Five-star resorts that take multi-generational family holidays to the next level
| 8th August 2019
From ancient family rituals with Buddhist monks to discovering Angkor Wat on a private helicopter tour, luxury hotels in Thailand and Cambodia are taking multi–generational travel to new heights.
With long-haul family trips rising by 64% year-on-year, Southeast Asia offers a wealth of sun-soaked beaches, rich culture and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Learn, relax and explore these Asian shores…
|Sailing, Family-Friendly Spa Treatments and Thai Cooking Classes at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra|
|Located on the Andaman coast in Southern Thailand, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is renowned for its timeless, colonial elegance and Thai hospitality. When travellers aren’t making a splash in the lagoon-pool – the largest in Thailand – children as young as eight can learn to sail with their parents and grandparents, try SUP paddle boarding or enjoy a game of golf on the resorts 9-hole course, with lessons available for all ages and abilities.|
|With multi-generational travel hailed as this year’s top travel trend*, the resort invites families on a cultural journey of Thai cooking classes with the resort’s chef, with specially adapted kitchen areas for little chefs, Thai dancing lessons and even Thai language lessons.
Encouraging guests to experience the beauty of its surroundings, the private concierge service can then organise private island tours on a luxury speedboat trip to discover neighbouring islands and hidden beaches; including the beautiful Phi Phi Island and Hong Island, where explorers can snorkel or kayak through the lagoon surrounded by spectacular limestone rock cliffs.
|Those looking to unwind can try yoga or Pilates on the wellness podium by the pool, or retreat to the resorts luxurious So SPA. With all-natural, sustainably-sourced products from renowned French beauty brand L’Occitane, the menu includes an array of rituals for both for expectant mothers and families looking to unwind with their children or grandchildren, and treatments tailored to younger or tougher male skin.|
|Family Monk Blessings and Luxury In-Villa Experiences at V Villa Hua Hin|
Set in the heart of Hua Hin town, the exclusive V Villas Hua Hin offer an inimitable blend of extravagance, privacy and comfort, with each villa housing private pools and a jacuzzi, plush furnishings, Hérmes amenities, a 24-hour butler service and even wine cellars.
|Perfect for those seeking seclusion, families can experience undisturbed bliss with an array of in-villa experiences and activities, from an ‘Instagram-worthy’ floating pool breakfast for teenagers, a sophisticated high-tea for parents and grandparents, to an intimate and delicious private barbecue where the whole family can get together to enjoy favourite fresh seafood on demand, or learn how to cook authentic Thai dishes in a private cooking class with the resort’s chef.|
|Personalised, in-villa spa treatments can also be arranged through guests’ personal butlers, customised down to scents and oils of preference, and private yoga and Pilates sessions are held on the sun-dappled deck, with certain classes curated especially for child yogis. For a truly spiritual family bonding experience, guided meditation takes place on the beautiful beach at sunrise followed by the magical ‘tak bat’ ritual, whereby local monks walk the stretch of white-sanded beach and bless passers-by.|
|Helicopter Trips, Ancient Temple Tours and Cambodian Dance at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor|
|Having welcomed travellers for over 86 years, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is a landmark property which provided luxury lodgings for the first wave of travellers visiting the famous Angkor Temples when it opened in 1932; the historic hotel is now a refuge for families looking to immerse themselves in Cambodian culture.|
|Reopening in October after an extensive restoration, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor will launch the Sugar Palm Club, offering a dynamic program for younger guests. As part of new ‘Junior Explorer’ trips, tiny travellers are encouraged to explore the rustic charm of the Cambodian city on child-friendly temple tours, soaking in the history and culture of the iconic Angkor Wat temples first-hand, before enjoying cooking and art classes, tennis and swimming lessons, and even a History Tour of the hotel, specially curated for budding historians.|
|After a day of exploring the Angkor Silk Farm or botanical gardens of Senteurs d’Angkor, adults and children alike will delight in the magic of the classical Robam Tep Apsara dance show, created by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, where guests can enjoy a unique performance alongside a sumptuous pan-Asian barbecue feast, at the hotel’s Aspara Terrace restaurant – a must visit dining destination in Cambodia.|
|It also offers the ultimate family bucket list experience – scenic helicopter tours over the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat.
Appreciate the scale of these enormous architectural wonders from the air, before flying over the northern edge of Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages and local fishing boats from a completely unique perspective.