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Ten great summer camps for kids

Hong Kong

The Upper House Hong Kong

Strike a pose at The Upper House's children's summer residency.

The Admiralty-based Upper House hotel is celebrating summer with a new play workshop that’s been created in collaboration with nursery-ware and toy retailer, Bimbo Concept.

The Upper House has transformed an Upper Suite into a fun child’s play area with a jungle-themed playroom filled with sustainable wooden toys and an animal-themed library.

Bimbo Concept will also be hosting a series of summer camp-style interactive weekend workshops as part of a children's Summer Residency at the hotel. Check out children’s yoga, mindfulness activities, Kindermusik, sensory workshops and a nail bar, as well as family Qi Gong sessions at The Lawn.

Weekend workshops cost from HK$300 and hotel guests can take advantage of complimentary access to the playroom (advanced booking is required) until August 31.

Rosewood Hong Kong

Off to camp at Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong.

Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong has launched a ‘wellcation’ summer camp series aimed at families. ‘Family Wellcation’ is part of Rosewood Hong Kong’s Summer Immerse programme and has been designed for parents and children to experience together.

One- and two-night immersive stays are offered from July 15 to September 4 and offer parents and kids the opportunity to bond, relax, recharge and have fun.

The wellcation also debuts Asaya’s new menu of wellness treatments that have been specifically tailored for kids under 16 years. They include a botanical facial, a junior massage and the chance for youngsters to concoct their own healing oils using natural ingredients.

Private workshops are also available, from expressive arts therapy, yoga classes, nutritional coaching and singing bowl therapy.

Accommodation is available in a Rosewood room or suite or in a wellness-orientated Asaya Lodge.

Water World Ocean Park Hong Kong

Thrills and spills at Water World Ocean Park.

If you’re staying in Hong Kong for the summer, take advantage of Water World Ocean Park’s new Water World membership programme.

Sign-up for year-round, unlimited access to Ocean Park’s water park, as well as the park’s brand new Surf Club.

The Surf Club boasts Surf Striker, Hong Kong’s first indoor surf simulator complete with an Aquatic Surf Crew on hand to coach new surfers through basic and intermediate surf techniques. Surf Club participants can enjoy unlimited access to waves from 8 to 11am on Saturday mornings for HK$488 and for an additional HK$150 they can stay at the water park all day.

‘Go Splash Annual Membership’ is valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Members will also receive e-coupons for in-park dining, souvenirs and locker rentals.


Sofitel Singapore Sentosa

Free-wheeling with a family package at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa.

Whether you call the Lion City home and you’re staying put this summer, or you’re travelling through Singapore and looking for family-friendly accommodation, kids are well-catered for at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, which has launched its 2022 family packages.

A one-night stay starts from S$458 and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, bicycle hire and 45-minutes use of Villa des Enfants. Interconnecting rooms are available.

The ‘Family Fun Glampcation’ includes a fun in-room tent set-up for littlies, plus a S$60 food and beverage credit, breakfast, bicycle hire and 45-minutes use of the Villa des Enfants.

Rates start from S$1,096 for two nights.

Shangri-La Singapore

Running into summer at Shangri-La Singapore.

Shangri-La Singapore is moving into summer camp territory with its ‘Fun Family Playcation’, which runs all the way through to November this year.

The package includes play time at buds by Shangri-La plus a session at ‘Splash’ aquapark and family pool.

Children are welcomed at the city hotel with a special amenity and families can enjoy complimentary daily breakfast for two adults and two children (under 12 years) at The Line restaurant. Guests can also take advantage of a S$100 dining credit per night.

And for an additional S$88, tuck into a ‘Picnic Experience’ basket filled with savoury and sweet treats on the afternoon of your arrival.

An extra bonus point if you live locally is a complimentary parking space per stay with unlimited entry.

Southeast Asia

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

Saving the planet at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay.

Luxury hospitality group Six Senses is launching Climate Warriors, an environmentally-inspired kids’ summer camp programme across its properties.

The Climate Warriors programme varies depending on each resort’s location and natural resources, whether it be beach, mountain, jungle or forest, but the programme is presented with quizzes, games, arts and experiments, looking at solutions and what kids themselves can do to shape the future - perhaps by reducing their air conditioning use, by walking instead of taking the resort buggy or having a shorter shower.

At Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam, kids are being invited to roll-up their sleeves to turn waste into wealth at the Earth Lab, save the reef in the Experience Centre, and plant a tree at the fruit farm. Or they can have fun preparing smoothies with a Pedimix bicycle and veggies baked in a solar cooker.

Amanpuri, Thailand

Kids club fun at Amanpuri, Thailand.

Thailand’s luxurious Amanpuri resort is offering a three- or six-night ‘Amanpuri Family Escape’ this summer with heaps of fun activities designed for all ages.

The resort is hoping to encourage quality family time, whether guests choose to immerse themselves in local culture, try-out some water sports or simply head out to enjoy the tranquillity of nature.

A three-night stay includes a family cooking class and non-motorised water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, hobie cat sailing and scuba diving.

Children also have access to the Eco Beach Discovery Centre, an area designed for kids and teens in two sections. Attractions for youngsters aged five and over include exploratory gardens, a nature museum, science and nature activities, cultural arts and crafts workshops and junior culinary and wellness workshops.

Meanwhile ‘Hot Spot’ is aimed at teens aged 12 years and over and is home to an OC Ramp skateboard halfpipe, a four-metre custom bouldering wall, a digital room and watersport programmes.

Indian Ocean

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Fun and games on the icing sugar sands of Hard Rock Hotel Maldives.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives explodes into summer this year with its Summer Family Camp-Cation 2.0. Parents can head for quiet time at the resort or they’re very welcome to join in the fun with the kids; the ‘Play Hard, Pause Hard’ programme is jam-packed with fun, play-based learning activities that can be customised for both kids and adults.

The sports curriculum offers an aerial arts studio led by award-winning aerial instructor, Lauren Ault, who will work to improve kids’ coordination, balance and strength using apparatus and techniques such as silks, hoops, juggling, trapeze and hammock.

There’s a specially devised self-defence activity led by gold medalist and brown belt, Miguel Gomez. And the arts and crafts curriculum includes dance lessons and music classes, gardening tutorials, marine life discovery classes, educational tours and more.

Plus, kids will also get to hang out at Hard Rock’s Roxity Kids’ Club and Teen Spirit with s’mores bonfires, glow parties, a family funfair and pool parties.

SAii Lagoon Maldives

Baking fun at SAii Lagoon Maldives.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton is launching a summer kids’ camp programme filled with fun and educational activities.

The gorgeous resort is putting families first and is all set to keep the littlies on their toes learning and exploring while parents relax and enjoy the white sandy beaches lapped by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Relax into your break in a room or a villa with daily gourmet breakfasts at the Beach Club at the Marina, followed by lunch or dinner at the Mediterranean-inspired Miss Olive Oyl, or Thai-Italian fusion cuisine at Mr Tomyam. And all the while the kids will be having a ball.

SAii Lagoon Maldives is part of CROSSROADS Maldives, the country’s first integrated leisure destination. As well as resort facilities at SAii Lagoon Maldives, guests can enjoy the restaurants, bars and boutique shopping at The Marina @ CROSSROADS.

JOALI Maldives

Fun in the sun at Muramas Kids' Club, JOALI Maldives.

JOALI Maldives is running complimentary kids’ summer clubs designed for youngsters aged four to 12 years. The two-week programming runs continuously throughout the summer season and is based around fun activities at Muramas Kids Club.

All activities have been curated by JOALI’s team of resident artists, marine-biologists and chefs, with plenty of fun, creativity and learning. Art activities include ceramics classes, tote bag painting, palm leaf craft classes, a ‘trash to treasure’ paper beads making class and an ‘Island of Art’ treasure hunt.

The Budding Biologists programme is hosted by JOALI’s marine biologists and aims to nurture a deeper appreciation of the world’s oceans with guided snorkelling trips.

There are early evening beach nature walks and hermit crab racing, as well as competitions like capture the flag and beach treasure hunts. As well, families can enjoy open-air cinema evenings, Robinson Crusoe-style desert island picnics, turtle and dolphin-spotting cruises, glass-bottom kayaking and family cooking classes.

The summer clubs programme runs until August 31.

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