Best Family Hotels 2014
Just because you have kids doesn't mean you have to give up luxury vacations. Families want luxury getaways too! Kid-friendly luxury resorts and hotels can be difficult to find but we've come up with the ultimate list of the world's best family-friendly resorts and hotels. The properties are a favorite of families and kids of all ages by offering on-site kids clubs, babysitting, special kids' amenities, family-friendly suites, kid's menus, family activities and other kid-friendly amenities.
Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this luxury resort features 188 residences and 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites. World-class luxury hotel amenities include three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools, 20,000 ESPA oceanfront spa, and an innovative marine biology-based children's program. Acqualina is five minutes from Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to South Beach.
Azul Beach Hotel was designed to make a vacation stay easy and memorable for families. The hotel supports parents with equipment, toys and services, and ensures all activities require zero planning. Programs and activities designed for children and families inspire togetherness and fun. Featuring the Gourmet Inclusive® concept, epicurean offerings include candlelight dining on the beach, a fresh fish fry, an all-lobster menu, and 24-hour room service.
Opened in June 2012 in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco's main square, this former palace and convent has become one of the city's most exclusive hotels. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests, or their private butler, can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel. VIK (Very Important Kid) program includes special amenities and services for children.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, once the residence of Ottoman Sultans, has been restored to its former glory and is the only luxury hotel on the European shores of the Bosphorus. While steam risse around them, families can keep pace with the boats in the Bosphorus alongside in the heated infinity pool. The concierge will book an unforgettable guided tour of Istanbul and its surroundings by land, water, or air, accompanied by professional multilingual guides.
The palm-studded island of Boracay – with its white, talcum-fine beach, balmy weather, and warm, crystalline waters – is like a hypnotic magnet. The Sandbox kids room is open daily. Stuffed toys, an X-box, and various board and computer games are available for children aged 0-12. Daily activities for kids include arts & crafts, Filipino games, scavenger hunts, and cooking lessons.
Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the landmark ski-in ski-out Fairmont Chateau Whistler defines luxury. Naturally spectacular, The resort hotel delivers an ideal setting for skiing. More than 8,100 acres of skiable terrain and a rise of more than 5,200 feet on two magnificent side-by-side mountains have earned Whistler Blackcomb an unbeatable reputation. The Whistler Blackcomb ski conditions are some of the best in North America.
Like a prestigious hamlet, this luxury hotel village stretches along the Cospillot slope and offers guests an incomparable panorama of the valley and mountain massifs. The ski lift in front of the hotel provides full access to the world's largest ski area. At the heart of the Savoie Region and within the world's largest skiable area - Les 3 Vallees, with 600km of marked runs, it is the kingdom of skiing and the mountain lifestyle.
Plunge yourself in the azure waters. Learn a new game with the kids. Dive with the dolphins near coral reefs. Take a dip in Jacuzzi pools. Play beach football with palm-tree goals. Swoop over the Gulf on a helicopter ride. Charter a yacht and just follow the tide. Windsurfing, boat rides, sailing and also water-skiing and a Kids' Club are all available.
The Hotel offers great facilities for children including a private playroom, an array of activities and lofts above various Suites featuring between 2 and 4 beds, special children's menus, and babysitting service available on request. Children can dine in a variety of venues including their own Children's Dining Conservatory, The Playroom, in the convenience of their own room, or by invitation at the exclusive Chef's Table in the kitchen.
With activities and amenities for the entire family, La Cantera Hill Country is the ideal family resort in San Antonio. Make a splash in the five lagoon-style pools, The Lost Quarry Pools, but the fun doesn't end there. Young travelers will discover activities designed to fill their day. Zoomagination-an educational and interactive morning with exotic animals, Vibe-an exclusive teen social event, and fireside S'mores-a nightly tradition for all ages.
At Le Burgundy, children are treated like the VIPs they are. Specific children entertainment can be organised and they deliver them a child-friendly welcome. Kids are welcomed with special menus, toy box, pint-size robes and slippers, bath products, and cartoons. There's also a children's butler, baby-sitting services, and workshops such as face-painting, cooking classes, and museum visits. Teenagers get DVDs, video games, and access to the pool.
Every space in the hotel is both beautiful and functional, creating the most unique blend of the highest standards, elegance and Patagonian majesty. Nahuelito’s Club and Ayenhue Baby Care offers younger guests two exclusively designed spaces, where they will be taken care of by professionals in a safe and happy setting, with special attention to their nutrition, rest and recreation, according to each age.
Kids of all ages are welcome here. Toddlers at Raposinhos can try their hand at face painting or join an outdoor treasure hunt. The Blue Room offers teens the latest video games and traditional pastimes such as table tennis, pool, or table football. Martinhal also features a sports academy where kids can polish their skills or learn new techniques in activities such as cooking, surfing, windsurfing, swimming, tennis and football.
This all-inclusive luxury resort in the Riviera Maya combines a breathtaking setting with world-class facilities, including Family Concierge, YHI spa treatments, and modern meeting spaces equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Enjoy an unforgettable vacation stay in the luxurious Family Concierge rooms. Family-oriented details, from child-sized amenities to pool obstacle courses make sure every member of the family has a special experience.
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay offers premium Sydney hotel accommodation. This Sydney hotel is superbly situated in the heart of Sydney on historic Macquarie Street. The excellent location means families are just a short stroll to the world famous Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Central Business District, and Sydney Harbour itself. This hotel houses one of Australia's largest private collections of fine art.
This hotel welcomes families. Family rooms, a pair of interconnecting bedrooms each with its own bathroom, allows guests to be close to their children. The exclusive V.I. (little) P's offering makes sure stays are as unforgettable for children as it is for adults. Children's program includes The Goring Bedtime Story Library, gift bag on their pillow with a cuddly Baaaa-bara sheep, personal "For Kids Eyes Only" pack, and a welcome basket for parents of babies.
Pottery Barn Kids has outfitted the Kids’ Club so that it's sure to delight kids. There are supervised activities for children ages 4 to 12 including magic tricks, sandcastle building, GPS-led scavenger hunts, and more. From lending libraries of games to the Kids Camp, Loews has everything to make family travel a pleasure. There's also activities that appeal to hard-to-please teens and tweens - from music download cards to the Teen Lounge.
The whole family will love the unique location. The Oberoi Udaivilas is on the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Udaipur, also called the City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravalli Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes. Activities and amenities include Boat/shikara rides, Rajasthani folk dances, cooking classes, outdoor croquet, camel/elephant riding, two outdoor heated pools, baby-sitting, and a library of movies and DVDs.
There may be no resort in the world better suited to children's love of discovery than Atlantis, with its incomparable ruins of an ancient lost world populated by schools of sharks and manta rays, water slides and water rides, beaches and swimming pools, and its remarkably diverse play activities. For kids, 'tweens, and teens the resort isn't simply a place to play with Mom and Dad, it’s a wondrous expedition of the mind and imagination.
The Children's Center offers educational, and fun programming for children 2-12. The outside area features a nautical themed playground and a children's area. There are pirate ships and treasure chests with age appropriate slides, run ramps, climbing and swinging ropes. There's an aquatic playground with fountains and sprays, an amphitheater, and outdoor dining area. During the summer, daily programs are offered for toddlers and kids.