From a jaw-dropping kids club with an interactive pirate ship to an in-resort theme park and adrenaline-fuelled waterslides for all ages – these resorts will make your kids’ Disneyland dreams come true (a little closer to home).
This self-proclaimed ‘State of Fun’ is a veritable playground for all ages, just off the southern coast of Singapore’s mainland. There are 17 hotels to choose from on the island, all offering easy access to Sentosa’s many attractions. Universal Studios is unmissable, offering 28 thrilling rides and seven themed zones referencing favourite family movies.
Make a splash at Adventure Cove Waterpark (home to Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster), swim with dolphins at Dolphin Island, take a Segway tour, experience the world’s largest wind tunnel at iFly, let children rule the world at the indoor city of KidZania and so much more.
Best for: Families with a diverse range of ages to cater for
Five-star Vinpearl hotel luxury and a world-class theme park combine at this spectacular resort in Nha Trang, a coastal city in southern Vietnam. Often described as ‘Vietnam’s Disneyland’, Vinpearl Land is divided into six areas: waterpark, outdoor games, indoor games, aquarium, movie castle and performance stage.
Chase an adrenaline rush on the free-fall kamikaze slide, take a ride on the spectacular Sky Wheel, try Asia’s first alpine-themed rollercoaster, visit the interactive 3D museum, catch the water fountain show and enjoy animal encounters with tigers, rhinos, sea life and more. The best part: when the day is done, it’s only a short walk to your luxury room at the adjoining Vinpearl hotel.
Best for: Families who want it all in one place
This iconic Australian resort is seen as the whole family’s gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Located in the breathtaking Whitsundays Islands, Daydream Island’s centrepiece is its Living Reef — a unique freeform coral lagoon wrapping 200m around the island’s central building.
The Living Reef is home to over 100 species of fish, 80 species of coral and invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs. Join a group tour, check out the underwater observatory and enjoy hands-on experiences with resident marine biologists. A jam-packed activity schedule also includes rainforest walks, paddleboard lessons, scavenger hunts and more.
Best for: Families who love the great outdoors
Discover the delights of Malaysia’s first teddy bear museum with a stay at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, overlooking the Malacca Strait and popular Miami Beach. This incredible collection of teddy bears can be found on the ground floor of the hotel and covers various nations and eras, with the earliest dating back to the 1900s.
From one of the first batches of teddies ever made to miniatures and human-sized bears – there’s a cuddly surprise for everyone. The Mini Penang exhibition is a highlight, depicting a tiny version of the island populated by teddies and offering historical insights into Penang’s past. It’s fun, educational and feelgood, with the opportunity to build your very own teddy at the end.
Best for: Families with an interest in history
This fun and family-friendly hotel is proof that the Maldives aren’t just for honeymooners. A 15-minute speedboat from Malé, capital of the Maldives, the Hard Rock Hotel offers endless music-themed activities.
Each guest is given the opportunity to curate their own in-room soundtrack and enjoy the use of a Crosley turntable with a carefully curated selection of records. Plus, you can borrow your very own Fender® guitar (from a choice of 20) for the duration of your stay. The options for little ones are endless, whether they’re spending their days at Roxity Kids Club® having music lessons, watching movies, singing their hearts out during lip-sync battles or learning about Maldivian sea life at the Marine Discovery Centre.
Best for: Families who don’t want a typical family-friendly destination (and music lovers!)
This Bali family favourite is renowned for its incredible two-story Meera Kids Club. A fun pirate theme runs throughout and includes an interactive play space in the shape of a ship. The first floor is aimed at toddlers and younger kids with a trampoline and ball pit, amphitheatre with children’s movies and sleeping room, while the second floor is perfect for teenagers with bean bags and gaming consoles.
Children aged four to 12 years can also enjoy activities such as cooking, crafts, aerobics and kitemaking (children under four years are welcome but must be supervised by a parent or guardian). Other family-friendly resort features include a playground with waterslide and an interactive family activity program.
Best for: Parents looking to relax while their kids play
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