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Still looking for that perfect place to spend a relaxing beach holiday with the family? Thailand is great! Exotic, colourful, tropical and home to some of the best beaches in the world. You can stay at splendid private pool villas, do lots of fun things and see beautiful places. Next question is – where in Thailand are you going to spend this family beach holiday? Is it going to be the vibrant and exciting beach city Pattaya or Thailand’s original resort beach town Hua Hin? To see which of these 2 fabulous holiday destinations is best for you, let’s zoom in a little and do some comparisons. This is Pattaya vs Hua Hin for families. Pattaya vs Hua Hin Pattaya is a major tourist hub famous for beach fun, nightlife, shopping and more nightlife. We’ll be honest, it’s not usually the first destination you’d think of for a relaxed family…

Beach fun, surfing, sunsets, playtime, music, monkeys, food, and cultural experiences – you’ll find it all in Uluwatu. Upcoming, trendy and yet incredibly laid-back and fun-loving, Uluwatu is located in the southern tip of Bali (the little tip at the end when looking at a map of Bali Island). From the airport, it’s about 30-45 minutes away and is home to one gorgeous white sand beach after another – the very best on the island! A great place for a memorable family getaway in Bali. The ultimate beach destination in Bali Every beach in Uluwatu is like a tiny paradise of its own with perfectly white sands, turquoise bays, awesome surfing waves and cool beach bars. The beaches are hidden away at the bottom of high limestone cliffs. Some of them are easily accessible while others are a bit harder to reach, but all the more rewarding. Uluwatu is popular…

White sandy bays, the tranquillity of an island, sea turtles and sunshine, it’s easy to see why “The Gilis” are perfect for family holidays. With three islands to choose from though, we know it’s better to be armed with enough information (and photos!) to decide which one of 3 little Gili Islands is the best for an island getaway with the kids? The word “gili” translates to “island’ and there are countless islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. However, when referring to ‘The Gili Islands’, we mean 3 specific islands located just off-shore from Lombok and just a short boat ride from Bali: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. These pristine little tropical islands are tiny paradises without motorbikes, cars and any other forms of motorizes traffic. It is truly idyllic. The Best Gili Island for families Well, to be honest, all 3 are great family destinations but to determine…

Consistently superb skiing conditions, a variety of ski resorts to choose from, plenty of kid-friendly amenities—Hakuba definitely checks off the boxes as a prime ski destination for families. It’s home to 10 major ski resorts, with each offering unique features, so getting to ski across different venues is one of the highlights here. Away from the slopes, Hakuba offers a great family experience. There are excellent restaurants and après-ski bars to check out, cultural activities to try out and onsens to unwind and take in stunning panoramas of the Japanese Alps.  Below, we’ve put together a comprehensive Hakuba skiing guide for Hakuba first-timers. We’ve covered the essentials, including where to ski, renting ski equipment and getting ski lessons.  Skiing in Hakuba There are 10 major ski resorts in Hakuba Valley (Iimori is considered part of Goryu), with a few being connected resorts with shared lift passes: Goryu and Iimori connect…

Mention Hakuba, and one immediately conjures up images of its majestic slopes, wintry landscape and prime skiing conditions. If you plan to visit Hakuba with kids, there’s plenty else to do away from the slopes. You can visit key historic sites, experience cultural activities like a tea ceremony ritual, or enjoy a soak at an outdoor hot spring with jaw-dropping views out to the mountains. For the full details (and more travel ideas), do check out our family-friendly guide below. Happy holidays! 1. Hit the slopes – the most popular way to enjoy Hakuba with kids A haven for skiing enthusiasts, Hakuba offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country. There are excellent powder snow conditions, and 11 ski resorts and ski chalets you can access. For Hakuba first-timers, our recommendations are: Tsugaike Kogen’s gentle, wide slopes for beginners and Hakuba Iwatake for intermediate skiers. Experienced skiers…

There’s more to Niseko than its powdery ski slopes, stunning chalets and breathtaking scenery. It might not be immediately obvious, but the area also boasts an excellent dining scene (check out our Niseko food guide for Michelin-starred restos, cool après-ski bars and more), onsens with jaw-dropping views, well-curated museums and fascinating cultural events and workshops. There’s something for every family vacationer. If you are coming to Niseko with kids, check out our favourite attractions and activities below: 1. Experience a variety of winter activities Your little ones may not be able to ski down Niseko’s powdery slopes just yet – but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be left out of the fun. There are many other activities to cater to kids across different ages. So bring them out for reindeer rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, or just to build a snowman outdoors (Frozen soundtrack in the background)! Check out…

Snow-covered mountains, lush green hills, a massive lake, Wanaka is an amazing family destination in New Zealand, just a short 1-hour drive away from Queenstown! Unspoiled, stunningly beautiful and a great holiday destination all-year-round, you and the kids are bound to have an unforgettable time here in Wanaka. Find yourself the perfect family home in the centre of town and off you go, exploring all the highlights, viewpoints and family activities. Travelling to Wanaka with kids? Here are 10 family activities in Wanaka for a wonderful holiday. 1. Family fun at Lake Wanaka Beautiful Lake Wanaka is the main attraction point in this lovely tourist town. As expected, most of the activities and tours are happening on and around this enormous lake. Indeed, Lake Wanaka is one heavenly playground for families with kids and the views are breathtaking! There is an endless list of things to see, do a and…

While Queenstown is a paradise for adrenaline junkies and outdoor adventurists, this lakeside beautiful town is also a great holiday destination for families with kids! Stunning nature, private family homes, ski fun, water fun and an array of family-friendly activities, Queenstown is a heavenly playground with an adventurous twist for young and old. Looking for inspiration on what to do? Here are some ideas: 1. Gondola Skyline – the steepest cable car in the southern hemisphere Give your kids an experience they’ll never forget and take them on the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown, it is the steepest cable car in the southern hemisphere and quite a thrilling ride with unbelievable views. The Gondola will take you 450 metres up into the sky and drop you off at Bob’s Peak. From up there, you can see Lake Wake Wakatipu and Queenstown, surrounded by those dramatic snow-capped mountains: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables…

Bali makes a great place for a family holiday, but everyone needs a break from the kids every once in a while. Whether you just want to unwind for a couple of hours over cocktails or are planning a whole day excursion that’s not quite kid-friendly, here are a few childcare services in Bali that will leave you feeling reassured that your little ones are in safe hands. Babysitters and nannies in Bali: The Balinese are known for having a great attitude towards children, and, as can be expected on an island with such a reputation, there are plenty of babysitting services to choose from. First things first though, check to see if your hotel has an in-house babysitting service or a kids club. You will find that most of the big resorts offer something in the way of childcare and a kids club in your own hotel can be…

Happy wife = happy life right? Well, is there anything that makes the mama happier than a bunch of content and exhausted kids at the day’s end? Plan a stay at one of the best Seminyak family villas and ensure that the little ones stay entertained the entire length of your holiday in Bali. Villa Tiga Puluh With seven bedroom suites, Villa Tiga Puluh is large enough to accommodate two or three families travelling together. A room with twin beds is connected to a larger, queen-size bedroom, particularly nice for younger kids who need to be within easy reach to their parents. A 10-minute walk to Jalan Oberoi, aka ‘Eat Street’, this tucked-away villa is great for hosting BBQ cookouts, yoga retreats or other special events. Prices start at US$1,328 (low season), US$1,732 (high season) and US$2,079 (peak season) Book now Villa Arte Minimalist and airy in design, Villa Arte…