If you like your travel fast and fuss-free, opt for an escape just a few hours away from Hong Kong. These gorgeous destinations, recommended by Lightfoot Travel, will see you relaxed before your toes touch the sand.
Just a 30-minute drive from Danang International Airport in Vietnam, cries from your kids of “Are we nearly there yet?” will be short-lived on an escape to Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula. This destination property is in a class of its own with its ultra-chic interiors designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley, and endless activities on tap. Away from the hotel’s private sweep of golden sand, the hotel has an epic kids’ club, a world-class spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, library, cooking school, its own private gondola, and an onsite nightclub. We won’t judge if you’re tempted to check it out once the babysitter arrives.
Give your kids something for their Instagram accounts at the brand new Halekulani Okinawa. This sleek beachfront property is Japan’s third member of Leading Hotels of the World and it’s easy to see why. The one and two- bedroomed villas provide plenty of space for families and have their own private pools and onsen. Bathing is high on the agenda; there are five different styles of swimming pools, including a Kids Pool and Quiet Pool. Four signature restaurants serve everything from Michelin-starred fare to traditional Japanese dishes to sublime steak, so teens (and adults!) with demanding taste-buds will not go hungry.
Continue the hassle-free holiday with a stay at Samujana on Koh Samui. Just a short drive from the international airport, the villas here are all about offering an Haute home-from-home feel. Large open-plan kitchen and dining areas provide plenty of space for families to relax; the spacious terraces feature infinity-edge private pools, and the entertainment on offer is maxed with private cinemas and games rooms. Masseurs, yoga, Pilates and Muay Thai boxing instructors are on call, and nutrition workshops and Thai cookery lessons are easily arranged. For a fancy excursion, luxury sailing boats and catamarans are available for hire.
Families with children of all ages are welcome at Amanoi, a chic escape located within Nui Chua National Park in Vietnam. Stay at one of the Aman Villas which come with four or five bedrooms, separate living, and dining pavilions, a large private pool and a live-in cook and housekeeper who’ll keep life in check. While there are no specific facilities for kids, there’s watersports, walking, and cycling trails, and movie nights to keep boredom at bay. The spa is a standout feature with its treatments, holistic therapies, and hydrotherapy suites. Fly directly to Cam Ranh, followed by an hour’s drive.
Overlooking Phuket’s Emerald Bay, this coastal Thailand beauty comes with pavilions and villas peppered throughout the forest and on the sand. Guests at Rosewood Phuket are treated to panoramic sea views at every turn; from the rooms that feature floor-to-ceiling windows to the open-sided spaces that showcase the hilltops, lakes, wetlands, and ocean. There are four different dining venues and the Asaya spa goes above and beyond with alternative therapies, hand-selected ingredients, soothing rituals, and lifestyle coaching.