It takes more than just comfort to get a “WOAH” rating from kids. Here are five hotels that know how to impress younger guests, and their older companions.
It takes more than just comfort to get a “WOAH” rating from kids. Here are some hotels that know how to impress younger guests, and their older companions.
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach
Located along Mai Khao beach, which is Phuket’s longest stretch of sand, this family-friendly hotel features a well-equipped kids’ club that includes an indoor ball pit, outdoor playground and a variety of fun activities to keep little ones entertained. The hotel also organises a number of entertaining activities for the whole family, including origami lessons, bicycle tours, kids’ Muay Thai (kick boxing), kite flying and cooking lessons.
The hotel’s 84-square-metre Family Suite allows parents to relax in the comfort of their own deluxe room that conveniently connects to the specially-designed room for kids. Children’s rooms come equipped with a flat-screen TV, DVD player, games console and a bathroom with special child-friendly bathtubs and vanity counters.
Best of all, at all Holiday Inn hotels and resorts, up to two children under the age of 18 stay free when sharing a room with up to two adults (if suitable accommodation is available). Children under 13 may also enjoy free breakfast, lunch and dinner from the children’s menu when accompanied by an adult enjoying a main course from the table d’hôte/à la carte menu.
Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista
Recognised as one of TripAdvisor’s ‘Top 25 Hotels for Families’ in the USA, the Staybridge Suites are centrally located near the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, Downtown Disney area and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The hotel provides free scheduled shuttle service to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks for guests. Guests can enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, The Social evening reception three nights a week, and spend time in the hotel’s tropical, landscaped gazebo and pool.
InterContinental Davos is set in the spectacular Graubünden Alps, 1600 metres above sea level, with 216 well-appointed and spacious rooms that boast mountain and valley views. The hotel offers the Globini Creche and Kids’ Club that provides children a rollercoaster ride of all that Davos has to offer.
Activity programmes include toddler snow experience sessions, and hosted ski instruction for children aged four-years-old and up with the Swiss Ski School. Professional care and a sincere passion for Davos will give children an exceptional and unique experience every day, allowing parents to truly discover Davos.
During peak school holidays, the hotel also operates SixTeenHundred: an exclusive social scene for teens aged 12 to 17 years, who can also ‘hang out’ in the hotel’s Teen Club lounge, equipped with an Xbox and a billiards table. All children can also enjoy the hotel’s very own private cinema.
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Nestled on 16 hectares of lush tropical gardens, offering luxury, relaxation and entertainment, Grand Wailea is the ultimate getaway. Adults can enjoy golf, shopping, luxury pools and a fitness centre. For the kids, Grand Wailea features the most exciting pools and an endless source of fun activities.
The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool is made up of nine pools on six different levels, and the floors connect via weaving slides, rapids, rope swings and even the world’s first ‘water elevator’. Featuring waterfalls, caves, Jacuzzis, slides, a swim-up bar and the Fishpipe – a unique water ride that puts up to three people in a rotating barrel – Grand Wailea’s water park is the place to be.
Outside the pools, kids can enjoy The Rock, a fun and friendly mini-resort for the kids, activities include orchid lei making, hula lessons, video games, lego wall and more; the Teen Lounge, with a snack bar and video game rooms, pool table, air hockey and art; Camp adventures, with day and night camp experiences on offer; and workshops by the pool, including Hawaiian Puka Shell Necklace, Hawaiin Wood Creations and more.
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
For families wanting a more unique experience, to visit a place where the wild calls of howler monkeys act as your alarm clock and a gateway back to nature, Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is the place for you!
The adventures begin with getting to Tortuga Lodge. Accessible only by small plane or boat, enjoy the feeling of wind in your hair and the sounds of the wild animals who watch as you journey on the canals and slow-moving rivers.
The lodge’s 26 rooms and penthouse suites add to the experience of the lush surrounds, allowing you to wake to the sounds of the animals in the branches overhead.
Take a canal boat tour to see turtles, lizards, river otters, toucans, parrots and many more animals in their natural habitat. From July to October, guests can go turtle-watching and even witness these incredible creatures in their nesting sites, digging a nest, laying their eggs and then slowly returning to the water.
The experiences awaiting you at Tortuga Lodge are guaranteed to leave your family awestruck and fascinated by the wondrous world on display.