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What to do with kids during summer vacation?

Written by , May 4, 2019 in Discover India

One question that always bothers parents- what to do with kids during summer vacation?
Many kids go to camp or visit family or enroll in special classes designed for children. But no matter what their schedule is like, either they have plenty of time to themselves or have heavily action-packed days; summertime is a perfect holiday time for family bonding. It’s a time to follow interests, discover new passions, and set the foundation stone for stronger family bonding.

Some award-winning family spa centers have a variety of treatments which parents can opt for, while children enjoy themselves in kid’s club or enjoy mini-treatments.
Here’s a look at some of the locations which are perfect for summer getaway:

1) Vythiri Village in Kerala
Vythiri is a small town and tourist destination located in the Wayanad district in the Indian state of Kerala – fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’ is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia.
For an action-packed family activity holiday, one can try out a variety of activities in idyllic & lush green surroundings, like zip line, Morning walks, stream walk, cycling, yoga and camp fire, so that one is not left twiddling one’s thumbs.
One can alternatively explore a range of exciting activities and watch kids discover new hobbies on a family holiday. The resort has many children-oriented facilities wherein one can engage themselves for hours at a stretch. Vythiri Village have 2 swimming Pools for children, Cycling, Archery, 12 D Cinema, Hanging Bridge, Waterfall, Paintball Shooting, indoor games such as carroms, table tennis, chess and not to forget ever in demand an upmarket play-station. The resort caters to children of all ages and has a play area to keep them occupied while one enjoys the luxurious treats offered for adults.
With activities tailored to suit all ages, the whole family can keep fit on our healthy family fitness holidays. Whether sailing, surfing, swimming or cycling; everyone can join in and try something new on a holiday to remember.
2) Poovar Island Resort in Kerala
Located on the South-Western tip of India, the Poovar Island Resort is famed for its awe-inspiring and unique natural beauty in Kerala. An equable climate, tranquil beaches, stretches of soothing backwaters; lush hill stations and exotic wildlife are the major attractions of this beautiful land.

Poovar Island Resort welcomes children from age of 6 years and above. The pool remains a favourite location among it to swim, just sun bathe or spend some time reading.
There’s something for everyone!
The resort also houses a pool for children to enjoy themselves in a safe and secure, supervised environment while Parents/Guardians are undergoing treatment. They have host of other activities for children to keep them away from getting bored as well.

Poovar Island Resort gives one an enchanting experience which lingers on one’s mind for times to come. One can enjoy Ayurvedic treatments in tranquillity, surrounded by Mother Nature in her most vibrant hues. Most importantly, one doesn’t need to leave children behind in order to enjoy this getaway!

3) Atmantan
An international luxury, health and wellness resort in India located near Mumbai, Atmantan offers the best practices in Ayurveda, spa, fitness and yoga. Nestled on a unique crystal hill, (that lends the land healing frequencies), Atmantan spans 42 acres of lush green valley, & has it abode in the Majestic Sahyadris, overlooking the pristine Mulshi Lake.

They attract visitors from across various cultural backgrounds for integrated wellness retreats and programs, for the purposes of rejuvenation, relaxation, detox, fitness and to indulge in a pampering spa holiday.

Guests must be 18 years or older to check in at Atmantan. Teenagers however, above the age of 14 are welcome to accompany their parent/guardian to the resort. Teens have access to all group activities and can avail the spa treatments, Sauna, Steam & Pool facilities with the written consent of their guardian. Group activities include Laughter Therapy, Pilates, Indoor Pool, Yoga, Horticulture, TRX etc. These are scheduled activities and all retreat guests have complimentary access to them.

Whether teens enjoy keeping active, relaxing in the spa, hiking or playing sports; Atmantan family teenager holidays will always offer something for everyone. Rejoice in the chance for the whole family to go away and enjoy some quality family time together.

4) Niramaya

This beach resort, perched on a dramatic cliff-edge flanked by secluded beaches celebrates its natural surroundings. A Relais & Châteaux property, this Kerala Ayurveda resort is dotted with traditional heritage cottages that nestle in the shade of breezy coconut palms. Whether by the pool or at the restaurants, guests staying at this resort can savour spectacular views of the Arabian Sea at one of South India’s most pristine locations.
Children are offered activities from a wide range of selection such as:
1. Pottery Classes
2. Bicycle riding
3. Carom board
4. Ludo
5. Chess board
6. Towel art
7. Mehndi designing
8. Glass painting
9. Paper art/Origami
10. Coffee painting
11. Milking Cow
12. Kids pool
13. Library
14. XBox
15. Cooking class
16. Vegetable/Fruits/Herbal garden walk

The award-winning Niraamaya spa recognised as one of the Best Ayurveda Resorts in India will rejuvenate you in mind, body and soul where guests are guided on a personalized path to rejuvenation while children are taken care of and engage in activities of their choice.

One can indulge in long walks on the secluded beaches, or take a dip in the rock-cut infinity pool at this Kerala beach resort. Guests are encouraged to discover the destination bringing forth the region’s remarkable culture. Soak in the history, experience a private tour of the local fish market or ride the famed backwaters there is more and enough for everyone in the family.

5) Shreyas
Situated just an hour’s drive from the Bangalore International Airport, Shreyas is a sprawling oasis of green. With only 12 cottages spread over 25 acres of landscaped greenery, water bodies and organic gardens on can benefit from its healing power. Shreyas is a seamless blend of the modern and the timeless, luxury and simplicity, indulgence and enlightenment. The private, serene and ‘simply’ luxurious accommodation has been structured to make on feel like they are living in the lap of nature. The architecture and interiors are a confluence of traditional and the modern – tiled roofs, antique doorways and stone pillars give way to contemporary interiors and state of the art facilities. They also offer complimentary stay for kids of 8 years and below and charge a small amount for older kids.

There is a whole range of activities which are mostly complimentary for all resident guests. Some of the facilities are as mentioned below:

• Outdoor spaces for them to play & facilities like swimming pool
• Cricket bowling machine
• Child friendly menu on request
• Nanny facility at extra cost
• Cricket
• Home Theatre
• Nature Walk

If one’s children are suffering from anger management issues, it takes a toll on parents as there is a feeling of helplessness. In order to help or prevent, one can try yoga and meditation. For instance, one can play chants in the car while travelling. The trick is though is to not force anything, instead, set an example of how to channelize their energies through actions. Holidays are the best time to inculcate such habits.

Many feels that such holidays are heavy duty on family budget. However, one ends up getting more and paying less for centers closer-to-home locations within India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bali. For an outstanding value break, enjoy these holidays featuring a range of activities, kid’s clubs and spas at a fraction of the price while compared to foreign locations. Luxury family holidays, tailor-made to suit one’s entire family encompasses activities like sports in Bali, fitness aps in Sri Lanka, or an Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala. Find some well-deserved family time while little ones are entertained at the kid’s club or enjoy quality time together with a range of fun-filled group activities.

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