Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu’s youngest guests are about to receive an early Christmas present, with the release of the resort’s 2017 kids activities and experiences program in time for the upcoming summer holiday season.
Families due to stay from this month will find much more than a traditional Kid’s Club when they arrive at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, with a full program of age-appropriate, on- and off-property experiences and activities designed specifically for small children through to young adults.
“In releasing our 2017 kid’s holiday program in time for the summer holidays, we’re setting up the foundation of unforgettable and I’m sure, unexpected experiences for children and young adults of all ages, said Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu general manager, Simon Douthett.
“We’ve curated a collection of activities, experiences and attractions that are not only entertaining, but also give deep insights into Ni Vanuatu culture and way of life. Our program emphasises outdoor play and activities in the company of our Ni Vanuatu colleagues and members of the community.”
The hub of all activities for Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu guests aged three to 12 years is the Kid’s Club, with supervised indoor and outdoor activities chosen daily depending on the age mix in-house at the time. Open daily from 9.00am until 9.00pm and complimentary for guests, Kid’s Club activities include hair braiding, traditional skirt making, kayaking, fish feeding, basket weaving, hermit crab races, painting and more.
To further immerse children in Vanuatu’s culture, the Kid’s Club hosts children on local school visits in surrounding areas every Thursday, allowing guests to spend time with local pinikinis (children) to help themimprove their English language skills and simply spend time playing with each other.
Kid’s Club guests also have the option of hosted, supervised tours to the local mama’s markets every Wednesday in Port Vila town, to learn about indigenous fruits and flowers, and shop for Ni Vanuatu handcrafts, clothing and souvenirs.
Tweens and teens have their own collection of culturally-inspired outdoor experiences to choose from, such as learning how to shimmy coconut trees, shuck and de-flesh coconuts and build a lovo oven. These in addition to daily organised activities including beach soccer and volleyball, stand-up paddleboard lessons and canoe tours.
Kid’s Club supervisor, Jill Dick said the 2017 program is full of activities that have been trialled since Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu reopened in June, and proven popular among kids and young adult guests.
“Our 2017 program is designed with the different age groups in mind, and each is spoilt for choice. Variety and age-appropriateness of activities is important, but the common cultural theme means our youngest guests leave here with much more than a nice holiday. We’re able to help them make real connections with Ni Vanuatu culture.
“We find children are keen to learn more about Ni-Vanuatu traditions and the local school visits truly are a highlight as we can see both groups of kids getting much from the shared experience.”
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu’s care for children also extends to menus and accommodation. For example, in partnership with Nutrition Australia, the resort has also developed a special kids menu of seasonal dishes designed specifically with children’s nutritional needs in mind.
As children 12 and under stay and eat free at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, this menu is complimentary whenever dining in the company of an adult.
The resort also offers family accommodation, such as the Family Suite consisting of a king room interconnected with a specially-designed Banyan Tree House-themed bedroom featuring kid’s bunks, television and games console.
The overwater Family Villa consists of one bedroom with a king bed and ensuite, separated by a sliding partition with two single beds in bright colours to create a spacious tropical home away from home on the Resort’s private Erongo Island.
Simon Douthett, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, said: “Parents trust us to not only keep their children happy but also offer them a relaxing holiday too. For adults, the resort also boasts a spa, tennis court, stunning pool areas, golf course and water sports.
“We have many returning guests as they are impressed with our flexibility, the array of activities on offer for the entire family, the spacious family suites and villas and the babysitting and pikinini carer services available for those parents wanting a little time alone.”
For more information on Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu or to book, visit http://vanuatu.holidayinnresorts.com