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Holidays with Kids 2018 TOP10


1Atlantis, The Palm Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 5 stars


You may recognise this resort as the star of many an Insta-post as its guests enjoy complimentary access to the Aquaventure Waterpark, where a water slide shoots through an aquarium filled with actual sharks. The ‘wow’ factor doesn’t end there, and it’s no surprise to see Atlantis, The Palm take out first place again in its category this year. An extravagant kids’ wonderland, kids’ club and the nearby Aquaventure Waterpark will thrill young ones, leaving parents free to enjoy panoramic views of the Arabian Sea over a well-deserved cocktail or a meal at Bread Street Kitchen by world-famous chef, Gordon Ramsay, which offers mouthwateringly perfect British- European cuisine.


2Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore

Sentosa, Singapore, 5 stars


This resort owes its continued success to many things, but perhaps the most crucial is its unbeatable location. The only beachfront resort located just 15 minutes from the bustling heart of the city-state’s centre, its extensive array of kids’ activities and programs make it fun-tastic for families. Aside from the on-site outdoor playground and splash pad, the Cool Zone is one of Singapore’s biggest kids’ clubs and comes complete with giant treehouse slide and rotating scheduled activities. A jungle-themed Mini Toots Club caters to under-fives with parental supervision, and there is a Fun Zone for teens.


3InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort Vietnam

Da Nang, Vietnam, 4.5 stars


Inspired by Vietnamese temples and traditional villages, this resort is perfectly positioned in the heart of Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve in Danang City and, with a plethora of kid-friendly activities, is one of the best family resorts in Vietnam. A private beach and resort pools offer aquatic respite from summer rays, or learn to make traditional Vietnamese lanterns for a little something different. The resort’s kids’ club, Planet Trekkers, caters for kids from four to 12 in age-specific groups, and there’s Project VN for teens, too.


=4Hard Rock Hotel Singapore

Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore, 5 stars


Only minutes from the region’s top attractions including Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium, this kid-friendly getaway combines old-school glamour with cutting-edge contemporary design. There’s a choice of excellent accommodation for families and parents will love sharing the afternoon at the poolside bar while kids splash and play and enjoy specially developed activities and programmes at the kids’ club, which caters to ages three and up, and keeps them entertained all the way up until 10pm.


=4Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Singapore, 5 stars


Across three impressive towers, Marina Bay Sands offers five-star family comfort in a bustling location with plenty of family-friendly things to do. A dedicated family room is the perfect upscale sanctuary to return to after a day perusing the hotel’s theatres, many restaurants and enormous shopping mall, offering a spacious balcony and even a relaxing bathtub for after you’ve tucked the littlies in. At the hotel Skypark you’ll find the world’s highest and longest infinity pool, with unbeatable panoramic views bound to wow and a visit to the ArtScience Museum is a must.


=5Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 5 stars


Take a step into the realm of fantasy at this well-appointed Victorian palace, perfectly positioned within the theme park overlooking the South China Sea. As if the theme park weren’t enough, kids will love the character greetings, live entertainment, playground and Mickey Maze within the hotel grounds, plus activities like Tai Chi with Goofy. Little Elsas will be extra thrilled if you elect to stay in the themed Frozen Suite, and a tennis court, whirlpool and 40-metre-long waterfall-themed water slide at the outdoor pool will keep all the family entertained.


=5Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Singapore, 5 stars


Surrounded by six hectares of lush greenery, this resort offers a sanctuary amid the otherwise vibrant bustle of Singapore. Across 792 luxurious rooms and suites guests can expect to find luxurious amenities accompanied by comprehensive family-friendly facilities. The dedicated family floor in one of its three wings features five themed family suites, while Buds by Shangri-La is an interactive indoor and outdoor space designed just for kids with ball pits, mazes and slides. Babysitting and childcare services are available, plus a dedicated Toddler Zone offers an interactive piano floor and vintage rides suitable for kids four and under.


6Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

Sentosa, Singapore, 5 stars


Located on top of a cliff on Sentosa Island, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa is a great resort for a Singapore family holiday. The resort has Prestige Family Suites with separate living rooms and master bedrooms and a smart TV. The facilities include a 33-metre swimming pool, tennis, spa, gym and three restaurants. Barbecue buffet dinners are available at the resort’s Kwee Zeen restaurant every Friday and Saturday. From the resort, your family will be able to enjoy all of Sentosa’s attractions from beaches to amusement parks.


=7Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Canada

Alberta, Canada, 4 stars


Kids’ imaginations will run wild when they step into an actual castle at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This iconic Canadian hotel is at the aquamarine Lake Louise, with views of surrounding Rocky Mountains and Victoria Glacier. Whether you’re here in summer or winter, there are plenty of activities on offer. The kids’ camp offers campouts, pyjama parties and movie nights, while the hotel offers hiking in the mountains, canoeing on the lake and skiing on the slopes of Lake Louise Ski Resort. Outside the hotel, guests can also try river rafting and horseback riding. Kids five and under eat free off the children’s menu and children six to 12 get 50% off the regular menu. Babysitting is available or parents can play with their babies in the kids’ activity centre.


=7Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Queenstown, New Zealand, 5 stars


Who wouldn’t want to stay at a luxurious resort on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just 15 minutes from Queenstown? This lakeside resort is the perfect place to base your family for a Queenstown holiday. Spend the days skiing in winter or hiking in summer, with hiking trails right outside your hotel room. Wakatipu Grill, the resort’s signature on-site restaurant, offers fireplaces, New Zealand cuisine, and a vast wine cellar. For more dining options, hop in a rental car or water taxi and try out what Queenstown has to offer. This resort is convenient, as well as luxurious, being only five minutes from the airport and offering a children’s menu, cribs and highchairs for little ones. Parents will love the Eforea Spa with its natural, organic treatments.


8One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

North Male Atoll, Maldives, 5 stars


One&Only Reethi Rah is so remote it takes a yacht, seaplane or speedboat to get there. Enjoy six kilometres of private coastline, twelve beaches, an adults’ swimming pool, a kids’ pool, and maybe even a private villa pool. ClubOne offers out-of-the-ordinary family activities, such as the art studio, climbing wall and indoor golf simulator. For health-conscious families, there’s a fitness centre, yoga and meditation classes, two tennis courts and a synthetic football pitch. Drop the kids at the KidsOnly or OneTribe kids’ clubs and then head to the One&Only Spa for a Thai massage on the water. At the end of the day, choose from six on-site restaurants, each offering contemporary meals made from fresh ingredients.


9The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Residences

Queenstown, New Zealand, 5 stars


Experience views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables from a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom lakeside residence. These residences come with fresh flowers, fruit bowls, luxury linen, and designer bathroom amenities. The hotel also has a library of rare books and an art gallery with original paintings to admire. Located very close to Queenstown, there is a courtesy shuttle to and from the town centre or you can get a jet boat or water taxi from the hotel’s private wharf. Enjoy fine dining at True South restaurant, as well as local New Zealand wines or wines all the way from Burgundy and Bordeaux. The hotel also has a ski school, on-site equipment hire and ski storage, as well as a Body Sanctum spa.


10Giraffe Manor

Nairobi, Kenya, 5 stars


For a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, spend a night at the Giraffe Manor in Kenya. This hotel on four hectares of private land is frequently visited by a herd of Rothschild’s giraffes, who stick their necks through the hotel’s windows in search of food. In addition the seeing the giraffes, guests can do a guided walk, adopt or meet a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and visit the Nairobi Museum. The hotel has twelve rooms, some of which have space for cots if requested. All meals and most drinks are included.


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