Kid-friendly hotels help make your family holiday especially memorable for the little ones. In Asia, these properties are packed with plenty of exciting activities from horseback riding to chocolate making.
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Located in the City of Dreams, an integrated resort in the entertainment district of Cotai, the Morpheus was designed by the late award-winning architect, Zaha Hadid.
The guest rooms at the high-end hotel feature an array of luxuries, like Dyson hair dryers, Nespresso coffee machines and Hermes and Acqua di Parma toiletries.
There are 770 rooms, suites and villas in all, including three pool villas and six duplex villas. The hotel also houses two restaurants by Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse, a gravity-defying pool located 130m above the city and a contemporary art space.
Your little ones can create their own adventure at Kids’ City, a 17,000 sq ft indoor and outdoor playground with four zones – Explore, Excite, Create and Dream – each offering a unique experience.
Explore has a futuristic three-storey slide and over 70 events that build your children’s physical strength and self-confidence and encourage teamwork with other kids. This zone also has a toddler-safe area and a controlled area for smaller kids featuring ball pools, a kinetic sand playing space and more. Outdoors, kids aged eight and up can check out Bloqx, a 3D climbing adventure.
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Over at the Excite zone, an interactive arcade, children of all ages can play sports, racing and music games and arcade-style video and console games. Create is perfect for kids who love art – this zone lets them paint T-shirts and make their own crafts like wind chimes and decorations.
In the Dream zone, kids can pretend to be their favourite superhero, princess or rock star. They can choose from the 100-plus costumes and accessories available, act out their favourite character on the play stage, and even get their photos taken.
Parents are allowed to join in the fun with their children; otherwise, leave your little ones under the supervision of industry-trained professionals. Kids’ City also includes a deli serving pastries and snacks for kids, and a nursing room for baby care and breastfeeding mums.
It is open daily except Wednesdays and Thursdays, unless it is the Macau school holidays.
How much A two-hour session for a kid and an adult on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays costs MOP120 (S$20); two hours for an extra adult costs MOP50. If two hours aren’t enough, you can buy extra time from MOP15 per 30-minute block. The rates are slightly higher on weekends, public holidays and during Macau school holidays. The rate for a premier king room starts from MOP2,998++ per night, for the room only.
Find out more www.tinyurl.com/KidsCityMacau
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Grand Hyatt Taipei is conveniently located in the heart of Taipei, just a stone’s throw away from shopping malls, attractions like Taipei 101, subway stations, and parks for the children to run around in.
The luxury hotel features spacious rooms and suites, a temperature-controlled outdoor pool and several cafes and restaurants.
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Its Family Adventure Package is just like regular camping, but with all the creature comforts of a five-star hotel. Perfect for families with children aged three to six, the package comes with a tent for two and all the things they need for an evening of adventure: featherbeds, comfy pillows, a battery-operated lantern, plush toys that they can take home, a picnic table, and a planetarium projector, which brings the twinkling stars of the night sky inside.
While the kids have fun in their tent, you can enjoy the privacy of your separate king-bedded guest room.
How much The Family Adventure package is priced at NT$17,300 (S$770) per night, and is only available for guests staying in one of the hotel’s Grand Executive Suites. Reservations must be made at least three days in advance.
Find out more www.taipei.grand.hyatt.com
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Located on the Indonesian island of Sumba, Nihi Sumba Resort is an award-winning villa estate that’s a 55-minute flight east of Bali. To get here from Singapore, travel via Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. There are three flights a day from Denpasar to Sumba Island’s Tambolaka Airport.
Choose from a range of villas and rooms at the resort, each featuring beautifully designed interiors and furnishings and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The property has three dining options and offers a wealth of recreational experiences, including surfing lessons, yoga classes, and hikes to the local villages.
Your young ones will enjoy spending a few hours at the resort’s own Chris & Charly Chocolate Factory, where they can learn how chocolate is made, taste the various sweet chocolate treats available, and even try their hand at making their own organic chocolates, with a little help from the “chocolate wizards”.
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Other activities for toddlers to teens include: Pony rides, mud baths, face painting, kids’ yoga, jungle trekking, traditional Sumba dancing, Bahasa classes, an educational visit to the sea turtle hatchery, organic garden and farm tours, scavenger hunts, sandcastle making and mask-making. Many of these activities take place in the chocolate factory and are conducted by the “wizards”.
You can also sign up for packages for your kids – The Creativity Workshop, for example, includes activities like cooking classes, kite-building, parang embellishing and rock painting; while the Myths & Legends option invites children to sit down for an hour and listen to exciting folktales from the Sumba culture.
How much Villa rates start from US$750 (S$1,026) per night. Rates for the kids’ experiences vary, as each itinerary is curated according the children’s interests.
Find out more www.nihi.com
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Situated on a 600m-long secluded beachfront at Emerald Bay, Rosewood Phuket has four dining options, a beachside infinity pool, and spa and fitness facilities. The 71-room hotel property is surrounded by quaint yet bustling seaside towns, and the historic Old Town, with its night markets and local seafood restaurants, is just a short drive away.
Its Rosewood Explorers programme is designed for three-to-eight-year-olds. It includes all kinds of activities, from cultural arts and crafts and cooking lessons to the exploration of local ecosystems.
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The activities take place in fun-filled indoor and outdoor zones, and are divided into five experiences, including one called Eco-Awareness, which teaches kids about environmental sustainability and conservation.
Eco-Awareness includes hands-on learning experiences that inspire children to make better choices to reduce long-term negative impact on the planet. They will get to learn about surrounding habitats, from Andaman Sea marine life to tropical forest flora and fauna, and go on an eco-nature walk to discover all the hidden ways the resort helps protect its environment.
Children are also invited to scoop soil, plant seeds, pick herbs and learn all about the natural life that flourishes in the Explorers garden.
How much Participation in Rosewood Explorers is free for kids staying at Rosewood Phuket. The Partial Ocean Pool Pavilion (130sqm), which sleeps two adults and two children, costs $997 per night.
Find out more www.rosewoodhotels.com/Phuket
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Located in the beach town of Hua Hin in Thailand, Avani Hua Hin Resort & Villas offers a selection of rooms and villas, with garden, pool or ocean views.
At 2,885 sq ft, the two-bedroom lagoon villa is perfect for four adults and two children – it has a private pool that flows into the resort’s main lagoon pool, a sundeck, and living and dining rooms. Some rooms have connecting doors and extra beds.
The property also has a mix of casual and upscale restaurants, a spa, and activities like horseback riding on the beach, biking, water sports and golf.
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Avanikids is the resort’s fully supervised kids’ club, catering to children aged four to 12 years old. Your little ones can take part in art and craft sessions, where they will get to colour, paint with their fingers, weave using coconut leaves, and construct fans and hats from paper products.
There are also cultural activities like Thai dancing. On weekends, they can play with bubbles around the pool or learn balloon art. Special classes include cupcake decorating, baking, doll painting and picture frame making.
The resort itself is child-friendly – your kids can swim in the dedicated children’s pool, build sandcastles in front of the ocean or run around in the landscaped gardens.
How much The special classes start from 199 baht (S$8). Everything else is complimentary. The two-bedroom lagoon villa costs $620 per night.
Find out more www.minorhotels.com
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Create your own family experience at Niyama Private Islands Maldives. Each luxury villa comes with a secluded deck, a full-sized refrigerator packed with yummy treats, and an impressive entertainment system.
The 1,453 sq ft Beach Studio is ideal for two adults and two kids and offers direct beach access. There’s a lot to do at the resort, from water activities and cycling to yoga and dolphin spotting.
Set on Niyama’s isle of Play, the Explorers Kids Club caters to children aged 12 months to 12 years old. Kids can join one of four “tribes”, depending on their age group. At the centre of the Club is an outdoor area, comprising a playground, trampoline, Splash Park, Little Gourmet Kitchen, and a performance stage.
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Each tribe can take part a range of exciting games and activities between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Sunday. Globetrotters (12 to 35 months) get to play with building blocks and bubbles, splash about in a paddle pool and play on the trampoline.
Adventurers (three to four years) can take part in kid-friendly yoga, fashion shows and water fights, play with beach balls, and learn how to conduct simple science experiments. Activities and games for Voyagers (five to seven years) are a little more advanced: your little ones can play “masterchef”, take part in a talent show or an “egg drop” challenge, learn how to make pom poms and birdhouses, or try a Zumba class.
Pioneers (eight to 12 years) get to fly kites, make fashion out of bin bags, try paper origami, go kayaking, and challenge themselves in a treasure hunt.
How much Adventurers, Voyagers and Pioneers play free, while a fee for Globetrotters applies – US$20++ (S$27++) per hour up to a maximum of US$100++ (S$136++) per day. The Beach Studio starts from $683 per night and includes breakfast.
Find out more www.niyama.com