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Top tips for travelling with children

17 January 2024


We spoke to our friends and family for their advice on travelling with young children.

Travelling to new places with children, especially places that are further away, can seem intimidating. Knowing the layout of interconnecting rooms, ensuring health & safety precautions are in place on balconies and confirming car seats that meet safety requirements are just some of the factors we think about when planning trips for families. However, it is little touches from family friendly hotels, in-room amenities and extra tips from us that can help make your holiday relaxing and memorable.

We spoke with our friends and family who have recently travelled with young children to hear their tips and experiences.

  1. Friendly staff can make all the difference – both throughout the hotel and at a kids club.
  2. Check that there are activities that are suitable for the age of your children, whether that is just in the area you are staying, at the resort or in a kids club.
  3. Not many kids clubs take children under 4, so those that do are extra special. Alternatively, being able to use a babysitting or nanny service helps allow you to have a special dinner, or an hour to enjoy at the spa.
  4. Don’t rule out hotels without kids clubs – so long as there are family friendly activities and considerations they can work just as well.
  5. Preparation is key for long flights. Pack colouring sets and a little activity bag. Airlines often have kits for children as well so do ask air stewards on board, especially as it is always more exciting when they are surprise gifts.
  6. Download as many of your child's favourite shows as possible on to a tablet and buy some children's headphones.  This will be great for flights in particular, but also throughout the holiday. 
  7. Try and fly overnight and tire children out as much as possible before the flight.  Some airports have soft play areas near gates which do help - Heathrow T5 is particularly good for this. 
  8. It is helpful when hotels have children’s menus available, and flexible dining times so that children can eat earlier.
  9. Arrange for children’s car seats to be waiting in your transfer vehicles so you don’t have to pack them and make sure there is space in the car for them along with your suitcases.
  10. Flexibility to dip in and out of the kids club is great. A full day of activities at kids club can be full on, and it is nice to have time as a family to explore the resort together as well. 

Read on for our family friendly hotel recommendations. 

Niyama, Maldives

Niyama ensures every member of the family enjoys the Maldives to the full.  While facilities at the kids club include a splash pool, trampoline, play ground and climbing wall, the daily programme also includes time to explore the island and marine life. Whether it is a gecko safari, scavenger hunt, dolphin trip or marine eco discovery trip there is an activity for all ages. Welcoming children aged 1 - 12, the kids club is one of few in the Maldives that accepts children below 4 without a parent or nanny.  Lunch is provided daily for children with a dedicated menu. Babysitting can also be arranged in the villa, from 6pm till midnight, allowing parents to enjoy a special dinner together if they want. 


Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

With a colourful kids club with daily activity programme and dedicated children's menus throughout the hotel, Constance Ephelia is set up for children. The hotel will also be able to provide a stroller and car seat for your stay.  Helpfully, they offer a whole host of different sized room categories and villas. Larger families will particularly enjoy the 2 or 3 bedroom family villas. For older children, looking beyond the kids club, activities include zip lining, wall climbing and complimentary non-motorised water sports such as kayaking and windsurfing. 

Constance Ephelia

Heritage Le Telfair, Mauritius

With the Timomo Kids Club, Baby Timomo and The Teenager Programme, Heritage Le Telfair has a comprehensive programme of activities to keep children entertained. Baby Timomo is fairly unique, offering a daily complimentary service for babies aged 0-35 months where all staff have childcare and first aid qualifications. Activities at the Timomo Kids Club include everything from golf lessons and cookery classes to stargazing and cinema on the beach. Spacious rooms mean adding an extra bed or cot for children is easy, and the hotel offers a number of interconnecting rooms as well. 

Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi

The facilities for children at Qasr Al Sarab are extensive. Your hotel room can be prepared for your arrival with touches including mini bathrobes and slippers, bottle sterilisers and a little tent for playtime. 24 hour babysitting is available with qualified childcare specialists and the kids club is home to and indoor and outdoor playground, trampoline, climbing wall and even a mini football field. Making the most of the hotel's desert setting, the range of activities for slightly older children includes camel trekking and dune boarding.  Children will also have the opportunity to visit native gazelles and oryxes at the hotel's little farm and enjoy an awe-inspiring falcon and saluki show. 

Qasr Al Sarab

For more information, or to hear the current offers available on these resorts, please contact us.

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