Jan 12, 2017 | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Plan on travelling in 2017? You’ll want to check out these new and rejuvenated hotels and resorts in our favourite destinations before you plan your next family getaway!

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands

Set to open in March, 2017, Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands is a chic new addition to the area.  It is located next door to Etihad stadium, with easy access to the airport freeway and CBD.  The hotel will boast a rarity for this neck of the woods – an outdoor heated pool!  Perfect for for the whole family to unwind after a shopping session, whatever the weather.  Every bathroom includes a relaxing rainforest shower, and families can request interconnecting rooms.

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort

Another Sheraton to catch our attention is the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort.  This perennial family favourite has recently completed a $43 million redevelopment and the results are simply stunning.  Set amongst lush tropical gardens and open spaces, you and your family will love the two hectares (yes, hectares) of sparkling saltwater lagoon and freshwater pools.  There are 14 in total, surrounding the main complex and guest wings.  Chill out pool-side in one of 26 deluxe cabanas, cocktail in hand of course!  Choose from a la carte and buffet dining options at the new signature restaurant ‘Feast’, or enjoy light refreshments from the lobby cafe or Ocean Breeze Bar.  The updated Mirage Country Club offers world class golfing, tennis and workout facilities, and the resort’s guest rooms have been elegantly transformed, inspired by north Queensland’s beauty.  Be sure to hit the nearby Sunday Market for a shopping fix of gorgeous clothing, jewellery and homewares.  Spoil yourself with a massage, and feast upon juices, salads and sweet treats made using the divine local produce.

Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimaran Bali

The brand new Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is fabulous five star choice for families.  Located only 100m from Jimbaran Beach, this village-style resort has a glorious 3000m² of free-form and lap pools, with a man-made beach fringed by private cabanas.  They even have swim-up hammocks – have you ever heard of such a marvellous creation?!  Healthy dining from Indonesia, Japan, Peru and Switzerland is available in the five dining venues, and your children will love the kid’s club – it comes with its own activity pool, daily entertainment and the world famous Movenpick  ice-cream.  Yum!  The resort is attached to the Samasta Lifestyle Village, offering a fantastic range of dining, shopping and beauty treatments, as well as exciting art shows and carefully curated markets.

Kokomo Island Fiji

Enjoy absolute barefoot luxury at Kokomo Island Fiji.  Opening in March, 2017, the resort aims to be the finest in the region.  With pockets of lush tropical rainforest and white, fine sand beaches, this private island is encircled by the Great Astrolobe Reef, offering pristine diving experiences.  Guests can stay in luxurious and sustainable beachfront or hilltop villas, each with its own infinity pool (*insert sigh of longing here*).  Enjoy six star dining and Fijian spa treatments whilst your children have a ball in the kid’s club.  And how does one arrive at such a magnificent island getaway?  By seaplane, of course!  Check out the gallery on the Kokomo Island Fiji website, you won’t be sorry.

Legoland Castle Hotel Windsor, England

The UK’s favourite kids theme park, Legoland Windsor Resort, is set to open the Legoland Castle Hotel this year.  After a day spent enjoying the parks rides, theme lands and other attractions, continue the fun in your very own themed room (ahoy matey, we love the pirate rooms).  The hotel caters perfectly for children of all ages, with designated play areas, kids club, swimming pool and water play area, entertainment, high chairs and bottle warming facilities.  There are even two restaurants to choose from, but do you know what we love most?  Rooms come with separate adult and children sleeping areas.  Yes, yes please.  And don’t forget to exit via the hotel gift shop, where the kids will love shopping for Lego toys and souvenirs.  Thanks to its close (but not too close) proximity to Heathrow Airport, the Legoland Castle Hotel is a fantastic way to commence or finish a holiday in the UK!

Inspired to find out more about travelling to one of these destinations in 2017? Contact your local travel agent or if you’re in search of a good help, we can’t recommend Krystal from Escape Travel more highly. Almost everyone in the She Shopped office has booked a holiday though her and her level of service and organisation is always mind blowing. She makes travelling with your family stress free (well almost..she doesn’t have any anti toddler tantrum powers). You can contact Krystal at (08) 8403 3300 or by emailing [email protected].

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