Family Beach Holidays

Explore our pick of best beaches in Asia for holidays with kids

Last updated 23rd March 2024

Nothing feels better than sun and sea, and our pick of best beaches in Asia has all that and so much more for family holidays. Here are some of our favourites for right now or to add to your wish list for later.


Agonda Beach, Goa, Southern India

Agonda, South Goa: quaint beach huts and dolphin spotting

Picture yourself strolling along a palm-fringed shoreline, with a crescent of velvety soft sand beneath your feet. The calm waters of Agonda beckon for a refreshing swim while the little ones can enjoy the thrill of bodyboarding. Indulge in some relaxation as you have your legs expertly massaged right on the beach. When hunger strikes, you’ll find a variety of restaurants serving up kid-friendly dishes.

Agonda is surrounded by lively neighbourhoods

One of the best beaches in Asia to enjoy more than just sand and sea, Agonda Beach is surrounded by lively neighbourhoods. So you can look forward to an abundance of luxury shops, beachfront shacks, cool beach bars, vegan cafés and boutique hotels. Even better take your family on a one-of-a-kind fishing boat adventure to see the playful dolphins.

If you’re looking to stay overnight, why not try one of the charming beach huts? You can choose between a sea-facing and garden-facing view. During low tide, you might discover starfish washed up on the shore.

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Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi

Shaviyani Atoll: the Maldives is beautiful beach heaven

For families seeking a luxurious holiday filled with adventure, there can hardly be a better place. This tropical retreat is just a 55-minute seaplane flight from Hanimaadhoo Airport and offers stunning views from the window seat.

The atoll’s 9 km long reef is a true gem, teeming with vibrant marine life including graceful manta rays. Dive into the crystal-clear waters or go snorkelling to witness these majestic creatures up close.

Try glamping with kids in a jungle tented villa

Kids will love a stay in a gorgeous water villa. Equally memorable is a glamping adventure in a jungle tented villa, offering you a safari-style experience amidst lush surroundings.

The Coralarium, a collection of underwater sculptures by famous artist Jason deCaires Taylor, is a must-see destination on Sirru Fen Fushi. The local inhabitants of the Maldives are portrayed in these 14 sculptures as both human and plant characters. It provides a unique snorkelling experience, allowing you to explore its mesmerising underwater art.

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Tanjung Benoa Beach, South Bali

Tanjung Benoa: best beaches can be affordable too 

Nestled in South Bali just north of Nusa Dua: Tanjung Benoa Beach guarantees you a wholesome, sun-bathed family time. Conveniently located only a short 20-30 minute drive from the Bali Airport, it offers a tranquil haven with its calm waters and sandy shores.

Your kids will love swimming here as the water is gentle and the beach is protected by a coral reef. They’ll have a blast with the exciting water sports available which include banana boat rides, jet skiing, rolling donut rides and parasailing.

Come hungry, the beach is great for restaurants

The beach area also boasts an array of restaurants and cafes, ensuring that hunger pangs are easily satisfied. Another perk of Tanjung Benoa Beach is its affordability.

Accommodation options here are generally cheaper compared to nearby Nusa Dua: making it a budget-friendly choice for families. With its sunny ambiance, kid-friendly activities and proximity to the airport, Tanjung Benoa Beach combines all the best things about South Bali and promises your family a wonderful retreat.

See our recommended family resort on Tanjung Benoa


Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Kata Beach: our pick of Phuket’s beautiful beaches 

Some of the best beaches in Asia are found in Phuket, and Kata Beach is definitely in that category. Tucked in the southwestern nook of Phuket, it’s an idyllic marriage of glistening waters, dewy white sands and towering palm trees. From exhilarating sea kayaking to parasailing over the beach or simply checking out the many beautiful sea-facing resorts — there is much to do.

Visit the mini-golf course with a dinosaur theme for a fun-filled time. Don’t pass up the chance to go on island hopping tours which are simple to book online or at the tourist information booths in Kata. While the beach offers fantastic swimming all year-round, it’s important to note that water currents can become stronger from May to October. However, during gentler seasons: the swells are perfect for beginners looking to take surf lessons.

Paradise beach with fabulous shopping nearby

A 20-min drive takes you to Jungceylon Shopping Center  — a bustling hub with over 200 shops, giving you a city within a city experience. Spend hours exploring souvenir shops, catching a movie, pampering yourself at a massage parlour, indulging in superb restaurants and browsing a department store. Kids will be thrilled with the arcade games and can showcase their bowling skills.

Don’t miss the quirky Phuket Trick Eye Museum (a 30 min drive from Kata Beach): where you enjoy several illusions and interactive exhibits. Witness mesmerising 3D paintings, pretend you’re sipping coffee at a lavish Parisian café or experience the thrill of walking across a tightrope.

See our recommended family resort on Kata Beach


Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam, one of the best beaches in Asia

 Mui Ne Beach: old world charm and great water sports

Of course Vietnam has some of the best beaches in Asia, but even here Mui Ne is a stand out. Located five hours from Ho Chi Minh City, this quaint fishing town is known for its surreal beauty and old-world charm. Getting there is easy with a bus or a short 5 km ride from the train station.

Most famous for its kitesurfing, it is suitable even for novices as the water is clear of rocks and the winds are steady. Numerous kitesurfing schools dot the area, providing lessons and equipment. Another highlight is the majestic sand dunes which attract quad bikers from far and wide. Rent a quad bike right on the dunes and explore the stunning landscape.

To avoid the oppressive heat, early morning or late evening are the best times to visit.

For food enthusiasts, Mui Ne offers delightful Food Tours, allowing you to sample the local cuisine. Choose from private or group tours and embark on a culinary adventure you won’t forget.

See our recommended family resort on Mui Ne Beach

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