For young travellers, the best vacations are the ones that leave lasting impressions. Touring famous landmarks on the streets of cities like Paris and Hong Kong will loom large in a child’s memory for years to come. But so will the feeling of catching their first wave during a surfing lesson in Costa Rica, or the few words of Thai they learned to speak during a lesson in Chiang Mai.
Well-travelled families crave meaningful experiences like these at every point of their vacation, so Four Seasons hotels and resorts offer on-property family and kids’ activities that immerse guests in local culture.
At Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Director of Recreation Mac Kee France plans resort activities that ensure guests of every generation can enjoy an authentic Caribbean experience. “We make sure that when each guest leaves, they feel a part of our Nevisian family,” he says.
Whether you’re headed to Boston, Seoul or the Serengeti, these kids’ activities will impress even the most experienced young jet-setter.
Nevis: Save the sea turtles
Camp Nevis, offered during summers at Four Seasons Nevis, exposes children ages 5 to 13 to Nevisian culture with Caribbean folk songs, dialect lessons, games and coconut treats – all while keeping an eye out for sea turtles, which nest along beaches between June and October.
What kids will love most: A visit during Sea Turtle Conservancy Weekend in July, when they can attend a full-day turtle camp.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis
Boston: Go glamping near the Freedom Trail
Finish a day spent on the Freedom Trail, which conveniently begins just steps from Four Seasons Hotel Boston, with a swim in the Hotel’s light and bright indoor pool overlooking Boston Public Garden. On Saturdays, be sure the kids dry off in time for the complimentary cookie-making class in the Pastry Shop. Hint: Make a reservation, as classes fill up quickly.
What kids will love most: The Kids’ Adventure Package, complete with glamping-themed amenities, an in-room tent and a “Gone Glamping” pillow to take home.
Four Seasons Hotel Boston
Costa Rica: Catch the first wave
Nature-based activities fill the Kids For All Seasons itineraries at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. Children ages 4 to 12 can embark on excursions at the Resort, where they will often spot howler monkeys, iguanas, hermit crabs, military macaws and mangrove cuckoos. A sanctuary just for teens is staffed with a dedicated Concierge to help them choose from the numerous activities available.
What kids will love most: Tropicsurf, the Resort’s own surf school, will help get young surfers ages 5 and up standing on a surfboard.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Beverly Hills: Meet the stars
Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) ensures young guests enjoy the limelight with an extensive list of star-themed kids’ spa packages such as “The Superhero” massage and “Pop Star” hand-and-foot treatments. Hollywood glamour doesn’t stop there. For an extra-special treat, ask the Concierge to arrange a celebrity meet-and-greet.
What kids will love most: A Red Carpet Kit amenity, based on a favourite TV show or movie, can be arranged with guest relations for children ages 4 and up.
Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel)
Maui: Learn to play ulu maika
A peaceful Hawaiian location plus outstanding amenities lure many families into staying put at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. At the Resort’s Kids For All Seasons programme, kids ages 5 – 12 participate in Hawaiian traditions such as making leis, hunting for geckos and learning how to hula.
What kids will love most: Games everywhere… between the large game room, various balls, board games and complimentary beach activities, if kids like to play something in particular the Resort likely has it.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Langkawi: Go on a monkey safari
In addition to games, crafts and kids’ spa treatments, the Kids For All Seasons programme at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi includes kids’ yoga led by the Resort’s resident yogi. Children ages 8 – 12 who want to learn how to cook Malaysian cuisine can do so in a Junior Masterchef experience, while young adventurers can go rock climbing.
What kids will love most: The Resort’s resident Swamp Skipper navigates through the mangroves during a one-hour boat ride in search of macaque monkeys and eagles on the Mangroves and Monkeys safari. Mom and Dad can get in on the fun, too.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
Chiang Mai: Take selfies with water buffalos
The lush landscape of Northern Thailand is where sa paper (mulberry paper) comes from, and kids ages 4 to 12 can learn how to make it themselves in the Gecko Club at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. They’ll also scour the grounds for insects and animals, play games, and learn a few Thai words.
What kids will love most: Taking photos with Mr Tong and his stepbrother Mr Tone, the Resort’s resident water buffalos.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Seoul: Swim in one of the coolest indoor pools
What kids will love most: Kid-friendly treats, including local favourites like non-spicy royal stir-fried rice cakes and purées for babies.
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
Mauritius: Spin tunes on a tropical island
The giant banana-loving Aldabra tortoises and ocean activities at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita are draws for all, but children ages 4 to 9 flock to the Hobbit Village Kids’ Club to make dodo-bird cookies in the bakery and kites from local trees and plants. Karokan, the staffed young adults’ centre, provides a hang-out for ages 10 and above in addition to excursions like kite surfing lessons.
What kids will love most: The DJ booth where teens can create their own disco.
Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
Serengeti: Become a wildlife researcher
At the Kijana Kids Club at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, children learn about the culture and animals of Africa, including how researchers study wildlife with cameras around the Resort. What passes by depends on seasonal migrations, but buffalo, lions, dik-diks, leopards, zebra and wildebeest are possibilities.
What kids will love most: Kids ages 6 and up can spend the morning with a Maasai warrior and learn skills such as how to make a toothbrush using tree twigs and how to use local plants for healing purposes.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
Doha: Get an authentic henna tattoo
Five grotto-style pools, including one just for kids, border the private beach at Four Seasons Hotel Doha. The Hotel also offers three robust kids’ programmes tailored for specific age groups: treasure hunts and interactive activities at Kids For All Seasons (5 to 12), sports and arts and crafts at Too Cool for School (7 to 12), and Xbox tournaments and mocktail socials at Young Adult Social (teens).
What kids will love most: An Arabic henna hand-painting session, arranged by request.
Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Hampshire: Care for a pony
Kids can don a pair of wellies and wander the 500 acres of fields and gardens surrounding Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. Oliver, the resident Labrador retriever, may even join in. Those brave enough can walk the property’s ropes courses, hit the trails on complimentary mountain bikes or join a falconry walk.
What kids will love most: The Own a Pony experience teaches ages 7 to 16 what it’s like to bathe and tack up a pony before a scenic ride around the estate.
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Cap Ferrat: Learn to swim on the French Riviera
While parents relax at legendary seaside Club Dauphin at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, kids can play steps away at the new kids’ club, a sea-themed mini chalet where children ages 4 to 12 craft, watch cartoons in a submarine and swim in the secure garden’s paddling pool. Chef Gaëtan Fiard, The World Champion of Sugar Art, also pleases the sweet tooth and teaches kids how to make cookies and cake.
What kids will love most: Swimming lessons with Pierre Gruneberg, an instructor who has taught at the Hotel since 1951. His past students have included the children of Charlie Chaplin, Ralph Lauren and Paul McCartney.
Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel
Florence: Create a piece of Italian art
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze showcases the city’s reputation as the birthplace of the Renaissance by enabling kids to explore their creative sides. Programming includes sessions for crafting Florentine souvenirs and sunset photography walks. These activities are best for kids ages 5 to 12.
What kids will love most: Learning to paint a fresco beneath a canopy of centuries-old trees.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
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