Need To Know
86, including eight Family Beach Villas stocked with essentials for parents with young children.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a charge (this varies, depending on the season). Earliest check-in, 2pm. The hotel has a departure lounge with showers, so guests can freshen up after checking out.
Double rooms from $994.32, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $6.00 per person per night prior to arrival.
Breakfast is included in some rates (you can also opt for half-board). Children Cribs for under-2s can be added free to any room. Children aged 3–12 are charged US$130 a day for bed and breakfast; USD$180 for half-board. Over-12s are charged adult rates: US$250 for bed and breakfast; US$350 for half-board.
At the hotel
Private sandy beach, two family-friendly swimming pools, tennis court, kids’ club, overwater spa, three restaurants, two boutiques (one selling clothes; one selling jewellery), departure lounge with showers, free WiFi. Each villa has its own plunge pool; some have a private garden. The resort also has baby monitors, high chairs and feeder cups to borrow (request in advance).
In your room
TV, DVD player, iPod connection, minibar, Constance bath products, free WiFi. Family Beach Villas are stocked with a pushchair, cot and bottle-sterilising unit.
Our favourite rooms
The eight Family Beach Villas are designed for parents with little ones in tow and come stocked with helpful essentials, including a pushchair, cot and bottle-sterilising unit. These vast 358sq m villas sleep two adults and two children in a separate kids’ room, which is just off the master bedroom and kitted out with bunk beds. Each villa has its own private garden and plunge pool; the beach is just steps away. If you want to be close to the kids club and pool, book number 30. The 10 Double Storey Villas with Pool suit families with older children or teens. Separate living areas allow parents and a potentially moody teen to brood in their own space; there’s a master bedroom with a king-size bed on the ground floor; upstairs, there’s a small room with two beds and an adjoining bathroom with a shower. A spiral staircase leading from the upstairs balcony into the garden is perfect for confident walkers and lie-in-seeking parents. Avoid the Water Villas if you’ve got young children: the overwater jetty is designed with adults in mind.
Each villa boasts a private plunge pool; the main pool is surrounded by double day beds and single loungers, umbrellas for shade-seekers, and swaying palm trees. Parents need to supervise their water babies at the main pool; at the pool attached to the kids club, children are watched over by vigilant hotel staff.
Floating over the too-blue water, the spa pampers frazzled parents with fragrant Ila and Valmont products; there are also spa treatments for 3-12s, who are treated to cookies and rose-and-vanilla iced tea when they visit. Small Smiths can pick from a half-hour body massage with rose otto body balm (US$65); a half-hour foot bath with lavender oil and petals, followed by a cocoa cream massage (US$40); a scalp massage with olive oil (US$20) or some henna tattoos (US$10 each).
If little Smiths are looking a little wild-haired, take them for a trim in the spa.
You can sort spa treatments, restaurant reservations and childcare requests upon check-in (but don't leave it any later, especially for dinners at 10-table Meeru).