Want to really impress your children and give them serious bragging rights at school? Take them where the activities are out of this world. (Added advantage: spellbound children = more time by the pool with a cocktail for you).

The 3 Nominees for Cool for Kids

Samara, Great Karoo, South Africa

This hotel runs brilliant mini versions of the adult activities for littl’uns – adventure safaris and private meals – plus tracking and orientating courses, camouflage face painting, crafting with African beads, and even creating bushman paintings. Sweetly, staff put a different animal-related book on your child’s bed each night, such as How The Zebra Got Its Stripes.

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Jnane Tamsna, near Marrakech, Morocco

Children can ride camels and take magic, circus skills and juggling lessons at this gorgeously bohemian hotel, set in the Palmeraie just outside Marrakech. That leaves you free to laze by the pool, play tennis, treat yourself to a massage or take a Moroccan cooking class – until show time begins, of course!

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Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Not only is the kids’ club at this beachside Jamaican hotel free; its activities are seriously cool, including reggae lessons and talent shows, as well as watersports, basket weaving, story hours and more. Wagwan!

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