Baby Makes Three: Holidays with Your New Born

9 January 2017

If you're the parent of a brand new bundle of joy, then congratulations! Once the initial whirlwind of feeding, nappies and newborn snuggles settles down, you may start thinking about a quick getaway with your newest addition; after all, what better way to shrug off the sleepless nights than with a relaxing seaside break with your new, upgraded family? We picked five of the most newborn-friendly beach destinations within a short hop from Hong Kong for maximum time spent relaxing, recovering and revelling in your littlest carry-on.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui's tropical breeze, crystal seas and endless beaches are an attractive proposal at the best of times. The Anantara Bophut Resort and Spa takes things to the next level with a rare attention to detail that families of newborns will appreciate. Children two and under stay for free, and you can request cosy cots, blackout blinds and even a stroller if you prefer to travel light. Older siblings will love the free kids club, while Mum and Dad get a well-deserved night off courtesy of the babysitting service.

Okinawa, Japan

Experience another side of Japan's rich culture with a trip to tropical Okinawa. With every room boasting sweeping sea views and its own private beach, Hotel Monterey Spa and Resort is a relaxing base whether you plan to explore the island, or simply do nothing at all. Boasting three outdoor pools plus a large indoor pool with slide, baby-friendly facilities include a dedicated infants-only soft play, cots, bed rails, high chairs and complimentary use of the hotel's fleet of strollers.

Hoi An, Vietnam

With its postcard-perfect blend of French and Asian influences, Hoi An's charming old town and picturesque beaches are bound to delight all ages. The Sunrise Resort is a fantastic base for a family stay, boasting spacious suites or family villas that can easily accommodate cots and larger broods, plus beautiful grounds ideal for stroller wanders. There are indoor playrooms for tots, plus an all-action kids club for older siblings; staff are as attentive as they come and can arrange babysitting services if necessary too.

Bali, Indonesia

Get your fill of beach bliss at Bali, where sunshine-soaked sands and serene rice paddies create one of the most iconic island destinations in Asia. Samabe Bali Suites & Villas deliver secluded luxury at its best, with superb all-inclusive packages that mean all you have to worry about is basking in that holiday feeling. Whether you opt for an ocean-view suite or private villa - with your own pool, naturally - you can be guaranteed the trip of a lifetime, including free access to the kids club, plus a 24-hour butler service to look after your family's every need.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Known for its gorgeous beaches and lush rainforests, Kota Kinabalu is one tropical paradise you'll never want to leave… and the same can be said of the Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort And Spa itself! This sprawling resort is located a convenient ten minutes from the airport and is a true family-friendly haven - think large grassy lawns, spacious mountain or ocean view suites with private balconies, an expansive pool and water play area with dedicated sections for toddlers and older kids, an indoor “Cool Zone” with soft play areas for little ones, and even a small private beach to lounge in.

Kate Farr

Kate Farr is a British-born, Hong Kong-adopted writer, editor and blogger who has written for a wide range of publications including Expat Living, Emirates' Portfolio Magazine, Qantas Travel Insider and Home Journal.  A parenting columnist for Liv Magazine and Around DB, Kate co-founded writing and editing agency Editors’ Ink alongside fellow writer Rachel Read, and blogs about parenting, food, travel and other fun stuff in her guise as the Accidental Tai-Tai