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Best Family-Friendly International Hotels and Resorts for 2023

With thrilling waterslides, fun cultural activities and awesome kids’ clubs, these hotels and resorts are guaranteed to provide a fantastic family holiday, as voted by you in the annual Out & About with Kids Readers’ Choice Awards

The main pool at Bali Dynasty Resort
The main pool at Bali Dynasty Resort

Best hotel or resort in Asia for families: Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Thailand

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

Set around its own water park on Karon Beach, on Phuket’s west coast, with a lush green hill as the backdrop, this resort is a great choice for families. Its design was inspired by the classic Sino-Portuguese architecture that characterises Phuket Town, with a large pool with a lazy river and waterslide, a bright and colourful kids’ club, and an award-winning spa, SPA Cenvaree. Dine with your feet in the sand at COAST Beach Club and Bistro, enjoy international cuisine at The Cove restaurant, or an Italian feast at Mare.

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Best hotel or resort in Bali for families: Bali Dynasty Resort

The kids water fun zone at Bali Dynasty Resort
The kids water fun zone at Bali Dynasty Resort

With a 56-metre waterslide flowing into the pool, Bali Dynasty Resort is every kids’ dream! As well as the Dynasty Waterpark, the Resort on the South Kuta Beach strip has a kids’ club, teens club, playground and a range of daily activities. Parents can relax by the adults-only pool, work out at the gym, sip cocktails whilst listening to live music during twice-a-day happy hour at Sunset Bar, or sip cold beer at the only Irish Bar on the island, Gracie Kelly’s. Mums in need of some pampering can also indulge at Ashoka Spa. Rooms are ideally designed for families, with two sections divided by a floor-to-ceiling partition.

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Best hotel or resort in Thailand for families: Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Thailand

The lazy river and water slides at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
The lazy river and water slides at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

After winning the award for the best hotel or resort in Asia for families, it’s no surprise to see Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket also win the Thailand category! With a design inspired by the classic Sino-Portuguese architecture that characterises Phuket Town, this resort has its own water park on Karon Beach, a large pool with a lazy river and waterslide, a bright and colourful kids’ club, and an award-winning spa, SPA Cenvaree. Dine with your feet in the sand at COAST Beach Club and Bistro, enjoy international cuisine at The Cove restaurant, or an Italian feast at Mare.

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Best hotel or resort on mainland USA for families: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disneys Grand Californian Hotel and Spa
Disneys Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

Built in the turn-of-the-century California craftsman style, the luxurious Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has a private entrance into Disney California Adventure Park, themed pools and waterslides, a spa and two restaurants. Children can enjoy breakfast with Disney characters at Storytellers Café or Disney princesses at the upscale eatery Napa Rose. Rooms are also decorated with whimsical touches, such as a mural above the headboards that depicts a blossoming orange tree with Chip ‘n Dale playing in the branches and artwork of woodland creatures from Bambi.

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Best hotel or resort in Hawai‘i for families: Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, Maui

Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui
Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui

Located beachfront in West Maui’s resort hub, this hotel has Hawaiian cultural advisors to help engage guests in complementary activities like hula lessons, lei-making, lauhala weaving, ukulele playing, Hawaiian language lessons and kukui bracelet making. It has recently renovated premium rooms, an oceanfront restaurant Huihui, and a whale-shaped pool. Guests can also take part in water sports such as Outrigger canoe tours, stand-up paddleboarding and snorkelling.

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Best hotel or resort for families in the Pacific Islands: The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium, Cook Islands

A family at The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium in the Cook Islands
A family at The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium in the Cook Islands

Located on the white sands of Aroa Beach, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium is a four-star resort just steps from the unspoiled waters of Aroa Lagoonarium Marine Sanctuary and ten minutes’ drive from Rarotonga International Airport. The lagoon is perfect for stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkelling and even night snorkelling! Two children aged up to 11 stay and play at the Moko Kids’ Club for free when sharing a room with up to two adults. The Resort offers an extensive daily activities program, a games room, Beach Bar & Grill and a spa.

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Best hotel or resort in Fiji (mainland) for families: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

The pool at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
The pool at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Set amidst 16 hectares of tropical gardens, this five-star resort is located on the beach on the “main” island of Viti Levu. It boasts a large outdoor pool, a spa, 24-hour room service and seven restaurants and bars, and offers traditional Fijian cultural activities, including a kava ceremony and traditional fire walks, as well as free golf, kayaking and snorkelling. The Resort is seven minutes’ walk from Kula WILD Adventure Park, and one hour’s drive from Nadi International Airport and has a range of accommodation options. Accommodation is in modern rooms with air-conditioning or thatched-roof bungalows. All have a fridge, PlayStation and cable TV.

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Best hotel or resort in Fiji (other islands) for families: Malolo Island Resort Fiji

Children walking on the jetty at Malolo Island Resort in Fiji
Children walking on the jetty at Malolo Island Resort in Fiji

Located in the Mamanuca island and accessible by seaplane from Nadi International Airport or boat from Denarau Marina, Malolo Island Resort is the epitome of a tropical island paradise. The Resort is owned by a Fijian family and built in the character of Fiji’s colonial past with grand designs interspersed with beach cottage and bungalow-style accommodation. It has a free kids’ club for children aged four to 12, and plenty of water sport activities, including snorkelling, kayaking, banana boat rides, stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing, Hobie cats and dolphin spotting.

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Best kids’ club or nannies in Fiji: Coconut Kids Club, Plantation Island Resort

Fun on the beach at Plantation Island Resort
Fun on the beach at Plantation Island Resort

Whether your kids love running around playing beach games or sitting in the shade making crafts, Coconut Kids Club has something for them. Free for resort guests, the facility offers a range of activities each day from 10.30am to 8.30pm. They include coconut boat making, traditional dancing, tie dye, and evening movies. The Resort also has a water park with six modules including a spring-free Aqua Trampoline and offers village tours and water sports such as kayaking and snorkelling, and island hopping.

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Best hotel or resort in New Zealand for families: Lake Taupo Holiday Resort

An aerial view of the pool at Lake Taupo Resort in New Zealand
An aerial view of the pool at Lake Taupo Resort in New Zealand

In the middle of the North Island, around 3.5 hours’ drive from Auckland, Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is a destination in itself. Sprawled across eight hectares of parkland, it has a geothermally-heated pool with an underground cave, a giant mushroom and water play area for kids and a swim-up bar. There’s also a large outdoor television playing movies or sports, New Zealand’s largest jumping pillow, volleyball, basketball, petanque, chess, an adventure playground and mountain bike and go-kart hire. Resort staff can also book activities such as trout fishing, jet boating, bungy jumping and sky diving.

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Best international luxury hotel or resort for families: Turtle Island Fiji

Family Time at Turtle Island Fiji
Family Time at Turtle Island Fiji

Usually the domain of couples, this ultra-luxurious Fijian resort welcomes families just three times a year. Located on its own private island where the 1980s movie The Blue Lagoon was filmed, it has 12 beaches, accommodation in spacious, light-filled villas, with an underground lovo feast every Wednesday night. Guests can take part in activities including horse riding, snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, mountain biking, village visits and turtle conservation.

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