What are your kids most excited about when you go away on a family holiday? A big bathtub? Meeting Mickey and Minnie? Going into hyperdrive and driving you nuts in the process? All of the above? If you’d like to make where you stay something special for the kids too, there are some cool hotels around the world that will do just that. With themed rooms, massive slides to splash into pools, or sister themeparks, these hotels brings the fun inside!
We can’t promise it’ll make bedtime any easier…but the bonus is, most family-friendly hotels have babysitting services and someone to watch the kids at the play centres. So if Mama and Papa need to sneak away, you’re covered!
The World’s Coolest Hotels for Kids
Gold Coast Hotel Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China
This hidden gem of a hotel less than a four-hour flight away will not just make the kids whop in glee. The adults will be charmed by the well designed and thoughtfully decorated themed rooms, from the galaxy-inspired Outer Space rooms, Pirate themed rooms, to the nostalgic Hong Kong Tram themed room.
Apart from the rooms, the hotel also has waterslides and the Sharks and Pirates Adventure Zone, where the kids will easily while away hours or days. With seasonal promotions such as the Mr Men and Little Miss Summer room discounts to themed birthday parties, a stay-over here will be a memorable experience for years to come.
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku – Tokyo, Japan
After you’ve gotten over the awe-inspiring 12-metre tall replica Godzilla head (modelled after the original 1954 film), there’s more to check out at the themed rooms at this Tokyo hotel.
There’s two types – the Godzilla Room and the Godzilla View Room. The former is the more Instagram-able option, which has a Godzilla claw decorating the wall near the beds, while the later offers you an unmissable view of Godzilla’s menacing stare from across the adjoining complex’s roof. Best suited for diehard fans who would look forward to waking up to this one-of-a-kind scenery. The custom themed toilets are photo-worthy, too.
Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Orlando, Florida
Having made the list for Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Award for Top 40 Resorts in Florida in 2012 and 2013, this is a dream trip that deserves a mention for the sheer diversity of fun it offers for the whole family.
Let’s start with the theme park benefits: hotel guests receive free Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, and one-hour prior admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ before the theme park opens. Hungry after a day of gallivanting at the theme park? The Italian-themed hotel also has a variety of authentic restaurants to soothe your hunger pangs.
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana – Dominican Republic
Home to one of the world’s best waterparks, not to mention excellent beach strips, this is one happy place to be at if you’re planning to venture out to the Dominican Republic’s balmy coasts.
Even if you’re not a big fan of the hotel’s eponymous character, there’s still lots more to love.
On one side, the rooms look out to the Nickelodeon Place, where the action sits at the Just Kiddin’ kids’ club and the Aqua Nick water park. The rooms are noteworthy points themselves, such as the Swank Wraparound Swim-Up Suite, the expansive double-level 2-bedroom Pool Super Villas, and The sumptuous Pineapple, which features quirky Bikini-Bottom inspired decor.
For a more relaxed pace, you could choose the scenic view of the palm-fringed infinity pool overlooking the blue green waters of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The Gourmet Inclusive option includes all-inclusive access to Spanish lessons, yoga, aqua aerobics, dance, cooking classes, and more. For an additional cost, there are also other activities for you to explore such as scuba diving trips, fishing trips, an island tour, snorkeling, and golf.
For families travelling with your children, the resort offers Gotcha Covered amenities including baby food, strollers, cribs, kids’ spa robes, and baby bottle warmers.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Orlando, Florida
While waiting for the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge parks and world’s first Star Wars hotel to open in Disneyland in Anaheim, how about a family winter escape over the December school holidays? There are few places better to spend precious bonding time with loved ones than the official happiest place on earth.
With festive attractions such as a 17-foot-tall Gingerbread Holiday Castle during Christmas, there is practically an endless list of activities to keep your holiday busy. Take your pick from movies under the stars, yoga classes, boat expeditions, to a 17-foot-high, curving waterslide at the Magic Kingdom Resort Area that will thrill the kids to no end. Parents may prefer to rent a poolside cabana and chill, or take a well-deserved dip in the whirlpool spa. Look out for the nightly firework displays.
Legoland – Johor, Malaysia
Planning a short break literally a hop and a skip away? Look no further than the LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort in Johor. The first LEGOLAND hotel in Asia, it is just a convenient drive across the Causeway.
Fans will go wild with ‘legomania”, from the interactive LEGO® features to the LEGO-themed bedrooms and beautifully decorated lobby complete with LEGO pirate ship and LEGO castle. Literally everywhere you turn is a cheery spin of bright LEGO bricks re-imagined as hotel architecture. Hotel guests will enjoy movie nights, exclusive theme park package deals, and leisure and dining options. Kids can get hands-on with flour play at the BRICKS Family Restaurant’s Little Chef – Pastry Making class (for dine-in guests).
Lotte World Hotel – Seoul, South Korea
Can’t get enough of Korean pop culture through K-dramas? If you’re headed towards Seoul, this 5-star family hotel is a must-stay. Apart from the fact that it’s adjacent to not one, but two theme parks (indoor and outdoor), the highlight belongs to the spacious and vibrant character rooms and suites.
Featuring the design of Lotte World Adventure’s mascots, Lotty and Lorry, the rooms are decorated with cheerful colour palettes and adorable character cushions for a home-away-from home vibe. With rooms overlooking Lotte World Adventure and WIFI access, you’ll have plenty of photo ops to make folks at home envious. It’s also located near to other attractions including the Lotte World Indoor Ice-skating Rink, Lotte Department Store, Lotte World shopping mall, and Charlotte Theater, Korea’s first theatre designed for musicals.
Great Wolf Lodge, Ripley’s Water Park Resort – Niagara Falls, Ontario
Is it a coincidence that children and water theme parks are a match made in heaven?
This 13-slide 103,000-square-foot water park is a treasure trove for parents who can’t imagine their kids staying still for more than a minute. With four pools, spa tubs for kids and adults and a four-story treehouse water fort, you can expect to spend a fair bit of your stay here blissfully soaked.
Located less than 2km from the legendary Niagara Falls, this family-friendly lodge offers more than just theme park thrills. Parents can also relax at the onsite spa or tee off at the 18-hole miniature golf course.
The Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung – Bandung, Indonesia
A destination that flies low on the family travel radar, Bandung’s laid-back charm comes from the city’s diverse offerings, from fashion outlet shopping to farm hopping, earning it the nickname “the Paris of Java”.
The kids have plenty to look forward to during their stay here. The hotel’s beach-themed pool is packed with kids’ activities, and The Kids’ Club playroom at the 3rd floor, which has a puppet show zone. It’s also home to an indoor theme park, Trans Studio Bandung, which has 20 choices of rides.
Should you decide to do a last-minute bout of shopping before returning home, the Bandung Supermall is a short walk away, while Lucky Square Mall and Braga City Walk are accessible by car.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa – Singapore
Specialising in recreational activities for the whole family, the award-winning Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa provides a luxurious resort experience without having to fly off.
While the kids unleash their inner acrobats at The Flying Trapeze at The Toots Club, adults can kayak, canoe, or take part in any of activities from the Sea Sports Centre. Kids will relish exploring the various water slides and splash pad, and dry off under the sun at the outdoor playground.
In the mood for games and action? The Cool Zone provides fun for all ages, with Xbox1s, race car simulators and air hockey machines. Or simply enjoy a game of foosball or a round of table tennis with the little ones.