Five of our favourite family-friendly hotels
There's a hotel chain that's rewriting the rules when it comes to family holidays.
The Four Seasons hotels all offer excellent kids’ clubs, babysitting services and all the usual things you’d expect from a family-friendly, top-flight hotel group. But more than that, they're going above and beyond the typical offerings to provide some fun, alternative activities guaranteed to please the little people.
Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
In Mauritius, children will learn about the local culture. “There is not one Mauritian who does not know how to dance the sega,” says Nadia Grossiernez, who teaches the traditional African dance through the Kids For All Seasons programme at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita. “It’s part of the identity of the country, and teaching this dance to the kids is like welcoming them into the extended family of Mauritius.” Children can also meet some of the locals – the resort’s two resident tortoises Gromomo and Ticolo live by the golf course’s ninth hole – and make pizzas with the resident chefs at Acquapazza.
Four Seasons Seychelles
At the Four Seasons Seychelles, water babes can learn to surf, paddle board or body board with a lesson from TropicSurf on Petite Anse beach. Land-lubbing children can learn to rock climb on the island’s black rock formations. From tween to teens, they’ll all love the kids’ spa. For children aged six to 11, treatments include coconut and passionfruit cocktail body treatment, sleep time massages and fancy fingers nail care. For guests aged from 12 to 17, there are facials, manis, pedis and massages galore to choose from.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
Unforgettable adventures await in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. With raised walkways and a high staff to guest ratio, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti offers peace of mind amongst the raw wilderness of one of Africa's greatest safari locations. Kids can become wildlife researchers – watching out for wildlife around the resort. Mini-rangers might spot buffalo, lion and zebra amongst other species – depending on the time of year. Children aged six plus can spend the morning with a Maasai warrior and learn how to make fires, make toothbrushes out of twigs and use plants for healing purposes. By night, children will love the Maasai performances, including a jumping contest. Children can test their prowess against the warriors by joining in.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
Little monkeys can learn more about primates on a monkey safari. The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi's resident Swamp Skipper navigates through the mangroves during a one-hour boat trip in search of macaque monkey and eagle on the Mangroves and Monkeys safari. There’s also kids’ yoga, batik painting, Asian cooking classes and Junior Masterchef experiences for kids, and rock climbing for young adventurers. Families travelling with teens will love the new Deluxe Family Beach Villas – two bedrooms, two bathrooms and ample space for everyone to have a relaxing, but engaging holiday.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
Tired from all the adventures available at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, which include kayaking, lantern making, kite flying, tennis lessons, intriguing UNESCO excursions and the Junior Cooking Academy, everyone will sleep well at the resort's new, extended Family Villas. A separate en‐suite children’s room comes complete with sofa bed, desk, television and games console, board games and kids’ amenities, providing youngsters with their own bolt hole.
These are our top picks but is by no means an exhaustive list of amazing offerings for families at Four Seasons hotels. At the Four Seasons Koh Samui, kids can try a Muay Thai lesson with an expert. At the Four Seasons Kyoto, they can train with a ninja master. And at the Four Seasons Marrakech, camel rides and belly dancing classes are on the cards.