There are tonnes of vacation places to explore. Feel lost? We narrow down some unique vacation spots to discover.
1. Stay in a Treehouse
Where: Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort at Chiang Mai, Thailand
Photo credit: Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort
A family-owned treehouse resort located in a small village and surrounded by the teakwood forest, Rabean Pasak Treehouse Resort has six cottage treehouse and two family treehouse available. Each unique treehouse was designed and built with love and care. You can walk or cycle to the nearby caves, lakes, and waterfall, or visit a local school and temple. The resort is about 70 km from downtown. The trip normally takes about 1.5 hrs by car.
Room rates: Contact Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort directly for pricing details.
2. Stay at Green School
Photo credit: Green School Bali
Green School (Bali) is a non-profit, private and international pre-kindergarten to high school located along the Ayung River near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Surrounded by lush jungle, the campus blends traditional building materials and techniques with cutting edge bamboo design and construction.
You can visit the school for a day tour or attend one of their Green Camps. The programs operate year-round, with camps for families and camps for children from ages 7 to 12. Their programs range from day and overnight camps, to half-day visits and to intensive week-long residential experiences. Through a range of hands-on activities, you and your family will pick up skills you would never learn in the city. Have a taste of what it means to live rustically at the Green School.
3. Catch Newly Hatched Baby Turtles Released Into The Sea
Where: Intercontinental Bali Resort at Bali, Indonesia
Photo credit: Intercontinental Bali Resort
View multi-hued sunsets across on the unspoilt and tranquil white sands of the crescent-shaped Jimbaran Bay. Intercontinental Bali Resort offers a luxurious range of 417 beautifully-appointed accommodations consisting of Resort Classic, Singaraja, and Club InterContinental. There is a host of engaging and exciting recreational activities for the whole family.
Turtle Release: A program organised twice a week before sunset where newly hatched baby turtles are released into the sea. Participant who supports this worthy cause receives a signed certificate, professional photograph posed with the baby turtle and a souvenir.
Village and Sunset Cycling Tours: Embark on a series of cycling tours led by local guide where everyone can gain new learning – Sunset Bicycle Tour, Kedonganan Fisherman’s Village Bike Tour, Children’s Bike Tour and Jimbaran Bike Tour
Planet Trekkers: A childcare facility catering for children aged 4 to 12 years old where they will be actively involved in both indoor and outdoor activities with supervision.
Room rates: From USD$280 to USD$980
4. Enjoy Your Own Private Villa
Where: Chandra Villas at Bali, Indonesia
Photo credit: Ministry of Villa @ Chandra Villas
Chandra Villas is located in the renowned district of Seminyak in Bali where the Seminyak beach is. A luxury resort that offers 2, 3 and 4 bedroom villas, it is perfect for small or large families to enjoy a comfortable and peaceful retreat/holiday.
Feel at ease and safe here, without worrying about your kids disturbing other guests. Each villa has a private pool surrounded by sunbeds. For parents looking to have a date night after the kids go to bed, there are beach bars and clubs such as Ku De Ta, Potato Head, within walking distance from the villa.
Apart from the Villa’s special services like Villa manager, Housekeepers and Butlers, the Villa offers children equipment for hire such as baby toys, cots and strollers.
Need help to keep your kids entertained? If you are staying for 5 or more consecutive nights, with a minimum booking value of USD$3,000, The Curated Kids Activities experience provides activities to keep your little ones entertained and safe. You’ll have a child seat in your car from the airport and a high chair and pool fence for the duration of your stay. The experience includes tickets to Splash Waterpark, pool toys and a kite-building kit to play with on the beach.
Room rates: From USD$362 to USD$572
See also: Family friendly resorts near Singapore
5. Stay in a farm
Where: Permaculture Perak at Perak, Malaysia
Photo credit: Permacultureperak
Develop your kid’s wonder and respect for nature with Permaculture Perak. Permaculture Perak is located away from Lenggong, a small sleepy town in Northern Perak situated 500m above sea level, hugged by the Bintang Hijau Forest Reserve and overlooking the breathtaking hill ranges across the valley. Permaculture Perak seeks to offer a natural school for kids as it recognises that children today lack the opportunity to explore the natural world.
It offers a 4D 3N programme ‘Nature School for Kids’, inclusive of a farm stay accommodation (kampung-style house), meals and activities. Go on jungle treks and enjoy the night with bonfire and stargazing. But you have to be quick! Because the farm only accommodates to a maximum of two families for each slot to keep things small and cosy.
Room rates: RM145 per night per person (RM90 for children below 12 years old), RM540 per adult & RM450 per child above 2 years old (For 4D/3N) Free of charge for children below 2 years old.
Where: Mowbray Park Farmstay at Sydney, Australia
Photo credit: Mowbray Park Farmstay
About an hour and a half drive away from Sydney city, there’s plenty to keep your kids occupied and to forget about their homework. Enjoy farm life at Mowbray Park Farmstay where you can have access to the whole farm. There are different types of accommodation to choose from, with all day activities and three meals provided. You get to interact with the farm animals and perform farm duties such as feeding the cattle, collecting eggs and milking the cows. Plus, engage in native Australia activities such as boomerang throwing, bush dances and campfires.
Room rates: There are several types of lodges available to stay depending on your family size. Weekend and weekday rate differs. A minimum of 3 night stay is required. www.farmstayholidays.com.au/farmstay-accomodation
Where: The Inn at East Hill Farm, New Hampshire, USA
Photo credit: The Inn at East Hill Farm
The Inn at East Hill Farm is situated at the base of Mount Monadnock in the tranquil southwestern corner of New Hampshire which offers guests with comfortable cottages stay. Your stay at the Inn will be filled with home-cooked meals and include activities such as water skiing and boating. There are inviting spaces for quiet activities too such as reading and crafts.
The Inn also organises a 3-day Farm School Program where your children can learn what it’s like to run and maintain a farm, from caring the farm animals to fixing fences and maintaining the fields. This program is suitable for children ages 10 and above. Besides their school program, the farm also has a year round of activities for children and families.
Room rates: The Inn can accommodate 140 people a night, and has a total of 65 accommodations all with private bathrooms. Each unit has its own distinct style and charm. Visit www.east-hill-farm.com/rooms-rates
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By Tan Yi Jun and Michelle Ang