Planning a great escape for the whole tribe but can’t handle the thought of those cheesy family only hotels that are overrun by herds of noisy children where you are forced into cringeworthy bonding games over the buffet dinner to the point where you feel like you need a long holiday once you leave? (clearly we are deeply scarred).
Yes, life changes when you have children, but treating yourself to a relaxing, luxury getaway doesn’t have to. Heck, God knows you deserve it! And believe it or not some luxe resorts will actually welcome you and your crew with open arms. We asked mother of two and founder of Asia’s hottest travel company, The Asia Collective, Kelly Beckwith, to open up her dreamy family holiday photo albums and share her favourite destinations throughout Asia that offer something for the whole family.
Fast becoming one of the world’s best dining destinations, Bali is swarming with vibrant venues and mouth-watering menus by internationally acclaimed chefs. Throw in $15 massages and $20 facials and I’m sure you don’t need any more convincing.
So, what’s in it for the kids? From the kid friendly restaurants, cafes, playgrounds, giant waterslides and skate parks, Bali is truly one of the best destinations to holiday with kids. And the best part is, at the end of a busy day you can escape to your own luxurious Bali villa with indoor/outdoor living and a private swimming pool and enjoy some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle.
Hot tip: Travel to Bali with other families and book a big private villa. I recommend Peppers in Seminyak or The Beji in Canggu, perfectly located within close proximity to the best restaurants in Bali. Pre-book a babysitter ($6 per hour) for everyday of your holiday from 12pm until late. It is a holiday after all and the kids and babysitter can accompany you at all the venues during the day (I recommend Ku De Ta and The Lawn) so you can really relax with a cocktail in hand without having to be on constant supervision. The adoring babysitters will also rock up with arts, crafts and other fun activities to entertain the kids for hours.
Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with views over-looking nearby islands and the Andaman Sea. With a variety of stunning resorts designed for trendy families, including kids club facilities and beach activities, the biggest problem is deciding where to stay. Here’s a fantastic list of Phuket’s most stylish hotels to add to your short-list or bucket list.
Thailand also boasts traditional Thai massages starting from $10. Be sure to book yourself an hour of kid-free bliss for everyday of your holiday.
Hot Tip: I recommend The Surin, Phuket, a stunning resort built into the headland with its own private beach. You’ll have a hard time choosing between its awesome octagon swimming pool or the beautiful beach on the doorstep complete with gentle waves safe enough for the kids. The Slate Phuket and Twin Palm Phuket are also highly recommended.
Who said the Maldives is just for honeymooners? With the most stunning beaches in the world and snorkelling only metres from the shore, the Maldives is one big children’s playground. The luxury resorts have quickly realised the demand for families and now offer a huge variety of fun water sports including fishing, jet-skiing, snorkelling, surfing and waterslides.
Most Maldives resorts now also offer a kids club which not only gives parents a break to soak up the rays in peace, but also offers the kids some shelter during the hottest part of the day. Get lost browsing Maldives most beautiful resorts .
Hot Tip: The Maldives doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out the Holiday Inn Kandooma for an affordable Maldives stay where kids eat for free in addition to their brilliant kids facilities on offer. It’s one of the best family holidays we’ve had to date. For something a little more luxe but not super pretentious, check out my favourite Coco Bodu Hithi.
Pulau Joyo Private Island, Indonesia
If you’re looking for a Robinson Crusoe getaway with driftwood beach shacks, pristine beaches and gourmet dining then Pulau Joyo is for you!
Only two hours by ferry, car and boat from Singapore, you will have your feet in the sand from the moment you step off the boat. Our breakfast, lunch and dinner experiences with the kids were incredible. In the four days we were on the island we never ate in the same place. The staff leave you guessing and the kids lapped it up with excitement. It’s an island where you don’t have to think, you don’t order from a menu and you don’t have an itinerary or agenda. It’s the perfect destination to relax and escape from reality. For my full family-review you can click here.
Hot Tip: Pack the kids on the kayak and paddle around the island in 15 minutes. Also rediscover nature with the thousands of hermit crabs.
Rawa Island, Malaysia
Book this Maldives-esque mini island in Malaysia, a two hour drive north of Singapore, for the whitest of white sand and sparkling blue water at a fraction of the Maldives’ price tag.
The gorgeous beach shacks and island swing on Rawa Island are about all you need to feel like you’ve truly hit the photogenic jackpot, keeping those family holiday albums on point. Then all you need to worry about is sleeping, swimming and eating on repeat. They even have an uber fun waterslide the kids will love.
Hot Tip: Book the slightly more expensive side as the rooms offer air-con and are better for the little one’s nap times. You can still get your swing shot on the Alang Rawa side of the island, literally 2 mins away.
For more information on family friendly holiday destinations throughout Asia, speak to The Asia Collective family travel experts on firstname.lastname@example.org