly acquired ingredients. Sustainability is a focus at Alila Diwa, with all materials sourced locally and an eco-friendly approach to aesthetics and services. The spectacular spa facilities, which add a touch of traditional Ayurveda and other healing techniques to a broad selection of beauty treatments and relaxation therapies, will have you drifting in blissful repose in no time. Goa is renowned for its beautiful beaches and lush rice plantations, so be sure to take a few moments to absorb the breathtaking scenery.
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*Prices for flights and hotels are based on deals found on KAYAK.com.hk on 2 February, 2016 from Hong Kong to the indicated destinations abroad for travel dates 9-16 April, 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.