Constance Halaveli, Maldives
Shortlisted in the Smith Hotel Awards 2015, Constance Halaveli is home to the Kuda Club, where themed days will keep kiddos busy: Food Frenzy Monday, Pirate Adventure Thursday, Treasure Hunting Saturday, and so on. They can have a go at castle-building, pizza-making and watersports before chilling out in the outdoor area, filled with over-sized bean bags, soft toys and games. The supervised kids club is open 9am to-9pm, and little ones aged 4–11 go free.
Double rooms from £842.59 ($1,300), including tax. Breakfast is included in some rates (you can also opt for half-board). Cots for under-2s can be added free to any room. Children aged 3–12 are charged US$130 a day for bed and breakfast; USD$180 for half-board. Over-12s are charged adult rates: US$250 for bed and breakfast; US$350 for half-board. constancehotels.com; book now at smithandfamily.co.uk
Marbella Club, Marbella
Sprawled across a former prince’s estate, the kids club at the Marbella Club Hotel is pretty spectacular. It has a swimming lagoon, computer and games room, library, chill-out zone, enchanted-forest play area and yoga studio, and films are shown regularly in the open-air cinema. Kids aged 4–14 are welcome (and younger children too, if accompanied by an adult) and the club’s open daily 10am-4pm. Fees start at €50.
Double rooms from £323.32 (€440), including tax at 10 per cent. Green fees at the golf club are included in room rates. Breakfast is extra: a Continental buffet and full English cost €31 and €36 a person respectively. marbellaclub.com; book online at smithandfamily.co.uk or by calling 0330 100 3180.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Welcome to kid-friendly paradise. There’s an indoor clubhouse brimming with toys and games, and the shaded sandy garden has swings and slides a-plenty.The club is open all year round, seven days a week, from 9am until 9pm (and there’s no extra charge for using it). Each day there’s a different schedule of activities and excursions to keep even the most energetic kids busy; just sign ‘em up for activities a day in advance. Tweens are not forgotten either – the OneTribe teen area has its own juice bar and a beach-side setting.
Double rooms from £906.32 ($1,398), including tax at 23.2 per cent. Rates usually include American buffet breakfast, with hot dishes rustled up on request. Cots are free for under-3s; extra beds (US$180 a night, including breakfast) for under-12s can be added to all rooms. reethirah.oneandonlyresorts.com; book now at smithandfamily.co.uk
Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve
Porto Pirata, in the grounds of Pine Cliffs on the Albufeira coastline, is a children’s village with two life-size wooden pirate ships to play on, an 18-hole mini-golf course, playground, basketball and volleyball courts, a bouncy castle and a pool exclusively for mini guests. Each day there’s a new schedule of activities, including treasure hunts, face painting and water games. Porto Pirata club fees are €15–€70 per day depending on the age of the child and the season.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
The kids will love this one. At the heart of a tropical island, the Cousteau resort’s Bula Club is a creative epicentre where children can snorkel with a marine biologist, bake bread in a traditional sun oven or go searching for tidal flats. This kids club has three pools, a jungle-gym and a sandbox. It’s open from 8am to 9pm and is completely free, and there are personal nannies for under-5s.
Double rooms from £685.65 (AU$1,492), excluding tax at 20 per cent. All-inclusive rates cover à la carte meals, non-alcoholic drinks, kids’ club, nanny service (8am–9pm) and Fijian buddies for older children, most resort activities, meet and greet at Nadi and Savusavu domestic airports, and return Savusavu transfers. fijiresort.com; book now at mrandmrssmith.com
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