12 March 2020
Keeping kids entertained while you’re away on holiday can be quite the undertaking, which is why it’s so important to have the perfect kids’ club onsite to give you a helping hand. We’ve enlisted the help of our experts to guide you in choosing your next luxury getaway with the best facilities for kids, based on their own experiences.
Kids of all ages were catered for at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, from babies right up to 18-year olds. At the kids’ club there was arts & crafts, movies, storytelling, boardgames and a gaming system for the kids to enjoy, and all within a supervised environment. With the club being open from nine in the morning until almost eleven in the evening, parents have plenty of time on their hands to enjoy some alone time around the gorgeous resort, maybe getting a romantic couples massage or heading for a round of golf.
The Teens’ Club really focuses on giving these young adults their own space to hang out with others their own age around a club-style dance floor, karaoke, and gaming systems. They even have their own bar to grab some teen-friendly drinks and snacks. The baby concierge service makes sure that young families have everything they need for a stress-free holiday, so no need for heavy packing as the bottle sterilizers, highchairs, cribs, prams and dummies are all there waiting.
Best of all, the child-friendly services are all covered by the all-inclusive package.
It’s a while since I visited (around Easter of 2015) but the Kids’ Club at Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech was awesome. I travelled with my two children aged seven and nine and they loved it, particularly the evening meal when the chef came round to take orders which meant they could have anything they wanted, and it was all served to them from huge silver cloches.
The Kids’ Club staff were great fun and always asked what the kids wanted to do and planned activities accordingly, whether that was playing tennis or organising a disco – it allowed us to spend some time alone relaxing and enjoying the adults-only restaurant. The staff’s enthusiasm really shone through to help my kids overcome their initial hesitance and they ended up having a great time at the Wii dance party, cookery lessons, visiting the hotel’s farm and playing tennis.
It’s easy for hotels to have colouring and a playground but certain luxury properties have really upped their game when it comes to providing an enjoyable experience for kids, and as every parent knows – happy kids equals happy parents.
We visited Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos in July 2016 for a 10-night multi-generational holiday. Upon arrival, my son, who was eight at the time, was quite happy to just make the most of the pool areas and waterslides but after making friends with children who were attending the kids’ club themselves he decided to try it out.
From a parent’s point of view, I was very re-assured by the level of security; you had to be buzzed into the main reception area of the club, then the children went through another security gate. You had to fill in a health and safety questionnaire and list allergies, kids’ likes and dislikes, and any activities that you didn’t wish for them to participate in. It gave me real peace of mind that he was safe.
There was a wide variety of activities available, both indoor and out, including t-shirt making and football competitions. Even at night-time the fun didn’t stop as they had PJ parties, cinema clubs, and chocolate and popcorn parties. We were given a pager so if at any point my son was ready to leave before close, we could be notified and come collect him.
The whole service was very well run, and the staff took the time to get to know each child individually.
My children, Jasmine and Aiden, visited the Playroom most afternoons during our stay. Aiden was six and Jasmine was eight at the time and they both got really involved with the activities that were organised for them but also enjoyed that they could spend time in the Playroom playing by themselves. For Jasmine, the fashion room was a highlight with the mini catwalk and dolls’ house. They both enjoyed the crafts, each making a pinata that they filled with sweets, and loved spending time on the ice rink.
The place was very clean and felt safe which is reassuring for a parent. The staff were super friendly and took amazing care of the kids, they even took our contact details so they could get in touch with us should the kids want us to come collect them early.
I noticed that the kids’ facilities were a lot larger here than at other hotels, which meant more choice of activities. It also allowed Aiden to spend time playing at his own leisure in between getting involved with the group activities. Even beyond the Playroom, the kids’ activities don’t stop – the children’s pool has splash slides and water bomb games. For older kids, there’s the Wired Lounge which is aimed primarily at teens but by my kids loved it (almost as much as daddy), with its arcade games, air hockey, pool tables and video games.
All the kids’ club activities and the Wired Lounge are covered in the all-inclusive, so it was nice to know everything was taken care of with no extra costs. We loved it so much last Summer that we are returning again this year.
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