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10 of the best luxury lodges with kids

22nd February 2020

Becoming a parent doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your love of luxurious holidays. From snorkelling over giant clams at Orpheus Island Lodge to Tasmanian devil spotting at Saffire Freycinet and family game drives in East Africa, these lodges create precious family holiday memories that last a lifetime.


Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia

Surround yourselves with the beauty of Freycinet National Park at this laid-back yet luxurious lodge which welcomes children of all ages. Activities include a beekeeping experience, guided walks, archery, and visiting Tasmanian Devils at the lodge’s own rehabilitation centre. Saffire is perfect for nature lovers and fun multigenerational getaways with family and friends.


Wharekauhau Lodge, Wairarapa, New Zealand

This lodge in the Wairarapa wine-growing region has an indoor pool and beef, crayfish and other tasty produce sourced locally from the on-site farm. Children of all ages can tour the farm, meet baby lambs, and go on a seal spotting tour, while older kids can also join ATV tours or go clay target shooting.


Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, New South Wales, Australia

Each freestanding all-inclusive suite comes with its own swimming pool and wallaby spotting galore. Guided walks, orienteering, and horse riding make the most of the stunning location between two National Parks. Rollicking 4WD adventures include a campfire stop, damper making and a picnic lunch.

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, New South Wales
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, New South Wales


Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand

This resort’s award-winning elephant camp and conservation program gives kids (and their parents) the chance to observe elephants in their native habitat. Guests can prepare snacks for the elephants, help with daily care activities and watch elephants getting playful during their river bath.


Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, Australia

Take glamping to a whole new level in a Wilderness Tent where kids get to sleep in a five-star swag. Highlights at Sal Salis include swimming with whale sharks and humpback whales and snorkelling over pristine coral with hundreds of tropical fish just offshore at World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.

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Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia


Orpheus Island Resort, Queensland, Australia

Each huge beachfront room at this chilled out all-inclusive resort has barefoot chic decor that practically screams ‘island holiday’ (albeit in a posh voice). Kid-friendly activities include bush walks, snorkelling over giant clams, fishing trips and taking a ‘tinnie’ to a secluded beach for a five star family picnic.


Bamurru Plains Lodge, Northern Territory, Australia

Located on the edge of Kakadu National Park, the lodge on this 300 square kilometre property offers an all inclusive wild bush luxury stay with activities such as air boating, quad bike safaris, and croc-spotting river cruises. Two kids stay free on the Ultimate Kakadu Experience package.


Elewana Safari Camps & Lodges, Kenya & Tanzania, East Africa

Book a family unit at one of these safari camps and you’ll get reduced rates for the kids and your own private safari vehicle and guide. Activities include Bush Masai Training, Masai jewellery making, and Safari Bingo where elephants, leopards, and panthers take the place of numbers.

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Elewana Safari Camps and Lodges, Kenya and Tanzania
Elewana Safari Camps and Lodges, Kenya and Tanzania



Mt Mulligan Lodge, Queensland, Australia

Each suite at this outback lodge comes with an outdoor bathtub and electric buggy to explore the 28,000 hectare heritage site which includes a working cattle station. Private tours of historic gold mines, barramundi fishing, and helicopter flights around Mount Mulligan are among the experiences on offer.


Pinetrees Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia

Family-friendly Pinetrees Lodge has been welcoming families for more than 100 years. Pinetrees’ yearly family festival includes kids’ cooking classes, juggling classes, guided adventure activities and early kids' dinners so parents can enjoy a glass of wine and relax with other adults. 


Planning a luxury holiday with kids doesn't have to be hard work. Talk to your local Travel Associates advisor today.