The Perfect Holiday with Kids

29 May 2015

The school holidays are here! Here’s a list of holiday destinations from ski to surf trips and dives to drama, for the best travel stays for kids.

 

For the BOOK WORM

Go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando

Is your little one into literature and loves flicking through any book with the initials “HP?” Then whisk him or her off to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando. Here, they can see all of their favourite novels brought to life and live out Harry’s adventures. Just catch the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9 3/4 to discover the magical worlds of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. During your stay you can buy a wand at Ollivanders, sip butter beer at the Three Broomsticks and take a training flight on a Hippogriff. A one-day ticket that gives access to both parks via the Hogwarts Express is priced from $147 (adults), $142 (children). For more details, visit www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter

 

For the BEACH BUNNY

Go to Bali Learn To Surf School

When your child wants to hold every birthday party at Wave House Sentosa, it’s time for him or her to learn the real thing. The Bali Learn To Surf School will teach children from the age of five, how to catch waves, master their surfing stance and all about beach safety. After two hours of taking a roll in the surf, you will all be ready for some pampering. So choose the über stylish villas at Kayumanis Jimbaran as the base for your stay. Once you’ve washed the salt out of your hair, you can either borrow the resort’s bikes and take a ride into the nearby fishing village or let the team organise a picnic for you on the beach. Surf lessons, $45 each, www.balilearntosurf.com. Rooms at Kayumanis Jimbaran, from $788, visit www.kayumanis

 

For the ADRENALINE JUNKIE

Go to Coronet Peak, New Zealand

If your Frozen fans like nothing better than taking a tumble in the snow, pack their boots and beanies and take them to Coronet Peak in New Zealand. Skiwi Kids offer ski and snowboarding lessons to mini-mes aged three and up. They can do a half- or full-day course, and hit the slopes once or twice a day. And when they are not skiing they can have fun on the bouncy castle, hang out with the mountain’s mascots Spike and Shred, or chill out in the Skiwi Kids Early Learning Centre. At the end of the day you can all take a short drive to The Rees hotel, where you can kick off your snow boots, pour yourself a hot chocolate and plan your adventures for tomorrow while looking out over picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Ski lesson and child care, from $143 per day, visit www.nzski.com. Rooms at The Rees, from $509 per night, visit www.therees.co.nz

 

For the WATER BABY

Go to Anantara Kihavah, Maldives

Watch their eyes grow wide with wonder as they spy Nemo and his friends swim under the glass floor of your water villa at the Anantara Kihavah in the Maldives. The resort has just launched its Maldives Family Adventure that includes a Turtle Quest snorkelling adventure, where they swim with these graceful creatures of the deep, lunch at its breathtaking underwater restaurant SEA and enjoy free kids activities at the Thiththi Boli kids club. Mums and dads will be pleased to know that the package includes a private babysitting service, too. Over Water Pool Villa, from $2,214 per night; Over Water Two Bedroom Residence (with a glass floor), $7,535 per night, visit http://kihavah-maldives.anantara.com

 

For the NATURE LOVER

Go to The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia

Discover a 10-million-year-old rainforest on the island of Langkawi. Book a stay at the five-star resort The Datai that is set within 750 hectares of lush rainforest. Here you can join the resort’s resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak as he takes you on a walk through the tropical countryside to show you the animals and insects that have made this forest their home. Your young nature lover will be able to spy monkeys with their babies, hornbills in the trees and a reptile or two basking in the sun. After the walk, you can all relax in your Rainforest Villa or mum can head to the spa, while daddy takes the young adventurers for a stroll along the beach or a splash in the pool. The Datai Discovery package is from $353 per night and includes the room, breakfast and a morning nature walk. Visit www.thedatai.com

 

By Harper’s Bazaar Junior, Issue 17, June 2015

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