With the September school holidays fast approaching, why not take a break from the daily grind with a family beach retreat. Grab your bucket and spade and visit an exotic island in the South Pacific or venture to the Gold Coast for some fun in the sun. To celebrate the coming of spring, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite resorts and hotels, perfect for families seeking a relaxing beach holiday.
Here are our top five beach resorts and hotels for families.
Pacific International Hotel, Cairns
Take the kids on a family adventure to the tropical beaches of Cairns. The Pacific International Cairns Hotel offers comfortable, contemporary accommodation and is ideally situated right on the Esplanade. A popular shopping and restaurant precinct, the Esplanade puts families in walking distance to many local attractions, including the Esplanade Lagoon and Parklands. A delicious buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the onsite Bushfire Flame Grill restaurant every morning and the hotel swimming pool is sure to please. Proudly playing host to one of the natural wonders of the world, Cairns presents the unique opportunity for families to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
Mana Island Resort and Spa, Fiji
A tropical oasis, Mana Island Resort and Spa is a private sanctuary on Mana Island in Fiji. Crystal clear waters lap the shores of the island’s pristine beaches, just metres from the resort. Spend time at the two fresh water swimming pools, therapeutic spa or enjoy a hit of tennis. The island‘s beautiful surrounds are perfect for water activities including snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing and diving. Kids can learn more about traditional Fijian culture at the fantastic Tu Vonu Kids Club, while little ones can be looked after at the Mei Mei centre.
Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Take the family to the pristine shores of Queensland’s Gold Coast with a stay at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Only 150 metres from the sand, this hotel is situated in the thriving shopping, dining and entertainment precinct of Surfers Paradise. Relax by the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool and spa, spend time at the modern fitness centre or enjoy a hit of tennis or volleyball. Apart from the Gold Coast’s glorious beaches, families can enjoy a trip to one of the four nearby theme parks or visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kata Beach Resort and Spa, Phuket
Venture overseas and enjoy a family beach break in Phuket, Thailand. The Land of Smiles will welcome your family to Kata Bay with a stay at the Kata Beach Resort and Spa. Relax by the luxurious outdoor pool on the comfy lounge chairs and be tempted by the poolside bar service. Spoil yourselves at the Kanda Spa and taste sumptuous Thai cuisine at the onsite restaurant. This relaxed resort also has a supervised onsite kids club with activities for ages 2 to 12.
Benjor Beach Club, Vanuatu
Choose to relax and unwind on the picturesque shores of Mele Bay at Benjor Beach Club. Nestled within beautiful gardens, this large resort boasts a perfect beach front location in Vanuatu. There’s a myriad of family friendly activities onsite including a mini golf course and a golf driving range. Take a dip in the swimming pool, play a game of beach volleyball or tennis, or go for a kayak through the clear waters. Nearby you’ll find many local attractions including the Mele Botanical Gardens and the beautiful Mele Cascades Waterfalls, while thrill seekers can try jungle zip lining or zorbing.