The facilities and activities that can make a holiday with the kids stress-free — or as peaceful as it can be!
Travelling is a different ball game when you’re on holiday with little ones. Suddenly, things like kids’ clubs and dining options can make or break a family holiday.
On top of essential questions to ask when making your booking, such as finding out if cots and strollers are on-hand at the resort or if babysitting is available, here are some of the best facilities and activities to look out for when choosing a family-friendly resort.
A kids’ club that promises non-stop fun
From ball pits to friendly club employees who can watch over your little one, a kids’ club should be top of mind when picking a family-friendly resort. It’s not just a place to keep your kids entertained — it’s also where you leave them in safe hands if you want to indulge in some me-time. Many Accor hotels have a kids’ club on site, including Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, which caters for kids from infancy to age 12 and over. Here, children can channel their boundless energy into a mini Olympic game or set sail on a pirate-themed cruise — but first, check out that indoor slide! Or, for an activity unique to its locale, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua’s kids’ club offers a Balinese cultural experience, where kids get to don a traditional Balinese outfit or learn a Balinese dance.
For a beautiful Singapore resort for families, settle in at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa and bring your little ones over to its Villa des Enfants. Here, there’s the chance to explore rock-climbing frames, take part in imaginative storytelling or get busy crafting, all in air-conditioned comfort. Children over four are also allowed to stay to play under the supervision of staff while parents unwind at the So Spa conveniently located next door.
If you’re a member of ALL – Accor Live Limitless and its MyResorts Programme, don’t forget to make full use of your MyKids benefits, which covers your child’s meals and drinks, and more importantly, provides access to the kids’ club!
Amazing experiences for all ages
While kids’ clubs are great to keep the little ones entertained indoors, looking out for outdoor facilities for children like playgrounds and dedicated kids’ pools help make sure the little ones get to have some fun in the sun as well.
With a play garden and shallow pools for toddlers to wade in, tiny travellers are sure to be entertained at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. Older kids will love the resort’s Teen Town, the only teenager hangout in the Maldives. Composed of industrial-cool stacked shipping containers and featuring pool tables and video games, this is undeniably the best holiday haven for teens. The showstopper, however, is the Coralarium, a semi-submerged art installation, which is teeming with sea life and coral and one memorable experience for young snorkellers.
Another haven in Maldives, the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort, has one impressive outdoor playground in its kids’ club, with a roundabout, pool and water slide.
On the other hand, ibis Styles Goa Calangute, known as the hotel that kids bring their parents to, is arguably one of the best resorts in India for families. Entertaining the children is front of mind here, from bikes for rent to the pool dedicated for little ones that is open 24/7. There’s also a children’s play area on-site, accompanied by a foosball table and table tennis court. Meanwhile, massage chairs at the lobby are conveniently stationed in front of an Xbox to keep the kids entertained while parents check in.
Enrich vacations with kid-friendly lessons
Learning doesn’t have to stop just because it’s a holiday! Lessons and activities that cater to children can occupy your little one while helping them acquire a new skill or two.
Meanwhile, children will love the fully equipped Art Studio at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. Activities like coconut painting or sand turtle-making — all under the guidance of the resort’s resident artist — are bound to keep small hands busy. Older, more dexterous kids on the other hand, may enjoy learning to draw henna tattoos or weaving a traditional mat. For something the whole family can do together, this Maldives family resort also offers cooking classes where you’ll learn to assemble a local feast using fresh ingredients from the sea.
Dining options for your little one
While adults love something different, many children may be unhappy if they are out of routine. Familiar food plays a big part in the small world of your little one! Don’t forget to look out for hotels with restaurants that offer a kids’ menu and adult dishes that come in smaller portions for junior appetites.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua lives up to its reputation as one of the best family resorts in Bali thanks to its thoughtful family-friendly dining. Both on-site restaurants, Kwee Zeen and Cucina, offer kids’ menus and highchairs. More importantly, they also come with play areas where little ones can roam in the company of fellow tiny travellers, leaving parents to finish their meal in peace.
As a member of ALL – Accor Live Limitless, remember to ask about your MyResorts Programme privileges: MyGlass and MyKids. MyGlass lets you indulge in all-day free-flow drinks, while MyKids gives your little ones access to child-friendly drinks and kids’ menus for lunch, tea time and dinner!