9 superior family-friendly lodges in Asia to go to in 2023

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If you’re a parent who’s starting to make plans for the upcoming summer break, you’ll want to check out these hotels across Asia that are ideal for a family getaway. From lush, remote sanctuaries to sleek hotels in the heart of a city’s shopping and entertainment district, there are options to suit every family’s taste.

At Avana Retreat in northern Vietnam, you’re surrounded by natural beauty

Avana Retreat

For the nature-loving family

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Fully operational from September 2021, Avana Retreat appeared seemingly out of nowhere (and in the middle of nowhere, four hours west of Hanoi). But after it was named Asias Leading Retreat by the World Travel Awards two years on the trot, this mountain sanctuary has entered a class of its own.

Highlights
Avana Retreat is artistically wrapped around a gushing waterfall, which flows into rock pools, trickling streams and a duck pond. The villas, some of which have their own private pools, boast panoramic views of the jagged mountains and farmed valleys.

The family draw
The waterfalls highest cascade, accessible by a network of over-water bridges and pathways, will impress even the most disinterested teenagers. Theres also a kids’ club and on-site babysitters so you and your partner can catch a breather while the little ones are taken care of.

SilQ Hotel and Residences

For the family of park enthusiasts

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SilQ opened in early 2022 just off Sukhumvit Road, the principal artery running through many of Bangkok’s shopping and entertainment precincts.

Highlights
A sleek and modern hotel with a stylish onsen, fully-equipped gym with city views and a swimming pool that kids will love – all a stone’s throw from family-friendly spaces and activities.

The family draw
In a word, location. By foot, SilQ is just a few minutes from Benchasiri Park, a pleasant little green patch with childrens playgrounds, basketball courts and a skate park. From there, you can hop over Sukhumvit Road and head into EmQuartier, a luxury shopping centre with an entire floor dedicated to activities for kids like soft play and trampolining. A few minutes by taxi is the much larger Benchakitti Park, which is connected to Lumphini Park by a recently renovated public walkway.

The capacious rooms at Le Meridian Petaling Jaya make it ideal for big families

Le Meridien Petaling Jaya

For the shopaholic family

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Part of the Marriott family, Le Meridien opened in January 2022 in Kuala Lumpurs dynamic Petaling Jaya (PJ) suburb.

Highlights
Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures, as demonstrated by Le Meridiens tantalising spread of world cuisines, including western grill, Chinese noodles, Malay stews and Indian curries.

The family draw
Travelling to – or through – Southeast Asias big cities with kids isnt always easy. But Le Meridien is conveniently linked to Paradigm Mall, with a huge cinema, toy stores, kid-friendly restaurants and the Milky Way Play Space, an ambitious adventure playground with virtual reality games and elevated rope walks.

The new wing at La Siesta boasts an additional children’s pool

La Siesta Resort & Spa

For the nature and culture-loving family

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In Hoi An, less than an hour south of Danang International Airport, La Siesta fronts urban heritage, picturesque countryside, long stretches of sandy coastline and a storied food culture.

Highlights
La Siesta opened its new club wing in July 2022, and now flaunts greater room choice, more facilities for kids and a gasp-inducing infinity pool overlooking Hoi Ans rice paddies.

The family draw
La Siestas proximity to Hoi Ans pedestrianised old town (a 10-minute walk or free shuttle bus trip) has long been popular with families. With its new wing, La Siesta now offers an additional childrens pool, an enlarged garden for playtime and duplex rooms designed with families top of mind.

Parkroyal Langkawi Resort

For the active beach-loving family

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Opened in February this year, this luxe resort has a prime location on the idyllic Pantai Tengah beach on Malaysias Langkawi archipelago, famed for its wealth of family activities, including a soaring cable car, a network of sky bridges and a beachside water park.

Highlights
Parkroyal Langkawis sheer size means that it can promise heaps: a trio of restaurants, various swimming pools – including a kids’ pool replete with fountains and slides – and a spa whose treatments are inspired by traditional Malaysian healing practices.

The family draw
The resorts diverse facilities are orientated towards families, such as the adventure playground and activity centre where little ones can participate in seasonally themed entertainment like Easter egg hunts and Lunar New Year arts and crafts.

The large and colourful kids’ club at Jumeirah Bali

Jumeirah Bali

For the family looking to live it up

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The palatial Jumeirah Bali, a new, all-villa luxury resort inspired by Balis tranquil and enchanting Hindu-Javanese water temples, is sprawled beachside in Uluwatu, on the islands southwestern tip.

Highlights
The property recently unveiled two-bedroom ocean villas that are perfect for large families, accommodating as many as six adults plus two little ones (or children under 11 years old).

The family draw
Right on arrival, kids are treated to a fun resort-wide treasure hunt that sets the tone for the trip. Then theres the resorts Peafowl Pavilion Kids Club, an imaginarium designed to spark curiosity about nature and the local culture. It boasts an indoor playground as well as outdoor sections where budding botanists and zoologists can spend hours discovering Balinese flora and fauna.

Your kids will be impressed by the opulent rooms at Serangoon House

Serangoon House

For a cultural immersion in the big city

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The 90-room Serangoon House is one of the newest properties under Tribute Portfolio, Marriott Bonvoys collection of independent hotels that derive its look and feel from the locale, assuming a distinct sense of place. Serangoon House is located in Singapores Little India, one of the city-states most vibrant heritage enclaves.

Highlights
Get your kids culture-curious and introduce them to the riches of Indian heritage – and its various evolutions outside the subcontinent – by eating your way through. Start at GupShup, the hotels dining spot that serves Indian street food. GupShup is decorated with richly upholstered furniture and mesmerising wallpaper of sultry Indian scenes, a perfect setting for savouring a sampler of chaats (savoury street snacks) or filling mains such as slow-cooked goat curry. Young palates craving comfort food can also opt for the GupShup’s TFC Burger (that’s tandoori fried chicken) or the chocolate chip pancake from the kids’ special breakfast menu.

The family draw
Not many city hotels in heritage hubs have the luxury of space, but the Serangoon House features rooms that can accommodate up to six – perfect for the whole brood. Family rooms come with gilded double-tier canopy beds for that extra swish.

  

One&Only Desaru Coast

For a jungle-tripping weekend

The playground at One&Only Desaru Coast

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Go from the big city to a beach paradise and wild jungle in a matter of hours. Accessible via the Singapore-Desaru ferry service at Tanah Merah, One&Only Desaru Coast in Malaysias southern state of Johor is an ideal weekend getaway spot.

Highlights
The luxury resort is a chic and airy tropical retreat – think minimalist, soothing lines and relaxing neutral earth tones, replete with wide verandahs, plunge pools and lush jungle views. The 1.7km stretch of private beach is a sweet bonus.

The family draw
KidsOnly, the resorts kidsclub, teems with educational programming to keep the young riveted, and the adventures in nature are guaranteed to keep your little ones suitably occupied. Led by the resorts resident naturalist, Khairulizwan Bin Ismail, better known as Wan, young explorers of all ages can venture into the Panti Forest Reserve for birdwatching, tree-climbing or foraging.

The two-bedroom villa at Avani+Fares is perfect for families with young children

Avani+ Fares Maldives

For a once-in-a-lifetime underwater adventure

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The hot opening in May 2023 is Avani+ Fares Maldives, Minor Hotelsfirst Avani-branded property in the Maldives. Its located on Fares, one of 75 islands in the Unesco-listed Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve.

Highlights
The Baa Atoll reserve is home to the largest groups of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, where approximately 250 species of corals nourish an entire ecosystem that includes marine turtles, manta rays and whale sharks. Create beautiful memories with the family while swimming and snorkelling in the Maldivescrystalline waters with these stunning sea creatures.

The family draw
Take advantage of their promotional opening discounts to score a great deal for a three-bedroom over-water villa. It also promises a kids-only restaurant tucked into the resort’s colourful indoor kids’ club that welcomes kids four to 11 years old. At Petit Bistro, open from noon to 2pm, tables and chairs are built to tiny-human scale (no legs dangling from high chairs here), and young guests can enjoy a with a menu of fun and nutritious food. Who’s ready for healthy pizza?



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