Hotels and resorts are getting increasingly getting smarter about appealing to younger guests – a happy and engaged child means happy parents, too.
Adjoining rooms are an excellent starting point, where kids get their own space, beds and bathrooms. It means a more relaxed atmosphere for everybody, particularly at bedtime when parents can still enjoy a chilled evening watching TV or listening to music without disturbing their sleeping neighbours.
Many hotels offer specific, dedicated kids’ rooms, with extras such as special bed linen and a full stock of toys, video games and DVDs. And it’s not just for younger children, too – teens can be catered too with age-specific activities and teen lounges that give them their own zone to hang out in.
Kids clubs, daycare facilities and babysitting services differ across venues, but there are many innovative and educational programs designed to keep young minds occupied, with various arts and craft activities and nature walks. It’s also worth taking a look to assess whether a property has extras such as kids play areas, games rooms and if it has a family-friendly pool.
Researching the local attractions and what’s on offer in the neighbourhood is also important so that there’s easy to access fun and entertainment, meaning kids will be making the most of their trip and not just sat glued to an iPad instead.