A good hotel kids’ club is essential for a fab family holiday when you have little ones! From water slides into the sea to organised kids’ activities and even pony rides, here are the best family-friendly resorts and hotel kids’ clubs in Asia!
If you’re itching to start planning your next family holiday, we’ve rounded up the creme de la creme of hotel kids’ clubs across Southeast Asia (and beyond). We’re not just talking about dedicated kids’ club rooms offering board games or arts and crafts; these hotel kids’ clubs go the extra mile with activities like pony rides and flying trapeze, adventurous facilities like outdoor pirate ships and rock climbing walls, with a fair few waterslides thrown in for good measure. We’ve focused on nearby hotspots like Bali and Phuket, along with some particularly amazing resorts that are worth the extra distance.
Most Lustworthy Family Resorts & Hotel Kids’ Clubs in Asia:
Bali: Club Med Bali
Club Med is synonymous with awesome family holidays, and their gorgeous resort in Nusa Dua, Bali is no exception, with everything from a beautiful white sand beach to heaps of complimentary water sports, along with their famous Flying Trapeze School. Club Med Bali offers four separate hotel kids’ clubs, including the complimentary Mini Club Med for kids ages 4-10 and Junior Club Med for 11-to-17-year-olds. For an additional cost there’s also Baby Club Med (4 to 23 months) and Petit Club Med (ages 2 to 3). Throw in all-inclusive food and beverage, and that’s just about as fuss-free as family holidays get! If you’re looking for a resort closer to Singapore try the Club Med Bintan!
Read More: Best Hotels in Bintan for Families
Bali: Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua
This beautiful beachfront family resort in Nusa Dua is a hit with kiddos thanks to its four swimming pools – including a Kids’ Pool and a Lazy River – and a spacious kids’ club that features a soft play area with ball pit, video games, toys, and heaps of fun daily activities.
Bali: Ritz-Carlton Mandapa
The Mini Explorers program for kids 5 and up at this Ubud family resort is like an immersive eco day camp, where kiddos can learn all about Balinese culture, food, healing traditions, and environmental sustainability. Who wouldn’t want to start their day with a Jungle Gym hike? And munchkins of all ages will love the open-air hotel kids’ club, which has its own chickens and bunny rabbits, along with all sorts of art activities.
Batam: Holiday Inn Resort Batam
If you simply want a change of scenery, make a quick escape to Batam and this all-suites resort, which is perfect for families. You’ll find four swimming pools (one indoor and three outdoor, including one with a waterslide); a kids’ club with lots of fun daily activities; a nice playground for children of all ages, and even paintball for the older ones (or adventurous parents who aren’t afraid of bruising!).
Indonesia: Nikoi Island
Nikoi’s back-to-nature kids’ club (generally recommended for children 4 and up) is all about encouraging kiddos to jump, swing, climb, and explore! Resort staff will organise everything from pirate treasure hunts to craft workshops, fishing expeditions and jetty jumping. On a recent trip our kiddos learned how to carve their own bows and arrows and ride ponies, and were delighted to cap every night off with marshmallows around the bonfire.
Desaru: Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
Quickly becoming the go-to family resort in Desaru due to its proximity to Singapore (just a 90-minute ferry ride away from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal!), Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast is not to be missed! The main draw for families here has to be the location — it’s right next to the Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast so expect kids to spend the whole time on the water slides (you’ll need to be around to supervise though). If you need a break, park the kids at Roxity Kids Club so they can enjoy the fun while under supervision (kids’ activities, games, and crafts) while you kick back at the infinity pool, drink in hand.
Indonesia, Lombok: The Oberoi Lombok
The Oberoi Hotel in Lombok doesn’t actually have a kids’ club but it still made our list! This is one of the most luxurious hotels in Lombok (read our travel guide to Lombok here) and the service is out of this world. The beachfront property is beautiful with an infinity pool and villas set back within a large lawn. There’s no traditional kids club, instead something better is on offer for families with older kids – activities are available at every turn. An artisan awaits by the pool with wood carving for kids to try out for free, there’s a free mixology experience for kiddos at the pool bar (alcohol-free of course), there’s a bubble maker trial for kids to experience scuba diving (done in the pool), kids can do a baking class with the Chef (our kids made the most delicious cupcakes) – and all of these activities mean that mama and dad can enjoy the spa or lounge beside the pool and really relax!
Malaysia: Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
At the hotel Kids’ Club (geared towards children ages 4 to 12), littlies can learn about the local flora and fauna via nature walks and birdwatching, and partake in daily themed activities like batik painting. Of course you’ve also got your requisite video games, a kids’ pool and kids’ menus in each of the resort’s many restaurants.
Malaysia: Rawa Island Resort
Rawa Island is every bit as amazing as the photos. While it doesn’t really have its own resort kids’ club, Rawa Island Resort has two waterslides that send you shooting right into the seawater – enough to keep kids occupied for days, we think! There’s also snorkelling, kayaking and jungle walks that you can do as a family! Read our full review of Rawa Island here.
Malaysia: Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa Kota Kinabalu
This gorgeous 5-star resort in Borneo features a fab kids’ pool, while all families get complimentary access to the hotel Kids’ Club (for ages 5 and up). The resort offers all sorts of fun daily activities for kiddos, including messy play, sand castle building, movie time, treasure hunts, tribal dancing, pony rides, and much more. On top of all that, the resort boasts a 64-acre nature reserve with scenic walking trails, a canopy walkway, a waterfall garden area and – best of all for kids – an adventure playground and climbing wall!
Maldives: Soneva Fushi
Ok, so pretty much any Maldives family resort will have a kids’ club to rival all kids’ clubs. But at this absolutely stunning resort, kiddos can rock out to their hearts’ content at The Den, one of the largest hotel kids’ clubs in the world at 1,300 square metres. Designed for children 4 and up and totally free for all guests, the Den features not one but two swimming pools (one for toddlers and one for older kids, with a waterslide, of course), an outdoor pirate ship, a cinema room, a LEGO room, a music room, a dress-up room, a library, and so much more. One thing The Den doesn’t have: Wi-Fi, because nowadays even kiddos need to take a digital detox on vacay! On top of all that, Soneva Fushi offers all sorts of amazing family activities, including outdoor movie screenings, sunset dolphin cruises, ice cream tastings, and stargazing at the resort’s own observatory.
Maldives: Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa
Have older kids and need a kids’ club that’s cool enough for teens? Newly opened Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa boasts entry-level overwater villas as well as beach villas and inclusive activities that span kids’ yoga, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more! The Krakengiri Kids’ Club is complimentary and features an outdoor children’s play pool with water fountains, a mini slide and a splash park, toddler playrooms, a video games room for older kids, and a teens-only rooftop bar where a dedicated milkshake barista is on hand to serve up non-alcoholic drinks or help kids make their own milkshakes! Read more about this Maldives resort here.
If your kiddos love the beach, look no further than this stunning gem of a private island Amanpulo in the Sulu Sea. Kid-friendly highlights include a daily cruise for fish feeding, snorkelling and turtle viewing, along with fun activities ranging from shell collecting to pizza making. The fab hotel kids’ club, meanwhile, has its own playground, and is stocked with art supplies, books, toys, games and, most important of all, a fantastic staff.
Philippines: Shangri La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Kiddos looking to escape the heat will adore the resort’s Adventure Zone indoor playground that includes a super cool drop slide and ball pit, along with all manner of video games, ping pong, karaoke rooms and even billiards. Of course you’ll also find multiple swimming pools, an eco centre, and heaps of daily activities just for kids.
Singapore: Shangri-La Singapore
Shangri-La Singapore has gotta be one of the most family-friendly city hotels on Earth. With family-focused rooms and suites, a well-stocked family pantry filled with everything from diapers to strollers (with 24/7 access during your stay) and kid-friendly restaurants, it’s one of the best kid-friendly hotels in Singapore! And then of course you’ve got access to kids’ club Buds, the amazing indoor/outdoor playground that includes a pirate ship, splash pad, music space, art studio and more.
Thailand: Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin
Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is Asia’s first integrated water park resort. The beautiful and spacious kids’ club features different zones geared toward various age groups (so teens can do their thang apart from pesky younger siblings in the ball pit, for example), not to mention the adjacent Vana Nava water jungle, which features 19 different rides and slides!
Thailand: Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi & Le Meridien Phuket
We’re so impressed by the Le Meridien Family initiative, which is all about sparking kids’ imaginations and encouraging them to explore their destination at hand. Outside Bangkok Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi offers an indoor/outdoor kids’ club where kiddos can get creative through hands-on play, cooking, and even excursions to the nearby KidZania. We hear equally great things about the sister resort in Phuket, which has its own ball pit!
Thailand: Four Seasons Koh Samui
Priding itself on its family-friendliness, this luxe family resort features the rad Kids for All Seasons program for children aged 4 to 12, including a beautiful beachfront resort kids’ club and super cool daily activities like Thai cooking classes, fishing excursions, and even kids Muay Thai classes! Of course little ones will also be pampered with child-sized slippers and robes, along with beach toys and inflatables. They’ll even give you pool fencing for safety if you’re staying in a pool villa!
Thailand: Rosewood Phuket
The Rosewood Phuket Explorers program is free for children from the age of 3 and has thoughtful themed experiences, including eco-awareness (they’ve got their own children’s garden), Great Outdoors (kid-sized pool loungers and cabanas), and Indoor Fun (look out for an indoor rope maze). The resort also offers personalised nutrition for toddlers (parents can actually jump in the kitchen to provide chef with instructions for food preparation) and certified Napping Nannies!
Thailand: Santiburi Koh Samui
This resort’s kids’ facilities include a huge kids’ club with a trampoline, children’s bikes, table tennis, and video games. They’ve also got a dedicated children’s pool, and offer heaps of kid-friendly activities, including Thai cooking classes for kids from the age of 3!
Thailand: The Slate Phuket
With a theme based on Phuket’s mining past, the hotel’s kids’ club is imaginatively called The Tin Box, and young guests are referred to as ‘Little Miners’. With drop off available for kiddos 4 and up, the beautiful space offers a bevy of creative fun, including origami, mask making, and all manner of toys and games. Kiddos can also partake in Muay Thai kickboxing along with ‘petit sommelier’ and cooking classes.
Vietnam: InterContinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort
We’ve long heard raves about the family-friendliness of this beachfront resort, which offers two distinct (and complimentary!) Planet Trekkers kids’ clubs (for 4-to-7-year-olds and for 8-to-12-year-olds). Children can explore with a mini jungle adventure, learn traditional Vietnamese songs and games, fly kites on the beach, chill out with some yoga, or get hands on with arts and crafts.
Penang: Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La
This family-friendly resort has a host of fun activities for kids before you even reach the Kids Club. Called the Cool Zone, it’s housed in the Adventure Zone, a fun indoor play centre separate to the main resort building. Kids can enjoy a range of fun games, activities, arts and crafts as well as trips to the swimming pool with the Kids Club staff. Mobile phones are available on loan for parents who wish to be in contact with their children, a useful feature! The Cool Zone operates from 9:30am – 9pm daily, and kids are advised to bring along sunblock and swimsuits for outdoor activities.