Top 10 family-friendly hotels that won't burn a hole in your pocket

SINGAPORE - Luxurious spas for worn out adults? Check. Theme parks for kids to go crazy in? Check. Spacious hotel rooms for kids to roll about in while parents take a nap? Check.

Travel site TripAdvisor has released its list of top 10 travellers' choice hotels for families in Asia - perfect for anyone planning a short getaway.

Here's a tip for parents - take note of the most affordable months to visit too!

1. Singapore: Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

Cost: $519 per night

Most affordable month: November ($435)

The hotel is the only beachfront resort in Singapore and it is only a 15-minute drive awat from the city centre. Junior guests will be spoilt for choice from an endless variety of activities like kayaking, swinging on the trapeze and even indoor recreational programmes at designated activity centres such as Toots Club that provides fun in a fully-supervised environment.

2. Pattaya, Thailand: Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort

Cost: $197 per night

Most affordable month to visit: June ($182)

This property is the perfect choice if you are seeking a fun-filled holiday in Pattaya for the whole family. With a stunning coastline boasting spectacular ocean views, this 5-star resort offers a myriad of activities for children, including a kids' club and beachfront water theme park.

3. Masinagudi, India: Bamboo Banks Farm Guest House

Cost: Refer to website

Located in the Mudumalai Game Reserve, this 40-acre farm at the foothills of The Nilgiris boasts of spectacular views abundant of flora and fauna. The seven cottages spread across the property ensure privacy and personal attention for you and your family. The buffet offers both Western and Indian cuisines which can be enjoyed in the gardens that echo the lushness of the jungle around.

4. Shirdi, India: Keys Prima Hotel Temple Tree

Cost: $72 per night

Most affordable month to visit: August ($69)

For a luxurious, relaxing yet religious vacation, this hotel provides free shuttle service to and from the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. Parents can also leave their kids in the hotel's play area. The best part? The room rate doesn't burn a whole in the pocket.

5. Sanur, Indonesia: Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites

Cost: $117 per night

Most affordable month to visit: May ($108)

Away from the party streets of Seminyak, Sanur is an idyllic part of Bali perfect for families. The hotel is known for its top-notch facilities and gracious hospitality. Children will be delighted to spend their time at the award-winning Camp Splash! Fun Park while the adult guests indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments.

6. Johor Bahru: LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel

Cost: $289 per night

Most affordable month to visit: October ($227)

This property is a dream come true for Lego fans of all ages - all 249 guest rooms are beautifully furnished with popular Lego themes: Pirate, Kingdom or Adventure. A paradise for children, the hotel offers great amenities for junior guests, from interactive features, play area to swimming pool.

7. Hong Kong: Royal Plaza Hotel

Cost: $264 per night

Most affordable month to visit: May ($248)

Strategically situated in the heart of vibrant Kowloon, this luxurious property is a top choice for families with its spacious layout and over 100 pairs of interconnecting rooms. Its location offers great access to both Hong Kong's old-world charms, as well as its bustling metropolitan city centre, with public transportation and MTR lines situated nearby.

8. Mai Khao, Thailand: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Cost: $255 per night

Most affordable months to visit: June and September ($216)

A stunning resort set 15 kilometres north of the Phuket airport, JW Marriot Phuket Resort & Spa offers a tropical paradise for its guests. Besides basking in the top-notch facilities and amenities, guests can also take their pick from a variety of activities like scuba diving, safari tour, elephant trekking or even cooking classes.

9. Bandung, Indonesia: The Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung

Cost: $342 per night

Most affordable month to visit: May ($265)

Nestled amidst the integrated Trans Studio Bandung complex, this luxury property offers direct access to lifestyle and entertainment options, including a shopping mall and one of the biggest indoor theme parks in the world. Take time to relax and rejuvenate at the fitness centre and spa, while the younger guests can spend time at the kids' club.

10. Okinawa, Japan: Hotel Nikko Alivila Yomitan Resort Okinawa

Cost: $577 per night

Most affordable month to visit: November ($347)

With a Spanish-inspired exterior of red tiled roof and white walls set against an unparalleled view of the waters of Okinawa, this hotel defines the family vacation experience with its facilities and Japanese hospitality. A wide variety of activities are offered to create a memorable resort holiday including snorkelling and jet skiing.

debwong@sph.com.sg