There are the romantic getaways, girls trips, and friend voyages that always speak to our wanderlust. However when it comes to the family vacation, you're suddenly weighing a margarita on the beach with a theme park. Ditch the fast passes, keep that margarita in your hand and explore these 26 hotels and resorts that will have you unwinding in luxury while your kids have the time of their lives.
The Encanto Beach Club at the Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico provides a family vacation zone. Designed for families in mind, there is a splash pool for the kids and poolside cuisine for the adults. Don’t forget the luxurious suites and penthouses that cater up to five bedrooms with ocean views and private infinity plunge pools - enough room for the entire family to relax in luxury.
A safari set up and tipi will have your kids exploring America’s canyons adventurer style. Activities include hot air ballooning, rafting the Colorado river and even taking scenic flights across the Canyon Lands National Park. A little bit of glamping for you; a little bit of adventure for the kiddos.
For those looking for a 5 star private property in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, Esperanza offers a family vacation set on 17-acres. With family friendly villas and a private beach, Esperanza takes family amenities one step further. A private chef service, children’s programs and babysitting services will help you enjoy the sun-soaked coast worry free.
If your family craves saltwater, choose any one of the six lodgings at Byron Beach Abodes for just a five minute walk to the beach. Coming in from the surf will be just as relaxing. Each abode has been pristinely decorated and designed which means you get that homey feel with a luxurious design.
There is nothing monochromatic or neutral about the desert when The Saguaro is involved. Bright color blocking rooms and decor will have your kids thinking they are in playground heaven while the desert chic poolside drinks and fun spa treatments (Chocolate Truffle Body Wrap anyone?!) will have you vacationing in style.
Welcome to ranch life, explorer! Show your kids how to play cowboy while maintaining that glamping vibe in luxury tents or American Safari rooms. In addition to exploring the wilderness with fly-fishing or whitewater rafting, enjoy fine dining and rustic ranch cuisine.
If you are going to glamp, it might as well be in Malibu. Located on a 16-acre property in between ocean views and canyon mountains, your kids can take their pick between a vintage airstream or a Lotus Belle tent!
For a serene and private experience, Rockwater Secret Cove’s Tenthouse Suite has expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Treat yourself to private yoga classes and spa treatments and reserve family time for kayaking, hiking and fishing.
Get away with your family to some Spanish-Colonial charm. With a Forbes Top Ranked Spa and six restaurants at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, your senses are sure to be tickled - and so will your kids' with the Summer Family Fun package including a s’mores roasting session and family breakfast.
The Yosemite National Park is majestic - so why not make your hotel grand too? The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is both elegant and traditional in its cabin decor. While the kids enjoy their Junior Rangers program, the adults can hike the famous sites or sign up for a romantic horseback riding session.
Arriving at The Ritz St. Thomas looks like this: You check into the Ritz-Carlton and eat at the Bleuwater restaurant. Your kids check into the Ritz Kids and have their own menu to drool over! Did we mention the ocean views? We have a feeling you’ll both be a fan.
Privacy is the name of the game at The Resort at Pedregal. Their private casitas are tucked away in the cliffs of Cabo San Lucas and have a private plunging pool for the entire family to enjoy. If the kids need more than the private plunging pool for a good time, the resort has the Tortuguitas Kid Club. This kids activity club also comes with nanny services in case a date night is in order!
Having your choice of three private beaches is better than one, especially when you are nestled into 6,000 acres of panoramic New Zealand cliffs. Family activities include sailing, fishing, tours of the Makana Chocolate Factory and exploring the outer nature through horseback, bicycle or walking. Looks like golfing with a view of the Pacific Ocean isn’t all you will be excited about at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.
Imagine working on your golf swing against a Caribbean ocean backdrop with a classic resort twist and a mimosa in hand. Imagine the kids signing up for the resort’s Camp Arawak to participate in activities under the Curacao sun. Sounds like the ideal vacation!
For the family that loves all things wellness, stay on the shore of Nita Lake and enjoy lakeside restaurants, a full service spa and yoga classes. After appreciating the momentous mountains and surrounding nature, spend some quality family time with Nita Lake Lodge’s breakfast in bed packages!
Have your children experience Hawaii in its natural form with rolling grass fields, breathtaking ocean views and palm trees framing the sky. With Travaasa Hana's Waikoloa Family Suites, everyone can be exploring the Hawaiian breeze and beaches in style.
For the family mixed with cosmopolitan and beach goers, there is something for everyone at The Modern Honolulu. Snorkel and learn to surf on the Hawaiian beaches by day and hit the hotel’s cocktail bar, The Study, by night.
The Grace Bay Club is no stranger to white sand beaches and luxury Caribbean relaxation. They are also no stranger to a good time - family style. Treat your kids to the VIK (Very Important Kids) treatment at Grace Bay Club’s Kid Town!
Get a little boho and a little glam with your own private beach villa for the family. If the expansive beach isn’t enough for the kids, a plunge pool will surely keep them splashing. After a day in the sun, enjoy a cocktail surrounded by waterfalls at the Lehua Lounge.
Has your kid ever wanted to be a mermaid? Sanderling Resort gets it (who doesn't?!). This coastal North Carolina resort hosts kid friendly events such as Mermaid School and Canvas Painting. And for the parents? Fine dining, an award winning spa, ocean views and even sunrise yoga.
There are 780-acres for you and your family to experience the mountain ranges of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The award winning golf courses and seven room spa make it a win for you. Exploring the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks make it an adventure for the kids.
If you are looking for a family ski trip equipped with views of the Rockies, The St. Regis will place you right in the middle of the Aspen experience. Want to take it up a notch? Reserve the Presidential Suite with butler service for the entire family and come home from the bunny slopes to top-floor views of the Aspen Mountain.
Across the lush coast of Nicaragua sits a private resort with villas, plunging pools, golf and a sanctuary spa. While you are getting your serenity on, the kids can head down to the Kul Kids Program and have their pick of activities like Le Petit Chef, Girl’s Spa, Camping on the Beach and Nature Activities.
For the adventurous family, this hotel’s backdrop of Georgia lake views provides plenty of fun! Rustic cabins, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hiking place family time right in the middle of nature. Did we mention you have to get to the privately owned island by boat? Perfect if you have a little explorer on your hands!
Bring the kids and your four-legged babies along to this boutique hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. With a range of activities including a bird park, ocean aquarium and a shuttle to the beach, you won't have a shortage of family activities.