With Covid-induced cabin fever really setting in, we’re all dreaming about getting the family together and jetting off to faraway escapes. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite new family-friendly hotels around Asia that we can’t wait to visit when quarantine restrictions are lifted and it’s safe to travel again.
Pools, pools, pools - the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok's multi-tiered swimming pools are what make it stand out from its many competitors dotted along the capital's Chao Phraya River. After a day of sightseeing, reward the kids for their efforts traipsing through temples and markets with some good old pool time.
The hotel comprises 299 guest rooms, including Studio Family Suites, which offer a generous 80 square meters of space and comfortably sleep a family of four. Dining options abound including Cantonese, Italian, a French Brasserie, and the Glamorous BKK Social Club. And last but not least, the hotel features a kids club which is rare for a Bangkok city hotel and will be an extra treat for the kids.
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, 300/1 Charoenkrung Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10120, +66 2 032 0888, www.fourseasons.com
One of the Maldives' most highly anticipated openings in 2021, Patina is located in the North Malé Atoll, a quick and easy 45-minute speedboat ride from the capital. Design is what sets this resort apart from the others, and it owes its unique and ultra-sophisticated construct to Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27.
Patina comprises 90 one, two, and three-bedroom beach and overwater villas, all with private pools, plus 20 Fari Studios. Kids are well looked after with a kids club, plenty of water activities on offer, an ice cream tuk tuk, and a daily marshmallow roast around the campfire. Being a speedboat ride from Malé is also fantastic for families as it significantly lessens the travel time needed to get from airport to resort.
With its far-flung location, the most recent creation from hotelier Arnaud Zannier fits one of our travel trends for this year: venturing towards off-the-beaten-path destinations. Situated in Phú Yên, a tranquil stretch of beach about 40 minutes from the central Vietnamese city of Quy Nho’n (which itself is a domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang), this hotel is remote to say the least.
Zannier Hotels Bãi San Hô's 71 suites and villas are built according to three distinct architectural styles reminiscent of Vietnamese tribes and geography and sit perfectly amidst their lush surrounds. Plenty of watersports are on offer such as snorkeling, fishing, surfing, and canoeing, and there is also a kids club to keep the kiddos busy while mom and dad head off to the spa.
Japan's first W-branded hotel, the W Osaka opened its doors in March 2021. Like other Ws around the world, hotel rooms are eclectic and funky, starting at a spacious 40 square meters (huge by Japan's standards!) and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that highlight that awesome urban sprawl outside.
Conveniently located in the heart of vibrant Shinsaibashi, foodie families will be delighted that the buzzing nightlife eatery of Dotonbori is just around the corner. Other nearby family attractions include Universal Studios, Osaka Castle, Kids Plaza Osaka, and the Osaka Aquarium.
Situated in sleepy Sanur on Bali's east coast, the Andaz Bali is just 20 minutes from the airport and perfect for those looking to avoid the busy hotspots of Seminyak or Canggu. Featuring 149 guestrooms starting at a spacious 66 square meters, each room boasts a private balcony area overlooking the garden, ocean, or lagoon. Families looking to splurge can opt for the two-bedroom Beach Villas, just steps away from the beach and offering an expansive terrace for barbecues, a living room, and a private swimming pool. This villa can also be connected to the beach villa next door, turning it into a four-bedroom villa, perfect for larger families or groups of friends.
There are plenty of family activities that kids can take part in nearby including pottery classes, jewelry making, a chocolate-making workshop, or learning traditional Balinese gamelan music and dance.
Often referred to as the "Venice of the East", Udaipur is located in the state of Rajasthan, a magical area famed for its rich cultural heritage, stunning lakes, historic temples, and exquisite palaces.
The first hotel under the Raffles brand in India, the Raffles Udaipur is set to be a pretty palatial affair. Occupying its own 21-acre private island in the middle of Udai Sagar Lake, the hotel will feature 101 luxurious suites, the iconic Raffles Long Bar, a rooftop restaurant, and an expansive Spa. All suites are lake-facing and feature private pools - the perfect way to keep up the social distancing trend.
Raffles Udaipur, Villa Teela Kheda, Post Matung Tehsil, Girwa, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313024, India
A unique boutique hotel that stands out amongst the city's larger corporate-style hotels, Capella Hanoi is comprised of just 47 rooms and suites, all individually styled. Just moments away from the Hanoi Opera House, the Opera theme is strong in each of the room's designs. Families will want to opt for one of the four Opera Suites perched on the hotel's highest floor, boasting an expansive terrace and giving that much-needed extra space to chill out post-sightseeing.
Just a 10-minute seaplane or 45-minute speedboat ride brings you to the Fari Islands archipelago in the Maldives' North Malé Atoll. From the moment you set foot on the island, it's all about the powdery soft sand, cool clear water, and completely unwinding in your beautiful overwater or beach villa.
There are plenty of activities both on and off the property, including kayaking, snorkeling, volleyball, and tennis. Kiddos rule the roost at the indoor-outdoor Ritz Kids Club where activities range from video games and a dip in the kid's pool to more educational excursions around the island.