Hotels for Cool Kids

Family stays can be stylish too—these new and refurbished hotels, resorts and villas let you go glam with the fam.

Apr 27, 2020

Taj Fateh Prakash Palace, India

In a city with sacred cattle and speedy rickshaws roaming winding alleyways, this quiet stay away from the colorful bustle of Udaipur is a welcome respite. The Taj Fateh Prakash Palace, in the historic City Palace, features palatial guest rooms that function as little temples of serenity. Suites—marble affairs with sweeping views over Lake Pichola—easily sleep a family of four, pick-ups with a vintage car can be arranged, and a large swimming pool caters to even the littlest of princes/princesses. CHILD POLICY: Rooms accommodate up to three adults and one child up to age 12, or two adults and two children 12 and under. tajhotels.com; fromRs31,200.— C.S.

Pullman Phuket Arcadia, Thailand

Phuket’s string of gorgeous west-coast beaches gets progressively more family oriented as you go from south to north. The island reaches an apex of bucket-and-spade-friendly bliss at the gently sloping golden crescents of Naithon and Naiyang beaches. At Naithon, Pullman Phuket Arcadia is an ideal choice for a family beach break thanks to an array of enticing extras that burnish the resort’s stylish rooms and suites and its excellent facilities and dining options, such as Vero, a sleek Italian trattoria. Family-geared highlights include Tuesday movie nights at the main float pool and Saturday evening campfire sessions with barbecue sets and free-flow marshmallows. For adults looking to sneak in some pool time, the resort’s excellent kids’ club is a godsend. CHILD POLICY: Room rates include accommodation for up to two children 12 and under. accor.com; from Bt14,980. — D.F.

Nanuku Auberge Resort, Fiji

Sustainability-focused resort Nanuku, in family-welcoming Fiji, is on the main island of Viti Levu. Along its own private three-kilometer beach is a collection of suites that expanded in 2019 with the introduction of 13 Auberge Beach villas, each featuring its own private courtyard and plunge pool. Families get extras such as temporary pool fencing; cruiser bikes equipped with toddler trailers; Nanuku’s complimentary babysitting and buddy service; and the nature-centric kids’ club. At turndown, expect things like popcorn machines with fresh kernels, and cookies.
CHILD POLICY: Children under the age of eight stay, play and eat for free; children under six are each assigned a dedicated nanny from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. aubergeresorts.com; villas from FJ$1,850 per night. — K . H .

Yu Kiroro, Japan

Adventures in Hokkaido beckon at this new ski-in/ski-out private residence. The 104 stylishly well-appointed apartments come in one- to three- bedroom, family suite and penthouse configurations with concierge services and common facilities such as an onsen, kids’ play room and an all-day dining restaurant. In winter, Annie Kids Academy keeps little ones busy on the slopes, and snow striders, rafts and banana boats add to the thrills. In summer, off-piste action entails buggy, gondola and bike rides around the surrounding mountains. CHILD POLICY: Cots for children up to two years of age and extra beds for children up to six are available for a fee. yukiroro.com; suites from ¥49,000.— G.M.

Tanah Gajah, Bali

This renowned Balinese property, formerly The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, started 2020 under the Hadiprana Hospitality banner. This former estate of Hendra Hadiprana, one of Indonesia’s most respected art collectors, is composed of 20 villas and suites filled with Balinese artworks from his collection. Families will appreciate the flat-level villas, including the Two-Bedroom Club Family Pool villa, which accommodates up to four adults and two children under seven and has its own 10-by-six-meter pool and outdoor bath. Curated experiences include hot-air balloon adventures, painting classes and guided treks, while time spent indoors is made extra comfortable with dedicated butler service. CHILD POLICY: Children two and under stay free, cots are complimentary, and extra beds are available on request for a fee. tanahgajahubud.com; from Rp5,850,000.— K.H.

Alila Bangsar Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This chic Neri&Hu design hotel in the Brickfields neighborhood offers larger-than-usual rooms and suites that accommodate families easily. The standard 38-square-meter studios offer king-plus-queen twin-bed options and accommodate up to three adults, so while the property does not offer cots or extra beds, every room category comes with (at least) a sofa. Suites feature separate living areas for added privacy. It also has hypo-allergenic rooms that automatically purify themselves whenever dust or toxins are detected. Bond over an outing to Bangsar’s atmospheric neighborhood of hip cafés, cocktail bars and old-school curry houses or stay in to chill poolside and dine on excellent options from Entier’s casual fine-dining fare and local bistro signatures at Botanica + Co. For parents, retreat to sundowners at the Pacific Standard cocktail lounge while the kids enjoy movie night in your room. alilahotels.com; doubles from RM352.— G.M.

The St. Regis Bali Resort

Nusa Dua frontage, big lagoon pool, the Children’s Learning Center, spacious villas with private pools and butler service—it all spells happy days for families on a Bali beach trip. Though the Bill Bensley–designed property opened all the way back in 2008, a recent US$5 million update to its villas by Malaysia-based ZDR Firm has kept everything looking shiny and new. The kids’ club takes an educational approach with programs for children aged four to 12 that include sessions in art, music, dance, literature, cooking and even blogging. Food-wise, the resort has a kid-friendly buffet, plus special children’s meals, and, beach-wise, a private stretch of sand leads into calm waters; there’s also a separate kids’ pool for the tots. Families with older generations on board will find St. Regis’s brunch at Kayaputi and the resort’s opulent villa design winning serious brownie points with even the most discerning aunties. CHILD POLICY: Children three years and under stay free, with cots complimentary. marriott.com; suites from Rp6,450,000. — B.V.V.O.

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