Craving a getaway for yourself and your little travel bugs? Little Steps has been jet-setting around Asia to deliver a round-up of unique summer travel excursions for you and your family. We have something for everyone, including villa seekers, outdoor junkies, eco-lovers, and families just looking to go off the beaten path. All aboard!
If you thought Niseko was all about the snow, summer in Niseko is just as marvelous and uber family friendly. Adventurers will enjoy hiking, biking, river rafting, horse trekking, and family camping. Relaxers will enjoy breathing in the fresh mountain air and savoring the local cuisine. Book a chalet for your family at the kids-focused Chalets at Country Resort and they will take care of the rest to make sure your stay is oh-so-perfect.
Families that learn Chinese together, stay together! If you are seeking an educational adventure, book a family study tour or Mandarin Summer Camp for teens with KCS Education. The group organizes your stay, tours, and studies. The even offer Kindergarten level programs where little ones interact daily with local children. During free time, attend local cultural events or hit up the hot springs.
KCS Education, Website.
Escape to Bali's famous nature camp! The earth-loving weekday and weekend camps are packed with green activities combined with plenty of Balinese culture. The family weekend camps (Friday - Sunday) include unique activities such as raw chocolate making, bamboo raft building, a night safari, and solar power creations. Go away from your holiday inspired and ecologically aware.
Green Camp Bali, Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar Saren, Abiansemal, Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia, +62 361 469 875, www.greencampbali.com.
Seeking an off-the-beaten track destination? Join the 4-day family tour of Luang Prabang, Laos by Exotissimo that combines outdoor activities and plenty of cultural touring. Swim at Kuang Si Falls, meet sunbears, take a river safari down the Mekong, and enjoy a traditional Baci ceremony. For northern exposure, head to Mongolia. Avoid the "tourist traps" and book with our fave private Mongolian tour guide, Meg! She is a mom, and she knows her country inside and out.
Mongolia Tours by Meg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have lots of kids to carry-on and seek a simple getaway, head to Malaysia, Truly Asia. Air Asia offers affordable direct flights to Penang. Check into the beachfront Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La! We love the resort's Adventure Zone, a 10,300 square foot family entertainment center that is an all-in-one playground for toddlers to adults. There is plenty of outdoor fun at the resort (golf, cooking, water sports, and spa la-la) and in the town (jungle trekking and grubbing in the food capital of Malaysia).
Air Asia, www.airasia.com.
Golden Sands Resort, Batu Feringgi Beach, 11100 Penang, Malaysia, +60 4886 1911, Website.
If you talk to anyone who has taken a Club Med family holiday in Asia, they all say the same thing. Hassle free! Club Med is offering a slew of getaway packages with more to come! Club Med's all inclusive approach combined with fabulous properties and kid-friendly everything, make these trips easy cheesy. Check into resorts all over Asia from Okinawa to the Maldives.
Club Med Holidays, www.clubmed.com
Villa on your mind? Rent a villa over the summer break for the whole clan and add a chef, driver, and any other perks and services you see fit for the ultimate trip. For Asia Pacific luxury home rental browsing, check out the newly launched Elite Living. In Bali, click on Elite Havens, Bali Dream Villas, or Exotiq Villa Holidays and start shopping for your summer "shack"! In Thailand, check into Thai Villa Getaways and Luxury Retreats.
Elite Living, global and regional rentals, Website.
Elite Havens, Bali villa rentals, www.elitehavensbali.com.
Bali Dream Villas, Bali villa rental, www.balidreamvillas.com.
Exotiq Villa Rental, Bali villa rental, www.exotiqvillaholidays.com.
Thai Villa Getaways, Thailand villa rentals, www.thaivillagetaways.com.
Luxury Retreats, Thailand villa rentals, www.luxuryretreats.com.
It's a wild world out there...and it is time to get involved. The kiddos will absolutely adore the hands-on Elephant Nature Park located near Chiang Mai. The whole family will tend to feeding, bathing, and caring for the 30+ rescued elephants. Check out the overnight stay packages for your wild journey.
Elephant Nature Reserve, 209/2 Sridornchai Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand, +66 5381 8932, www.elephantnaturepark.org.
Although small in appearance, kids sure know how to spend on food and beverage while on holidays. From picky eaters ordering five entrees to quench their taste buds to babies spitting up their meals, it adds up! Lucky for us, Starwood has recently launched The SPG@Kids Pass that allows children ages 12 and under to enjoy all-inclusive access to all the dining they desire!
SPG@Kids Pass, Website.
Recommended Starwood Properties for Kiddies:
MACAU: The Westin Resort, Macau
LANGKAWI, THAILAND: The Westin Langkawi Beach Resort and Spa
KHAO LAK, THAILAND: Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort
NGA TRANG, VIETNAM: Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa