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10 Best City HotelsWe are excited to share with you our very first Five Star Kids’ Awards — the ultimate guide for discerning families on a mission to find the pinnacle of holiday perfection. For our inaugural awards we have decided to showcase the ultimate city-based hotels, with our panel of perceptive, well-travelled luxury seekers collating an unparalleled selection of child-friendly sleeps in cities that span Europe, Asia and the USA.

A visit to any hotel in this hand-picked collection is set to be a treat for young and old. Each is a standout in the field of family travel, providing lavish luxury paired with all manner of play-time activities — from pint-sized sports cars to unique hands-on classes, cultural excursions, water wonderlands, soft-play sanctuaries and more, scattered across some of the world’s major urban hubs.

Indeed, gone are the days when a five star family holiday meant a luxury hotel with a kids’ club, leaving parents with child-free alone time. Nowadays, these hotels seek to encourage quality family time, offering specialised experiences to make all ages feel pampered and energised.

Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London

Starting our whirl-wind tour of the world’s best city properties in London, at the Athenaeum Hotel welcome gifts are the norm, as are kids’ books and games, childsized bathrobes and slippers. The Kids’ Concierge offers families all sorts of good local advice, while the chefs are ready to create dishes exactly to your youngster’s specifications. Bedtime sees complimentary milk and cookies materialising on cue and naturally the Winnie the Pooh playroom is always a firm favourite — after all, who doesn’t want to roam 100 Acre Wood?

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

At times, families will feel as though they are the only inhabitants of remote Yasawa Island, and at others, completely connected with local traditions. Whichever you prefer, this resort delivers, and in style. Perhaps the first day will consist of a private beach picnic with paddleboarding, while the second might see little ones enjoying a local game of rugby. In any case, the Two Bedroom Bure, one of only 18 villas, is the perfect place to begin each day.

Rome Cavalieri, Rome

From the moment your child’s toes touch Italy and arrive at the entrance to the Rome Cavalieri, gladiators, emperors, and all that splendour will be on their minds. Kids aged seven and above can don a crimson cloak and take up arms, re-enacting fearsome battles under the watchful eye of ‘Nero’. No Roman holiday is complete without the epicurean splendour of ice cream, and the Rome Cavalieri is known to tantalise tastebuds in the Tiepolo Lounge and Terrace.

Hotel Cipriani, Venice

Children will love donning the captain’s hat on each watery journey from Hotel Cipriani on Venice’s picturesque Giudecca Island. They’ll make Venetian masks at the Smile Club: Kids’ Club and for the pinnacle of luxury, your bambini will adore the soothing family spa treatments at the Casanova Wellness Centre. If it’s good enough for the Pitt-Jolie brood, it’s sure to be perfect for a five star family.

Loews Regency, New York

Five star families will swoon at the stunning array of luxury children’s facilities at this city gem. With a specially designed set of signature amenities for all and an extensive set of toys, it’s a definite frontrunner. Even the older children will enjoy the splendour, with music download cards and complimentary high-speed internet access supplementing the iconic sense of New York chic. Priding itself on a spectacular kids’ club and a unique children’s menu, the Loews Regency is a family force to be reckoned with.

Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore

What’s the quick way to get from level three to level one of the kids’ club at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa? Hurtle down the gigantic treehouse slide into a ball pool, of course. Kids can also make an explosive entrance at the children’s pool and splash pad with even more water slides, or enjoy adventure with the whole family at the Sea Sports Centre. Soar high with a lesson on The Flying Trapeze and clamber to the top of the Rock Wall, both on Singapore’s favourite lifestyle beach, Siloso.

Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

While in Asia, experience the fast-paced glamour of Hong Kong knowing that the kids are as entranced and engrossed as you are. The new Ritz Kids programme is an exciting journey of discovery, developed in partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, encouraging little ones aged from four to 12 to ask questions and interact with the world around them. Hong Kong’s vibrant heritage will come to life before their very eyes, forging a deep appreciation that will last long after they’ve left.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

At Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok kids are VIPs. With a central location on the Chao Phraya River in the middle of Thailand’s bustling capital, MO spoils with the exciting Sanook Sanook Kids’ Club for kids from three to 14. A holiday programme will see little ones engaged for their whole stay. The entire family can enjoy the two swimming pools and expert tennis coaches. Dining is a breeze as all restaurants feature kid-friendly menu choices and there is plenty of adventure to be had beyond the hotel; just ask the concierge.

Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai

Located in this Shangri-La property is the fantasy land that is Adventure Zone. Filled with three exhilarating slides with names like Hyperglide Astra Slide and Tri-level Demon Drop Slide, Adventure Zone is nonstop fun while toddlers can discover the vibrant world in age-appropriate areas. The hotel also features a heated indoor pool with a kiddie splash pool to entertain the little ones.

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Rising out of the deep blue of the Persian Gulf, Atlantis, The Palm is everything Plato would have us believe and more. Although this ‘lost city’ is very far from lost, there remains a certain allure around the selfproclaimed seven-star resort, and nowhere more so than in the thrilling Aquaventure Waterpark. Guests can enjoy Aquaventure for free, riding the world’s largest slide or fly along the Middle East’s longest zip line, with a Splashers play area for little ones. If more contemplative activities are required, swim with the dolphins or admire the eerie wonder of the Lost Chambers Aquarium.

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