With the help of travel search engine Kayak, we’ve rounded up the five best exotic beach holidays for your next getaway with the family!
When you have a little one, planning a holiday goes from spontaneously booking last minute romantic getaways as a couple, to meticulously poring over resort photos to find the best resort for the whole family.
Help is at hand! Travel search engine KAYAK.sg has put together a hitlist with five baby-friendly beach destinations that are accessible, clean and safe while at the same time providing romantic holiday vistas for mum and dad. Best of all, they are within easy reach and only a direct flight away from Singapore. On average, these holidays can be booked for less than S$700 per person.
1. Batu Ferringhi, George Town, Malaysia
Penang’s capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is better known for its quaint shophouses and local food scene than for its beaches, but just 30 minutes away you’ll find some truly fantastic family resorts. On the north coast of the island, Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah offer large, well-equipped accommodation with swimming pools and restaurants along with an impressive white sand beach.
2. Pantai Tengah, Langkawi, Malaysia
Pulau Langkawi offers some of the best beaches within a 90-minute flight from home. For families, the best bet is Pantai Tengah, is just a short drive south of the airport. Here, a quiet and peaceful one-kilometre stretch of coastline features crystal clear water and is a relaxed alternative to the island’s more popular beaches. A selection of all-inclusive resorts are within reach of the beach, which means you can settle in and let someone else take care of the details for a few days. Older kids will enjoy Underwater World, once voted Malaysia’s best man-made attraction.
3. Mactan Island, Cebu City, Philippines
The Philippine Islands top many travellers’ bucket lists because of their impossibly white sandy beaches and clear water. The same traits also make them very popular with families. Luckily there are direct flights between Singapore and Cebu, making some of the most stunning beaches easily accessible. Just a fifteen minute drive from Cebu airport, you’ll find plenty of resorts on Mactan Island.
4. Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand
It’s ironic that an island known for its hedonistic nightlife scene is also one of the most family-friendly destinations in Thailand. But who are we to argue with great weather, safe beaches, clean seas and a wealth of attractions, especially when they are a very short commute from home? There are also extensive spa and wellness options around Phuket for parents in need of a little pampering.
5. Jimbaran Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Bali may be a tried and tested destination, but due to its laid back atmosphere and stunning beaches it continues to be one of the best places to visit for families. The new international airport terminal and fast visa stamping process have only enhanced this destination’s ease of access from Singapore. For the shortest possible journey from home to beach blanket, the resorts at Jimbaran Beach just south of the airport are the perfect option. Once the babies are in bed, the Rock Bar will provide stunning views with your sundowners.
Top tip: Explore is an easy way to find the price of flights available to several destinations from the nearest airport. At a glance you can identify the best flight deals within your budget and decide where to go.
*Data provided by KAYAK.sg in July 2015. Average prices are per person and based on flight and hotel searches made on KAYAK.sg in 2015.