The Most Stylish Resort Stays for New Parents

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

Finding a holiday destination that is bucket-list worthy for adults and equally as suitable for your offspring can be a tough gig for parents. You want mix the indulgence and the culinary offering for the adults, and include the entertainment and activities for the kids, to give every family member a break they’ll want to repeat. Mums and dads, it's time to stop searching the web for the perfect family escape because we’ve done the work for you—and we promise you’ll win the parents of the year award, too.

In need a holiday with your clan? We have short-listed some of the best family-friendly resorts from the travel experts at Wotif.com that are either here on our very own shores or just a short flight away. Scroll down for the answer to the perfect vacation destinations for both the grown-ups and the little ones.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island, Fiji

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For a tranquil tropical escape only a short flight away (less than a four-hour flight from the east coast to be precise), the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji ticks all the boxes. At this island resort, kids are treated like VIPs and are even welcomed on arrival with their own personalised check-in experience and Banana Club ‘kids club’ passport.

The resort is spread across 10 acres of tropical gardens and boats four lagoon pools, a white water slide, four family friendly restaurants, affordable babysitting, free kayaking, and a day spa. If that’s not enough, the family can even learn how to basket weave, crack a coconut, watch cultural shows and traditional dances, all without even having to leave the resort.

BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort, Coffs Harbour, NSW

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Taking a road trip to the Big Banana is an Aussie childhood rite of passage. To be within a 15-minute stroll of one of Australia’s famous icons and also close to the beach, check into BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort.

This resort will keep every single member of the family happy with an outdoor rock pool and slide, children’s pool, heated pool, cave spas, day spa, beach volleyball, mini putt putt, a restaurant, and café. The bonus? This family friendly retreat offers two and three bedroom villas, which are a great option for those holiday-makers looking to self-cater.

Padma Resort Legian, Bali

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Bali is a family favourite an ideal destination to mix relaxation with a cultural holiday for the kids. Padma Resort in Legian is the stylish home to two bedroom balcony suites, a children’s pool and platground just a stone’s throw from the beach.

There is an abundance of fun to be had at this resort, with the ‘Wolly Club’ catering to kids aged four and over and offering activities such as Indonesian cooking classes, mask-making, and even T-shirt painting.

RACV Noosa Resort, Sunshine Coast, QLD

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Noosa on the Sunshine Coast is not only one of the most beautiful locations in Australia, but it’s also one of the most family-friendly holiday destination. From swimming at the world-class beaches and learning to stand-up paddle board to exploring Noosa National Park, it’s impossible for the kids to get bored.

And if you stay at RACV Noosa Resort, you’ll have trouble finding time for every activity. The resort’s splash park, playground and water slide, tennis courts, and hire bikes will keep the kids entertained for hours on end.

Warwick Le Lagon Vanuatu, Vanuatu

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The French Polynesian playground of Vanuatu is an easy flight from the east coast of Australia and on arrival it’s filled with welcoming locals and a peaceful island vibe. 

If a tropical escape is high on your family holiday list, then stay at Port Vila’s iconic four and a half star resort the Warwick Le Lagon Resort and Spa. The relaxed French hospitality of this resort will transport you into ‘island time’ immediately. The private beach access, three resort style pools, a free Kids Club, and three restaurants will be the reason you’ll never want to leave.

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, QLD

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The Gold Coast is a favourite holiday destination amongst Aussie families. To prove it, the south east Queensland region famed for its long sandy beaches was voted the top family holiday spot in a recent Wotif.com survey. Unsurprisingly—it’s hard for kids not to have a good time with its string of beautiful beaches, and endless water activity options.

For your next trip to the sunny paradise, stay at Royal Pines Resort—the kids will love the waterpark with three slides and water cannons, and playground with giant jumping pillow. You don’t need to venture far for breakfast, lunch or dinner thanks to the five restaurants at the resort.

Treetops Executive Residences, Singapore

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From exploring the children’s garden at the Gardens by the Bay, to treetop zip lining at Forest Adventure or going on a night safari, there an abundance of unique activities for the family in Singapore. Stay in the heart of Singapore at Treetops Executive Residences on the famed Orchard Road, in Singapore’s shopping and entertainment hub. The residences offer one to three bedroom apartments set among five acres of greenery.

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