I spend all my time writing about the best holiday destinations in Asia for family vacations but I have never put them all down in one place.
So here is a bumper post with a huge roundup of some of my favorite places to visit in Asia for families. I have personally visited and fallen in love with every one of these Asia family holiday destinations and now I share them all here with you.
Within each destination, I have also highlighted the best resorts in Asia for families, including details on what makes them so good for families.
The obvious destination missing in our best places to travel in Asia list is Sri Lanka. However, we haven’t been lucky enough to visit there yet and I only wanted to include places here that I could personally recommend from my own experiences.
I hope this article helps stir your wanderlust and inspires you for your next family holidays in Asia.
You may also like our Best Beaches in Asia article.
Langkawi is one of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia. With its huge expanses of untouched rainforest and long white sandy beaches, it is one of the best beach destinations in Asia for wildlife loving families as well as those looking to chill on the beach.
With much of the island covered in rainforest, many of the activities here revolve around the abundant wildlife found here.
Highlights include visiting the Kilim Geo Park Nature Reserve and taking a mangrove tour, and taking a ride on one of the world’s steepest cable cars to visit the Skybridge, a ‘floating’ bridge that hangs at 100 metres above the rainforest.
Best Family Hotels in Langkawi
There is a fabulous choice of family friendly hotels in Langkawi and you can read our full selection here. Below we highlight two of our favourites. Both offer beachfront accommodation and fun kids clubs.
The Andaman is located right on the beach at the gorgeous Datai Bay, arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia. Rooms can easily accommodate two kids with fold-down sofa beds. Some offer private garden terraces.
Set right in the rainforest, expect to see monkeys, hornbills and monitor lizards as you laze by the pool at this beautiful Asai family resort. Kids will love the expansive resort pool with waterslide and the fun kids club.
The Meritus Pelangi is located right on Pantai Cenang, one of Langkawi’s most popular beaches. This family hotel has two free-form swimming pools, plus a kids dinosaur-themed water play area including water slides.
Add to this tennis courts, mini golf, archery, bicycle hire and a whole range of water sports activities and you will have some happy kids on your hands. The Meritus Pelangi is also handily located close to the airport.
Renowned for its raucous nightlife in Patong, Phuket doesn’t automatically come to mind for an Asian family holiday, but it is actually amazingly family friendly.
With a huge selection of beautiful beaches, friendly locals, lots of fun activities and some of the best family resorts in Asia, Phuket is a great choice for a family holiday destination in Asia.
Highlights include visiting beautiful Phang Nga Bay, snorkeling in the Similan Islands, visiting the Elephant Sanctuary, playing at the Splash Jungle water park and kicking back in one of the popular beach clubs.
Best family hotels in Phuket
You are really spoilt for choice for family resorts in Phuket and we give you a large selection to chose from here. Our favourites are highlighted below:
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
This beautiful Phuket resort has three swimming pools, 11 restaurants and bars and a kids club. The Oceanfront Family Pool rooms are perfect for larger families, with separate living area, outdoor decking and private pool.
Handily located near Phuket airport, the Marriott Phuket is located right on stunning Mai Khao beach, a beach within a protected national park meaning it is largely unspoilt and rarely busy.
Angsana Laguna Phuket
Located right on fabulous Bangtao beach within the large Laguna complex, this huge Phuket beach resort has loads of family facilities. Some rooms open directly onto the family pool, which has a fun ‘beach’ to play on and a lazy river for exploring.
There is a good choice of restaurants including the fun Xana beach club, which has its own beachside swimming pool. Another reason this Phuket hotel is a winner for families is it also boasts the biggest kids club in Phuket.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Much quieter than its Thai island cousin Phuket, Koh Samui boasts stunning white sandy beaches with calm, shallow water, making it another of our picks for best family destinations in Asia.
A good selection of excellent restaurants, fun family attractions and a large choice of family friendly resorts all make Koh Samui ideal for family beach holidays in Asia.
Beach lovers are spoilt for choice in Koh Samui. A real family favourite is the calm and quiet Bophut beach. The Fisherman’s Village here has a good range of restaurants and bars to choose from, including firm favourite Coco Tam’s beach bar, where you can sip on a cocktail while sitting in a swing at the bar.
Beyond the beaches, a real highlight is kayaking and snorkeling in Ang Thong Marine Park. There are also two fun water parks to choose from, plus canopy adventures, go karting and crazy golf. Don’t miss a visit to the famous Big Buddha temple for a bit of culture.
Family Resorts in Koh Samui
There is a good selection of beachfront resorts in Koh Samui to choose from and you can read our full selection of family resorts in Koh Samui here. Our pick of the bunch are highlighted below:
Anantara Bophut Koh Samui
This gorgeous hotel on Bophut beach has beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, and elegant southern Thai architecture. It is handily located just a few minutes walk from the Fisherman’s Village and Coco Tam’s beach bar.
The Anantara has a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the beach and plenty of activities to keep everybody entertained, including free-of-charge kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, tennis court and fitness centre, plus a fun little kids club with outdoor play area.
Melati Beach Resort
This intimate 77-room beachfront resort is located in the peaceful haven of Tongsai Bay, where the white, soft sandy private beach with clear calm water is definitely the highlight.
There are two swimming pools, including a lap pool – although we prefer the free-form pool with swim-up bar! There is also a kids club, which is handily located next to the pool so you can still be close by.
Bali is one of the most popular places to visit in Asia for families. Renowned for its rich culture, fabulous dining scene and stunning scenery and miles of beaches, its no wonder people flock to Bali year on year for their Southeast Asia family holidays.
The beauty of Bali is you can visit several times and stay in a different location and experience a completely different kind of holiday. A family holiday in amongst the rice paddies of Ubud is a very different one to a beach holiday in Seminyak.
Wherever you stay, a family highlight of Bali is definitely Waterbom water park. Families can also enjoy cycling tours, white water rafting, snorkeling and watching some of the fascinating cultural performances.
Where to stay in Bali for families
There is a huge choice of family accommodation in Bali and we have a full article with recommendations of the best family hotels and resorts in Bali here. This article breaks the hotels down into different areas, depending on the type of holiday you are looking for. However, in the meantime here are two of our favourites:
Intercontinental Bali Resort
There are so many activities for families at this luxury Bali resort – including cycling tours, beach volleyball and soccer. There are also tennis courts and five swimming pools, including two ‘fun pools’ with water fountains to play in.
The highlight for most kids is the amazing kids club, Planet Trekkers, which has a large outdoor playground with swings, slides, climbing frames, mini basketball courts and a fully supervised 10m kids pool as well as an indoor activity program.
Grand Hyatt Bali
Located in Nusa Dua right on one of the best white sandy beaches in Bali, this family resort in Bali boasts facilities galore.
Within the 42 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens you will find five restaurants, four bars, three tennis courts, squash courts, gym, spa and five swimming pools, including the River Pool with its two water slides.
The kids club has an outdoor playground and a comprehensive activity program.
Known as the ‘new Bali’, next-door Lombok is a quieter option for a beach holiday in Indonesia. With its longs stretches of beach lined by coconut palms, if you’re looking for a relaxing Asia beach holiday, you’ve got it here.
Beyond the beaches there is plenty of exploring to do in Lombok. Visit Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s largest volcano, go swimming at Sendanggile Waterfall or take a horse and cart tour around some local villages, including Masbagik Village, which is famous for its traditional earthenware.
It’s also fun to spend a day at Sengiggi Beach scouring the handicraft stalls and art market and hanging out in the beachside restaurants. Or head over to the Gili Islands for the day for some snorkelling or diving with the resident turtles.
Family hotels in Lombok
Although not as crowded as Bali, there is still a large selection of resorts in Lombok for families to choose from. From the very luxurious to basic beachfront accommodation, you can take your pick in Lombok. Two of our favourite family resorts in Lombok are highlighted below.
The Oberoi Lombok
This secluded and relaxing family resort in Lombok has a selection of luxury, thatched pavilions and villas set within 24 acres of beautifully presented tropical gardens.
The highlight for families is the gorgeous infinity pool, surrounded by palm trees and cascading down to a ruggedly beautiful beach. The resort is just a short 10-minute boat ride to the Gili Islands for fabulous snorkeling and diving opportunities.
There’s no kids club but there are afternoon activities organized by the pool. You can read our full review here.
Qunci Villas Lombok
This gorgeous beachfront hotel in Lombok has a good selection of 1 and 2 bedroom rooms suitable for families. It also has 1-3 bedroom self-contained luxury pool villas with kitchen and dining facilities, perfect for families of all sizes.
There are three beautiful infinity pools gazing out to sea (1 is adults only) and a good choice of restaurants, including Italian, Indonesian and tapas.
Gili Islands, Indonesia
Just off the coast of Lombok the Gili Islands offer more laid-back fun-in-the-sun relaxation. Diving and snorkeling are the most popular activity here, with the resident turtle population being a real draw to many.
Beyond the reefs you can hire bikes to explore the islands or hop aboard a horse and cart for a tour around. You can also take a glass bottom boat trip, hire a stand up paddle board or kayak, go island hopping around the other Gili Islands, or take the boat over to Lombok to explore for the day.
There are three islands to choose from here – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. All offer white sandy beaches, turquoise water, laid-back beach bars and a selection of dive shops and resorts.
Our pick of the best Gili Island for families would be Gili Air, as Gili T tends to attract the rowdy backpackers, and Gili Meno is known as the ‘honeymoon island’. For us Gili Air strikes a good balance of amenities such as bars and restaurants, with relative tranquility.
Where to stay in Gili Islands with Kids
Accommodation in the Gili Islands tends to be fairly laidback and basic rather than glitzy and luxurious. It’s all about the beach vibe and natural surroundings in Gili.
Manta Dive Resort, Gili Air
This 3-star resort in Gili Air has a selection of rooms and bungalows, including family rooms and connecting rooms. Rooms are also large enough to add a cot or additional mattress if required.
As its name suggests, the main focus here is on diving and snorkeling, and if your kids are old enough, it would be a great place for the family to take the PADI course together. The resort is located right on the beach and you can snorkel right off the beach in front of the hotel.
Scallywags Beach Club
Scallywags beach club in GIli Air offers comfortable accommodation in its beachfront bungalows. Two family bungalows sleep up to 2 adults and 3 children, while regular bungalows allow one child.
There is an onsite PADI dive centre offering dive courses, fun dives and snorkeling trips. The Scallywags beach club is a popular place for locals and tourists to hang out on the beach, kick back in a sunlounger, sip on a cocktail and enjoy a barbecue lunch.
Riau Islands, Indonesia
These Indonesian islands close to Singapore are a popular holiday destination for families. Handily located just an hours ferry ride from Singapore, you have several islands to choose from here.
The largest island is Bintan, with neighbouring Batam Island coming in a close second. Both offer a choice of family resorts and activities. The main focus here is on the beach, watersports and golf, as there are several golf courses to choose from here.
Beyond the main two islands, there are several private island resorts to choose from, which require an additional boat ride from Bintan. These include the gorgeous Nikoi Island, Telnuas Private Island Resort and Pulau Joyo. You can read more about all of these in our private island round up here.
Where to stay in the Riau Islands
Bintan Island has a number of luxury family friendly resorts to choose from, with Batam Island adding a few more family resorts into the mix.
Located on a 1.5km pristine private beach, the Angsana Bintan is a great choice for a beach getaway from Singapore. The spacious family suites have two bedrooms plus living area, with private jetpools.
The resorts has a gorgeous swimming pool and a kids club with a full activity schedule. There is a choice of restaurants, plus guests of Angsana are welcome to dine at the Banyan Tree restaurants next door and charge back to their room.
Montigo Resorts Nongsa, Batam
Batam was long seen as Bintan’s poorer cousin when it came to beach destinations near Singapore. But all that changed when Montigo Resorts opened up.
With its stunning 1-5 bedroom villas all offering minimalist luxury and sea views, this is a great place to chill out with family and friends. There’s a kids club, virtual reality room and plenty of watersports and other fun activities on offer. There’s also a good choice of restaurants and a wonderful spa.
Bohol, The Philippines
Bohol in the Philippines is a great destination for family holidays in Asia. Offering the best of both worlds, here you have gorgeous white sandy beaches and crystal clear water for snorkeling, but also fun countryside activities to enjoy.
Most beachfront resorts are located on Panglao Island, just a 10-minute drive from the airport. Here you can arrange island hopping tours, dolphin watching, and snorkeling or diving trips to the nearby reefs and marine parks.
In the countryside, there are the chocolate hills to explore, riverboat cruises, firefly kayaking, stand up paddle boarding trips and the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park with its treetop rope courses and adrenaline-inducing bicycle zip line. Don’t miss visiting the cute little tarsier population!
Best Family Resorts in Bohol
There is a good selection of family hotels in Bohol, particularly on Panglao Island close to the beach. This is the ideal location for island hopping trips, but also the interior is easily reachable within an hour for countryside tours.
This stunning boutique hotel is set on the cliffs overlooking Alona Beach on Panglao Island. Its 96 suites and villas are set amongst beautifully landscaped tropical gardens.
This luxury hotel in Bohol has two gorgeous infinity pools with stunning views out to sea. There are also plenty of activities to keep active families busy, including kayaking and paddle boarding, to snorkeling at the marine sanctuary in front of the hotel. There’s also a small playground, right next to the bar and pool – ideal.
Bohol Beach Club
Set on a large private beach with white powdery sand, the Bohol Beach Club is a great choice for family holidays in Bohol. All rooms allow 2 adults and 2 children, with various bed configurations including 2 double beds or 3 single beds allowed.
It has a large swimming pool overlooking the beach, an onsite restaurant, kids playroom and plenty of watersports on offer to keep the family entertained.
El Nido, The Philippines
With its crystal clear water and some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia, it’s all about watersports and island hopping tours in El Nido. The beautiful scenery and water clarity here will blow you away.
Island hopping tours take you kayaking in hidden lagoons, snorkeling on pristine reefs, exploring caves and frolicking on deserted beaches. There’s really not much more to El Nido than this, but if you are looking for an awesome beach and watersports destination in beautiful surroundings, El Nido is hard to beat.
Where to stay in El Nido
In El Nido, the most expensive and luxurious resorts are located on private islands off the mainland of Palawan. El Nido Resorts owns three of these resorts – Pangalusian, Miniloc and Lagen Island. For more affordable options, look at resorts close to El Nido town on the mainland.
Our pick of the El Nido Resorts hotels for families is Lagen Island, a gorgeous beachfront eco-sanctuary resort tucked under staggering limestone cliffs. Choose from rooms in the Forest wing, or opt for the gorgeous water villas on stilts or beachfront villas with panoramic views out to sea.
Although the focus is on watersports and exploring the beautiful surrounding area, within the resort there is a beautiful swimming pool and small kids playroom. Dinner is eaten under the stars when possible. This is hands-down one of my favourite resorts I have ever stayed in!
El Nido Mahogany Resort & Spa
For a more affordable option, the Mahogany Resort is located on Corong Corong beach on the mainland of Palawan and close to El Nido town. The hotel is beachfront, with a swimming pool.
The villas here are perfect for families with king beds plus two single beds. Each villa has a private balcony looking out over the gardens, where breakfast is served every morning and some have private plunge pools.
There is an onsite restaurant, and several other restaurants within walking distance and many more in town just a short drive away.
Once the domain of honeymooners, the Maldives has definitely embraced the family travel market over the past few years. Renowned for its gorgeous white sandy secluded islands, crystal clear water and incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities, the Maldives is the dream bucket list destination for many.
So many Maldives resorts now are targeting families, with kids clubs and activities, babysitting and kids menus all on offer. Families can take part in watersports, dolphin watching tours, snorkeling and more.
When choosing a resort in the Maldives for family vacations, bear in mind that some resorts need to be reached via seaplane, which can really push up the cost of your vacation. Seaplane tickets can sometimes be as much as you international flight. Seaplane transfers also only take place during daylight hours.
The Best Family Resorts in the Maldives
There are almost too many amazing family hotels in the Maldives to choose from, with all the major hotel brands represented here, as well as smaller boutique offerings. We have personally stayed at four different Maldives family resorts and loved them all. Below we highlight two of our favourites for families.
Soneva Fushi is a really special resort, and differs from other Maldives resorts in that it focuses on eco-friendly design and practice over glitz and glamour. The luxury here comes in the form of unique experiences and unbelievable personal service.
The other thing that sets Soneva Fushi apart from other family friendly resorts in the Maldives is the size of its villas – here you can stay in anything from 1-bedroom all the way up to 9-bedroom villas, all with private facilities.
The other reason this resort made our top pick is its kids club. Arguably one of the best kids clubs in the world, my kids continually talk about this one. With its own pool with a slide, Lego room, music room, kitchen for cooking classes, it really is incredible.
Niyama Private Islands
Niyama Resort is another unique resort for families in the Maldives as it was really built with families in mind. A selection of 1-3 bedroom villas are available, with specific family villas on offer. There’s a whole host of watersports and other activities on offer for active families.
Niyama Maldives has an amazing kids club with playground, trampoline, splash play area and gourmet kitchen and a comprehensive activity schedule that includes dolphin tours, stand up paddle boarding and snorkeling.
Hoi An & Danang, Vietnam
Hoi An and Danang in Vietnam continue to grow in popularity as an Asian holiday destination, and little wonder. This gorgeous coastal area has so much to offer for families.
Beautiful beaches, amazing cuisine, stunning countryside and a rich and vibrant culture all combine to attract tourists from all over the world to this Asian beachside destination.
Hoi An is one of Asia’s most beautiful towns and is home to a fantastic selection of restaurants and boutique shopping. Strolling the streets here and browsing the shops is a popular pastime in itself. Then there are plenty of countryside cultural tours and activities to take part in – and of course then there is the beach.
Best family resorts in Hoi An & Danang
Again, you are really spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels in Hoi An and Danang. Most families choose the stretch of An Bang Beach, which connects the two towns. This is where you will find many of the best resorts, which benefit from the gorgeous beach, but still within easy reach of Hoi An town.
Four Seasons Nam Hai
If money is no object, the Nam Hai is one of my favourite resorts in Asia. There are several villas that suit families, including specific family villas with annexes and day beds, as well as larger pool villas.
Children are only allowed in two of the three swimming pools, but it is a gorgeous pool with water fountains. The hotel is located right on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the area. There is a kids club, plus both adults and kids bikes are provided for getting around the resort.
Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Danang
This Danang hotel offers a good choice of family accommodation in Danang, including 1-3 bedroom apartments and 3-bedroom beach villas. All of these offer plenty of space and kitchen, dining and living areas.
There are two swimming pools, including one with a waterslide and ‘beach’ area for sandcastle building, plus a good choice of restaurants. The kids club will keep kids entertained with a good activity program, outdoor playground and even rock climbing on offer.
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu in Borneo is another popular Asia holiday destination for families, who are all drawn here by its white sandy beaches and tropical weather.
Of course the other big draw to Borneo is its fabulous wildlife and beyond the confines of your tropical resort here, there is plenty to do in Kota Kinabalu with kids.
From island hopping around the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, visiting the Mari Mari Cultural Village, river cruising in search of proboscis monkeys and braving the canopy walkways of Kinabalu Park, there is plenty to keep active families happy here.
If you want to travel further afield, a popular trip is to head down to Sandakan to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and the Kinabatangan River.
Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu with Kids
There is a good selection of family resorts in Kota Kinabalu to choose from, with most offering beachfront accommodation. Our pick of accommodation in Kota Kinabalu for family vacations has to go to the two Shangri-La hotels thanks to their fabulous family facilities.
Shangri-La Rasa Ria resort
Although located a fair drive from both the airport and downtown Kota Kinabalu, families continue to flock to this family friendly Kota Kinabalu resort.
The main draw here used to be the onsite orangutan sanctuary. Sadly this closed down a few years ago, but the resort remains as popular as ever thanks to its gorgeous beachfront location and fabulous family facilities.
There are two swimming pools to choose from – one with waterslides and an amazing kids club, with an outdoor playground. There is also a full activity schedule of watersports and beach games for older kids.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort
Ideally located close to Kota Kinabalu airport and town centre, yet on its own private beach, the Tanjung Aru resort is a big favourite for family holidays in Kota Kinabalu.
Its fantastic family facilities include an awesome water play area with long water slides and a water balloon launching station and a huge swimming pool with tapered shoreline for the kids to play. There’s also a fun kids club plus other activities including watersports and banana boat rides.
I wasn’t planning to include cities on this list, but it’s hard to write about family friendly destinations in Asia and not include Singapore! Singapore is the epitome of family friendly cities.
It is so easy to visit Singapore with kids. There are big family attractions such as Singapore Zoo, Universal Studios Singapore and the SEA Aquarium, a fabulous selection of family friendly hotels and so many great restaurants to choose from.
Getting around is easy, with a cheap and efficient public transport system, and everywhere is stroller friendly. There are even beaches to play on. I don’t think you’ll find a more family friendly city in Asia.
Family hotels in Singapore
There is a huge selection of family friendly hotels in Singapore, with all the big name brands represented here, as well as smaller boutique choices. We have a full article dedicated to Singapore family hotels here. The two below are highlighted thanks to their standout family facilities and kids clubs.
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
The Shangri-La Singapore is definitely one of the best city hotels for families in Asia. This hotel is so family friendly it not only has family rooms – it has an entire floor dedicated to family rooms and suites, including 2-bedrooms themed suites.
Add to this amazing family facilities, such as an outdoor playground, outdoor water play area, beautiful swimming pool AND an incredible kids club and you will not believe you are in a city centre hotel, just a 10-minute walk from Orchard Road.
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
The ‘other’ Shangri-La hotel in Singapore is located right on the beach in Sentosa and is a firm favourite for many an Asia family holiday. With all its rooms facing out to sea, you wouldn’t believe you are just a 20-minute drive from the centre of one of Asia’s modern cities.
The only beachfront resort in Sentosa boasts a gorgeous swimming pool with water play area and waterslides and a fabulous kids club. It also has an outdoor playground just outside on the beach and a good choice of restaurants.
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