Five star family holidays
A dream family holiday for a busy woman with drive will often include the following: day spa, kids club/nannies, gorgeous surrounds, great food and shopping – and all within a bearable flight time. There seem to be so many options and the same destinations get reviewed over and over again. So we’ve done some research to give you suggestions that tick all of the Porsche Woman’s boxes.
If you’re starting to think about Summer holidays but haven’t yet booked for Summer, it might not be too late. Room rates vary so much depending on requirements, so we have included a link to each property to explore the options. Kids Clubs are mostly for children four to 10 or 12, and most properties also have nannies or baby sitters. So sit back and browse the glorious destinations selected.
Shangrila Yanuca Island – Fiji
Set on a private island, this is the only resort on Viti Levu’s Coral Coast with natural golden sand beaches. A classic resort with three pools (one just for kids), kids club and daily activities for the older kids, day spa and a choice of six restaurants.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – Fiji
Eco-friendly boutique property and, as you would expect, is located among amazing reefs for snorkelling (the resort employs a full-time marine biologist). Day spa, kids club plus dawn to dusk nannies for the under fives.
Ayana resort – Bali
Located in the South West of Bali, the 368 room resort is well known for its amazing spa (2010 Conde Nast Travel Readers award for #1 Spa in the world). There are four pools including a saltwater infinity pool and a special children’s pool, plus exclusive access to the beach. Newly renovated kids club, babysitting service, six restaurants and cooking classes.
Intercontinental – Bali
This large resort prides itself on offering a team of professional nannies to look after the young ones. There is a Kids Club and plenty of places to eat if staying at the resort, plus spa and beauty salon.
Shangri-la Kota Kinabalu – Malaysia
Claims to fame include a nature reserve where the kids can meet orang-utans, plus an18-hole championship golf course. There’s a kids club and activities with the park ranger for the older kids. Day spa, resort pool (with slide) and direct beach access.
Anantara and Four Seasons Golden Triangle – Thailand
Travel a little further and holiday with elephants. These are attractive resorts for those of us with older children, as they offer a unique experience appealing to any age. You need to take a one hour and 20 minute flight to Chang Rai airport from Bangkok, however the amazing experience of being so close to elephants might be worth the extra trip.
Laguna Beach Resort Phuket – Thailand
This is part of a huge resort complex of multiple hotels and villas, which can be explored via shuttle bus. This includes Angsana Spa, 30 restaurants and bars, shopping and an 18-hole golf course. For the kids there is a kids club, water park and also baby sitting.
Sovena Kiri Koh Kood – Thailand
Known as “The Den”, this resort features one of the most amazing kids clubs you will find. This innovative and creative kids area is a place kids will actually want to stay. There’s even a spa for the young ones (and you too). Only 28 villas and a one-hour private plane ride from Bangkok Airport.
Treetops Lodge – New Zealand
If you want to be a bit more involved in the kids activities, Treetops eco-lodge in New Zealand offers a family retreat where the entire family can bond while trying new activities such as horse riding, hiking, cooking and fly fishing. There’s a Jack Nicklaus golf course and relaxing day spa too.
Peppers Kingscliff – New South Wales
Much closer to home and only 20 minutes from Gold Coast airport is Peppers at Kingscliff. This is home to one of Australia’s best-known health spas “The Golden Door”. While there is no kids club, the hotel offers child minding and babysitting services. For the teens there are pools and surf lessons to try.
P&O Cruise – departs Sydney
Cruise ships offer many options for the family and P&O have a number of Pacific Island cruises departing from Sydney in January. There are a large number of activities for kids from two -17, including large teen lounges for older kids who can be tricky to amuse on holidays. There is also babysitting until 1am.Visit: http://www.pocruises.com.au/findacruise/pages/cruisefinder.aspx?ShowResults=true
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