Sprawling over 46 hectares, this aquatic wonderland captures the imagination of every guest. The famous water park is a major draw with its award-winning aquarium, water slides and splash zone for tiny tots. The kids’ club has a huge range of activities as well as nightly adventures, giving parents time for a cheeky cocktail or spa treatment. The resort caters to all culinary tastes with 23 restaurants to choose from, including options by celebrated chefs Gordon Ramsay and Giorgio Locatelli. With the luxurious family suite designed specifically with kids in mind, it feels like this resort has thought of everything when it comes to families.
As Singapore’s only beachside resort, it’s no surprise that Shangri-La’s Rasa Resort & Spa remains a firm family favourite. This resort really caters to the kiddies with water slides, a splash pad, a beachside adventure playground and Mini Toots and Toots clubs, which offer scheduled activities to keep them busy throughout the day. Parents aren’t left out of the fun and can head to the Sea Sports Centre or the on-site spa, or journey into the heart of Singapore, only 15 minutes away. To top it off, the resort offers a Family Garden Room with a patio and easy access to the hotel’s facilities, making for a stress-free holiday.
This stunning resort is set on a long stretch of unspoiled beach in Cam Ranh Bay, with views of both the ocean and dramatic mountain landscapes. There are immaculate gardens, three beautiful pools and four restaurants to choose from. The Anam is home to Vietnam’s first resort 3D cinema, and the hotel staff can organise a fishing excursion in a traditional Vietnamese boat for a family cultural experience to remember. A kids’ club keeps your children occupied with exciting activities throughout the day and a nanny service is also available for those parents needing a little extra alone time.
Hidden within over five hectares of lush greenery, it’s easy to forget that the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is in the heart of city’s urban landscape. Though the shopping belt of Orchard Road is just minutes away, the orchid greenhouse with its collection ‘A Floral Art Piece’ has you feeling worlds away. Once you’ve perused the flowers, pop to the pool for an energising swim or check out the spa for a bit of indulgence.
Along with classic Hard Rock experiences such as the Sound of Your Stay program, this property has added some touches of its own. The hotel pool is definitely the place to be and lends itself to a full day of exploration; with luxury poolside cabanas close at hand and an in-pool bar for cocktails that will go down swimmingly (excuse the pun). With a beach volleyball court and brilliant music to soundtrack your stay, you’ll never want to leave this family favourite.
Offering unparalleled views of the city, this ultra-luxurious hotel is a bucket list stay with its elegant rooms and iconic boat-shaped building. Escape the everyday in the Banyan Tree Spa, hit the Fitness Club or take a trip to The Shoppes for some retail therapy. Obviously, no trip to Marina Bay Sands Singapore would be complete without spending some time 57 storeys up at the Instagram-famous infinity pool, the longest elevated pool in the world at 150 metres.
After a long day exploring the magic of Paris’ Disney parks, a little bit of luxury is just what you deserve. Fortunately, Disneyland Hotel delivers this in spades, opulently decorated in the style of the Victorian railroad era and just a five-minute walk away from the parks for little legs. Visit one of the three restaurants to fuel up, a family favourite being the open-kitchen and buffet-style eatery Inventions, where you might just bump into a Disney character straight out of the movies.
The two outdoor pools and gorgeous nature reserve are just a few of the great reasons to book a stay at the Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort. There are a wide variety of beautiful suites and rooms to chill out in, and the full-service spa is always on hand for some pampering. If you decide you need a change of scene, the beach is just around the corner.
The six kilometres of private coastline at One&Only Reethi Rah includes 12 pristine beaches, but if you are in the mood for chilling out on site, there are also two stunning swimming pools to enjoy. A complimentary kids club’ offers two programs, the signature KidsOnly and the tween OneTribe, ensuring everyone is happy and enjoying age-appropriate activities. Adults can play too, either with fish and marine life while snorkelling or diving, or on the FIFA-approved synthetic football field.
One of our favourite stays in all of New Zealand, The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences is the perfect place to stay. An exceptional library of rare books will excite any bibliophiles and the fleet of mountain bikes available provide an easy way to explore the spectacular surrounds. If you’re craving a bit of hustle and bustle, hop on the courtesy shuffle into Queenstown to peruse the town and maybe try one of those famous Fergburgers.
9Giraffe Manor NAIROBI, KENYA
Somewhat of an icon, Giraffe Manor in Nairobi harks back to 1930s when safari tourism was growing in popularity. This beautiful building is on nearly five hectares of private land and is lucky enough to be home to a herd of Rothschild’s giraffe like to pay a visit intermittently throughout the day – they’ve even been known to poke their head through a window in search of a treat. Getting up close and personal with these elegant creatures is a must here and recommended experiences include taking a guided walk through the sanctuary or sharing your breakfast with one the long-legged animals
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park, it’s no surprise that the scenery encircling Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Canada is out of this world. Surrounded by soaring mountains, the immense Victoria Glacier and the green waters of Lake Louise, this luxury mountain resort offers year-round outdoor activities with everything from skiing to river rafting on the table. Concierge guides available to help you plan your days, making your family trip stress-free and fun-filled.
It’s a tremendous achievement to have your property recognised by the people who matter most: the families who stay there. We love seeing how many wonderful options there are for travellers with kids in tow all across the world, and every year the list is expanding.
As you can probably imagine, it’s a massive job to compile the Top 10 each year, and the Holidays with Kids team has been hard at work for the last few months compiling all the survey responses and sorting them into categories.
Holidays with Kids was the first travel magazine in Australia to do readers’ choice awards all the way back in 2001, our editors are pretty much certified experts in this field.