The dull holiday clubs of our youths are long gone. No more tired-looking playrooms, uninspired play leaders, or umpteen renditions of outdated nursery rhymes. There are now established and chic places for the cool kids, where an endless supply of first-class fun is served up with mocktails and smiles. You might even find yourself a tad envious!
“Kids’ clubs have come beyond cool in recent years,” says Karen Noble, Sovereign Luxury Travel’s Regional Destination Manager.
“I’m always amazed at all the incredible entertainment options for children of all ages these days. While parents are being treated like VIPs in our handpicked collection of luxury resorts, the youngsters are getting similar V.I.K. - Very Important Kids - treatment. It’s fantastic!”
Children-specific swimming pools and private babysitting services come almost as standard these days, while a few of these kids’ clubs are a cut above the rest, particularly among our Mediterranean destinations.
“Nowadays, children are being welcomed into our luxury resorts with a teddy bear, their own special bathrobe and towelling slippers,” adds Karen. “It’s not unusual to find a child-focused restaurant, or the chance for youngsters to tuck into a healthy afternoon snack hour.”
ELA EXCELLENCE RESORT BELEK - TURKEY
There’s a real focus on environmental awareness with fun recycling projects and seed planting with the hotel garden team, and the chance to solve complex detective and archaeology mysteries in the different corners of Everland Kids World.
There’s an incredible Lego® Room to capture imagination, and the latest games consoles in the Technology Room (with time limited to 30 minutes for each child). Your children can visit the Professions Academy where they don’t have to wait to grow up to experience what a career as a doctor, astronaut, fireman, vet, or secret agent might be like!
There are special activities throughout the year too, including kite and olive-picking festivals. Children aged four to seven years begin the day with morning yoga and meditation, before trying their hand at artistic handicrafts and activities like sandcastle building contests on the beach, pool Olympics, and sporting tournaments with proper medals.
Tweens can embrace mini golf, experimental workshops such as rocket and kite-making, batik t-shirt painting, smoothie making, culinary classes led by hotel chefs, as well as in-house camping, and games on the digital small wall in the Interactive Digital Room. Meanwhile, teens get to socialise with youngsters their own age in the Teen Club.
EDEN ROC CAP CANA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Whether you’re staying in one of the sumptuous boutique villas with your own private pool, butler and chef service, or in a beachfront family suite, this five-star Caribbean community provides a warm welcome to guests of all ages.
While you’re relaxing at the beach club or by the infinity pool, your children can busy themselves at Koko Kids’ Club, a cool treehouse set in the middle of its own artificial lagoon. Inside they’ll find a mini spa for mani-pedis and hair styling, a mini kitchen and buffet area for cooking classes, a video gaming area, and a space for general play and storytelling.
There’s also an enclosed beach where children can learn to kayak and enjoy other non-motorised watersports, go on scavenger hunts, play water basketball and volleyball, or simply chill out in floating hammocks. There’s also plenty of popcorn-filled film nights.
THE RITZ-CARLTON ABAMA - TENERIFE
There’s glamour and thrills for younger guests of this five-star resort thanks to Ritz Kids. This unique indoor-outdoor kids’ club boasts eight different zones, and focuses on conservation, learning, discovery, and play.
For example, in the scientific zone, your kids get to learn about the human body or examine local flora and fauna as they take a botanical tour of the resort. Or should they wish, they can help grow vegetables in the resort garden!
Children can go stargazing in the planetarium, learn music and cabaret in the theatre space, play in the Lego® zone, or work with clay and make jewellery in the handicraft zone.
There’s also an amazing selection of films, game consoles, and books, a karting track, a funny gym, and plenty of talent contests, quiz nights, puppet shows, and gaming competitions. You can use the resort’s app to make reservations for specific activities.
ZAFIRO PALACE ALCUDIA - MAJORCA
This all-inclusive five-star hotel is ideal for families. Not only does it have a specific adults-only area with a swimming pool and swim-up bar, a relaxing spa, and a golf course nearby, children are welcomed by the resort’s friendly koala mascot, Yzzy.
There’s plenty of water fun with a pirate ship pool with tunnels and slides and a wet bubble pool for climbing. There are three clubs for children that meet the needs of different age groups, from treasure hunts and football matches or Olympic games to theatre and live performances, foam parties, and handicrafts.
LUXURY FAMILY HOLIDAYS WITH SOVEREIGN
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