Let us tempt you with our top must-visit destinations for spring 2019.
1. Maldives – Soneva Fushi
Escape to the remote islands in the clear tropical Indian Ocean of the Maldives. Soneva Fushi is your jungle escape and a wonderful adventure playground for children and parents alike. The island’s natural surroundings provide so much fun and educational activities for the kids and inspirational experiences for the adults. The kids’ club, called The Den, has family-friendly spaces where parents can spend quality time with their children. There is a space specially made for teenagers, as well as a weekly children’s sandbank mocktail party.
Cruise out into deeper waters to see pods of dolphins frolicking in the waves alongside the boat. Explore the night skies, learn the constellations and see deep-space objects with 3D astronomy technology. Each of the stunning villas on the island come with their own private pool – not to mention an exciting Robinson Crusoe feeling. Each villa offers something unique, such as observation decks, a wooden rooftop viewing tower, specially designed children’s bedroom, or a slide from the side of the villa into a pool – all of this to enhance your Maldivian castaway experience.
2. Tokyo – Hilton Tokyo Bay
March/April is the stunning and picturesque cherry blossom season in Japan. The city is decorated in a sea of cherry trees, awash with perfect pink blooms. With so much to do in Tokyo, why not split your time between city life and Disney fun? Hilton Tokyo Bay is an official Disney hotel, located between Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. It’s located on the eastern shore of Tokyo Bay and combines ocean views and easy access to central Tokyo, just 30 minutes away.
This hotel is perfect for large families – the Unique Magic room can sleep four people, while the Happy Magic suite can sleep seven; all decorated in a fairytale wonderland style with bunk beds for the kids. The magic forest-themed floors have child-friendly interactive features and park or ocean views.
3. Seychelles – Raffles
Endless beaches, blue waters and a fun list of activities make Raffles Praslin a paradise for families. The Sugar Palm Kids Club for children aged 4-11 offers a varied program to keep the kids entertained, including arts and crafts and cookery. And, of course, the resort has its own tortoise pen, with six giant tortoises so kids can learn more about these beautiful creatures while getting up close and personal.
Hotel guests can use three beaches and you can swim all year round, as the sea is extremely calm. The hotel offers complimentary transfers to the famous Anse Lazio beach, which is just five minutes’ drive away and well worth a visit. The panoramic view villas are hard to resist as they are located at the top of the resort, with uninterrupted, 180-degree views of the lush green surroundings and bright blue ocean.
4. Singapore – Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Spa
Sentosa Island has the largest concentration of Singaporean attractions for kids, making it easy to entertain even the most energetic of families. The Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Spa is a family friendly hotel with large family rooms. Set atop a cliff among 27 acres of tropical rainforest on Sentosa Island, it’s a tranquil haven boasting views out over the South China Sea. There is a 33m long swimming pool, two floodlit tennis courts and an outdoor badminton/volleyball court. Tanjong Beach is just a short walk away via wooden steps through the rainforest for more family fun in the sun. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle buses to Universal Studios.
5. Sri Lanka – Shangri-La Hambantota
Overlooking the pristine southern coast of Sri Lanka, the Shangri-La Hambantota offers something for everyone – parents can relax in a childfree pool zone, enjoy total relaxation in the spa and fit in a round of golf, while the children are being entertained by the kids’ club staff on the circus trapeze, splashing around in the many swimming pools with two water slides and enjoying fun activities in the large kids’ club. The main restaurant provides a kids’ buffet served on a lower counter so they can easily help themselves and enjoy family mealtimes. And don’t miss the wonderful elephant safari at Udawalawe National Park.
6. Mauritius – The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa
The moment you arrive at The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius, the staff greet your kids with complimentary amenities such as a travel journal, a box of coloring pencils and a local activity guide. Setting foot in the lobby, you are struck by the magnificent views of the Indian Ocean in front of you. Hidden away in the exotic tropical garden, the Westin Family is the hub of activities for kids aged 3-12. Supervised activities like traditional island storytelling and nature walks ensure that your children leave with unique, wonderful memories.
Kids can start each day with a beach yoga class, before joining the cooking classes. The chefs educate the kids on super foods and let them discover how to add herbs into cooking, which they can pick from the hotel gardens. Another must is a boat trip to spot the many dolphins and turtles in the pristine waters surrounding Mauritius.
7. Zanzibar – Baraza Resort and Spa
The Zanzibar Collection is a privately owned and family-managed collection of just four boutique hotels lying on one of the top 30 island beaches in the world, in one of the most exotic destinations. While each property has its own unique character and identity, they all share the common feature of being a family-owned and run business that celebrates authentic Zanzibar.
Baraza Resort and Spa has a kids’ club and children’s activities – the Water Club is the perfect place to experience the very best of the Indian Ocean, where kids can learn how to snorkel, play beach sports and cycle down the beautiful white beaches of the east coast. Kids under 12 can stay for free in a garden view villa.
8. Vietnam – JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa
This beachfront resort lies on the coast of Khem Beach in Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam. This stylish 5-star hotel offers a luxurious beachfront island escape in a laid-back sleepy setting. There is a fantastic kids’ club for children aged 4-11, as well as three swimming pools. You can also take on the world’s longest cable car, which is a scenic 15-minute, 7 900m journey connecting the resort to Hon Thom Island, which is known as “Pineapple Island” and home to a number of eco-friendly activities.
9. Bali – St. Regis Nusa Dua
This family-friendly property is perfectly located on the private white beach of Nusa Dua’s most distinctive address, in the heart of the famed “Garden of Bali”. The so-called “island of gods” is a famed tourist destination mostly recognized for its noteworthy cultural heritage, adventure and nature. While at St. Regis Nusa Dua, you can enjoy all of the indulgences of an exclusive yet subtly elegant 5-star hotel featuring private villas with pool and immediate beach access.
A stay at the resort offers convenient access to exquisite Bali experiences, including Pirates Bay restaurant, which is quite possibly a washed-up set from Pirates of the Caribbean that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Choose your tree-top table and let everyone run amok on the tree playground, or hunt for Captain Jack Sparrow on the beached pirate ship.
10. Cambodia – Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
Arranged around a lush courtyard with a swimming pool at the center, this sanctuary invites you to relax and take things slowly. Families can book interconnecting rooms or family suites – all featuring an oversize bathtub. The hotel is close to the town center and daily night market, which is only a 10-minute walk away. There are many adventures to experience in Siem Reap, including the only zip line in Cambodia, swooshing over the jungle canopy in the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Angkor Archaeological Park.
11. South Africa – Kapama Karula
Karula is a private game lodge in Kapama Private Game Reserve, between the Blyde River Valley and Kruger National Park. This almost untouched part of Africa is home to beautiful and fascinating wildlife, and the stunning lodge offers luxury family villas. Here, you can find more than 40 species of mammals, including elephants, lions and buffaloes, as well as 350 bird species in their natural habitat. You can go on guided game drives, nature walks and elephant encounters, which the kids will treasure forever.
How to get there:
Emirates flies to all the above destinations. Contact Unique Family Travels to become a member and receive exclusive rates at all the above hotels, as well as personalized itineraries for all your holiday needs.