DREAMS DO COME TRUE

With its amaz­ing themed rooms, a stay at this Hong Kong ho­tel feels like a hol­i­day within a hol­i­day.

Young Parents (Singapore) - - C NTENTS -

There are ho­tels with rooms de­signed for chil­dren. And then there is Hong Kong Gold Coast Ho­tel, that brings out the kid in ev­ery par­ent.

My eyes widened as I checked into its Sa­fari-themed fam­ily room with my four-year-old son.

Just look at that Jeep-styled, king-size bed “parked” un­der a 3-D tree (pic­tured).

In­stead of bed­side ta­bles and lamps, I found tree logs, old-fash­ioned suit­cases and camp­ing lanterns.

Else­where, peb­ble-styled cush­ions were strewn on the car­pet grass and tes­sel­lated “pave­ment”. A plush an­te­lope joined us, as did a ze­bra fam­ily that was graz­ing on the field and peer­ing at us – from the wall­pa­per, that is.

I felt like I was trans­ported back to my va­cay in South Africa’s game re­serve.

And I didn’t even have to share my cool Jeep bed with my son. He had his own tent bed, with a Cloud B Twi­light Lady­bug by his side. The con­stel­la­tion night light trans­formed our room into a starry night sky, com­plet­ing the sa­fari camp ex­pe­ri­ence.

This is one of six themed fam­ily rooms launched last year by this ho­tel. The oth­ers are equally amaz­ing.

Dream ho­tel rooms

In the Di­nosaur-themed room, an al­most ceil­ing-height wooden skele­ton model and a canopy of trees grab your at­ten­tion im­me­di­ately. You can re­lax on a big­ger-than-su­per-king-size 2.5m-long bed, while Ju­nior keeps him­self busy with dino toy gurines. If your lit­tle one dreams of sail­ing on the seven seas, you must stay in the Pi­rate-themed room. The blue car­pet evokes sparkling waves, while wooden bar­rels and chests take the place of cab­i­nets and ta­bles. There is even a ship’s steer­ing wheel that ac­tu­ally spins. Dark and mys­te­ri­ous, the Outer Space-themed room might just give you a glimpse of life as an astro­naut. You’ll sleep within a gi­ant crater with a space­suit du­vet cover over you, while your kid will be thrilled to get his own rocket bed. You can both take turns to use the tele­scope and mi­cro­scope, as well.

If your girl loves fairy tales, she’ll squeal with joy at the uni­corn car­pet in the Princess-themed room. The car­riage bed, chan­de­liers, tiaras and hang­ing fairies add a touch of magic. Mean­while, you can trans­form into roy­alty, sort of – your du­vet cover fea­tures a lovely ball gown print. Or why not book the Hong Kong Tram-themed room (pic­tured, above) and im­merse your­self in the city? Bustling street-life scenes adorn the walls and your kid gets to sleep in a tram bed.

Did I also men­tion that all the bath­rooms fol­low through with the re­spec­tive themes? Take the Outer Space-themed room’s bath­room – its door has a space­craft con­trol panel with but­tons, knobs and switches that your kid can ddle with (pic­tured right).

The Princess-themed room’s bath­tub is adorned with pink shower cur­tains t for young roy­alty.

I love that most of the bath­rooms are tted with two sinks – one of which is at child’s level – and pro­vide a potty ring. How thought­ful!

Play all day

Lo­cated in Tuen Mun and about 30 min­utes by car from the air­port, this beach­front prop­erty of­fers spa­cious gue­strooms that you don’t usu­ally as­so­ciate Hong Kong ho­tels with.

It has an awe­some in­door play­ground, as well. Its Sharks and Pi­rates Ad­ven­ture Zone (pic­tured, top right) fea­tures a multi-level play struc­ture with a spi­ral tube slide, a tram­po­line, a shaky bridge and a climb­ing wall for chil­dren aged ve to 10.

Younger kids can still have lots of fun at the imag­i­na­tive play area where they can pre­tend to sh, and ex­plore with learn­ing toys from brands in­clud­ing Vtech, Fisher-Price and Lit­tle Tikes.

The en­tire Ad­ven­ture Zone is well-padded, so you won’t worry too much if your lit­tle one takes a tum­ble.

An adult must ac­com­pany each child. If you’ve booked a themed room pack­age, both of you get a free 50-minute play­time ses­sion. Your child will en­joy a craft work­shop, as well. Both ac­tiv­i­ties are worth HK$100 (S$18) each.

(Non-stay­ing guests pay HK$150 per ses­sion of 50 min­utes for one child and one adult, and HK$120 for a kid’s craft work­shop.)

You and your child can look for­ward to out­door fun, too. Be­sides the pool, there’s an out­door play­ground with a sand pit, and a wa­ter play area.

We hear that the ho­tel will be adding more new themed rooms, in­clud­ing a roller­coaster one. We can’t wait to re­turn for that. Rates for a themed-room pack­age starts from HK$2,488 (with­out bal­cony) per night and HK$2,788 (with bal­cony) for two adults and one child. It in­cludes a break­fast buf­fet, a themed af­ter­noon tea set, play­time at the Ad­ven­ture Zone, and shuttle bus ser­vices to var­i­ous parts of Hong Kong. Top up HK$450 per ad­di­tional kid. Visit www.gold­coastho­tel.com.hk.

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