South East Asia

Resorts by the beach for everyone in the family

Lazying by the beach sounds like the perfect holiday; and these resorts by the beach are even great if you're bringing the family along!

The first things that pop into everyone’s mind when thinking of holidaying are the beach, mojitos, not a care in the w…then comes a baby in a baby carriage. Embrace holidaying with family when staying at these family-friendly resorts by the beach so that you can dive right into the perfect holiday scenario where no one has to compromise.

Fun-filled days near Siloso Beach

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore, is located right at the head end of Siloso Beach; a beach (not that we have many to choose from) that tops the charts for fun lovers and activity junkies. There’s no desire to go seashell collecting on this beach as there are bigger fish to fry with more entertainment options than grains of sand (I may be exaggerating) including beach volleyball, skimboarding, and plenty of al fresco dining options and bars that serve “afternoon delight, cocktails and moonlit nights”. So start laying your beach towels down now to reserve your spot on Siloso Beach for ZoukOut and the Siloso Beach Party.

The hotel has a complimentary kids’ club for kids aged 5-12. So drop Junior off for a fun-filled day of activities such as acrobatics, with proper instruction and supervision, while you check-in to the spa for an entire day without a worry in the world.

Looking for more fun for everyone in the family? You’ll see where your child gets her playful streak when dad and daughter go wild for the pool slides. After making a splash indoors, take it to the beach! Soak in the last rays of light as well as the day’s rewards while dining at the hotel’s beachside restaurant Trapizza (an after-hours swing on the trapeze is not recommended).

Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (3720 reviews)

Entertainment for the whole fam!


The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali, is situated right on Nusa Dua Beach; a white sand beach in Bali that’s so empty it’s virtually a private beach! Pictured above is the remarkable “feat of nature” spot at the southernmost part of Nusa Dua Beach called “Water Blow” (self-explanatory).

The hotel has a complimentary kids’ club for kids aged 4-12. With a daily schedule that runs from 9am-9pm and includes activities ranging from “kids yoga” to “stargazing” the only downside about having more time to do “adult” things is that you’ll know your kids are having way more fun than you are.

Book the two-room Family Suite, equipped with a PlayStation (yes dads, we suspect that’s got you interested), and enjoy the comforts of home with the perks of not having to do housekeeping so you don’t have to clean up after your kids for once!

Hotel The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

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Nusa Dua
8.9 Excellent (2162 reviews)

Sea views for days in Batam


If you’re craving a change of scenery and the “beach filter” is what you intend to use to identify hotels by the beach, then hop on a ferry from Singapore to the Montigo Resorts Nongsa in Batam!

Guests will be able to enjoy a sunset cruise, water sports, and a spa experience right on the beach. You can stay in either a villa or a residence (each has access to infinity pools), the only difference being the latter is a bit more spacious (with 3-4 bedrooms) while the villas each have 2 bedrooms (maximum of 5 people per villa) and have sky terraces if you want to spend all your waking and dining moments outdoors. Whether you opt for a residence or villa your view of the sea won’t be compromised.

Like at the other resorts listed here, Montigo Resorts Nongsa has its own kids’ club. Young children will be safe in the hands of qualified children’s care providers who’ll make sure your kids have fun, while older kids can join a tennis class, learn how to bake, and unleash their artistic talent doing some crafts.

Montigo Resorts Nongsa

8.2 Very good (846 reviews)

Visit the "cultural" theme park when the waterslides get boring


A top beach in Phuket but not nearly as crowded as Mai Khao Beach. This hidden gem is great for those on a budget (which you will likely be when travelling as a family unit) reflected in the range of hotels and eateries along the beach. Know that the northern end is the quieter section of the beach and that Sunwing Resort Kamala Beach is conveniently positioned smack-dab in the middle.

With English and art classes on offer, children’s activities at this beachfront hotel are centred on education. While parents might be happy, kids on the other hand… thankfully there are other things to do too like sliding down waterslides!

If you’re looking for a family excursion in the vicinity of the hotel Phuket FantaSea, the city’s most well-known theme park and evening performance, is where you ought to go! Getting the chance to meet the majestic elephants that’ll be there to greet you as you enter the park grounds are enough of a reason to visit. As a “cultural” theme park, the main show’s acrobatic performances, illusions, and spectacular costuming, pay homage to the ancient traditions and folklore of the Thai kingdom. We think this is an education both you and the kids will enjoy having.

Sunwing Kamala Beach

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Kamala Beach
8.5 Excellent (1876 reviews)

Get into holiday mode on a remote beach


While we love staycations, the journey from your bedroom at home to the hotel bed doesn’t cover much ground. Only accessible by speed boat, the physical journey to Pai Plong Beach will help you transition from work-mode to vacation-mode. While it’s a remote beach in comparison to the neighbouring Ao Nang Beach, Pai Plong comes with its own beachfront resort; Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi.

Thankfully, the limestone cliffs surrounding the resort had a hunch there’d be vacationers looking for outdoor activities, several million years later, and grew to the sizes and heights they did so that they could be climbed. Swim with the fishes (idiom not intended) along the 500-metre long beach one day, and under a waterfall in the two-tiered hotel pool the next – a perfect way to rejuvenate after spending a hot day outdoors.

At the resort’s kids’ club, there are water games, arts & crafts, and a list of fun activities available for your kids. The kind of experiences forged over family holidays are the stuff childhood memories are made of.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi

Ao Nang
8.4 Very good (2377 reviews)