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4 great hotels in Asia for families

Top resorts in Asia that the whole family will love. Words by KATE FARR

Planning the perfect family holiday means finding a hotel that blends spacious accommodation, fuss-free dining and fun activities. It can be a tough task for the most seasoned family travellers – and that’s before you factor in the need for some well-earned adult downtime. We explore four of the region’s top resorts offering the right activities and environment to help family trips go smoothly.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Da Nang, Vietnam

Dragons den, InterContinental Danang

Proving that sometimes more really is more, this hotel is a one-stop destination that ticks every box and then some. Built in the beautiful Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve and overlooking its own 700-metre-long private beach, the resort takes full advantage of its surroundings to offer activities such as guided forest hikes and lessons in sailing the area’s traditional basket boats. Planet Trekkers kids’ club offers extensive indoor and outdoor play areas, and daily classes in arts and crafts, yoga, kite-flying, dance, music and even jungle exploration on the resort’s sizeable grounds. For hard-to-please teenagers, there’s Project VN space, which offers Wii games, a pool table and an extensive library. Adult activities include barefoot dining under the stars and Vietnamese treatments at HARNN Heritage spa. The resort also has two pools, one that’s open to all, and one that’s only open to guests of 12 years or older. danang.intercontinental.com

Dragons den, InterContinental Danang

Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

Dragons Den, Soneva Kiri

Sand, sea, play rooms, unlimited ice cream and chocolate – those are just a few reasons kids will stay entertained at Soneva Kiri. It’s located on tiny Koh Kood, Thailand’s easternmost island, reached by the resort’s private jet from Bangkok. The resort’s centrepiece is The Den, a vast bamboo structure resembling a manta ray gliding elegantly above the treetops. Here, young visitors play in pillow-filled spaces and learn about local culture and environmental protection. Meanwhile, parents can relax at the Six Senses spa, enjoy wine tasting events or simply kick back on the private beach. There’s also a full programme of water sports, an outdoor cinema and a treetop dining area, where families can enjoy afternoon tea served by zip-lining waiters. Guided rainforest walks and the on-site observatory help you connect with the resort’s greatest asset: nature. soneva.com

Dragons den, Soneva Kiri

Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin, Thailand

Dragons den, Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin

Newly launched in February, this resort is connected to the excellent Vana Nava Water Jungle Water Park. But the hotel has plenty more designed to suit families, including extensive kids’ club facilities, suites that include sets of bunk beds and two large infinity pools. While kids are well catered for at Vana Nava, adults certainly aren’t forgotten. Capitalising on its position as Hua Hin’s tallest building, the hotel has teamed up with Australian designer Ashley Sutton and his long-term collaborator, mixologist Joseph Boroski, to create the hotel’s Sky Bar. Offering unparalleled views of the sea and the surrounding mountains, the bar gives guests the opportunity to test their nerves by venturing onto the glass-bottomed sky deck, 27 floors above ground. ihg.com

Dragons Den, Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin

Alila Anji, Huzhou, China

Dragons Den, Alila Anji

This resort is tucked away in the bamboo grove where Oscar winner Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed, surrounded by lush tea plantations. Opened in 2016, this is Alila’s first property in China and is a little over an hour by car from Hangzhou, and not too much farther from Suzhou and Shanghai. While such a serene spot might not seem like an obvious family destination, the resort has incorporated plenty of kid-focused extras. Its rural setting makes for excellent walks, fishing and biking, while on-site family fun is focused around the Play Alila kids’ club. Featuring a painting room, library, sandpit and large play area, the club hosts regular activities such as mural painting sessions. While the little ones are at play, parents can relax with daily tai chi classes, traditional Chinese fine dining, treatments at Alila Spa based on traditional Chinese medicine and – making the most of the local produce – a tea bar. alilahotels.com

Dragons Den, Alila Anji

Flights per week from Hong Kong

Cathay Dragon: Da Nang: 7 Hangzhou: 28

Cathay Pacific: Bangkok: 67

Flight and hotel packages are available from Cathay Pacific Holidays at cathaypacific.com

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