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Holidays with Kids 2018 TOP10


1Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Honolulu, Oahu, 4 stars


Whether you’re an adrenaline-hunting family or seeking relaxation, Hilton Hawaiian Village has what you’re looking for. This colossal five-tower wonderland is a haven for the ultimate beach getaway, its facilities so comprehensive you might never want to leave. There are 20 on-site restaurants, daily classes, the longest slide in Waikiki and six different swimming pools, plus an all-day kids’ club. Outward bound, try your hand at the surf or paddleboarding, or go for a family kayak in the lagoon. Back at the resort, enjoy hula and ukulele lessons to get in touch with the local culture.


2Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Ko Olina, Oahu, 4.5 stars


Ko Olina, the beach upon which you’ll find Aulani, means ‘place of joy’, and the resort measures up. Discover traditional Hawaiian culture, art and music with a dash of kid-friendly Disney magic at this perfectly positioned resort. From snorkelling to family movie nights, to Hawaiian entertainment and exciting excursions, the whole family will have plenty to do here. Best of all, the kids’ club is complimentary with daily themed activities and curated activities just for teenagers, ranging from sun and surf to their own games night, leaving you free to enjoy the full-service spa.


3Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

Honolulu, Oahu, 4 stars


Partake in traditional Hawaiian cultural activities or take a family surf lesson at this idyllic holiday spot. With five on-site dining options and a range of family-sized rooms and suites boasting views of the ocean or city, Outrigger Waikiki Beach invites you to relax in paradise, whether by the pool or enjoying dinner by torchlight with breathtaking views of Diamond Head. Getting the kids to soak up the sun in the great outdoors will be effortless with the Koko Crater Trail and fun beach activities on your doorstep.


4Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Honolulu, Oahu, 4 stars


This oceanfront hotel is a peaceful place where the city meets the sea, and traditional Hawaiian hospitality meets modern comforts. 635 beautifully appointed rooms offer views of the ocean or city with air-conditioned comfort and complimentary Wi-Fi. Daily cultural activities are offered daily at the resort, inviting families to enjoy practices deeply rooted in Hawaiian heritage. Nearby, day excursions to Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium will thrill little animal lovers, hike to Diamond Peak, try a surfing or paddle boarding lesson, or wile away the hours on the pristine Hawaiian beaches we all know you’re really here for.


5Turtle Bay Resort

Kahuku, Oahu, 4 stars


Families can choose from rooms, suites, beach cottages and lush ocean villas overlooking Kuilima Cove at this dream destination. A selection of land and water activities from kayaking to hiking and horse riding along the beach, will take you on a journey all around this island gem. Enjoy an open jam session or trivia night, a helicopter tour for unparalleled views of the island, learn to surf from experts, or take to a stand-up paddle board. If you’d rather relax, indulge at the spa while your children enjoy their own kids' and teens' spa.


6Sheraton Waikiki

Honolulu, 4 stars


An airport shuttle can take you directly this resort’s beachfront location offering all the shopping, dining and salty surf of Waikiki. Flop by one of the two outdoor pools, visit the resident koi, or lounge the day away in a sunny teepee while the kids splash around. There are three on-site dining venues to choose from, The Edge of Waikiki perfect for more relaxed open-air lunches, while RumFire offers suave tones of black and red for something a touch more fancy. There are a whopping 1,636 guest rooms and 136 suites on offer, but if money’s no object, the ocean-view suites are something else.


=7Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Honolulu, Oahu, 3.5 stars


Also right across from world-famous Waikiki Beach, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is a casual, contemporary hotel whose hip Hawaiian vibe is hard to resist, from its colourful surfboard-studded lobby to its characteristic red accents throughout. There’s a heated swimming pool and fitness centre available, and in-room facilities include coffee makers, PlayStation consoles and high-speed Wi-Fi. A short walk reveals endless diversions and attractions, and Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium and Kapiolani Park are nearby.


=7Hilton Waikiki Beach

Honolulu, Oahu, 4 stars


Located on Waikiki's widest stretch of beach, the Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort & Spa commands eight oceanfront hectares offering the perfect mix of exceptional hotel accommodations and classic Hawaiian hospitality. With over 20 restaurants and lounges, shopping, recreational and cultural activities and nightly entertainment, there’s heaps for families to enjoy. The resort's beachfront Super Pool is huge and on Friday night it even becomes the stage for a celebration of Hawaiian culture and entertainment, ending with a spectacular fireworks show!


=8Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk

Honolulu, Oahu, 4 stars


The Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk is ideal for family vacations, with spacious suite accommodations, complimentary made-to-order breakfast daily and even free Hawaiian entertainment at poolside daily. Enjoy days spent splashing in the pools, hiking the surrounding region, snorkelling the crystal-clear waters or perhaps to taking to them on stand-up paddleboard. Families can even try hang gliding if they’re looking for something a little more adventurous. If you’ve got little tots, high chairs, cribs and children’s menu are available.


=8Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

Lahaina, Maui, 3 stars


Welcome to “Hawaii’s most Hawaiian hotel”, where ‘ohana’ is certainly not forgotten. Kids should start their fun at the Ho’okipa (hospitality) department, where they will receive an ‘Aloha Passport’ which will lead them to 12 great destinations around the resort. At each stop, fun and educational activities await (plus a little free gift). Daily scheduled activities invite kids to step inside Hawaiian culture, and the splash-tastic whale-shaped pool is perfect even for toddlers. Play on the giant chess board and enjoy special family entertainment on Monday nights, or the free sunset hula show which happens daily.


9Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Wailea, Maui, 5 stars


Engage your kids in all sorts of fun and educational activities that draw on the landscape, history and culture of Maui, with Kids For All Seasons. During the day, your little ones will create leis, search for geckos and go ulu maika (Hawaiian bowling). The program runs daily between 9am and 5pm for kids from five to 12 (younger than five are welcome, but need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Night events are even on offer during peak seasons, offering fun activities like dodgeball, ‘pirate night’ and the amazing race.


=10The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki

Honolulu, Oahu, 5 stars


The Royal Hawaiian has a special program for young guests, offering daily events and activities just for you and bubs (these have included silent discos, Tinkerbell visits and Paint Night in the past). Poppins Daycare on the fourth floor offers a variety of activities for kids, too, including cultural activities and play by the beach or pool. Or, head out on a family excursion to enjoy water sports and all that Honolulu has to offer. Kids under 12 eat free at Surf Lanai with their own special menu, and high chairs are available.


=10The Kahala Hotel & Resort

Honolulu, Oahu, 5 stars


Kids will be thrilled to feed and play with the resident dolphins in The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s own natural ocean lagoon, and if that leaves them feeling inspired, perhaps learning to surf or scuba dive while they’re here. The Little Adventurers kids’ club offers daily themed activities that immerse littlies into Hawaiian culture, operating between 9am to 4pm. These include outdoor lawn games, scavenger hunts and Aloha songs and stories that will leave them rapt and give parents a little deserved rest time of their own.


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