The World's Best Family Hotels and Resorts 2013
Having kids doesn't mean giving up a life of luxury. Luxury hotels now cater to both kids and adults, meaning everyone gets to have a relaxing vacation. Our World's Best Family Hotels and Resorts offer an array of activities and amenities that will ensure both kids and parents have an amazing hotel experience. Whether you’re looking for a beach resort, city-center getaway, or ski lodge, this list offers the most family-friendly options to keep children entertained and parents happy. Many of these hotels offer dedicated kids club programs and on-site day care and nanny services that allow children to enjoy age appropriate fun. These amenities also provide parents with a chance to enjoy some grown-up vacation time without leaving the kids at home.
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Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol, Cyprus
Featuring the Pelican Kids Club, Amathus Beach Hotel in Limassol also offers children bath amenities, slippers & bathrobes for children, welcoming envelope with children activities, play area with high quality toys and play equipment, covered outdoors activities area, area with small tables and chairs for painting and coloring activities, magician, clowns, special children's menu available in restaurants, high chairs in guest rooms, and an illusionist.
While the kids enjoy their time, parents can enjoy the Spa & Wellness Center, Seaside or Pool beach bar, a cozy cocktail bar with terrace overlooking the sea and gardens, and an adults only outdoor freshwater swimming pool.
Anantara Si Kao Chang Lang Beach, Thailand
The beautiful Anantara Si Kao resort located in Chang Lang Beach, Thailand, provides family friendly accommodations for traveling families. With family friendly accommodations, restaurants, pools, and the Dugong Kids' Club, children are entertained while adults indulge in exotic treatments at Anantara Spa. Family Pool Terrace Rooms comprise a king bedroom connected to a twin room via the outside deck as well as your very own private pool, inviting you to share refreshing quality time together. Kids can stay busy and parent-free at the Dugong Club, under the watchful eye of caring and energetic staff. The Dugong Club has many activities to keep kids occupied for hours with arts & crafts, storytelling sessions, video & computer games, outdoor & water activities such as kayaking, and elephant rides.
Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments London, United Kingom
Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments, located in London, is a luxury hotel that make family travel seamless for parents. This luxury property offers their guests with a team of certified nannies, an amazing choice of family rooms for cots, and adjoining bedrooms and suites. The available family apartments provide a kitchen, dining area, and a separate sitting room providing lots of space to accommodate families of all sizes! The luxury hotel is the very first hotel in London that offers a dedicated concierge service for kids! Parents request this service when they make reservations at the property. The Kids' Concierge will get in touch to find out if there's anything they can take off of parent's hands from arranging tickets to shows or events to creating a dream itinerary that matches your family's tastes and ages.
Atlantis The Palm Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Atlantis the Palm Dubai offers guests ages 4 to 12 a variety of activities. The Kids' Club is tailored towards both indoor and outdoor activities and geared to different energy levels. For the active child, the Play Zone offers two climbing walls and a shipwreck play area with fun slides. For kids who like electronics, the Command Center is equipped with a PlayStation 3, Xbox 60, Nintendo Wii, and 15 iMacs. The Underwater Theatre has two circular windows with visible access into the Ambassador Lagoon so kids can climb in the bubble and experience being under water. The auditorium allows children to attend fun learning programs and movies on a large screen. The arts and crafts area is ideal for stimulating creativity and inspiring the imagination. Other adventures can be painting, origami, or experience-based adventures such as cookie decorating or visiting the fish hospital with the resort's marine specialists.
B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
This family friendly oceanfront B Ocean Fort Lauderdale makes it fun for families to experience the city with their family friendly tours and excursion programs. Many of Fort Lauderdale's most sought-after attractions are within walking distance or just minutes away by car from hotel. Guests and their families can go jet skiing, para-sailing, shopping, or take a dip in the heated infinity-edge pool. While visiting, families will enjoy discovering The Gallery at Beach Place, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science with its 3D IMAX Theater, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Center, Stranahan House, and the Museum of Art. The whole family will appreciate B Humane, a destination-specific endangered species program with a portion of the proceeds supporting sea turtle conservation organizations.
Castlemartyr Resort Cork, Ireland
Castlemartyr Palace believes in looking after V.I.K's (Very Important Kids). The historic hotel offers V.I.K's Check-In, mini bath robes and slippers, children's arrival treat, children's range of DVDs, and a list of local activities suitable for younger guests. For the very youngest guests, Castlemartyr offers high chairs, cots, swimming diapers, and can also organize fully qualified and registered baby-sitters. The Castlemartyr Kids Club runs during the Easter, Summer, and Halloween holidays at the resort and is fully supervised. The Kids Club features a great line up of activities, from fun outdoor games and activities to arts & crafts and story-time. The resort's location also benefits from its close proximity to many primary national routes such as Waterford, Limerick, and the West and is only a 30 minute drive from Cork International Airport.
Charleston Place Charleston SC, United States
Lollipop manis, Cinderella facials and Fit Kids programs, oh my! Charleston Place, located in Charleston, SC, offers a range of family-friendly activities in and around the hotel. Go on a plantation tour with the kids, visit nearby historical sites, or just let the kids splash around in the pool. Families will vacation in style and comfort when they choose Junior Suites, which can be connected with Deluxe accommodations. There's also a range of tailored spa treatments. Girls will feel like princesses with special "Lollipop Manicures" or "The Cinderella Facial". Boys can also join in with a re-energizing "About Face Facial", while all young ones can enjoy the fun of the Fit Kids program. The nearby Children's Museum of the Lowcountry has eight hands-on exhibits that combine playing and learning.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver has packages which makes it easier for parents to plan family travel. Itineraries and amenities include family friendly visits to the Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Square Ice Rink, in-hotel baby sitting services, and kid-friendly restaurants and menus for young diners makes this property ideal for multi-generation travel families. Like all Fairmont hotels, kids aged 5 and under eat free off the children's menu while kids aged 6-11 eat for half price from the regular menu. There's a special afternoon tea especially for children, called the Children's Bubblegum Tea, where little princes and princesses will be delighted to have tea in a real castle. Pint-sized guests can also take the resident canine ambassadors Mavis & Beau for a walk, splash in the pool, or visit nearby Stanley Park - one of the largest urban parks.
Hotel Fouquet's Barriere Paris, France
Fouquet's Barriere Hotel in Paris has special programs & VIP welcomes for children. The property's Fouquet's Kids Program will keep your little ones entertained throughout your stay, with fun workshops and shows that include juggling, jokes, comedy, and music. Using a special passport, kids will get to meet Grenadine, the lady bird mascot at the hotel. She is lost inside the hotel and must be found. What results is a game of hide and seek within the hotel that begins as the children start reading the pages of the Passport. Grenadine reveals several clues and secrets about the hotel and also about Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world that they'll have the chance to visit in detail thanks to precious advice from the concierges and hotel's ideal location.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, IL, United States
The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, makes family travel easy for parents everywhere with their family friendly options. The hotel has their very own Ice Cream Man who visits guest rooms upon request, so families can enjoy creating their own special sundaes from the Ice Cream Man's cart that is stocked with sweet treats and terrific toppings! The hotel arranges everything from baby sitting services to suitable child-friendly activities for your family's ages and interests. There are many options for teenage travelers such as being able to "chillax" at the hotel's Teen Spa or learn how to make signature Chicago deep dish pizzas. For the younger traveler, the property features the Kids For All Seasons Clubroom. The Clubroom is every child's fantasy as it is stocked full with the latest video games, foosball, board games, arts and crafts, a movie area, and more.
Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa Maui, Hawaii
The Grand Wailea Resort located on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui, takes family travel to the next level with their mini-resort within their resort, which offers fun-filled activities specifically geared for your young traveler. The mini resort is organized by age group from toddlers to teens. The luxury resort provides Hawaiian themed activities for our young travelers such as Hawaiian lei making, Lauhala weaving, Hula lessons, Hawaiian puka shell necklace making, and even provides lessons on how to tie-dye at the resort's large craft room. Teenage travelers can play video games in the video game room, sing karaoke, participate in Hawaiian scavenger hunts with other travelers their age, play pool, watch movies, and enjoy many other activities and excursions.
Half Moon Resort Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Half Moon understands the importance of family travel. The luxury resort provides vacationing families with different kids program options that fit the needs of every child and family. The resort's Camp Half Moon program is an exciting adventure camp for children ages 6 to 12 years old. This children's program was created to provide parents and their children a safe, fun and loving environment for every child. Children can enjoy action-packed adventures, arts & crafts, exciting entertainment and much more. A former recipient of the Virtuoso - Best Family Program Award, Half Moon has not forgotten about the teenagers vacationing with their families. The property features Hype Zone Teen Center complete with rooms filled with activities such as games, karaoke, mini spa services, movie nights and disco nights.
The Hay-Adams Hotel Washington, DC, United States
Plan for your next family vacation to be an educational one, by booking the next family get-together with the Hay-Adams Hotel, centrally located in the nation's capital. The Hay-Adams Hotel proudly boasts the best White House views of any Washington, DC property with its rooftop being a local favorite for hosting private events. The hotel property offers "Discover DC Packages," making it easy for parents to plan their family trip without the hassle of coordinating. The package comes complete with family-friendly activities and excursions like visits to famous DC tourist landmarks such as the Smithsonian, the Spy Museum, art galleries, and other fun-filled activities that will make your experience in DC unforgettable for the entire family.
Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris, France
Embark on a Parisian style vacation in the city of lights with a family vacation at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Make unforgettable family memories in the heart of Paris with the hotel property's different family packages such as the "Summer Family Offer" or the "Family Package". The packages offer family friendly options such as adjoining rooms, daily children's breakfasts, special child friendly gifts from the hotel's very own boutique Dorchestor Collection, child sized bathrobes and slippers, a snack of cookies and milk upon arrival, coloring kit, and much more! The hotel also provides a concierge service that can help make reservations and arrangements for a family dinner, offer suggestions for family outings, and will make babysitting arrangements for parents who wish to explore the city child-and-guilt free.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai's leading family resort destination, Jumeirah Beach Hotel answers all your family travel answers with Sinbad's Kids Club. The property provides families with a multitude of family-friendly options, each with its very own element of fun to choose from that the entire family can participate in. Choose from indoor games to outdoor activities such as diving with the dolphins among beautiful coral reefs in the beautiful clear blue ocean, swooping over the Gulf in a private helicopter tour, jump up and down the waves while jet skiing, go deep sea fishing on a private boat, book a family kayak tour, and much more. More specifically, the property features the kid's club, activities for your teenage traveler, and experiential leisure facilities to stimulate every parent's pleasures.
La Costa Resort & Spa Carlsbad, CA, United States
Let your children's imaginations run wild as they explore magical forests, observe sea creatures "underwater," get lost creating things in the arts and crafts center, dance on an interactive game floor, and much more at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa's Kids Club. Additionally, the resort features a game lounge stocked with the latest game consoles, and also offer their guests activities that can include the entire family such as s'more roasting, and dive in movies with family friendly shows. The resort also provides options to families traveling with toddlers. Kidtopia, provides a nursery for children aged 6 months to 3 years old. Older kids will enjoy night camp programs on the weekends, a tree house, and a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium filled with exotic fish
Martinhal Beach Resort Sagres, Portugal
Plan an unforgettable family vacation that your kids will remember for years to come, at this luxury resort located in Portugal. Wake up every morning to beautiful views, as the property is nestled within a protected natural park near the historic fishing port of Sagres, on Portugal's unspoiled western Algarve coast. Young travelers will thoroughly enjoy themselves at the property's outdoor treasure hunt, before or after getting their faces painted. Your tween traveler can meet friends their own age at the Explorer's Club and your teens can mingle at the Adventure Club. With a plethora of programs and many options of different clubs and activities organized by age group to choose from, your children will never experience a dull moment while staying at the Martinhal Beach Resort.
One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives
Experience the Maldives with your entire family at the One & Only Reethi Rah resort. The property offers families an enriching variety of activities, provides families the option to play together, as well as for individual moments of quiet and calm. The resort features a KidsOnly program that has a dedicated clubhouse (including a pool and dining area) for kids from ages 4 to 11 years old, and is open 12 hours a day. Activities at the clubhouse may include dancing or cooking lessons, evening shows, and a variety of sports. Children under the age of 4 are welcome, but require to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The resort also offers nature-based, sport and adventure activities for teens from ages 12 to 17 years old. Babysitting services are also available, along with complimentary cots for babies.
Paradisus La Esmeralda Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Paradisus La Esmeralda located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is a luxury all-inclusive resort designed for specifically for family travel. This beautiful resort features a special family pool, lounge, and Signature Family Concierge Suites offering personal service and luxuries for everyone in the family. Paradisus La Esmeralda also provides families with a top of the line Kids Club stocked filled with fun child-friendly activities to choose from such as different sports and water games, and water sports such as beginners scuba diving classes. There are also arts and crafts workshops where kids can learn how to make different balloon figures, the art of kite making, mask making, and vacation scrapbook making. The kids program also provides options for supervised excursions such as camping, trips to the beach, movies, themed parties, kids camp and much more!
Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort Crete, Greece
Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort, located in Crete, Greece dedicates a large portion of their resort to accommodate fun levels for the youngest of travelers. Organized by age group, the property provides families with more than 3000 square meters of fun filled activities to choose from. Deciding what to do will be the hardest task for your child during your family's stay. The Children's Ark is perfect for children within the ages of 6 months to 10 years old, as the center is staffed with experienced childcare professionals. Children aged 5 to 12 years old can play at the Children's Park that is set in its own corner of the resort. Send your teens over to Teenager's World where they can take lessons in golf and tennis, water skiing and sailing, or play in the game room.
Ritz-Carlton Resort Hotel Sanya, China
Ritz-Carlton Sanya's signature Ritz-Kids Club is renowned for its facilities. The Kids Club area consists of a water slide, kids pool with shower, outdoor play area, and a themed kids club. Professionally trained staff are on hand to ensure the utmost safety and security of children. The full, action packed list of activities enables parents to enjoy a relaxing break. Babysitters are also available. The Kids' Passport gives children a variety of suggestions to explore more activities at the hotel. Kids can get a specially made diploma for finishing all missions in the Kids' Passport. Uncle Martin's Secret Garden is a colorful heaven where kids can learn about tropical fruits and vegetables, meet baby chicks, make friends with rabbits, guinea pigs, and even say hi to sea turtles. Tailor-made kids amenities include kids' bathrobes, kids' toothbrushes and toothpastes and kids' menus.
St. James Hotel & Club London, United Kingdom
London is a city for kids of all ages and the St. James Hotel and Club has an experienced concierge team that takes great pleasure in introducing its younger guests to some of the city's most famous and more unusual attractions. The hotel offers three separate Kids Clubs for different ages, and Assistant Head Concierge Tony O'Connell is the resident expert in all things that are fun, informative, unusual and absorbing specifically for families and kids. O'Connell can recommend exactly the right activity, restaurant or theater show for enjoyable days out either in the center of London or just a little further afield. Suggested activities include trips to the Children's Zoo, Hamley's Toy Shop, the London Eye, and the Harry Potter Studio Tour. So whether guests are 6 months, or 60 years and young at heart there is something the whole family can enjoy.
Twelve Apostles Cape Town, South Africa
The hotel's child-friendly attitude is unique and unparalleled in South Africa, making it a must for moms and dads who want to spoil each other and the whole family. Children of all ages are welcome and those under 12 years of age are accommodated free of charge when sharing with two adults. Facilities for children include a gift bag on arrival, free in-room movies from the hotel collection, lists of "things to do" in all types of weather, children's bathrobes, prams and cots and a private cinemascreening a selection of child friendly films every afternoon. Experienced and trained babysitters are sourced through a professional child-minding service for your comfort and peace of mind. Cape Town boasts a great deal of family activities which are sure to satisfy kids of all ages.
W Retreat and Spa Vieques, Puerto Rico
Partake in beach and pool activities for kids and adults at the secluded retreat and spa in Vieques. Water activities and sports are available for the whole family, from snorkeling to scuba diving. Beach Ambassadors make sure you have everything for R&R by the seashore and more, from umbrellas, chaise lounges and towels to gourmet food and beverage from WET and beach games. Kids can build sandcastles or play beach ball while adults lounge one of the two white sand beaches.
The resort has been honored with many awards, including Travel + Leisure "Top 500 Hotels in the World" 2013, U.S. News & World Report "Best Hotels in Puerto Rico 2013" and SPG Member Favorite Resorts - Best Island Paradise 2013.
Westin Lake Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV, United States
Vegas isn't all casinos and Cirque de Soleil. Make your family's next vacation memories at Lake Las Vegas. Retreat from the neon lights of the Las Vegas strip to a lakeside paradise at this resort hotel where the only item on the itinerary is relaxation. Named as one of the "World's Best Hotels" by Travel + Leisure, this 3,600 acre Lake Las Vegas resort offers luxury in Henderson, Nevada. Grown-ups will love the 7,000 acre golf course and the Moroccan-inspired Spa Moulay. Kids and parents will love biking lessons and rentals, plunging in the pool that overlooks the Lake, stand-up paddle lessons, hiking and kayaking. Adjoining rooms make staying together fun and comfortable. Families will love dining together outside and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of Lake Las Vegas.
Want to see all of the World's Best Hotels by type? We've hand-picked the best luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, based on great feedback from our loyal customers. Five Star Alliance can help you find and book the ideal luxury hotel - just like we've helped tens of thousands of travelers. As always, we'd love to hear from you on any hotels you think we've missed.
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