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Five top family-friendly getaways

We take a look at the best places to holiday with your children, from exciting adventures in their very own kasbah, to specialist kids’ concierges and even rainforest zipwires. Get ready for the ultimate family getaway with the help of your exclusive Families by M.O. benefits

Mother and daughter enjoying the garden at Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Paris

From bouncing on the trampolines at the southern end of the Jardin des Tuileries to simply choosing between a pistachio or salted caramel macaron, Paris ticks so many ‘perfect family holiday’ boxes. Artistically inclined teens will be mesmerised by the L’Atelier des Lumières – the city’s first digital art centre – where some of the world’s most famous art is projected on ten-metre high digitised walls. Stay in the fashion-heart of the city on Rue Saint-Honoré at Mandarin Oriental, Paris where everyone will love retreating to the lush inner garden after a hectic day in the city. Children are well catered for with story books, crayons and video games, and the concierge is on hand to advise activities for restless mini-explorers.
 

Turtle swimming underwater

Bodrum

Turkey’s answer to St Tropez, the seaside town of Bodrum is not only built on the site of Halicarnassus – the city which held one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – but is also home to waterfront promenades, a buzzing bazaar, the mighty St Peter’s Castle and epically impressive beaches. Families have the opportunity to watch nesting sea turtles, let loose at Turkey’s largest waterpark, Bodrum Aqualand, and explore mountains and forests by bike. There’s even a Museum of Underwater Archaeology, housed in the walls of Bodrum Castle.

Children’s wellbeing is firmly on the agenda at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, too. Mornings are off to a promising start with specialist instructors on hand to offer swimming lessons of all levels to your little ones.

Child splashes in swimming pool

Bangkok

Thailand’s capital is an exhilarating city for families where gleaming temples, busy tuk tuks and sizzling street food greet you at every turn. At Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok make use of your Families by M.O. benefits and request connecting rooms on the River Wing for views of the Chao Phraya below. There’s a dedicated wading pool for the kids to take over and a special children’s menu to ensure all their tricky tastes are met. For kids with an adventurous spirit, don’t miss the Flight of the Gibbon Zipline tour; a unique rainforest experience located on the borders of the Chompoo Wildlife Reserve.

Shanghai skyline from the river

Shanghai

No family trip to Shanghai would be complete without a visit to the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower for awesome city views, or the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium with its tunnels that surround you in sea life. Or how about a Huangpu River Cruise to get your bearings?

The handy riverside location of Mandarin Oriental, Shanghai is within walking distance of all these family-friendly activities. For plenty of space for all the family book into the Oriental Suite, which is spread over two floors and comes with Club Lounge benefits. Let the hotel know the age of your mini squad when you book and they’ll make sure all their needs are catered for, whether that’s cribs or games consoles. There are also specially-designed menus for younger fans with smaller appetites.

The donkey in the garden at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Marrakech

For a taste of the exotic, it doesn’t get much better than Marrakech. Children will be slack-jawed at the whirling dervishes and snake charmers in the Jemaa al-Fnaa (the main square), the real-life carpet sellers, and the labyrinthine bazaar. Go for a camel ride in the Palmeraie or trek up the Atlas Mountains where kids can enjoy donkey rides.

Being based at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech means children can experience the Kasbah’s Kid’s Club – a children’s club that takes inspiration from the monuments of fortified cities across Morocco. Kids can meet the resident farm animals including Zatounia the donkey, help in the chef’s vegetable garden and learn about local traditions such as Berber carpet weaving, pottery and mosaics. While children are entertained, parents can enjoy a traditional hammam and Moroccan-inspired treatments at the tranquil spa.

A guide to Marrakech for families

Marrakech is a melting pot of different cultures, museums, food, and experiences that make it the ideal destination for the many needs of a family city break