Do you love leaving Singapore to go on holiday with your children to fun, kid-friendly destinations where your kids can play all day and get their energy out? Judging from the crowds at the numerous travel fairs within the year, Singaporeans love vacations. What's not to love when we can take a break from our daily routine and unwind? As part of vacation planning, choosing a suitable hotel is an important part of the planning process and this is especially so for parents with little kids in tow.
Apart from the usual considerations like the price and location, parents need to take into account whether there are kid-friendly activities within the hotel or resort, the facilities of the hotel and nearby attractions/amenities. Are there enough activities to keep your kids occupied? Is the area safe? Here at GET.com, we will show you some of the most kid-friendly hotels and resorts in popular holiday destinations in Asia frequented by Singaporeans.
1. Golden Sands Resort, Penang
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Malaysia, our closest neighbour, is a place with much natural beauty as well as great culture and history. Penang is a small and beautiful island located in the northwest of Peninsula Malaysia and its capital city, Georgetown was listed as a UNESCO heritage site in 2008.
Penang is great for kids and one of the most highly-rated kid-friendly resorts on the island is the Golden Sands Resorts managed by Shangri-La.
Located in the heart of Batu Ferringhi, this beautiful beach-front resort with a picturesque beach is an excellent family-friendly property. Besides the heated swimming pools, the resort has daily activities lined up to keep both you and your kids entertained.
The Adventure Zone located at the resort will provide children with hours of endless fun with its fast-drop slides. There is even a toddler playing area. Parents can spend their time relaxing at the beach with baby-sitting facilities readily available.
Baby cots and even a bottle steriliser are provided for free upon request. Well-equipped and spacious rooms will please the most discerning guests and some rooms have views of the gorgeous south-China sea. There are other eateries around the area and KFC is just opposite the resort. The resort also provides a free shuttle bus to Georgetown.
2. Leofoo Resort Guanshi, Taiwan
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Taiwan is another popular holiday destination for young families with kids as it is a known kid-friendly destination in Asia. The Leofoo Resort Guanshi (關西六福) is a unique resort with 161 African styled, Safari-themed guest rooms equipped with standard hotel amenities.
The amazing thing about this resort is that your kids (and you) can wake up and see giraffes and other animals roaming freely outside your large bay view windows; something that is sure to fascinate the young ones.
One need not think hard for activities to keep the kids entertained as the resort is adjacent to Leofoo Village Theme Park. A tour of the theme park can be easily arranged and kids will have an amazing experience interacting with giraffes, rhinoceros, zebras, ostriches and other animals.
Food wise, there are also two theme restaurants that use toxin-free ingredients (another kid-friendly feature).
A playground with eco-friendly and African inspired themes is also available with regular DIY activities to keep your kids occupied. There is also a spa for Daddy and Mummy and if your kids are into plants and gardening, there is a small farm where children can learn about some of the vegetables that are being grown.
Located in Guanshi, Hsinchu County, the resort is easily accessible and it's about 90 minutes away by bus from downtown Taipei and 30 minutes via taxi from Hsinchu THSR (Taiwan High Speed Rail) Station.
3. Disneyland Hotel, Hong Kong
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Speak to anyone about Hong Kong and dim sum restaurants and TVB dramas come to mind. But there is more to Hong Kong than food, TVB dramas and shopping.
Kids will find themselves much at ease at Hong Kong Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel which is amongst the most kid-friendly hotels on the island.
Situated just 10 minutes away from Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland hotel is a lavish Victorian-styled hotel with its own garden maze fashioned in the shape of Mickey Mouse that is guaranteed to thrill both kids and young adults.
Other than a free shuttle bus to Disneyland and baby-sitting facilities, the hotel holds regular story-telling sessions where a hotel staff reads a classic Disney story while a 24-hour outdoor playground is located next to the outdoor swimming pool which has its own water slide.
There is even an indoor swimming pool for parents who are worried about exposing their kids to the elements.
Favourite Disney characters like Mickey and Donald make daily surprise appearances at the hotel lobby for photographs and autographs.
Still have energy to spare? Children 12 years and below are also welcome to join complimentary Disney-themed activities, games, and movies at the Playroom located on level 1 of the hotel. There is even a saloon that offers make-up, hairstyling and costume makeovers to transform your little girl into a real-life princess.
Room decoration packages are also available for purchase. Imagine decorating your hotel room with door stickers and bed runners with your favourite characters from Frozen!
Parents need not worry about dining options as there are two major restaurants with both Chinese and western meals available as well as several other dining options at the nearby Disneyland.
The Disneyland hotel is easily accessible via the public train system (MTR); just board the Disneyland Resort Line at Sunny Bay Station.
Book your stay at Disneyland Hotel Hong Kong here to get the best rates.
If you're planning on travelling to Hong Kong, make sure to check out our Hong Kong travel guide to find the best places to visit, to eat and to shop.
4. Bali Dynasty Resort, Indonesia
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Bali with its pristine sandy beaches, warm tropical climate, lush rice terraces, and friendly locals is a favourite family destination, apart from being a popular getaway for couples.
There are child friendly hotels located all around Bali but for here, we will look at the Kuta area, which is one of the most famous tourists areas in Bali and well known for its beaches and surfing.
The 5-kilometre-long sandy stretch of Kuta is safe and generally clean and it's full of sunbathers and surfers.
As one of the older and more established hotels in the area, the Bali Dynasty Resort in South Kuta remains as one of the most popular and most family friendly hotels on the island.
At just 1-kilometre from Denpasar Airport, the resort is located within walking distance to the nightlife of central Kuta while art markets, two major shopping malls and a cinema are a short walk away.
Within the resort, there are numerous activities to keep the kids occupied while parents can enjoy a break at the in-house Irish pub or relax at the adults' only pool.
Besides the kids' playground, the resort also features a kids water fun zone with its own 56-meter waterslide and a baby pool. Older kids can cycle, play on the trampoline or even watch a movie during a kids' movie night. There is also a trapeze school, a hair salon for kids, as well as a teens club with daily activities catered for your teenage child.
As an icing on the cake, babysitting facilities are available so that parents can have some time to relax and explore the area. Another great perk is that kids 12 and under can eat for free from the buffet dinner when accompanied by the same number of paying adults.
Book your stay at Bali Dynasty Resort here to get the best price.
If you'd like to visit other parts of Bali, check out our Bali travel guide where we explore the wonderful nature paradise of Ubud to find the best places to visit and the yummiest places to eat.
5. Angsana Laguna Phuket, Thailand
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From Bali, we now shift our attention to Phuket, which is amongst the most family-friendly destinations in Thailand and is another popular holiday destination for Singaporeans.
Located on the Andaman Sea coast and set on a huge parkland between 2 lagoons, the Angsana Laguna Phuket with its easy access to the beaches and family friendly facilities makes it a top choice amongst our list of the most kid-friendly resorts in Asia.
There is never a lack of things to do for the kids with its famed Tree House Kids Club where kids can participate in exciting daily activities like face painting and cooking classes.
There is also a huge free form pool with a real sand beach. Older kids are not forgotten with Camp Laguna providing both indoor and outdoor fun with things like water polo, PlayStation games as well as an internet zone with the latest computer games. Another thoughtful feature is the canopy covering the outdoor playground as it can get rather hot in the afternoons.
Fancy something more thrilling? Visit the Xtrem Adventure Park and walk through a pathway built among treetops. Older kids can also enjoy complimentary non-motorised water sports while parents indulge in a soothing spa experience.
Or would you prefer something more relaxing? Join a yoga session and stretch those lazy bones amidst the lush tropical greenery or sail along the lagoon from the resort and enjoy views of the flora and fauna around the area.
The resort is actually linked to several other resorts in Laguna and you can even explore the lagoon on a kayak. Venture a little to Phuket's south and one can visit the Phuket Marina Biological Centre where kids can learn about marine life, ocean habitats and even stroll through the underwater tunnels which are a little like those in Sentosa.
Keeping parents and their wallets happy, the resort also offers a children's menu and one child below 12 can dine for free with every paying adult.
While getting to the resort takes about 30 minutes by car from the airport, the family fun package offers free airport transfer.
Nestled in a secluded area with about 600 acres of greenery, away from the hustle and bustle of crowded city areas, this resort with numerous kid-friendly features is a great place to visit the next time you travel to Phuket.
Save money on your trip by booking your stay at Angsana Laguna Phuket here.
More Travel Ideas
If you don't have much time to travel but you'd still like to enjoy a holiday with your little ones, how about a staycation at a fun, kid-friendly hotel, right here in Singapore? Your kids will love to move into a hotel for a while for a change of atmosphere!
Save money on accommodation with these 6 hacks to finding cheap hotels for your holidays, and remember that one of the easiest and best ways to save money on your holiday is to book your plane tickets and your hotel with a credit card that rewards you for travel purchases.
You can use a travel credit card if you prefer to earn points or miles that you can redeem towards future travel purchases or you can use a cashback credit card if you prefer to earn rebates on your purchases.