Looking for a short getaway with the family? Head to these amazing resorts and hotels around Asia, with luxurious accommodations and plenty of things to do to keep both yourselves - and your kids - busy and happy. BY KIMBERLY TAN
Enjoy a luxurious getaway for the whole family at Amanpuri, Thailand. While older children and parents learn Muay Thai, littler ones can still have a great time. For example, children from five and up can explore the Eco-Beach Centre, with custom-made terrariums, and a the country’s native butterfly specimen collection within its nature museum.
Otherwise, hunt for hidden treasure on a critter safari, while learning about the Andaman Pirates and sand sculpting. Alternatively, let them learn to make sushi or Thai food, Thai boxing, yoga, swimming and tennis. After a long day of fun and learning, enjoy a luxurious spa treatment at the Holistic Wellness Centre together with your child. Prices start from $6,674 per night in a two-bedroom Garden Villa.
Four Seasons Langkawi
Another activity-filled family retreat is Four Seasons Langkawi. Start with a tour around the Geopark Discovery Centre, or snack on frozen chocolate mango bon bons and fruit truffle popsicles by the poolside. Next, head out to the mangroves for an eco-adventure and spot macaque monkeys and eagles. Alternatively, children can clamber up a natural limestone outcrop of up to five metres.
Another fantastic activity for the children is kite-making, followed by flying them on the beach. Other amazing services include babysitting, providing children and babies’ amenities and toys and a special children’s menu.
Meanwhile, sneak away for some couple time, with a picnic lunch and swimming at the mythical bathing place in Langkawi. Otherwise, learn to cook classic Malay cuisine or tour the Southern Islands. One night in the Family Beach Villa with plunge pool will cost $2,922.
Children can channel their inner ninjas on this experience tour, highly rated by TripAdvisor. After they’ve changed into their super Instagram-worthy ninja outfits, they’ll learn five basic techniques from the ninja instructor. These include learning how to take stealthy steps, use a short sword, blow-gun and ninja star, and meditation.
Additionally, an English-speaking interpreter will be available. These instructors hail from the only existing ninja clan with ancestors who served the Tokugawa Shogunate for 265 years. Located at the Musashi Ninja Clan Shinobi-Samurai Honjin Dojo in Tokyo prefecture, this 90-minute tour is great for children under 12, who should participate with their parents.
While in Tokyo, stay at the Keio Plaza Hotel, with amazing, thoughtful services like a nursing room, and guests can avail of strollers, day care, shuttles to both Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea. Of course, baby cribs for infants up to 10 months are available. Other children’s amenities include Japanese yukata, slippers and toothbrushes. Choose the Plaza Deluxe South Triple and Quad room which costs about $1,032 per night.
InterContinental® Koh Samui Resort
Children will have tons of fun at the InterContinental® Hotel & Resorts’ Planet Trekkers’ kids’ club in Koh Samui. Parents can avail of the nanny and babysitting services, or let children from 4 to 12 enjoy super fun activities, games with a local twist. Aside from games like the cooking class, traditional Thai games, basic Thai weaving, tie dye and crab hunting, kids can also design photo frames and tote bags, or get their nails painted. Additionally, your little ones can dine free at any restaurant’s children’s menus.
Meanwhile, parents can steal away for a barbecue or picnic on a private island for some well-deserved rest. Otherwise, get the family together to venture out to the elephant sanctuary, try indoor skydiving, or meet the super cute Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. Currently, InterContinental Koh Samui also has a great family offer. For example, book the Club 2 Bedroom Residence Villa for $638 per night (min. three nights’ stay) if you’re an IHG member.
The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Unwind in The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur and stay in the Premier Suite, especially if you’re travelling with family. Cots are available on request, although if you co-sleep, children under 12 can stay for free. Amenities included are butler service, in-room continental breakfast and of course, complimentary WIFI. Additionally, request for connecting rooms if you’re travelling with a bigger family. A night’s stay will cost about $271.
Otherwise, try the plentiful international buffet selection at Contago, which features Western, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisines. Even the pickiest eaters will definitely find something they’ll enjoy: for your children, this might be pasta or freshly baked pizza from the restaurant’s pizza oven.
After a hearty – and possibly super-filling – breakfast, and lots of splashing in the swimming pool, explore the best of Kuala Lumpur. In particular, we recommend Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, Kidzania and KLCC, where they have an aquarium, Petrosains Discovery Centre, playground and water park.
To celebrate Choo Yilin‘s newest capsule collection, YTL Hotels is offering a special Majestic Romance package (about $463 per night). Have a kid-free overnight stay in the lovely Colonial Suite. After sleeping in, feast on a delightful Continental breakfast in-room. Afterwards, treat yourself to an indulgent spa treatment and afternoon tea.