Discover the Best Hotels for Kids in Asia: Ideas for Bali, Philippines and the Maldives

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Best Hotels for Kids in Asia

We all love a family holiday, but it’s even more fun when the kids get some extra special attention. Thankfully there are some great resorts which have made your little tykes a priority and we’re here to introduce you to a few of the best hotels for kids in Asia. 

Shangri-la Mactan Cebu

Just a short flight away, on the island of Cebu in central Philippines, The Shangri-la Mactan resort guarantees a relaxing and fun-filled family holiday. With two massive pools and a great aquaplay area for little ones, your water babies probably won’t want to venture much further and you’ll be able to sit back and relax in the sun. If you do manage to coax them inside, they’ll find plenty to occupy themselves with the Adventure Zone multi-level indoor playground and exciting E-Zone full of video games, table soccer and more for the older kids. The Toddler’s Zone is a great place for little ones aged up to three to play with adult supervision. There are also daily activities such as fan decorating and canvas painting and lots of beach activities like snorkelling, kayaking, sailing from the resort’s private beach. This is definitely one of the best hotels for kids in Asia!

Jumeirah Bali

This all-villa resort overlooking the spectacular Dreamland beach in Uluwatu, provides the perfect setting for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle. All villas have a private pool, so you and hubby don’t even need to go out while the kids head off to Peafowl Pavilion Kids Club! On arrival, they are introduced to a resort-wide treasure hunt with a special prize from the mythical peacocks, Kiwa and Awa, if they solve all clues and mysteries by the end of their stay. There’s a gorgeous indoor playroom inspired by the tropical forest, and a range of educational and fun activities including teen yoga and bonfire 

Avani+ Khao Lak Resort

This oceanfront property located on the sandy shores of Bangsak Beach in Thailand’s Phang Nga is easily accessible via a 1.5 hour drive from Phuket International Airport. The two-storey AvaniKids Club and outdoor splash park will keep them busy in three fully supervised zones for 1-4 year-olds, 5-12 year-olds and teens, while you spend time chilling at your choice of 4 swimming pools. The resort even has a private skate-park complete with a pump track, ramps and fun boxes for older kids to perfect their kickflips and board slides. When parents are done relaxing, they can take advantage of AvaniFit, a dynamic 24-hour facility that aims to challenge fitness enthusiasts, or head to the spa for pampering treatments and healing therapies.

Joali Maldives

If your budget stretches to the ultra luxurious, check out this art immersive resort tucked away on Muravandhoo island in the Raa Atoll. Just 45 minutes away from Male by seaplane, Joali Maldives has 73 private beach and over-water villas and residences with up to four bedrooms to house you and your brood. ‘Kids of Joali’ offers a range of diverse activities especially crafted for children between 4 and 10 years old, in areas including culture, oceanography, cookery and the creative arts. The Muramas Kids Club facilities are state-of-the-art, and playtime is combined with learning, with classes including ceramics art, recycled paper bead making, and puppet making, as well as STEM workshops on marine biology and a five senses nature walk. Of course, this gives Mum and Dad time to relax and soak in the idyllic atmosphere, indulge in the gourmet restaurants or join in some artistic events and workshops of their own.

The Sanya EDITION 

Conveniently located on Hainan Island, just off the coast of Southern China, this Ritz-Carlton partner hotel comprises 501 guest rooms set around a horseshoe-shaped hotel, along with 12 villas on the terraced hillside. If the stunning pools and children’s playzone with slides don’t keep you busy enough, you can also head for the immersive family experience, ‘Playland,’ which aims to provide multi-generational entertainment experiences to grandparents, parents, and children. At one of the best hotels in Asia for kids, there really is something for all ages here with a miniature village called ‘Lilliput,’ a Kids Club for little ones accompanied by an adult, karting town, VR experience, mini golf course and even a Playland train to ferry your little cherubs around.

Soneva Kiri

Just 90 minutes from Bangkok, this unspoiled island resort promises “unparalleled luxury, sustainable design and rare experiences.” Planned with children firmly in mind, there are plenty of unique spaces for them to enjoy, and wonderful activities to participate in. The Eco Den offers a special programme aimed specifically at one to five year-olds, while The Den presents a giant moulded bamboo playground shaped like a manta ray  where professional child minders will paint and play with your little ones and even teach them to play Thai instruments. The latter is currently closed for maintenance and improvements, so make sure you check with them before you book. There’s also a good range of DIY workshops for kids, with a focus on sustainability and upcycling.

Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua Resort

With stunning views over the sweeping white sand beaches of Nusa Dua, this resort boasts a lagoon pool, whirlpool and lazy river in which to while away your days. The spacious and colourful Kids Club is well-equipped with an indoor playground and ball pool for the little ones and a computer station and multimedia room for the older ones. The cosy video game pods are sure to be an attraction for your younger teens, and the toddler room with baby cribs will appeal to those parents needing a bit of a break.

Nihi Sumba 

Billing itself as a place where “rugged luxury meets unregulated freedom,” this resort is set on Sumba island, a few islands east of Bali. The major draw here is the resort’s exceptional equestrian facility, Sandalwood Stables from which various different outings are offered. Choose from trail rides on the beach at sunset, a beach-to-bush outing through local villages and an absolutely magical experience where you sit comfortably on a bareback pad while the horses wade, splash and play in the ocean. There’s also a kids’ pony club for ages 5-14, which engages children in the daily stable routine of grooming, cleaning and feeding for a 2-hour period. If riding doesn’t appeal to you and your family, there’s so much more to enjoy here, such as most kinds of water sports you can imagine as well as daily “Wildlings” activities created in collaboration with early childhood experts, and expeditions and treks for the older kids.

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Featured images courtesy of: Shangri-la Mactan Cebu; Jumeirah Bali; Avani+ Khao Lak Resort; Joali Maldives; The Sanya EDITION; Soneva Kiri; Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua Resort; Nihi Sumba 

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