WA NDE R-FUL GETAWAYS Founders of Mr & Mrs Smith, James and Tamara Lohan share their 10 best family-friendly getaways.
In the BC (before children) years, your holiday must-haves probably went something like this: stylish rooms with just-so decor; romantic (but not cloying) ambience; memorable setting; pitch-perfect service; fantastic food … But finding the same magic combination once you have kids can be a trial. Luxury family hotel collection Smith & Family highlights the holiday destinations that go the extra mile to please parents and kids alike – where child-friendly facilities never come at the expense of good food or great design. Here, cofounders (and parents) James and Tamara Lohan reveal 10 of their favourite finds from around the world. “We can’t stop raving about this place. It has been a winner in the Best for Families category at past Smith Hotel Awards because it’s hard to beat for special holidays with your children. The incredible kids’ club, the Den, is the best we’ve ever seen. It’s shaped like a manta ray, with themed rooms for music, fashion, and art, and children can get a taste of Thai culture by trying traditional batik or learning a Thai instrument. Soneva Kiri is extremely eco-friendly too: They do a lot to conserve the marine ecosystems. Combine all that with the space and privacy of the stunning beachside villas and vast gardens, and you’ve got a real humdinger of a holiday.” KIDS LOVE ... Ever Soneva So Chilled and Ever Soneva So Chocoholic (the always-open, help-yourself ice-cream and chocolate bars); the drawbridge and slide exit at the kids’ club. PARENTS LOVE ... Treetop Dining Pod; impeccable service; holistic therapies at the Six Senses spa.
The poolside of Soneva Kiri