The 'Ritz-Carlton Photographer Contest' is a photography competition for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Participants are given small digital cameras, and can roam the resort grounds in search of the perfect shot while managing their limited supply of film. Commemorative photos can be put into frames decorated with sand and shells from the nearby beach, while winners of the contest receive Ritz-Carlton merchandise.
The hotel's outdoor pool opens from April, while an indoor pool is available year-round (kids are allowed to swim daily until 5pm). For an even more exciting form of water fun, opt for a whale-watching tour: humpback whales come to Okinawa between December and late March to give birth and raise their young.
To engage your children's imaginations even more, sign up for the 'Ritz Kids Night Safari Program', aimed at kids aged 4 to 8. It includes spending the night in an indoor tent and sees participants treated to a bagful of snacks, a flashlight and other adventure essentials, plus a stuffed mascot character.
Your children can have their nails decorated with cute colours and patterns at the Kids' Manicure Salon, while the 'Kids' Hotel Tour' lets them take a peek at how the hotel staff go about their days.
Making it easy on parents, the resort's restaurants offer plentiful children's menus, which include dishes such as omu-rice, spaghetti and sushi. Kids can also experience the joys of local cuisine with somen champuru and other Okinawan favourites, while parents may want to opt for the hotel's original stone-grilled taco rice.