Travel Picks: 10 top child-friendly boutique hotels

Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:35am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Holidaying with children doesn't have to mean sacrificing style, with a growing number of hotels offering family-friendly features from playrooms to tree houses while still appealing to sophisticated adult tastes.

Boutique travel brand Mr & Mrs Smith ( selects 10 of the best global getaways with kid-appeal. This list is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Karma Kandara, Bali, Indonesia

Between the Indian Ocean and jungle of Bali's southern Bukit Peninsula, Karma Kandara has a sea-view spa and gourmet dining. Children will love riding the inclinator from the clifftop pool to the sand below. The all-day Karma Kids Club keeps younger guests entertained with treasure hunts, dressing up and junior cookery classes. The 46 pool villas come with kitchenettes.

2. Winvian, Litchfield Hills, United States

This 113-acre rural retreat in Connecticut has a colonial-style farmhouse and 18 cute cottages all with their own design scheme. An oak tree grows up through the middle of Charter Oak while the Helicopter interior is based around a real coastguard chopper.

3. Blue Mountains Private Safaris Luxury Swag Camp, Blue Mountains, Australia

Sleep under the stars in an Aussie-style swag bed or sleeping roll given a chic upgrade with a canopied futon-style platform base. This wilderness camp, a few hours drive from Sydney, is luxury camping with hiking, fishing or kayak trips.

4. Ickworth, Suffolk, United Kingdom   Continued...

<p>Tourists view a sandstone cliff outcrop in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba, about 90 kilometres (56 miles) west of Sydney in this May 17, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>