GET MERRY IN MÉRIBEL
With climbing walls, cinema rooms, and foosball and pinball machines aplenty, the two new Méribel chalets in the Bramble Ski & Haute Montagne portfolio will be so enticing to kids, there’s a very real risk you might not be able to coax them out onto the slopes. It’s a risk any discerning snow-loving family will be happy to take however, especially once they picture themselves toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate by the fire pit at Chalet Valentine, or splashing about in the outdoor heated swimming pool at Chalet Alpaca (which also has a copper hot tub). Along with wine caves, hammams and palatial ski rooms, guests staying in these extraordinary, ultra-luxurious chalets (fully staffed with professional chefs, chalet managers, hosting teams and dedicated drivers) can avail private ski instruction, nannies and bespoke entertainment for the minis – from Heidi-style sleepovers, musicians and magicians to hunting for treasures buried in the snow using transceivers and treasure maps.
Keep them warm in these cute, faux-fur boots and hat from Dolce & Gabbana’s Bambino collection
BLACK AND WHITE AND ADORABLE
Should you be ticking “see pandas with the family” off your bucket list, why not stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu in the hometown of the Giant Panda? Already known for its Sunday Family Brunch and kids’ cooking parties at Li Xuan Chinese Restaurant, the hotel has also dreamed up a special Ritz Kids Night Safari package, spoiling your mini me with complimentary dining and personalised Ritz Kids amenities including a cute-as-a-button- kids’ “lion” backpack and cap. Just be warned: your little ones may be tempted to spend the night not in their ultra-plush beds with 800-thread-count sheets, but in their very own bespoke tent, set up in the room with toys and storybooks. All this, for just an extra CNY 200 (US$30) on the regular rate.
A SUPERHERO SAILING
If there’s an obsession with superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America in your household, then ready your kids for an unforgettable experience with Disney Cruise Line, which is pairing a handful of itineraries with a Marvel Day at Sea, available on select seven- and eight-night Bahamian and Canada cruises from New York this October and November, and on five-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018. With sailings including stops at Disney’s Castaway Cay –a private Bahamian island – and Walt Disney World Resort, the Marvel Day at Sea includes face-to-face interactions with Captain America, Thor, Loki, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot on the ship, with plenty of photo ops, movie screenings, stunt shows and parties. Then of course, there’s Disney’s Oceaneer Club, where children aged three to 12 can indulge in Marvel-themed craft making, games and special programming. For the superhero and villain-obsessed kid (and big kid alike), it’s a dream come true.
FAMILY SPA INDULGENCE IN BAHRAIN
Their shoulders won’t be anywhere near as tense as yours, but even kids can learn to appreciate the healing powers of wellness and touch at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, which has cleverly created three special, 45-minute parent-child bonding treatments at The Spa, designed for parents and children between the ages of six and 15. Upon arrival, your little ones will receive a customised spa robe along with a delicious (and most probably sugary) welcome amenity, before the treatment commences. “Relaxed Us” will see the two of you enjoying a side-by-side massage inhaling aromatic oils to enhance relaxation; “Beautiful Us” is an express facial using all-natural and organic products from ila and Sodashi; while “Glowing Us” focuses on body exfoliation with natural skin scrubs, followed by the application of an aromatic moisturiser. Introducing your child to mummy’s favourite pastime is sure to be a memory-making experience, and if you pair it with a visit to the kids’ club and some non-motorised water sports, you’re well on the path to “Parent of the Year”.