The launch of Dragonair’s direct flights to Central Vietnam has made it the place to be! Packed with history, natural beauty, and yummy food – you and your little darlings will just love Hoi An and Da Nang. Bike through historic Hoi An to take in the culture and stay at the beautiful Nam Hai (pictured). Or, enjoy the beaches of Da Nang at one of the many international five-star resorts, such as the Park Hyatt and Intercontinental.
Just a short propeller-plane ride away from bustling Bangkok is the secluded island paradise of Ko Kood, where Soneva Kiri’s 27 super-luxe villas hug verdant hills overlooking a white sand beach. The eco resort boasts a Six Senses spa and wellness programs, organic farm supplying the delish hotel restaurants, and educational activities galore for wee ones, including cooking classes, mini meditation and diving.
Soneva Kiri, 110 Moo 4, Ko Kut, Thailand, +00 66 39 619 800, www.soneva.com
It’s no wonder why families flock to Cebu: budget airlines make getting there easy, while the breezy resort town also has enough beautiful beaches, water sports and good food to cater to your family’s every whim. The Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa is a clear choice with its family-friendly facilities and prized beachfront locations, while nearby Abaca is gaining a loyal following among those wanting personalized service in a luxurious boutique resort setting.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Punta Engaño Rd, Lapu-Lapu City 6015, Philippines, +63 32 231 0288, www.shangri-la.com
Abaca, Punta Engaño Rd, Lapu-Lapu City 6015, Philippines, +63 32 495 3461, www.abacaresort.com
Relax and rejuvenate at The Farm, situated in San Benito, a two-hour drive away from Manila. Set in lush surroundings, stressed out mamas and papas will find the regime they need to recharge their batteries. There are activities galore to keep the bubs busy, including arts and crafts classes, kite-flying, and horticultural walks. Different-sized family villas are available, and children under 12 stay for free.
There’s no shortage of five-star resorts that dot Malaysia’s Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu, offering endless options for those who want to tune-out and enjoy quality time as a family. But, for those who want the road less travelled, try the historic Danna Langkawi – steeped in colonial charm with a kids’ club to boot. The Gayana Eco Resort (pictured) in Borneo may be mistaken for The Maldives, boasting over-water bungalows set above clear, turquoise waters and a powdery beach.
Danna Langkwai,Telaga Terminal Lot 1 Telaga Harbour Park, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia,+60 4959 3288, www.thedanna.com
Gayana Eco Resort, Malohom Bay Pulau Gaya, Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman, 88000 Sabah, Malaysia, +60 8824 7611, www.gayana-eco-resort.com
Take a dip into the mineral-rich waters of Taiwan’s natural hot springs. On your next family trip to Taipei bring the whole loveable crew along and stay over at one of the hot springs resorts – like Sweet Me Hot Spring Hotel – which is located in the heart of the Beitou volcanic region, an area prized for its stunning natural landscape.
SweetMe Hotspring Resort, 224 Guangming Road, Beitou Chiu, Taipei, Taiwan, +02 2898 3838, www.sweetme.com.tw
Just a MTR ride away, it doesn’t get easier than this! Leave Lo Wu, and see the city for a change. Bring your tykes to Windows of the World for mini models of famous monuments, or take a stroll around Xianhu Lake Botanical Garden – just one of the dozen public parks. Of course, you can go shopping, for massages and a round of golf at Mission Hills. If one day’s not enough, check-in to the brand new St. Regis (pictured), Park Hyatt or Shangri La Futian.
Affordable flights and proximity makes Sanya a no-brainer for a bit of sun-and-sand over a long weekend or short break. Mandarin Oriental Sanya’s CoCo Kids Club keeps your little ones busy with age-appropriate activities and games, so the parents can play on the beach, chill at the luxurious private villas or indulge at the spa. Family mealtimes are also a treat at the delicious hotel restaurants.
Mandarin Oriental Sanya, 12 Yuhai Road, Sanya City 572000, Hainan, China, +86 898 8820 9999, www.mandarinoriental.com. Click here for the full list of Little Steps picks on Sanya!