Wacky in Hong Kong and Macau: the best themed hotels for families

By Dacia Thai,

It doesn’t matter whether you’re around Hong Kong or Macau for an annual shopping haul, or if you’re there to salivate over endless carts piled with dumplings at one of the city’s many yum cha haunts. Got the kids in tow? Not a problem – you can enjoy all the steamy Cantonese kitchens whilst entertaining the kids at one of these wacky themed hotels.

Gold Coast Hotel – Hong Kong

Best for: imaginative minds

It can be downright impossible to keep up with your kid’s fantasies – one day they want to be an astronaut, and on the next they would rather play princess or sail the seven seas! At the Gold Coast Hotel, your little ones can indulge in a range of super surreal rooms.

Gold Coast Hotel - Hong Kong - ocean room

Sleep in a giant crater in outer space, cosy up in a vintage Hong Kong tram or roam prehistoric forests in the company of dinosaurs! Princess-themed rooms complete with carriage beds and chandeliers ensure that even the pickiest of children will be satisfied!

Gold Coast Hotel Hong Kong - Princess Afternoon Tea

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The hotel is nestled on the Hong Kong Gold Coast, surrounded by tropical gardens and the shores of the Golden Beach The resort is not only a relaxing setting for family escapes, but it is also moments away from the Gold Coast Precinct, which offers a wealth of shopping, restaurants, and leisurely strolls along the Marina.


Gold Coast Hotel Hong Kong - Database Quest Afternoon Tea

Holiday Inn – Macau Cotai Cental

Best for: Kung-Fu Panda fans!

When in Macau, stay at the Holiday Inn on the Sands Cotai Strip to soak up its buzzing atmosphere. You may think that the world class shopping, restaurants and casinos are the name of the game here, but think again – through the eyes of your kids, it’s actually all about Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda and Happy Feet!

Holiday Inn Macau - show

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Cotai Central offers the entire DreamWorks experience for families: sit down to a Shrekfast with all your favourite animated characters, let your kids run amok in the impressive All Star Parade, and – go on – challenge Puss in Boots to a duel! Older siblings can have a go at the world’s first live action role-playing park, Planet J, where they can embark on a unique 60-minute quest to save the beautifully imagined Magic Stone Kingdom.

Holiday Inn Macau - Planet J theme park

Holiday Inn Macau - Spiderman

JW Marriot Hotel – Macau

Best for: tots and teens

The JW Marriott Hotel Macau is a great place for families with kids of all ages. It doesn’t matter whether they’re raging toddlers or sulky teenagers, there’s something to put everyone in a good mood. The 800-square-metre JW Children’s Paradise has slippery dips, handicraft workshops, and classes ranging from cooking, Kpop dance and yoga! Added to that, teens who prefer to spend time solo can even curl up under the Reading Tree or camp out in the video game room for a while.

JW Marriot Hotel Macau - JW Kids Club

It’s even a place to tick off some chores. If your child is due for a haircut – and we’re not kidding – this is the best time to do it. With tiny barber chairs fashioned as mini vintage police cars and carousel animals, they’re guaranteed to not budge from their seats!

JW Marriot Hotel Macau - cars

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All this leaves plenty of time for you to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities – book a therapeutic massage, order a cocktail at the JW Pool Bar, or simply enjoy the in-room luxuries of the Nespresso coffee machine, JBL sound system and complimentary Wi-Fi.

JW Marriot Hotel Macau - room

Broadway Hotel – Macau

Best for: active kids

Escape the smoke of Hong Kong and experience the extravaganza of Macau – if only to tire the kids out with plenty of excitement, exercise and sunshine! The highlight of the Broadway Hotel is the complimentary access to the impressive waterpark, the Grand Resort Deck. This jaw-dropping facility offers a sprawl of tropical gardens intertwined with wave pools, adventure rapids and aquatic play areas.

Broadway Hotel Macau - Grand Resort Deck -Jungle Storm

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For your convenience, the Broadway Hotel boasts comfortable, five-star accommodation with free WiFi and a complimentary minibar, meaning that it’s not just the kids who’ll be entertained! Book the Broadway Deluxe Room to complete your experience with views towards the river or Galaxy Macau.

Broadway Hotel Macau - Twin Room

What are your favourite things to do as a family in Hong Kong or Macau? Share your tips with us below!