Spending New Year’s Eve away from the cold of December with your kids has never been this easy, thanks to this selection of kid-friendly luxury hotels. From the Bahamas to Bali via South Africa, all destinations of this top 10 are idyllic to make your New Year resolutions in optimal conditions. The choice is yours!
There is no better way of celebrating the start of the new year than celebrating it under the sun of an exotic destination surrounded by children, right? Swap your long coats, chimney fires and the greyness of Europe for a swimsuit, a paradisiacal beach, and vitamin D! These 10 hotels across the world can enthrall the entire family and convince you to try this superb experience …
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At the end of December, the sun shines on the charming coastal town of Palmarin (a 3-hour drive from Dakar). Here, the thermometer reads 24 °C, an ideal temperature for enjoying the outdoors of the authentic Patrick’s Lodge. This all-inclusive facility is the ultra-confidential meeting place for « happy tribes ». The last family that enjoyed the luxurious facilities of the lodge is none other than the charming family of the French actor, Omar Sy. The lodge, which can be completely privatized for a minimum of 16 people, offers its visitors extraordinary living spaces wherein they can disconnect themselves from their everyday life. Cultural immersion is total! In the event of a privatization, the all-inclusive package includes: meals for children and their parents (with the exception of alcoholic beverages and wines), spa services (accessible 6 hours a day), transport to the hotel airport, maintenance staff and facilitators, a tour guide, the use of two 4×4 Land Rovers and four Quads that are made available for the most daring, but above all unique family experiences such as a canoe ride punctuated by a picnic on a deserted beach, a quad tour in the pampas and a Senegalese evening in the nearby village orchestrated by tams-tams dancers.
Parents love: The local and ethical decor of the various lodges, the 25-meter-long swimming pool, the Chef’s delicious cuisine, the beach bar, picking vegetables in the vegetable garden, sunbathing on the private beach and the fitness center.
Children adore: The kids-club facilitators, the nannies of the babysitting service, the children’s house with two dormitories, one of which has bunk beds for exciting sleepover parties; the outdoor play areas and the family dinners shared under the pergola…
A paradise of luxury and exclusivity, the beautiful Villa Sungai is located on the southwest coast of Bali, amidst rice paddies in the region of Tabanan. Throughout their stay, the families who live in the facility’s two privatized villas will be at the center of all the attention. The staff is responsive, discreet and dedicated to the comfort and privacy of young and older travelers. A personal concierge will also welcome you upon your arrival at the villa and will be charged with creating a program of activities that are customized to meet the expectations of the entire family. An impeccable service that’s aligned right up to the kitchens, where the Chef concocts a wide variety of home-made purees made from fruits, vegetables, meat and fish for the youngest gourmands! In short, at Villa Sungai, you will feel at home! A favorite spot for teenagers and Instagram-loving parents, the star at the facility is, of course, the majestic 18-meter infinity pool overlooking the lush greenery of the nearby rainforest. Welcome gifts will be awaiting the children in their spacious rooms (connecting with those of their parents), the most loved of which are probably the giant dolphin-shaped buoy and the armbands.
Parents love: The Villas sleek design between tradition and modernity, yoga classes carried out by the pool, and to explore the region’s restaurants that are renowned for their fine Indonesian and French cuisine.
Children adore: The massages and hand and foot cares that are offered at the children-only spa, the gift of a sarong (traditional Balinese costume), a visit to the village school and tea parties where they enjoy good cupcakes accompanied by their playmates.
Atlantis The Palm is Dubai’s trendiest hotel destination! This kids-friendly address par excellence attracts both the young and old swimmers from all over the world thanks to its free and unlimited access to the first water park in the Emirates and Europe, renowned for its trademark 27.5-meter-long toboggan that takes you directly to where you can meet the sharks of the lagoon. The hotel has more than 65,000 marine species in its dozens of aquariums, including dolphins, with which children can swim. The facility’s most beautiful suites, known as « Underwater », are inspired by this aquatic universe. With a surface area of 165 sqm, they have large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the facility’s largest aquarium. Families who live in these suites enjoy exclusive VIP benefits: free breakfast and transport to the airport, two 30-minute back massages for the price of one, free access to the foodservices and drinks at the Imperial Club Lounge, the spa and fitness center, two dolphin encounters offered, and unlimited free access to the kids club, water park, and aquariums.
Parents love: The beautiful 1.4 km white sand beach, the spa, the PADI dive center, the fitness center, the 1001 flavors offered at the resort’s 23 restaurants and the elegant suites with contemporary oriental decor.
Children adore: Swimming with dolphins, the free and unlimited access to the aquapark, the nannies of the babysitting service, the free (re)creative activities of the kids-club for children between 3 to 12 years old and the Teen-club for children between 13 to 18 years old.
Located on the private bay of Koh Kood Island in Thailand, the intimate eco-resort, Soneva Kiri can be described as a tropical paradise for families who seek after sharing and self-renewal. With its 36 high-end residences built from natural materials, the facility has an exceptional natural environment between a palm jungle and a white sand beach. The owners are passionate about ecology and adepts of new and sustainable tourism techniques. Among the initiatives proposed is the obligation to take off one’s shoes and to get rid of mobile phones during the entire stay. We love the 641 sqm 3 Bedroom Beach Pool Reserve lodge which has a treehouse, a toboggan that slides down to its private pool, a table football, and an exclusive beach area. At Soneva Kiri, the settings dedicated to children’s entertainment meet the demands of parents in terms of experience and exclusivity, particularly through the Chef’s cuisine, which is directly inspired by the seasonal produce of the garden and the daily catch. The facility also offers the smallest Robinson Crusoe with adapted services and a baby kit: baby-buggy, chamber pot, baby’s cot, children’s menus, etc.
Parents love: The wine cellar, the spa, cigar cellar (humidor), family yoga lessons, the exquisite cuisine of the no-menu Benz’s restaurant, the experience of a gourmet dinner in the woods, as well as diving excursions.
Kids adore: The outdoor cinema, having fun at the « Eco Den » baby club and « The Den » mini-club, local school tours, family swimming in the villa’s private pool and the mini golf hiking in the rainforest alongside an expert biologist.
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Head to Dhaalu Atoll to explore the beautiful 5-star Niyama Private Island! The facility is situated at the center of two interconnected islands with 134 studio apartments, suites and lodges dedicated to the relaxation or entertainment of children from 1 to 12 years old. Renowned for its atypical restaurants among which include the famous Subsix where families dine at 6 meters below sea level, the resort also has the only club in the Maldives that welcomes toddlers from 12 months. Children are privileged guests in this peaceful and convenient location on the other end of the world, thanks to the numerous water activities that are being organized. Among them, the surf lessons for children from 8 years old are appreciated by all. You will also love the excursions dedicated to romantic and sportive parents such as sunset cruises during which you can observe the dolphin race. The hotel’s spa is a must-visit address on the facility, with its treatment and care cards for children and adults. What’s also on the program during your stay are; outdoor cinema, diving, snorkeling, badminton, kite surfing and tennis.
Parents love: The outdoor bathrooms, the contemporary and refined décor of the villas, the breathtaking views to the Indian Ocean, the infinity pools, the feeling of being at the edge of the world, the fitness center and the sauna.
Children adore: The pool table, the villas with private pools and hot tubs for safe paddling, the mocktails, the emergency nipples, the babysitting service, the allergen-free children’s menus at the restaurants and the connecting rooms.
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Renowned for its inhabitants’ legendary hospitality and kindness, Mauritius is the ideal place to stay for exploration-loving families, who seek after a change of scenery wherein family activities of all kinds abound. In addition to its extraordinary fauna and flora, the island has the most beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean and numerous natural sites whereon you can recharge yourself and experience a complete disconnected. With the Indian Ocean and the Morne Brabant as a backdrop, LUX* Le Morne ***** proves to be the hotel of your dreams for safe, luxurious and authentic accommodation. Built-in natural materials such as stone and wood, the establishment is inspired by the typical colonial architecture of Mauritius. A true journey through time.
Parents love: the ALL-INCLUSIVE formula, the high-quality babysitting service where babies are placed in good hands, the family and communicating rooms, the 5 swimming pools for fun family moments, the 2.400 m² spa and its unique thermal facilities, the wellness centre, the fitness room, the numerous land and water sports.
Children adore: the multitude of activities offered at the children’s clubs the PLAY (3-11 years) and the STUDIO 17 (12-17 years) where treasure hunts, creative arts and local dance classes are organized, as well as lessons to learn the island’s language, movie screenings under the stars, swimming with dolphins, and going in search of one of the bottles hidden in the hotel’s garden containing a small gift…
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Located in the North-east of South Africa, at a few kilometers from the Botswanan border, the Madkiwe Safari Lodge Lelapa is home to 12 eco-friendly suites at the heart of one of the five largest nature reserves in the country. It is in this sumptuous setting that families dream of seeing the famous Big Five, the five most representative species of the savannah, namely the lion, the leopard, the rhinoceros, the American buffalo and the elephant. As a safari destination, the hotel guarantees lotsof entertainment for the families it lodges! Parents particularly love the in-room massage program and the superb outdoor pool with views to the surrounding flora and fauna. As for the children, they are the kings of the premises, with their own restaurant menus and their privatized club organized as an eco-educational center, whose access is completely free. Numerous and varied workshops are on offer: cooking workshops, plastic arts sessions, search for wild animal footprints, stargazing from a telescope, etc. Good news for rangers in shorts: children from 0 to 5 years lodge free of charge at Madikwe! They also enjoy their own time slots for an unforgettable 4 × 4 safari tour alongside Mom and Dad.
Parents love: The transport to the airport, the villas with private pool, the haute cuisine, the bar’s cocktails, the bottle of champagne offered during their first safari tour, the villas’ authentic décor and the omnipresent nature view.
Children adore: The Kids room with bunk beds, the friendly and attentive mini club facilitators, the Savannah hikes, the orientation courses and the night games.
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The prestigious Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa can be reached within a 20-minute drive away from the center of Cancun. As a favorite destination for families on vacation in the Mexican Caribbean, the 5-star hotel facility offers families with dozens of exclusive VIP benefits: playground, reserved and exclusive beach area, preferential restaurant at the reservations, welcome gifts for children, glass of milk and giant chocolate biscuit during grandnight shows, Xbox One S video games in the room on request, preparation of a surprise bubble bath with toys and toiletries, personalized mini bar, bathrobe gift , tailor-made slippers and sunglasses, service for packing and unpacking luggage, sunscreen application on the beach, etc. The resort offers numerous free children’s clubs: a mini club for children between 4 to 12 years old, a nursery for toddlers between 1 to 3 years old and a teen club for children over 11 years old. Sports families are not left out of the entertainment at the Grand Palladium! Activities here include a Rafa Nadal tennis center, which offer tennis courses for children every summer, yoga, aerobics, zumba and Pilates classes, as well as billiards, table tennis, aqua-gym and deep-sea fishing, aqua-basket, aqua-volley, waterpolo, catamaran, basketball, football, paddle, etc.
Parents love: The state-of-the-art gym, the connecting family suites, the adults-only outdoor pool and the beautiful 4.740 sqm Zentropia Spa & Wellness Center.
Children adore: The children-only swimming pool, the children’s allergen-free menus at the restaurants, the water park and the welcome gifts.
Families lacking vitamin D can celebrate the new year under the sun of Punta Cana, in the heavenly setting of Eden Roc Cap Cana. The family-owned facility features 64 elegant beachfront suites that are decorated in a traditional Spanish colonial style, the only spa in the country to be nominated for the World Spa Awards, an infinity pool and an 18-hole golf course designed by champion Jack Nicklaus, and rated « Best Golf Course in the Caribbean and Mexico” by Golfweek in 2011. Families are pampered at Eden Roc: Families who lodge in the 2-bedroom villas for a minimum stay of 4 nights enjoy an exclusive family package that includes a 3-course dinner, a home-made pizza preparation course and organized lunches every noon for your 2 children between 0 to 14 years! All children from 4 to 12 years old also have daily access to the numerous play areas of the Koko Kids-club, a free mini club with its own lagoon pool. This is where they engage themselves in numerous activities such as mini spa manicures, culinary workshops in the mini-kitchen, treasure hunts, mini pirate adventure camps, kayaking and canoeing lessons, diving competitions, dance classes, etc.
Parents love: The villas with private pool and hot tubs, the private beach, the haute cuisine, the fitness room with sports coach on request, the unlimited pass to the 18-hole golf course and the aeroyoga lessons.
Children adore: The family movie nights, the loving nannies of the babysitting service, the complete baby kit, the visits to the nearby villages as well as the rainforest hikes in search of iguanas.
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Sarah, 27 years old, Italian gastronomy and travel addict, from Brussels