Be it child-friendly ski resorts or learning the art of fine dining, here are six hotels that offer luxurious holiday experiences for children.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hawaii
The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Hawaiioffers a one-of-a-kind dolphin experience. Here, children can have a close encounter with the dolphins, in the resort’s private 7,000sq m-lagoon or be Trainer For A Day and learn all aspects of training and looking after the resort’s six bottlenose dolphins. From Hula dancing to fishing with bamboo poles, the resort’s The Kahala Keiki Club lets your kids soak in the true-blue Hawaiin experience. Check into their rooms that overlook the porpoise pool and give your children a priceless holiday.
The Peninsula, Hong Kong
There are many reasons to stay at the flagship Peninsula property in Hong Kong. For children, the Peninsual Academy is a delightful insight to the local culture and cuisine—different classes are offered according to seasons. Currently ‘A Little Pastry Chef’s Adventures are conducted with renowned pastry chefs. While the children are whipping up sweet treats; adults can indulge in treatments at the Spa and Wellness centre.
Les Gets, France
Rent a chalet in the Alps and you can bring the grandparents to babysit your children, while you enjoy some adult time. Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil region of the French Alps (one convenient hour from Geneva with access to three ski areas), is voted one of the most child-friendly ski resorts; with plenty of terrain and après-ski to keep adults happy.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Tanzania
There are few things that match the luxury of a safari experience in Africa. Head to The Four Seasons Safari Lodge, which offers a five-day adventure for families with children over six years, in the Serengeti region of Tanzania. Here children are entertained by the Kids Serengeti Explorer Safari, an interactive program which includes a host of activities—scavenger hunts, setting up remote camera traps and more. Cultural activities include interaction with the local Maasai people in art and crafts lessons, cooking classes, African storytelling and Swahili language lessons.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
At the ultra-luxurious The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, young guests can expect to be pampered and entertained by the various programmes offered by Ritz Kids. Immersive and adventurous, the resort’s experiences offers enthralling activities to reward the kids’ interest in the beauty and workings of the world we live in. With a diverse collection of vacation activities based on the four p illars of the programme—water, land, environmental responsibility and culture—kids are swept away by everything from coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even food. All programs are limited to participants aged 5 to 12 years.
If an uber-luxury experience is on your mind then book a private stay at Villa Giuseppina, one of the grandest houses on Lake Como, Italy. At the villa, kids can opt for various activities including water ski classes and baking chocolate bars. But the highlight of their services for the kids is lessons in fine dining. The villa offers etiquette classes for the young and privileged learn exactly which knife and fork to use for all that silver service dining. For more information, visit: www.villagiuseppina.com