Mini-mes can practise their tricks on the slopes before toasting their triumphs with hot chocolate
Give your children the vacation of their dreams with these ultimate holidays for kids.
1 Hit The Slopes
Frozen fans will love a snow-bound adventure. The celebrity favourite Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Canada provides your tots with the ultimate introduction to life in the mountains. Mini-mes can practise their tricks on the slopes before toasting their triumphs with hot chocolate at hotel’s special afternoon tea for kids. Or if your tots still have some energy to burn off after a day on the slopes maybe The Lodge in Verbier, Switzerland is the one for you? It comes complete with a party room and disco ball. While Portetta Loft in Courchevel also makes a great option for families as it offers babysitting services and has direct access to the nursery slopes.
2 Learn To Surf
Water babes will have lots of fun learning how to master the waves. Take your mini Kelly Slater or Bethany Hamilton to Nay Palad Hideaway near Siargao island in the Philippines, where they can spend the day in the surf. If they have any energy left when they are back on shore, they can have a bounce on the resort’s trampoline. Or you can head Alila Seminyak in Bali that comes with a dynamic kids’ club and is just minutes away from the Santai Surf School, which offers family-friendly classes. Then there’s also Iniala Beach in Phuket that not only offers an array of watersports, but features the Kids Hotel, where children can have sleepovers and fancy dress parties.
3 Find Nemo
Diving head first into crystal clear waters and marvelling at the wonders in the deep is something that kids will remember for a long time. Take your fins and snorkels to Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. The resort’s kids’ club The Den offers snorkelling trips as well as an array of other fun activities. Or if you fly to the One&Only Hayman Islands they have the Great Barrier Reef to explore. And they’re sure to spot lots of their aquatic friends at the Shangri-La Cebu, which has its own six-acre marine sanctuary.
4 Go Wild On Safari
If you can’t live the house without a copy of Lion King in the car, take them on safari. Sabuk in Kenya offers game drives for the family, which they can do by 4WD or camel. While Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve, comes with game drives, walking tours, star gazing sessions and breathtaking views of the Drakensberg Mountains. But one trip that is sure to leave your kids surprised is a trip to Giraffe Manor in Nairobi. For these four-legged friends are allowed to wander around the grounds of this Kenyan manor house and even pop their heads in for breakfast.
5 Visit An Iconic Landmark
See the sights in the style with the help of these five-star resorts. Fancy seeing the Eiffel Tower? Le Bristol’s will not only send the hotel’s bunny to welcome your little one with a bundle of goodies, including a booklet on walking tours in Paris, but they can also arrange kids’ beauty goodies to help pamper those tired tootsies and an afternoon tea with mini macaroons. While Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa near Angkor Wat not only has the famed temple on its doorstep, but a fun kids’ club. Or if you have a young explorer with you, you could head to Aranwa in Cusco, Peru, so that your tots can see one of the new Seven Wonders Of The World – Macchu Picchu and then stock up on calories at the ChocoMuseo.