The adventurous happenings of the world's greatest pirates are no longer confined to the pages of storybooks. Explorations awaits young travellers in some of your favourite family hotels.
WORDS Lauren McGroder
If the mention of Captain Hook is enough to send your little ones into an excited flurry, these hotels, fit for five-star families, are sure to inspire and delight them. Ship wrecks, cannons, deserted islands and crew make up but some of the adventures to be had on holiday. Now more than ever, luxury hotels aim to provide children with an experience more valuable than the largest chest of treasure under the sea.
Angsana Laguna Phuket, Thailand
Every Monday at Angsana’s Tree House Kids Club, the pirates of the surrounding Andaman Sea come out to play. From their spacious suites and poolside rooms, these rogues gather under the guidance of their fearsome Captain (known to mum and dad as a childcare professional) to spend the day engaged in devilish activities.
As well as crafting a treasure chest to store their plundered booty, colouring their buccaneers’ shirts, making hooks and cookies and being marked as a child of the Jolly Roger with face painting and tattoos (faux of course), they’ll set off on a hunt for buried treasure – and maybe meet the resort’s baby elephant along the way.
The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland
Even the Scottish are unaware that hidden amongst the serene glens and leafy forests of Perthshire, is a pirate ship, in search of glittering treasure. Thankfully, little pirates do not have far to wander before claiming their plunder, for the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel is a mere stroll away and contains all the riches young travellers could ever need.
The hotel, due to celebrate its ninety-first birthday in June this year prides itself on offering five-star families memories to last a lifetime. Little pirates can report to their friends about their holiday aboard the H.M.S. ‘Eaglet,’ reminiscing about long days spent at sea and nights spent in luxury.
Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora, Spain
Be relieved by the promise of calm seas as your little pirates take to their ship in the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora’s hotel swimming pool. Parents have premium views of the action from their sunbeds by the pool overlooking the dazzling mountain range and coastline of Tenerife.
Young voyagers can rest easy however, as the skull and cross bone flag that flies proudly on the mast of the ship ensures that this is not an adventure to be taken lightly. Although surrounded by the some of the finest facilities in the world, there is always adventure to be had in the Spanish sea.
One and Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
There truly is no place more fitting for a pirate adventure than the Maldives, where imagination comes to life at the One and Only Reethi Rah. Luxury greets the entire family upon arrival as they settle into a choice of beach of water villas, but it is a quest that awaits young travellers.
The KidsOnly Club is a treasure trove on an island paradise, although admittedly, it is an ill kept secret. The promise of Pirate Cruises to nearby islands and treasure hunts that ensue is too enthralling to hide!
Beaches Ocho Rio, Jamaica
The word ‘waterpark’ is, on most occasions, enough to elicit squeals of excitement from little ones. When the word ‘pirate’ is said in front of the former, what ensues is complete delight. The Pirates Island Waterpark at Beaches Ocho Rio, Jamaica, is a high speed, high adventure children’s domain.
Swimming pools, waterslides, water cannons, whirlpools and swim-up soda bars are five of many reasons that your Jamaican holiday will be unlike any other. The nine hectares of tropical greenery that surrounds room and suites and the private beach are just two more.