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Stunning Locations, Engaging Activities: Family Adventures With Anantara's Signature Touch

Desert camel treks in the United Arab Emirates, reef snorkelling in the Maldives, Thai cooking classes on a tropical island — at Anantara, you’ll find countless ways to make family vacations truly unforgettable. Go on wild jungle adventures, relax with curated wellness rituals, or get to know your destinations with cultural activities for families; discover a host of Anantara experiences for your all-ages itinerary, no matter where you roam.

Phuket Island Adventures for Active Families

A couple on paddleboards, on the Andaman Sea. Kids making marshmallows on the beach.

The golden Andaman shores of Phuket offer an idyllic playground for memorable family vacations. But Phuket is more than the sum of its beaches, with temples, jungles, street markets, water parks, and more to keep travellers of all ages entertained. Stay active with Muay Thai boxing classes. Explore the coastline on a family kayaking expedition. Or learn more about Thailand with fun cultural activities for families like Thai cooking classes or Thai language lessons.

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort on the west coast of Phuket enjoys a serene location on a protected bay — perfect for smaller kids and tots. Explore the calm waters of the bay and neighbouring lagoon by kayak or SUP board. Take the kids ziplining through the trees at Layan Active Zone. After an active day out, relax with wellness experiences at Anantara Spa, which offers special kids’ treatments like the Mini Me Massage.

Rejuvenating Family Holidays in the Maldives

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The Maldives may be known for its spectacular corals and marine life, but it’s also the perfect place for family wellness retreats. Immersed in pristine nature, surrounded by lapping turquoise seas, a wellness escape in the Maldives makes it easy to unwind and reconnect. Spend time together exploring the reefs on a snorkelling tour with a marine biologist. Enjoy beachside BBQs and family picnics on remote deserted isles. Go on a dolphin-spotting cruise or observe the reefs from a glass-bottomed boat.

Designed for fun family holidays, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort offers a vast array of experiences for kids from tots to teens. Enjoy water sports like jet skiing, Flyboarding, and kayaking across the resort’s topaz lagoon. Dine together on the beach and watch movies under the stars. Take time out at the overwater Anantara Spa, with special kids treatments like the Chocolate Face and Body Sparkle. Or let little ones meet new friends in the dedicated play space of Dhoni Kids’ Club.

Cultural Immersion in Chiang Mai

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The northern Thailand capital of Chiang Mai is a hub for history, nature, and culture. Here, you can walk with rescued elephants, enjoy a classic Thai massage, and browse art galleries and craft markets. Take a cooking class together and learn how to make authentic Thai dishes. Or do Muay Thai classes by the historic Ping River. Join a workshop and learn Chiang Mai’s traditional crafts, like soap carving, floral art, and Lanna flag making.

Overlooking the Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort offers a serene retreat for family vacations in Thailand. From this central location, the city is at your doorstep. Explore the markets by tuk-tuk with a Streetwise Guru. Hop on a twilight river cruise aboard the Nam Jai converted rice barge, to see historic bridges and make merit at a local temple. Meet Thailand’s gentle giants with an Elephant Experience at a nearby rescue, learning about their nutrition and watching them bathe at the river.

Desert Experiences in the Empty Quarter

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Take the family on a Bedouin-style adventure in the Empty Quarter, just a two-hour drive from Abu Dhabi. Venture into the dunes on a camel trek and learn the ancient traditions of the Liwa tribe. Learn how to read the constellations with a stargazing session, or ramp up the adrenalin with a 4x4 buggy ride up and down the dunes. Take archery lessons or watch a falcon and saluki show for some fun family immersion in local culture.

Enjoy traditional style and contemporary luxury at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Located at the fringe of the Empty Quarter, this sprawling fortress offers spacious suites, villas, and residences for families of all sizes. Take the kids on desert adventures and then unwind by an idyllic oasis pool. Meet camels and enjoy immersive activities at the on-site Ezba Cultural Centre. Take family Spice Spoons cooking classes and treat the kids to some pampering with the Prince or Princess Honey Facial.

Outdoor Family Fun in the Algarve

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Beaches, bike rides, water parks, sea caves — the Algarve is the perfect spot for family holidays packed with outdoorsy activities. Explore the Atlantic coastline on a private cruise or canter through the countryside on a horseback riding adventure. Take a boat tour through Ria Formosa National Park and spot flamingoes and sea horses. Try surfing off the beaches, or splash out with a day at a waterpark.

The award-winning Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort sets the scene for fun-filled family holidays. Enjoy sunny days by Cascades Pool, specially designed for families with little ones, or join kids’ activities and games at Adventurers’ Kids’ Club. Get out and explore local cuisine and culture, with a guided open-top Jeep tour to nearby foodie spots. Take to the water for a boat expedition to Benagil’s famous cliff caves and hidden beaches. When the little ones are all worn out, book the Baby Concierge for a few hours while you enjoy an Italian dinner for two at Cucina, or a pampering couple’s spa treatment at Anantara Spa.

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Hide away in a peaceful cove overlooking the Andaman, or head out in search of adventure. Dive some of the most pristine sites in the world. Island hop by private yacht or speedboat. Experience Thailand’s rich culture with authentic cuisine, spa journeys and the art of Muay Thai. Located on Phuket’s western coast, just a 20-minute drive from the airport, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort is ideal for honeymoons, romantic escapes, family getaways and spectacular weddings, with a unique chapel setting overlooking the ocean.

Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Explore the beauty of the Maldives, with unforgettable experiences both above and below the Indian Ocean surface. Surf the waves. Freedive the deep blue. Spa over water with baby reef sharks swimming peacefully below. With three sister islands to explore for dining, recreation and relaxation, and the ocean a few steps from your luxury villa or over water suite, Anantara Dhigu offers the perfect setting for adventurous family escapes.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Northern Thailand's Chiang Mai is a mecca of Buddhist temples, ancient Lanna ruins, colourful hill tribes and traditional artisans' villages. And with Anantara Chiang Mai Resort's central riverfront location, get out and explore all the old capital has to offer. Sample the best street food and slow-brewed coffee as recommended by our insider gurus. Delve into local culture with Muay Thai boxing, healing spa therapies and cooking class adventures at the resort. Revel in river serenity and signature Anantara luxuries.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

In the heart of the Empty Quarter, an oasis of Arabian luxury is surrounded by endless dunes. Cross the world’s largest desert on a camel or race off dune bashing. After adventure, spa wellness refreshes with ancient hammam rituals and healing desert elixirs. Toast sunset from the seclusion of a private villa plunge pool. Feast on timeless Bedouin traditions and exceptional global tastes.

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Make unforgettable memories with quality time together in a destination designed with families in mind.