Let’s go, baby
From active adventures at home to city weekenders and sun-filled holidays abroad, we have seven great destinations sure to please every family member
Seven of the best international and local destinations for the whole clan
OUTRIGGER FIJI BEACH RESORT, FIJI
Fiji is arguably the most family-friendly island in the world – not to mention only a mere few hours’ flight from Australia – and it’s also a great spot for soon-to-be parents to babymoon. Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, on the Coral Coast, offers a choice of accommodation, including apartment-style rooms and ocean, beachfront and family bures.
There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including glorious swimming pools, a tennis court, water sports and a fitness centre, not to mention the beautiful beachfront and plenty of entertainment, including Fijian firewalking shows.
And if you want to enjoy some couple time, the Meimei Nanny Service costs just $222* for four days. So what can parents do while their kids are eating for free, making sandcastles or doing arts and crafts with their nannies? Laze in the hammock outside your bure, take a stroll along the beach, indulge in a much-needed pamper at Bebe Spa, watch the sunset from Kalokalo Bar’s hilltop position, have a romantic candlelit dinner at Ivi Restaurant or order an outrageously colourful cocktail at the swim-up bar at adults-only pool area Vahavu. Finally calling the shots for the first time since becoming a mum? Now that’s a holiday!
Rooms start from around $235* a night, with a wide range of packages available. Visit www.outrigger.com.au.
CLUB MED, BALI
As many Aussies already know well, Bali is a great destination for family holidays. And while there is an abundance of accomodation on offer, for little ones and their parents who want a family holiday without all the stress there’s one place that really stands out: Club Med Bali.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta, and located within the resort village of Nusa Dua, Club Med is best described as a cruise ship on land. Everything is taken care of in the tariff – including meals, drinks and most activities, such as the awesome Flying Trapeze School. The resort itself has all the facilities you would expect, including two swimming pools (one of which is an adults-only zone), a beach sports kiosk and two restaurants. But where it really stands apart from other resorts is the kids club. For a small fee, children from four months to three years can be cared for (the kids clubs are free for little ones who are more than four years of age) by G.Os (Club Med’s term for its staff) and qualified carers, which means you can relax knowing your little one is in safe hands. The kids clubs are also set out in distinct zones designed to suit the different age groups – including a nursery with cots so your bub can nap while you relax poolside! “The kids club and kids facilities are very important to bring happiness to the children and for them to have a memorable holiday in Club Med,” says Club Med Bali Chef de Village Eric Lejeune. “Kids will cherish the beautiful souvenir of their Club Med holiday, and become loyal customers in the long term, when they become parents themselves, relaxing in the Zen pool and enjoying dynamic activities just as their parents once did.” Mealtimes are also made easy, with the buffet catering for little ones’ fussy tastebuds, while there is also a baby corner so you can prepare your own baby food. All in all, Club Med Bali kicks a lot of goals, making a perfect family holiday where the whole family is entertained and gets a break. What more could you want?
Club Med Bali starts from $1336 per person for a seven-night package. Children under four stay free. Visit www.clubmed.com.au.
Fun in the sun