The best kids’ clubs around the world
Luxury resorts that offer to entertain the kids in style…
Explorers at Shanti Maurice
Scott Dunn’s first kids club in Mauritius opened earlier this year, and aims to provide an insight into local culture. Shanti Maurice’s resident ‘Grandma’ shows children how to cook delicious local sweet treats and bread, and kids can head out to sea for a day of fishing using traditional Mauritian techniques. There’s also snorkelling, kayaking and paddleboarding. Scott Dunn offers 10-nights at Shanti Maurice from £8,960 for a family of four. The price is based on sharing two interconnecting junior suites on a half-board basis and includes two spaces at the Explorers kids club, flights from the UK and private transfers. www.scottdunn.com
Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote
A dream resort for football-mad kids: boys and girls between the ages of five and 16 can join the Princesa Yaiza Soccer School, with games and coaching for all abilities. As well as a huge chidren’s park with pool, its kids club also hosts activities such as water balloon fights and musicals. Basic superior room from €195 per night including a buffet breakfast, based on two people sharing.
Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete
A three-day wellness programme, for guests aged between five and 12, includes fun wellness, educational and nutritional workshops as well as group spa treatments and the chance to make organic beauty products.
Rooms from £310 for two people per night. eloundapeninsula.com
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
This idyllic luxury hideaway offers stunning beaches and turquoise waters. There is an emphasis on nature with adventures by bike or boat, exploring the natural surrounds, while the Hawksbill Turtle Programme also teaches kids and teens about the importance of wildlife conservation, with the opportunity to even ‘adopt’ their own endangered turtle. From $1,550 per night (approx. £1,204) + 22.5% service and tax in an entry-level Rondavel Room, inclusive of meals and drinks.
A high-end hotel with views out over the city, this Waldorf Astoria Resort offers full-on glamour for parents, while their offspring can take part in a range of Italian-inspired experiences including pizza making, miniature Piaggo Vespa rides and training to become gladiators in the gorgeous grounds.
Prices from €323 per night, deluxe room, double occupancy.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
For a dramatic backdrop, Zighy Bay would be hard to beat. The Hajar Mountains rise above this mirage of luxury, where young visitors can take part in Hajar Rock Painting, Arabic lessons, sand art, alien treasure hunts, and henna art. Teens can try wadi swimming, kayaking, archery, raft building, and abseiling. Kids can also learn about Arabic cooking and pick their own ingredients in the organic garden. And for a cinema experience with a difference, you can kick back on the beach to watch a film with the stars above you.
For wannabe engineers and programmers, sign them up for a robotics workshop. MarBella Corfu runs courses where kids can design complex interactive robots and have them made on a 3D printer, which they can keep. There is also a Dance Academy, water sports, football and tennis.
Family Garden View Room from £253 per night on a half board basis (based on a family of 4 sharing). www.marbella.gr
Gleneagles’ motto is ‘Whatever an adult can do, a child can do too’ and families can try a wide range of activities including off-road driving in mini Land Rovers, falconry, ferreting and golf. Its “Little Glen & The Den” kids’ club has golf camp, ‘own a pony’ experiences, and clay pigeon shooting, football and ceramics.
– from £390 per night based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis. www.gleneagles.co.uk