Memorable Children’s Activities at Resorts Across Asia
Art Atelier in a Tropical Garden
Maia Resort Quy Nhon, located along Vietnam’s relatively untouched south-central coastline, provides the ideal backdrop for the resort’s Art Atelier; open air children’s art classes conducted in the gardens of Maia Resort’s Kids Club. With stunning ocean views, towering windmills, and lush tropical foliage, there is no shortage of inspiration for budding artists. Maia Resort provides the essentials – a teacher, easel, paints, and canvases – while the kids bring their creativity. The approximately 60-minute long sessions are available every day with the resort’s recreation team and private sessions with local artists can be arranged upon special request and depending on artist availability. For more information please, visit https://quynhon.maiaresorts.com
Walk on the Wild Side in Phnom Penh
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, the newest international branded hotel in Cambodia’s capital, is located in the heart of the city’s urban jungle. But kids and families can experience another kind of walk on the wild side on a day trip from the property to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. This wonderful wildlife sanctuary for rescued animals is home to gibbons, sun bears, elephants, tigers, lions, deer, enormous pythons and a massive bird enclosure. They were all taken from poachers or abusive owners and receive care and shelter here as part of a sustainable breeding program. Cambodia’s wildlife is usually very difficult to spot, as larger mammals inhabit remote areas of the country, so Phnom Tamao is the perfect place to discover more about the country’s incredible variety of animals.
Calligraphy and Kites in Vietnam
At Azerai La Residence, Hue in Vietnam’s former imperial capital, kids can try their hand at the ancient art of calligraphy, which has a rich tradition in Vietnam. The lesson, taught by a local expert, ends with a delightful keepsake. At the oceanfront Azerai Ke Ga Bay, 180 km east of Ho Chi Minh City, children can fly kites on the beach, learn how to make delicious Vietnamese rice paper rolls, and paint traditional Vietnamese conical hats. And in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, kids can discover the wonders of the natural world and local culture in a half-day excursion at Azerai Can Tho. The getaway begins with a luxury boat cruise on the tranquil Hau River, followed by a visit to a local fruit plantation and a stop at the colorful Ancient Blue House, home to a special antique collection.
Pizza Making Classes for The Family
The pizza chefs at Alma Resort’s Italian fine dining restaurant La Casa encourage youngsters to bring out their ‘inner MasterChef’ by creating their own pizza. Held each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6pm-9pm, the young and the young at heart don a toque and apron for the pizza making class, learning how to knead and stretch the pizza dough and make pizza sauce. The budding chefs personalize their pizza by selecting from an array of delicious toppings before baking it to perfection in La Casa’s pizza oven and indulging it for dinner. The class is priced at VND 200,000 (USD 8.50) per participant and includes a smoothie.
Exploring the Subterannean Chambers of an Old Bomb Shelter
The 120-year-old Metropole Hanoi offers a daily “Path of History” tour that’s become a must-do for visitors who wish to learn more about the luxury hotel’s storied past. It includes a look at photographs of the hotel’s many famous guests over the years, along with vintage artifacts like century-old room keys. But for children on this tour—and indeed for many of their parents too—the highlight is a trip down into the hotel’s bomb shelter, which protected visitors like Joan Baez and Jane Fonda, among others, from air raids during the US-Vietnam War. The bunker was closed and sealed after the war before being rediscovered during the renovation of the Bamboo Bar in 2011. Today, young hotel guests delight in exploring the subterranean chambers—and learning some history while they’re at it.
Trekking for Youngers by the Sea
The old maxim that “Children learn through play” certainly applies at Banyan Tree Samui where the Octopus Club offers 4-12 year olds a daily itinerary including Thai cooking lessons, traditional Thai dancing, Thai boxing, and sustainability-related topics to help them learn about nature and the environment. One standout activity is a Sense of Nature Walk for Kids, conducted by the resort’s Sustainability Team, where children can trek through the resort’s tropical setting and identify various wildlife and plant life native to the local area. The resort also offers two-bedroom Family Pool Villas which have adjoining villas that can accommodate 2 children. An in-house babysitting service is also an option.