When you arrive at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, each child in your party under the age of five is assigned a dedicated “nanny” for the duration of your stay. No, this isn’t a dream. Parents can brief their assigned nanny on their child’s specific needs, and the nanny will join the family on fun family activities not only in the resort’s kids’ club, but all around this tropical haven. There’s also a dedicated activity program for kids younger than five, the “Lei Lei” program, which is specifically designed to cater for younger age groups.
Not only leading the way for kids, taking out first place in this year’s Australia – 4 stars & Under category, but Paradise Resort Gold Coast proves it has it all for tiny bubs, too. More than just an in-room cot (although you can have that, too), this resort offers packages with complimentary sessions of fully supervised care in its Zone 4 Kids Club, catering for kids as young as zero daily. If you’re looking for something outside of the scheduled hours, speak to the resort staff to organise in-room babysitting.
Designed specifically for bubs, this resort’s Happy Baby Suites are aptly named. The rooms are always at ground level for easy accessibility – no more carrying strollers upstairs for you! – and are fully enclosed with a gate that can be locked for peace of mind. They come equipped with a cot, high chair, stroller, nursing mat, baby bathtub and plastic potty, and are all air-conditioned with a dedicated movie channel for effortless entertainment. A parasol in the gated garden terrace provides sun-smart lounging options, and the pool is just beyond.
This hotel has a dedicated service for ‘Baby’s First Holiday’. New parents with infants have the opportunity to purchase essentials such as baby formula and nappies in advance or on arrival through the hotel directly. At the time of booking, you can request prams, cots, bouncers and high chairs, all of which come complimentary. The Clownfish Club childcare centre looks after kids from six-weeks-old and up in morning, afternoon or full-day sessions from Tuesday through to Saturdays (and, in school-holiday periods, Mondays as well).
At this hotel, the Mövenpick Family program includes on-demand, complimentary baby essentials to cover everything that won’t fit in your suitcase including a stroller, kids’ car seats and nappy-changing tables. In-room, you’ll find a cot with storybook provided, rocking chair and bottle warmer, a toddler-sized pillow and even a night light to help them sleep soundly. Safety is considered, with child-proof electric plugs and kids’ toilet ring, and even the restaurants do high chairs, colour-in placemats and kiddie cutlery.
The premium, all-inclusive package at Club Med Bali makes a holiday with tots easy. A dedicated Baby Club offers care from early childhood professionals along with tailored activity programs like nursery rhymes and musical games. The baby welcome pack comes with all the essentials: a cot, baby bathtub, bottle warmer and trolley. With interconnecting family rooms, babysitting, restaurants with baby menus and baby feeding rooms open 24/7, it seems there’s pretty much nothing that the resort hasn’t covered.
The Novotel Twin Waters on-site Kids’ Cove appears at first glance to be for children between two and 12, but actually, they are fully qualified and insured to look after newborns, too. Rest easy knowing your kidlet is in capable hands in any of the daily sessions operating both morning and afternoon, and on Fridays and Saturdays, evening sessions are available, too. In-room babysitting is also available for minimum three-hour sessions, and portacots can be provided in hotel rooms and suites.
Little tots can engage with local culture through a range of activities and games hosted by this resort’s Meimei Nannies, who care for littlies as young as six months with a dedicated carer for any up to the age of two years. There’s an introduction session where parents can meet the nanny and go over kids’ daily schedules, leaving with absolute peace of mind for a bit of adults-only time. The nannies are available daily between 9am and 11pm, and kids can even look forward to a free gift, given to each and every child.
This resort offers all the Baby Club inclusions of Club Med Bali: early childhood professionals to look after your bub, interconnecting rooms, a special baby restaurant and more provided must-haves than you can poke a stick at with cots, bottle warmers and strollers on demand. It also offers prime access to some of Japan’s best snow, for bonus points.
For young guests, Radisson BLU Resort Fiji has a dedicated kids’ club for those aged ones to three years, which runs daily between 9am and noon. Here, bub enjoys a range of fun and engaging activities along with their very own nanny so that parents can enjoy the morning off. For care outside these hours, the resort’s nannies offer babysitting services which you can request, and cots are available for parents to borrow in-room.
It’s a tremendous achievement to have your property recognised by the people who matter most: the families who stay there. We love seeing how many wonderful options there are for travellers with kids in tow all across the world, and every year the list is expanding.
As you can probably imagine, it’s a massive job to compile the Top 10 each year, and the Holidays with Kids team has been hard at work for the last few months compiling all the survey responses and sorting them into categories.
Holidays with Kids was the first travel magazine in Australia to do readers’ choice awards all the way back in 2001, our editors are pretty much certified experts in this field.