Relaxation & Recreation: 6 Family-friendly Luxury Resorts in Asia

4 June 2019

When school holidays roll around, do you usually find yourself racking your brains for the perfect destination to take the family? It’s certainly no easy feat to find someplace that can cater to everyone’s whims and fancies: a place where the adults can truly relax and let loose while the kids are entertained with fun activities.

So we’ve taken the guesswork out of your hands with this list of all-inclusive resorts in Asia that are not only family-friendly, but oh-so-stylish and luxurious. Make the most of your next holiday at these gorgeous getaways, which offer facilities and activities for guests of all ages.

The Mulia Bali | Indonesia

a resort's swimming pool at the beach
A stay at the Mulia Bali promises endless activities for both the young ones and adults. Photo from The Mulia Bali

Bali is undoubtedly the quintessential family-friendly destination, but for the luxury experience, Nusa Dua is the place to go. The Mulia Bali, a sprawling property comprising a hotel, resort and villas, brings the best of both worlds together. Featuring pretty beachfront views and lush landscapes, you can choose to do as much – or as little – as you like.

The resort offers daily schedules packed with activities, such as Balinese dance lessons, yoga, board games and various sports. Best of all, the activities are age-appropriate: Mulia Kidz is for those aged 3-8, and T-Zone is for older kids aged 9-15. One of the four pools available to guests is the Splash Pool, which is just for the young ones, with water fountains and plenty of space to splash around.

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Niyama Private Islands | Maldives

4 resort bungalows in the Maldives
The luxurious Niyama Private Islands is a tropical paradise, boasting large and exclusive villas for the family. Photo from Niyama Private Islands

At Niyama Private Islands Maldives, you’ll find yourself choosing between Play or Chill, its twin private islands dedicated to heart-pumping activities or rest and relaxation. The thatch-roofed cabanas open up to turquoise-hued waters and sparkling white sand, where you can start the day contemplating what you’ll get up to for the day – adventures by land or by sea?

Set on the Isle of Play, the Explorers Kids Club is segmented into four “tribes” by age groups, with exciting activities ranging from the physical to the creative. Whether it’s swimming with dolphins or honing their cooking skills, the resort offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences the kids will never forget.

Iniala Beach House Phuket | Thailand

a swimming pool and day beds at a resort in Phuket
Modern, chic and sophisticated, the Iniala Beach House is one of Phuket’s best luxury villas. Photo from Iniala Beach House

Set on Natai Beach just north of Phuket Island, Iniala Beach House is a boutique beachfront property that faces the wide expanse of the scenic Andaman Sea. Stay in any of the chic themed villas conceived by world-renowned designers – each one comes with a dedicated team that’s 100-percent focused on your needs, including a driver, butler, chef, spa therapist and housekeeper.

An ocean themed kids bedroom
With designs inspired by an adventure book, younger holidaymakers will be entertained by imaginative play in the Kids Hotel. Photo from Iniala Beach House

You needn’t worry about the kids, either – they’ll be occupied at the Kids Hotel, a wonderland built to fire up their imagination, with areas inspired by treehouses and caves. Each young guest will also get the VIP treatment, as they’ll each receive a backpack full of goodies, including a T-shirt, storybook and games.

Club Med Tomamu | Japan

A family of three making snow angels
Escape the tropical heat and escape to a land of snow at Tomamu for an array of family winter activities. Photo from Club Med Tomamu

Admittedly, almost all of the resorts on this list are found at sunny, beachside destinations. But for those of you looking for a ski holiday, this one’s for you. Tomamu in the northern region of Hokkaido is a ski resort that’s as famous for being family-friendly as it is for its powdery snow.

There’s a charming ice village that comes with its own ice-skating rink and giant ice slide. Besides hitting the slopes on skis or snowboard, the kids can try their hand at snowmobiling, snow rafting and dog-sledging. The resort is also home to Japan’s largest indoor heated pool, known as Mina-Mina Beach, where you can warm up after a long day in the snow.

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Four Seasons Resort Langkawi | Malaysia

a resort bungalow surrounded by lush greenery
Surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape, retreat into the expansive Four Seasons Resort for a family vacation away from the city bustle. Photo from Four Seasons

Hidden by the lush forests of the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi offers a peaceful respite from the rest of the world. The resort’s grand Malay-style pavilions are spacious, with plenty of indoor-outdoor spaces and even a private plunge pool. Uncover your inner serenity whilst surrounded by the island’s natural wonders, be it at the Geo Spa or the resort’s private beach.

A girl and a boy playing with kites on the beach
There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces for energetic children to find the fun they seek. Photo from Four Seasons

The Lutong Kids Club (ages 4-12) has daily educational experiences planned out, from batik painting and kite making to yoga and intrepid safari cruises. A visit to the Geopark Discovery Centre teaches them about the area’s important biodiversity and how they can help conserve nature. There are also plenty of activities you can do together as a family, such as cooking classes, water sports and eco-excursions.

Atlantis Sanya | China

A panoramic view of the Atlantis Sanya in China
Overlooking the South China Sea at Sanya, China, the Atlantis Sanya is an integrated entertainment destination resort. Photo from Arup

For those fascinated by the legend of the sunken civilization of Atlantis, this resort in China’s balmy seaside city of Sanya is sure to captivate you. Atlantis Sanya’s oceanic theme makes you feel as though you’ve truly discovered the lost city. Billed as a one-stop entertainment resort destination, it integrates restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

children playing at a water park
Spend a day filled with thrills and spills at the Aquaventure Waterpark. Photo from Atlantis Sanya

There are loads of activities for the family to spend quality time together, such as the Lost Chambers Aquarium, which has a special underwater habitat where guests can scuba dive, while Dolphin Cay gives guests the opportunity to interact with dolphins and learn more about them first-hand. There’s also the thrilling Aquaventure Waterpark with heart-racing rides and splashing slides. Children and teens can check out Club Rush, a kids’ club where they can watch movies and play the latest games.

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