There’s no need to skimp on luxury when you’re booking a hotel that’ll keep both the kids and the parents entertained. Whether you prefer to stay in a castle or on a beach, you’re sure to make memories your family will cherish forever.
Visit any one of these family-friendly hotels on our 2015 FaceJour’s list for a getaway that’s fun for the whole gang.
1. Hotel Guanahani and Spa, St. Barthelemy
You’ll find some of the only resort children’s programs on St. Bart’s when you stay at the Hotel Guanahani and Spa. Kids up to age 6 can paint seashells and make jewelry and keychains, and older children have the opportunity to participate in watersports like canoeing, snorkeling, and windsurfing. Diving enthusiasts can go on wreck dives right off the coast.
2. O’reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Villas & Lost World Spa, Australia
Young visitors to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Villas & Lost World Spa can expect nothing short of Eco Ranger activities, zip lining, and an after-dark glow worm walk that will delight kids and parents alike. O’Reilly’s prime rainforest location and luxurious spa facilities guarantee the kind of wildlife, relaxation, and hands-on fun that make guests not want to leave.
3. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Hawaii
When it comes to family-friendly lodging, it’s nearly impossible to beat Disney, whose first Hawaiian property, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, combines the best of local culture and the classic Disney experienceâ€”characters and all. Kids can enjoy their own camp programs, and the whole family can participate in hula, crafting, snorkeling, and relaxing on the beach. There’s also an adults-only pool for the parents who need extra space to relax.
4. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, Turks & Caicos
There’s something for everyone in the family at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa. While the enormous water park, complete with a swim-up soda bar, will entice the younger kids, older ones will also be drawn to the teen disco; their parents will delight in the vast on-site dining choices and the spa. If you’re interested in exploring the turquoise blue waters offshore, be sure to check out Beaches’ unlimited scuba diving program.
5. The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida
A luxurious and glamorous resort on the Atlantic Ocean, The Breakers Palm Beach also happens to be a family-friendly destination. Kids can take their own yoga classes, learn to scuba dive, get glitter tattoos, and participate in a family golf clinic that brings the whole gang together to learn the perfect swing. Of the four oceanfront pools at The Breakers, there’s even an “active” pool suited for more splashing.
6. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
If you’re planning on bringing the whole family to Vegas, consider booking the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, where all young guests will find a stuffed animal and milk and cookies in their room when they arrive. Guests at the Four Seasons enjoy full access to the Mandalay Bay Resort, where you’ll find a wave pool, lazy river, shark reef aquarium, and more.
7. Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate, Ireland
Admit it: spending the night in a castle sounds pretty fun. Your kids will think so too when you take your family to Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate. The stately property features gardens to wander through, plus horseback riding nearby for the families who want a little more adrenaline. Visit the falconry to learn more about the large birds of prey and how to handle them with your own (gloved) hands.
8. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
Nature-loving children will have a blast at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. The resort advocates responsible tourism, so there’s an emphasis on sustainability and wildlife education here. Go horseback riding on Grootbos Reserve with experienced guidesÂâ€”small children can ride ponies. There’s also a cave walk and an exhilarating 4×4 flower safari for guests of all ages to enjoy.
9. Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, Paris
The creative spirit of Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris shines through in its kids program, Le Petit Royal. Even parents will want to join too, as the program features such activities as pizza-making classes with a Michelin-starred Italian chef, DJ spinning lessons for teenagers, and treasure hunts through the Louvre. If that’s not enough, then take a dip in the largest hotel pool in Paris.
10. Le Petit Hotel, St. Martin
Abundant water activities are only a short walk away from Le Petit Hotel, a charming boutique hotel in Grand Case with spacious rooms. The self-serve breakfast buffet offers baskets so you can take your meal to your private terrace before you hit the beach. Along the way to Le Galion Beach, stop by the Butterfly Farm for a guided tourâ€”if you go in the morning, you can watch the butterflies hatching.