Need To Know
67, including five Treehouses, six Four-Bedroom Beach Residences, one Six Bedroom Beach Residence and one Eight-Bed Beach Residence.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Early arrivals can store their luggage and explore the resort.
Double rooms from £1782.99 ($2,218), including tax at 23.2 per cent.
Rates usually include à la carte breakfast (US$45 a person). Children Cots and extra beds can be added to all rooms.
Therapists can be dispatched to your villa for in-room treatments. Sandy surrounds are difficult to negotiate with a pram; pack a sling or carrier for easy baby toting.
At the hotel
Spa, private beaches, diving and watersports centre, tennis court, marina, Emperor General Store, kids club, teen games area, DVD library, free WiFi throughout.
In your room
42” flatscreen TV with satellite channels, a Bose surround-sound system, Blu-ray and DVD player, iPads, an iPod dock, free high-speed WiFi, private bar, minibar and air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
Small families should play house in a secluded Beach Residence, where a cot or extra bed fits neatly into the open-plan living room. Adventure-seekers should bunk up in the two-bedroom Treehouses, which sleep up to six. The Six-Bedroom Beach Residence is jaw-droppingly decadent (with private spa treatment rooms, a sauna and gym), with two storeys to spread out over, or extended families will fit snugly into an Eight-Bedroom Beach Residence (two interconnecting Four-Bedroom Residences). All houses and residences have a pool; netting is available on request, but parents will have to keep a watchful eye on very small Smiths.
The aquamarine freeform pool (open from 7am–8pm) sits close to Baazaar. It’s lifeguard-surveyed, and there are gentle steps and a shallow shelved area where little ones can play safely. Surrounded by palm trees and a smattering of beanbags and sunloungers, it’s a pretty and sociable spot; and attendants hand out fruit skewers, towels, drinks and suntan lotion. Each House and Residence has a private pool (netting can be arranged on request), and the kids club has a supervised shallow pool with floats and armbands.
Javvu spa offers serenity-seekers the choice between having their treatment in the communal lounge, where a drinks trolley tinkles by with champagne, herbal teas and flavoured waters, or in one of 10 tricked-out wooden pods (with a private sauna or steam room and tea lounge), hidden in the jungle canopy. The spa’s open from 9am–8pm, and treatments, served up as 50-minute ‘mains’, add-on ‘sides’ and ‘à la carte’ signature treats, come courtesy of six hand-picked brands: pummeling from Pure Massage, Ila body treatments, facials by !QMS, mani-pedis by Margaret Dobbs, hair styling by Louise Galvin and barber services by Gentleman’s Tonic. There’s a drop-in sauna and steam room, and free classes are held on the ocean-gazing yoga and meditation platform.
The island operates on a cash-free basis, so you can dine, drink and snack without tucking a wallet into your beach bag.
Pre-booking is allowed, but staff are happy to arrange activities and spa treatments around your family once you’ve settled into your beachy home from home.