The best vacations for kids 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.
Whether you’re headed to Boston, Seoul or the Serengeti, these kids’ activities will impress even the most experienced young jet-setter.
At Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Director of Recreation Mac Kee France plans 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.
The Resort introduces children to Nevisian culture with outdoor activities like kite making, dialect lessons, games and coconut treats – all while keeping an eye out for sea turtles, which nest along beaches between June and October.
Dive into fun in Nevis
Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston, turns this historic city into an urban playground. After a day spent exploring – the Children’s Museum, the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium are all within easy reach – return to the Hotel for a swim in the light and bright indoor pool, high above the city. Not sure where to start your adventure? The Kid Concierge is on hand to arrange excursions and activities tailored to your child’s interests.
What kids will love most: Kids will be delighted by the sweet treats awaiting them on arrival, along with child-size robes and more. They’ll actually look forward to bedtime when they see the in-room tent to help their imaginations go wild.
Set up camp in Boston
Discover pura vida at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. Children ages 4 to 12 can immerse themselves in nature as part of the Kids For All Seasons program, or explore as a family with a Papagayo Explorers excursion. As you hike, swim and play, be on the lookout for 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: Catching their first wave. SurfX, the Resort’s own surf school, will help get young surfers ages 5 and up standing on a surfboard.
Hang ten in Costa Rica
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 program, kids ages 5 to 12 participate in Hawaiian traditions such as making leis, hunting for geckos and learning how to hula.
What kids will love most: The seemingly never-ending playtime – from the large game room and various balls to board games and complimentary beach activities, if kids like to play something in particular, the Resort likely has it.
Explore Hawaiian culture in Maui
In addition to games, crafts and kids’ spa treatments, the Lutong Kids Club at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi includes fun and educational experiences like batik painting and kite making – plus kids yoga and eco-excursions designed for children ages 4 to 12.
What kids will love most: Joining the Resort’s resident Swamp Skipper as he navigates the boat through the mangroves in search of macaque monkeys and eagles on the Mangroves & Monkeys Safari. Mom and Dad can get in on the fun, too.
Plan your Langkawi adventure
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 La-On Club at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. They’ll also explore the grounds, play games and learn to make traditional clay pots.
What kids will love most: Trying new flavours at Rim Tai Kitchen – a culinary class for the whole family will inspire you to re-create the northern Thai recipes together at home.
Learn new skills in Chiang Mai
Kids will easily make themselves at home at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul – surprise them with an in-room tent for creative indoor camping, or spend an afternoon in the Kids For All Seasons Lounge. Your four-legged family members will be comfortable, too; available pet amenities include stylish beds, pet harnesses and a special meal just for your pup.
What kids will love most: Dressing in traditional hanbok clothing for Instagram-worthy pictures at nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the top attractions for families.
Make time to play in Seoul
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 older in addition to excursions like kite surfing lessons.
What kids will love most: The DJ booth where teens can create their own disco.
Find your groove in Mauritius
At the Kijana Klub (kijana means “youth” in Swahili) at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, children learn about the culture and animals of Africa, including how researchers study wildlife with cameras around the Lodge. What passes by depends on seasonal migrations, but buffalo, lions, dik-diks, leopards, zebra and wildebeest are possibilities. Kids also can play board games or video games and do crafts.
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.
Go wild in Serengeti
What kids will love most: An Arabic henna hand-painting session, arranged by request.
Find fun for all ages in Doha
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.
Explore your creativity in Florence
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