Family – Friendly Holidays in Asia
The best family holidays take everybody’s priorities into account: the parents want to relax, the kids want to swim, everyone wants to spend quality time together, and nobody wants to be bored. In addition, creating a lifetime of memories is made possible when families go on great holidays together, watching as your kids are exposed to new cultures, new foods, and new activities. These trips will no-doubt have a positive effect on the rest of their lives.
Southeast Asia is an incredible destination for the whole family. There are rich cultures and delicious cuisines to explore, there’s a diversity of experiences from relaxing beaches on idyllic tropical islands to cities full of contrast from ancient to modern.
But Asia is so huge that it can be daunting to figure out which destinations would be best suited to your family. The Secret Retreats Concierges are here to help by sharing with you their favorite destinations in Asia for families to help you plan your next family holiday.
If you want your whole family to experience a magical family holiday together, check out these destinations and contact our concierge for more details and to book your next family holiday.
| Kinabalu Park |
|Le Passe Temps |
|Designated Malaysia’s first World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2000, Kinabalu Park is home to more than 5,000 plant species and 90 lowland mammal species. Located 1,563metres above sea level, its unique ecological system features lush lowlands, verdant mountain scenery and diverse alpine vegetation. |
The park is also the location of SE Asia’s highest mountain, Mt. Kinabalu at 4,095metres. The National Park is full of fascination, a great place to enjoy forest walks and get close to nature as well as enjoy attractions specifically for kids around Kinabalu Park.
Staying in luxury lodges perfect for families within the park, enjoy visits to traditional markets, easy walks with stunning views of Mount Kinabalu, a trip to Rabbit Farm is always fun for young children and a visit to the Botanical Garden is a must to learn about some of the many unique flora of the park including the world’s largest (and smelliest) flower, the Rafflesia.
|The ideal family resort near Krabi? We think so. Remote without being lost, yet right in the middle of some of Krabi’s must-see spots this rustic gem is nestled in the heart of Ao Phang Nga, one of the most beautiful bays in Asia. Located just a few steps from the beach, the resort offers 8 traditional Thai wooden bungalows set within tropical gardens and around the swimming pool. Their beachside restaurant serves traditional Thai cuisine, with a French touch. The property’s owners have created a truly familial atmosphere to their wonderfully cute resort|
From the warm welcome where the staff share their favourite activities and must-see destinations with you to the evening sundowners and dining where guests and staff share their stories and get to know each other. The property really feels like staying in a warm family home rather than a resort. The property also has a tour company offering a myriad of activities to be enjoyed by all ages.
| Manukan Island Resort |
| Villa Mathis |
|Situated 15-minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu, this resort is located on the second largest island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. |
Surrounded by a protected coral reef, a pristine rainforest and beautiful white sand beaches, it offers endless water activities including diving, snorkeling, trekking, and glass-bottomed boat rides.
| Surrounded by paddy fields in Umalas, a small rural Balinese village just 10 minutes by car from Seminyak’s beaches, Villa Mathis is set within a vast tropical garden where birds and butterflies are full-time residents. |
This homely boutique villa resort offers space and privacy within its 4 villas which offer a combination of up to 18 bedrooms and 4
|The resort features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and spacious villas perfect for family stays with private terraces that overlook the South China Sea.||swimming pools. The vast tropical gardens and 4 swimming pools the perfect space for families, with an excellent restaurant and full spa on-site perfect for parents to|
|unwind too. |
The resort is just a short 10-minute drive from the beaches and nightlife of Seminyak with free shuttles on request.
|Vana Som Villas |
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Embrace Northern Thailand’s rich heritage and traditions including golden teak temples, mountains, forests, and hill-tribe communities at this forest retreat in Chiang Mai. Set in the foothills of three mountain ranges, just a few miles from the ancient capital of Chiang Mai, it was originally a family’s winter retreat. It is the ideal location for families looking to share a luxurious villa accommodation (the property was a family home for many years and is still owned and managed by the same family today) and explore the nearby hills and valleys either on horseback, taking gentle hikes, or going bamboo rafting along streams and rivers. Guests can also visit local farms, gardens and orchards. And let’s not forget the incredible dining at this unique forest residence, dining at Vana Som is truly organic and farm to table from their own farm and gardens. It doesn’t get much fresher or more nutritious than this!
|The Island Lodge |
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Located 90 minutes by car from Saigon, this 12-room lodge is set on a small sleepy rural island famed for its fruit orchards in the Mekong Delta. The airy main building houses a bar and lounge, a French-Vietnamese restaurant, and a patisserie. Showcasing stunning views of the Mekong River from the eight guestrooms located on the first floor. The lodge also features 2-bedroom pavilions nestled in the tropical garden. With a spa, 24-metre long swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and outdoor bar area luxury and comfort are guaranteed. The island and delta offer a variety of activities from cycling trips, guided walks, boat trips into the delta and visits to local markets, shrines and river trips for all of which the lodge’s team are ready to assist with tailoring trips and activities to suit your stay. A minimum of 3 days and 2 nights is needed to really enjoy this delightful family-owned lodge.
| Reverie Siam |
| Sanak Retreat |
|Reverie Siam is a concept resort inspired by the cultural fusion between East and West that occurred in the early part of the 20th century where travellers hungry for adventure and wealth headed east to try their luck in new lands. For those fortunate enough to be successful an easy decadent existence followed and the fashions and trends they imported merged with the local cultures and an intoxicating blend ensued. |
Offering the luxury and charm of the old world with the comfort and convenience of the new world, Reverie Siam is set in a fascinating region in northern Thailand a 3-hour drive north west of Chiang Mai.
|Surrounded by paddy fields and volcanoes in the North of Bali in a village called Kayuputih, near Munduk, this relaxing getaway features 11 spacious wooden bungalows with a private terrace or balcony overlooking beautiful and serene rural landscapes. |
The resort offers perfect accommodation for families and features a swimming pool, bicycles, excellent packages aimed at family stays with a great variety of activities for all ages to explore and enjoy the region around the resort and learn about the local culture too. The village is renowned for its coffee and clove plantations. A simple and humble trekking
|The sleepy rural village of Pai offers so many activities to the visitor all perfectly managed by Reverie Siam’s own tour company. Ideal for family holidays their guides can||experience through rice fields with your own guide is a great way to get some close-up interaction with the local farmer-villagers.|
|lead you for jungle treks to waterfalls, hill tribe villages and viewpoints including the locally famed Pai Canyon. Rafting, elephant experiences, cycling and photography tours can also be arranged, and the list goes on with truly something for everyone at Reverie Siam.|
|The Namthip Luxury Rice Barge |
Luxury is measured in more than soft furnishings, for Secret Retreats luxury is measured in quality experiences that share a real sense of place with you. And is there a more luxurious way to experience Bangkok than on the Namthip Rice Barge cruising the Chao Phraya river, Thailand’s river of kings? For old and new visitors to Bangkok, we think this experience is not to be missed. Previously a traditional Thai rice barge that transported cargos of rice, sugar and sand up-river from Bangkok to remote riverside towns. Today, the Namthip has been re-modeled into a luxury private river cruising vessel with 2 luxury air-conditioned en-suite cabins she comfortably sleeps 5 people, perfect for families.
The approach to its refit honours traditional Thai architectural design featuring a handsome hull and deck of solid wood, a timber shingled and natural woven bamboo grass-covered roof, timber paneling, woven rattan, and luxurious modern-day amenities on both the upper and lower decks. Cruising between Thailand’s ancient and new capital cities of Bangkok and Ayutthaya an ideal cruise is 3 days and 2 nights to see all the sights along the way, but equally a 2 day 1 night cruise is possible with a stop at Koh Kret Island to discover the little known history of the Mon Culture one of the first people to occupy Southeast Asia and establish Theravada Buddhism in the region.