The Mini Nomad Staycation Bucket List

The scenario is simple: you can a fantastic villa in the prime location, only to realise it’s got steep steps, no fencing around the pool, all white walls, and sharp edges. It doesn’t have to be either or. Finding a villa that’s both beautiful and elegant while being kid-friendly takes more time, but that’s why we’ve curated mini nomad staycation bucket list. From zip lines to Kids’ Clubs, the only thing these little rascals are whining about is the exhaustion from fun-filled activities. We kid, we kid. 

Read also: The Kid Are Alright: Travel Tips For Parents

#1 Iniala Beach House

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Arrr you ready kids?!

At Iniala Beach Resort in Phuket, the one-of-a-kind kids hotel is “more than a hotel, it is a land of adventure,” as described by its designer, Chris Jones.  The hotel has a pirate-themed setting with treehouses and caves to explore. Parents need to fret while they enjoy their vacation either, as your sweet peas are in the capable hands of child-carers. And, this may or not entice you, but the Kardashian-Jenner clan once stayed at Iniala too.

#2 Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa 

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Baan Ling Noi Kids Club

Thais are known for their extra mile in hospitality. Which is why parents will love the Koh Samui chain’s Baan Ling Noi Kids Club while they enjoy some alone time without worry. It’s packed with cool activities such as Thai dance lessons, cookies baking class, and Thai origami to sure-fire your baan ling noi’s (little monkeys) interests. Enjoy a day at the spa or sign up for cocktail classes, and then drink them right up. Don’t forget to book their photography package for incredible family pictures too.

#3 Villa Sepoi Sepoi 

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The kids will always be in sight

This grandeur of an establishment in Lombok will leave you mesmerized. Boasting 6 acres of traditional Indonesian architecture, the place is more than spacious for your kids to scurry about. Unless you want your kids to sit still, lead them to the outdoor cinema-style projector or the screen in sitting room to watch their fav superheroes. The resort also offers plenty of hearty meals in an attempt to incorporate healthy and delicious. Hope it works!

#4 Villa Zest at Lime Samui

Don’t worry, you get to swing too (when they nap!)

Grouchy kids no more; surprise those darlings with awesome diversions because this place in Koh Samui literally has everything a kid wants. Treehouse? Check. Trampoline? Check. Zipline? Check. Wait there’s even a zip line?… Does it have an age limit? You’ll also want to invite more friends and their kids, making it big family retreat. There’s plenty of room and the villa has custom-made bunk beds great for kids’ slumber parties. Think less Adam Sandler movie plot, more luxe.

#5 Panacea Retreats – Praana

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Watch ‘Frozen’ for the hundredth time

You want the view and the tranquillity that comes with it, but your kids just want to have fun. Well, Panacea in Koh Samui has ‘cute’ animal statues all over the premises, but that’s not the fun offered here. Praana may look like a modern, b-careful-what-you-knock-over villa, but that’s because it encompasses the needs of parents and kids alike. While the mini nomads are hanging out in the kid’s club or computer’s game room, the ‘rents sip exquisite wine from the cellar. Or, have karaoke nights whilst firing up the BBQ grill, which is fun for all.

Schools out, vacation time

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Henrieta Duncan

A homegrown Sarawakian, she loves the beach but not getting a tan. This tempestuous chick loves her dogs Daisy and Rico. Also, she likes her coffee like herself; dark and bitter.

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