From the blush-pink beaches of Bermuda to the rock pools of Cornwall, our latest pick of child-friendly hotels all have something for the little splashers in your life. This month, we’ve rounded up four retreats blessed with perfect pools and jolly good beaches, including a glamorous Beverly Hills palace and an idyllic stopover crash-pad in Singapore.
The Idle Rocks Cornwall, United Kingdom
Just for them Tasty Kids’ high tea
Just for you In-room aromatherapy massages
A luxe take on nautical chic and rugged coastal backdrop make the Idle Rocks the perfect setting for a swashbuckling family adventure. Kayak up St Mawes’ creeks, grab lines and nets to catch lily-livered crabs in the beach’s rock pools or simply relax on the terrace with the Sunday papers. Make the most of the playroom, free baby-listening and handy iPad monitors on offer to sneak away and enjoy the hotel’s grown-up delights: sigh-inducing aromatic massages, adults-only dinners of fresh Cornish produce and tall glasses of Idle Mary, the hotel’s own take on the classic brunch tipple.
Montage Beverly Hills Los Angeles, USA
Just for them Wild West Wednesdays at the kids club
Just for you Rooftop pool with eye-candy views
A prestigious Beverly Hills postcode and decadent spa don’t scream family-friendly hotel, but Montage Beverly Hills’ exclusive kids club Paintbox – staffed by former Disneyland employees – make it the perfect children’s playground. Lounge by the rooftop pool and drink in the views over LA and the Hollywood hills while the little ones splash gleefully in between sunscreen top-ups. While the tots enjoy dinner, a groovy movie and popcorn courtesy of Paintbox, parents can take advantage of Scarpetta’s farm-fresh Italian inspired cuisine on a grown-up date night.
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Rosewood Tucker’s Point, Bermuda
Just for them Mini manis and tween-tailored facials
Just for you Yoga and t’ai chi classes with a waterfall view
Set in 200 manicured acres lapped by crystalline seas, this Bermudan getaway promises plenty of island fun. The kids club’s activities, which range from golf clinics to cooking lessons and puppet-making, will appeal to little bundles of energy and more creatively inclined tots alike. Teenagers will love sipping on fruity mocktails and making friends around the infinity-edged Horizon Pool. Where does that leave parents? In the Bermuda Triangle, of course: a two-hour blissful spa treatment involving a massage, facial and shower therapy.
Capella Singapore, Singapore
Just for them A hop, skip and a jump from Universal Studios
Just for you Delectable Far-Eastern cuisine
A lust-worthy destination in its own right, Capella Singapore’s location make it the perfect pit stop to rest travel-weary heads on their way to far-flung destinations. Rest and recover at the organic spa, lounger-lined swimming pool and East-meets-West restaurants. Kids are treated with all the honours, too: there’s a child-friendly menu and staff leave surprises such as soft toys, mini bathrobes and cookies.
Looking for other places to skim stones and catch the waves with your little Smiths? Browse through Smith & Family’s entire collection of child-friendly hotels within reach of a beach.
* Copy compiled by Laura Brassett