Feb 11, 2019
We know it’s no easy feat to vacation with multiple people, ages and energy levels, so here are some of our favorite hotels where everyone can get their kicks.
This all-inclusive family resort sits beachfront on Indonesia’s Bintan Island, just an hour from Singapore. White sands, long sweeping shores and an endless array of fitness activities make for a rejuvenating vacation the whole clan will fondly remember. Master your skills in everything from archery, flying trapeze and golf, to sailing, snorkeling and paddleboarding. As well as a family-friendly buffet and a la carte options spanning the gamut of international eats, there are a handful of poolside terraces at which to unwind. While you sip mojitos, the little ones can keep entertained with cooking classes and crafts at the complimentary kids’ club (for four- to 10-year-olds). From $1,184 per night all inclusive for two adults and two children, two-night minimum. — Jenny Hewett
Overlooking Bai Dai beach, on the fringes of Cam Ranh Bay in southern Vietnam, the two-, three- and four-bedroom villas at this luxe resort are spacious enough (300 square meters should do it) to ensure a wholly relaxing stay, even with kids in the next room over. While adults can bliss out in the lakeside Akoya Spa or hit the 18-hole beachfront golf course, young ones will be forever entertained at nearby Vinpearl Land, a sprawling island theme park with thrilling rides, a variety of ocean activities and waterslides, plus a bird park and the largest botanical gardens in the country. Two-bedroom villas from $273. — Eloise Basuki
The otherwise somnolent Mekong River town of Chhlong has been given an unexpected jolt of energy with the opening of this romantic, waterfront retreat. The former residence of a French governor, this stately yellow-hued mansion positively reeks of period charm. The property, which has been painstakingly restored to its former pomp, exudes colonial-era charisma in everything from its ornate stone balustrades to the ceiling fans that whir overhead, and the fresh-baked croissants and pains au chocolat served at breakfast. You don’t need to be a Francophile, though, to appreciate a gorgeous outdoor pool and giant suites with exquisite furnishing and terraces overlooking the Mekong. The sizeable rooms make the hotel a perfect escape for traveling families, while expeditions to spot the elusive Irrawaddy dolphins exclusive to this stretch of the river are a kid-friendly highlight not to be missed. Doubles from $109. — Duncan Forgan
With the feel of a small village encircled by paddy-field views, Pullman Luang Prabang masters its space with a wealth of activities devoted to kids. Amid greenery threaded with wandering paths and streams, there’s a pool for infants, and another with a waterslide (plus an infinity pool, for the adults, of course). The Kids’ Club, the only one of its kind in this increasingly popular city, entertains tots and teens with books, games and toys at an indoor playground. Where it really shines is with its diverse class offerings in crafts, baking and fitness—think hula-hoops, face painting and waffle- making. An introduction to their Lao holiday destination sees kids garden, feed fish and cultivate rice through workshops in the field. Adults sleep easy, too, with interconnecting rooms, or extra beds in Deluxe-suite living rooms just a skip, hop and jump to all the playground fun. Doubles from $135. — Claire Boobbyer
Basking in the sun-soaked shores of Phang Ka beach, on Koh Samui’s quieter Taling Ngan side, the new rooms and villas by Avani’s premium brand Avani+ feel just like your own private beach house. Whitewashed wooden ceilings, a private deck with infinity pool and cozy linens may tempt you to stay in-villa, but you really shouldn’t—free access to kayaks, paddleboards and mountain bikes offer adventures to nearby mangroves, waterfalls and villages. For a scenic day trip, hop on a longtail boat and snorkel off the pristine white sands of Koh Madsum and Koh Tan just 15 minutes away. Essence restaurant offers dinner with beach views, while drinks are poured in the cutest cocktail truck, a batik-patterned Combi van that parks itself poolside. Doubles from $127. — E.B.
Festive Hotel scores points with families for the smorgasbord of activities available within a stone’s throw: it’s just steps away from Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park, S.E.A. Aquarium (one of the world’s largest aquariums) and Adventure Cove Waterpark (where high-speed waterslides and swimming with dolphins and sharks await). Not to mention the kids’ club and a dedicated kids’ pool and wet play area, and a staggering array of dining (from hawker fare to Michelin- star dining), shopping and entertainment options, so there’s always something to do. While all the rooms here are designed with families in mind, our pick is the Deluxe Family room, which comes with tailored bathrobes and a kid-friendly loft bed. Doubles from $440. — Shamilee Vellu
Swish hotels often aren’t the most welcoming places for their smallest guests, but Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong defies convention by rolling out the red carpet for families. Upon arrival, children will find petit-sized amenities such as kids’ toiletries, robes and slippers, while turndown brings healthy snacks (such as sugar-free chocolate ganache cookies or homemade gummy bears made with fresh fruit) and a cuddly stuffed toy. Blankets, diapers, bottle sterilizers and diaper pails are provided at no charge. Children’s menus are available at all of the hotel’s restaurants, and tots aged three and up are even welcome at Michelin three-starred Lung King Heen and Caprice. Also useful: connecting rooms, two full-sized outdoor pools (with ample pool toys) and a newly launched in-room destination guidebook with a section dedicated to family-friendly activities. Doubles from $548. — S.V.