Next-level kids’ clubs in Asia all parents need to know
The new wave of kids’ clubs has raised the (limbo) bar when it comes to holiday fun. Here are some of the very best in Singapore, Phuket, Penang and Bali.
- January 2020
These hotels and resorts around the region offer non-stop action and adventures that families will remember for a long time.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Great for ages 1 to 12
Shangri-La opens in new window’s Orchard Road outpost raises the bar for kids’ clubs everywhere with Buds, a sprawling 1,872m2 wonderland. The indoor area includes the Explorer Zone where children over four can conquer the “treacherous” terrain of a slide-filled volcano-themed area, bounce around in a colourful cavern made out of stretchy mesh, and boldly go where no kid has gone before in a “spaceship” lined with climbing nets. The tots can get in on the fun too in a play area called the Toddler Zone. The action continues outside where you’ll find a pirate ship-themed playground and a brand new swimming pool complete with water sprays.
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia
Great for ages: 4 to 12
For an extra SGD$100 on top of your room rate, the Kids Night Safari Adventure package lets your kids camp out in their own tent right next to your luxurious king-sized bed.
The adventure starts from the moment you check in. The kids are given special activity passports with a discovery map that points them to various spots in the hotel to collect animal stamps — once they’ve gotten all five, they can redeem a free scoop of ice cream at the hotel’s main restaurant Colony. One of the checkpoints is the Ritz Kids Playland where the little ones can romp around in an inflatable ball pit or play chef in the mini kitchen. While parental supervision is required, there are comfy sofas for you to curl up with a book.
Great for ages: 3 to 12
Tucked away in the heart of the Rosewood Phuket hidden amid foliage but within easy reach of parents, the Explorer’s Club is designed for kids to spend more time in nature and spark their imagination through hands-on activities. For starters, there’s a farm for young gardeners to pick herbs and plant seeds, and a ship-inspired playground with climbing nets and slides.
There’s also an indoor clubhouse with a rope maze, climbing walls, reading nooks and a hands-on area where kids can learn to make everything from potpourri to friendship bracelets using a traditional Thai loom. From time to time, the trained staff will take the kids on short expeditions around the resort such as a culinary tour of the kitchen.
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Iniala Beach House Phuket
Great for ages: 2 to 12
One of the most luxurious accommodations in Phuket, the Iniala Beach House has a kids’ club that isn’t just a play area but a mini hotel unto itself — complete with its own restaurant for the kids to have their meals and take Thai cooking classes, and treehouse- and cave-inspired rooms.
The Land of Iniala Kids Club is run by a team of trained carers 24/7, and includes a range of play areas including a costume shop and a theatre. All kids will get a backpack upon arrival stuffed with goodies and a book titled “The Island of Iniala”, which serves as an orientation guide to all the available activities and play areas.
Shangri-La Golden Sands Resort
Great for ages: 5 to 12
Shangri-La Golden Sands’ pool is designed with the whole family in mind. There’s a shaded and shallow zone for the young ones to splash about, a jungle-themed activity area with jets of water spraying from giant flowers for older kids, and thrilling slides for adults. The Cool Zone Kids Club has the requisite toys and hands-on activities but the Adventure Zone — a huge indoor playground with obstacle courses and slides — is where it’s at.
Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Great for ages
The beach-facing Hard Rock Hotel Penang offers a family-friendly take on its rock ’n’ roll brand. The pool is the hub of activity during the day, with kids gliding down water slides and families cosying up at the thatched-roof cabanas. Extra-large floats are available for rental and the whole family can take part in water games like kayak racing and pool-pillow fights.
Inside, the staffed Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club holds cooking and dancing classes accompanied by five adorable mascots such as a bass-playing bear and tambourine-toting panda.
To seal its status as one of the most kid-friendly hotels in Malaysia, the hotel offers the Roxity Kids Suite. The room is split into two sections — one for the grown-ups and the other for the lil’ rockstars.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Great for ages: 4 to 12
Supervised by a team of trained staff, the Meera Kids Club is a beautifully designed clubhouse that offers two floors of fun. Highlights include a mini cinema; an obstacle course with a trampoline and ball pit; and a play area filled with toys and games including a foosball table.
The kids’ club also offers a slew of group activities like Balinese dance lessons and face-painting sessions. With loads for the little ones to enjoy even outside the clubhouse (like a water park and an immensely popular chocolate buffet that is free for guests from 4 to 5pm every day), the resort’s a clear winner for pint-sized guests.
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Club Med Bali
Great for ages: 4 months to 17
Club Med Bali is located beachside in upscale Nusa Dua on the island’s south coast. Kids can sign up for anything from flying trapeze and circus school training to kayaking and Indonesian cooking lessons.
While it caters to kids of all ages, what sets it apart is Baby Club Med, a space created exclusively for children aged four to 23 months old. There’s a splash zone, playground, a cloud motif-heavy space for rest and play, and activities like nursery rhyme singalongs, outdoor walks and play sessions centred on building their motor skills.
From now till March 2020, the Mini Club at Club Med Bali will turn into a Spy Academy inspired by the animated movie Spies in Disguise. Each day of the week, the kids will be tasked with missions that put their secret agent skills to the test.