Words by Four Seasons
Dec 17, 2021
FOUR SEASONS RESORTS THAILAND are perfectly suited for multi-generational and family travel with a range of accommodation and dining experiences. With a series of well-designed activities for both teenagers and children the whole family comes together to connect with Thailand’s vibrant culture. “A dedicated Kids Club and an exceptional team ensures that each experience is fun as well as safe. This is certainly one of the main reasons so many families return to our resorts year after year,” shares Anthony Gill, General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Tented Camp Golden Triangle.
Close to Nature
Get up-close-and-personal with the cultural milieu of Thailand at the newly-launched ‘Chaan Baan’ at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai inspired by the outdoor living space or courtyard in a traditional Thai home, the space offers immersive experiences and meaningful connections—with the destination and its people. “Traditionally, this is a place where families gather to dine, celebrate and socialize. At the resort, we wanted to recreate a similar experience where guests can come together to enjoy the local culture including art, craft and cuisine,” shares Anthony.
At Chaan Baan, Children can learn and experience the joy of being creative by participating in the Thai Clay Molding to Tie & Dye classes with our experts, and take home their own Four Seasons souvenir. “From umbrella painting to Krathong-making (floating banana-leaf sculptures), kids get to learn about the spiritual side of Thailand’s festivals, giving them an up-close insight into a new culture”.
As part of the Rice Planting Experience, the La-On Kids Club team brings the young guests for an educational walk in the rice fields, where they observe first-hand how rice is grown, different types of rice and their benefits. They also get to join the farmers to plant rice sprouts in the paddies. “Rice Planting is one of the experiences that our guest love the most – along with buffalo bathing! Families love to bathe our resident buffalos, who are very shutter-friendly!” laughs Anthony.
Muay Thai training allows young guests to put their energy to good use, and learn the value of discipline and respect. This exhilarating lesson is a great opportunity for youngsters to realize that being active and strong can be fun. “Muay Thai for kids is taught by the Resort’s resident trainer, who introduces the unique sport in a safe setting,” says Anthony. As the kids practice stretching and techniques to control their body and mind, they also learn the philosophy behind this martial art.
The Resort offers an exciting Family Escape with savings on accommodation, daily breakfast, the Resort credit of Bt1,500, and savings on spa experience at Wara Cheewa Spa, What’s more? Children aged below eleven can eat and stay with the Resort’s compliments to ensure a perfect getaway.
Further up north and into the magical bamboo jungles of the Golden Triangle, guests can Go Glamping when they stay two nights or more. With only 15 tents and a two bedroom Explorer’s Lodge, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle provide the perfect hideout, away from the bustling city-scape. The unique nature of the Camp’s design makes it suitable for children over the age of 10 years. “We have a range of dining and spa experiences, as well as in-camp and destination exploration to keep families engaged during their time with us,” says Tobias Emmer, Camp Manager. Of the local gems recommended by the team, a favorite is learning fishing techniques along the Mekong River, developed over thousands of years. “Our ‘Fishing with Locals’ trip allows you to try first-hand fish trapping and bamboo fishing with local fishermen from the region. Boating along the Ruak River, which straddles the borders between Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, offers a unique insight into the local way of life,” he shares.
Perched at the edge of the jungle, the open-air spa offers a one-of-a-kind rejuvenating experience, specializing in signature Thai therapies infused with mountain botanicals and inspired by jungle views. The invigorating couple’s experience is highlighted by lilting birdsong and murmur of the bamboos that surround.
Into the Blue
Getting in touch with the local experiences is very much part of the ethos of traveling with Four Seasons Resorts Thailand. Down south on the pristine island of Koh Samui, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui offers a rare insight into the marine ecosystem. The waters around the Resort are home to vibrant coral gardens and rich marine life, waiting to be discovered by explorers from around the world. “Coral Talk, conducted by our on-site marine biologist Benjawan Sansittisakunlird (Khun Benji), is an educational session where families learn all about the coral reef and sustainability,” shares Sean Mosher, General Manager. After the Coral Talk, guests can embark on a snorkelling trip along the reef that adjoins the Resort.
All the sun and the sea give way to The Secret Garden Spa that draws on the wisdom of ancient Thai traditions of wellness, inspired by herbs and family remedies. Relax in the sanctuary of purity devoted to healing the body and mind with our signature spa treatments.
The Resort’s hill-top Muay Thai training ring is designed for children between four and 15 years. These energy-packed lessons include games to keep children focused and active while enjoying their time at the resort. It also helps kids develop flexibility, strength and coordination with a strong element of fun and enjoyment. “In the class, we try to encourage independence, responsibility and develop confidence through specific Muay Thai techniques based on the key Martial Arts principles of discipline, respect, integrity and trust,” explains Sean.
Families can take advantage of the upcoming holidays with an Island Getaway in their luxurious pool villa, enjoy the afternoon for two or choose from a Resort credit of Bt1,500 to savor the delectable dining or a relaxing spa experience at the award-winning The Secret Garden Spa. Here too, children dine and stay with the Resort’s compliments.
At both Chiang Mai and Koh Samui, there’s a reason to stay longer and make the resorts a home-away-from-home. “With expansive living and dining areas along with private pools, our Private Retreats are residences that you can call home,” shares Sean. With additional benefits such as round-trip transfers and dining experiences, our Private Retreats allow for social interaction, while still offering enough seclusion, privacy and comfort that is much needed in these times.
“The health and safety of our employees and guests remain paramount,” says Anthony. “We look forward to welcoming you back with utmost care,” adds Sean.
All photos courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Thailand.