Best family-friendly hotels
Setting off on new adventures is one of the best ways to make family memories to treasure for a lifetime.
So, it's only natural that you'd want to base yourself in the perfect hotel. Staying in the right hotel makes sure those memorable experiences are just as magical for every member of the family.
1) Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand
For top-notch family-friendly fun in an idyllic beachside location, look no further than the Soneva Kiri. Located on the Thai island of Koh Kood, this high-end hotel is home to an extraordinary children’s club. Open from April to August, youngsters enter ‘The Den’ via a drawbridge where they will discover a bamboo building among the jungle’s treetops.
Here they can delve into a world of creativitiy and imagination with art, fashion and music rooms. The accommodation itself also promises indulgence for everyone with enormous five bed private beach reserves, which boast their own pool, while teenagers will love the treepod dining service and picky eaters will be satisfied by customized meals.
2) Morukuru Family, Madikwe, South Africa
The Morukuru Family is a superb option. Offering three beautiful and spacious private villas the aim here is to bring all generations together to create a memorable safari holiday in Madikwe. Upon arrival children receive a ‘Morukuru Kidz’ backpack full of lots of goodies.
Each house provides a swimming pool and attentive staff including an experienced nanny. Child specific activities such as mini bush walks, scrap book making, biscuit baking and spoor tracking lessons are all available too.
3) Galapagos Safari Camp, Galapagos
Besides its Galapagos setting, which is loved by all, this camp also offers lots of entertainment for its younger guests. When they’re not out meeting the animals of the region, junior explorers can learn more about the resident species from the camp’s staff.
Art classes offer some creative fun, while the family suite, which boasts three bedrooms, is located right next to the main lodge, guaranteeing complete ease.
4) Song Saa Private Island Resort, Cambodia
Younger ones can enjoy swimming lessons, cookery classes and tailored snorkelling tours around the reef. Educational treasure hunts also take place here, plus children’s menus and family picnics can also be arranged.
5) Kurland, The Garden Route, South Africa
Deluxe family comfort comes in the form of the Garden Route’s sumptuous Kurland hotel. Set in a child’s paradise playground with Shetland Ponies surrounding the grounds and available for rides, this homely South African property is the place for exciting activity.
The wealth of facilities gets little ones involved with everything from art classes to polo lessons, table tennis to quad biking, while adorable children’s rooms, a separate pool, playroom and gourmet meals add to the family-friendly list.
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6) Hacienda Zuleta, Otavalo, Ecuador
This working farm found out in the countryside is the perfect slice of rural Ecuadorian family living. Spend quality time together here bonding over family-friendly activities such as horseback riding and cultural experiences. Children can play soccer with local kids, visit the cheese-making factory and learn how to embroider from local artisans.
7) Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam
This island retreat offers first-class style in a laid-back environment, welcoming to all. There’s lots to get involved with here, from movie nights to cultural workshops to body boarding to local school visits. The kid’s club ‘Sense of Laughter’ is excellent, while special menus, a shallow sea and babysitters make this hotel a must for families searching for Vietnamese beach luxury.
8) Phinda Mountain Lodge, Phinda, South Africa
The two stylish family suites, which comprise of interleading rooms, plus the lovely team, make Phinda Mountain Lodge a brilliant place for family safaris. Phinda’s ranger discusses safari plans with each family, ensuring everyone’s wants and needs are realised. Activities are entirely personalised and can include taking plaster casts of animals’ tracks, frogging, fishing and helping out in the mechanic’s workshop.
9) Estancia Peuma Hue, The Lake District, Argentina
This is one of our absolute favourite Latin American properties. Family-run, Estancia Peuma Hue understands what both children and adults are looking for in a trip to the Lake District and it shows, as our clients – of all ages – have consistently loved their time at this gorgeous lakeside estate.
10) Trisara, Phuket, Thailand
If you’re looking for lavish bayside relaxation, but you know your little ones will need to be kept entertained then Trisara is the property for your brood. The laid-back atmosphere here – as well as the kids’ club, menus and activities – ensures children will enjoy their stay, plus interconnecting rooms offer ideal family accommodation.
11) Singita Faru Faru, Singita Grumeti, Tanzania
This sumptuous safari lodge in Tanzania combines luxury accommodation with Singita’s family-friendly, quality service. Youngsters can take a fun ‘Mini Rangers’ Course’ here where they will track animals, learn about surviving in the bush, enjoy game-spotting competitions and conclude with a Ranger’s test and certificates. Other handy features and activities include a family suite, swimming pool, babysitting, mountain biking and archery.
12) Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Peru
Create unforgettable family memories at Inkaterra Machu Picchu. Aside from large villas which will accommodate all your loved ones’ needs and discovering the ancient citadel, there is also a wide array of services and exciting activities for everyone to get involved with here. Nature walks, treasure hunts, orchid trails plus a ‘Child’s Explorer Kit’ are all available.
13) Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is the closest destination to the USA, making it both environment and budget friendly. For extra eco-points, Pacuare Lodge is about as sustainable as it gets, blending seamlessly into the surrounding rainforest whilst retaining its luxury focus, with an infinity pool for the adults and a wealth of activities to keep the whole family entertained, from jungle expeditions to horseback riding and white water rafting.
14) Iniala Beach House Villas
Sitting stylishly along Phuket‘s stunning Natai Beach, Iniala’s villas are a luxury paradise whose premier package includes a private driver, butler, chef, spa therapist, housekeeper and six hours of spa treatments per day per villa. As well as a feast of activities from yachting to kayaking, mountain biking and elephant safaris, they offer sleepovers (with nannies) in their play area, so that mum and dad can get some precious time to themselves.
15) Lapa Rios, Costa Rica
Another Costa Rican gem, Lapa Rios’ assimilation into its rainforest habitat means that you often get toucans visiting your bungalow balcony, making some truly exciting experiences for the young ones. Enjoy magical candlelit evenings, organic and ethically-sourced (and delicious!) local cuisine at the hotel restaurant, and an original and exciting range of activities from mangrove kayak tours to jungle night walks and sunset bird tours.
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