Family travel is evolving, and hotels are taking notice. Many kid-friendly resorts take pride in pampering families, from creative activities at kids’ clubs to readily available baby products, and spa treatments for every age. Here are my favorite luxury hotels for families.
Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, Oahu: Imagine a Hawaiian vacation that incorporates the kids, that is exactly what you get at Aulani. There’s a complimentary kids’ club and volcano-themed pool area with a lazy river. Thinking of a Luau during your visit? This one includes Mickey and Pals. No need to book an excursion to snorkel, there is a private lagoon on property. Aulani embraces the culture and tradition of Hawaii all while catering to families. From nightly story time for kids to spa treatments for Mom you can’t go wrong.
Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast Florida: Thinking of a beach vacation on the Atlantic Ocean, look no further. Featuring a 91,000-square-foot water park, complete with a lazy river, water flume, and multilevel pool complex the kids can play all day, or sit back and relax on their pink shell beach. Offerings for the kids range from a Kids Club to Putt Putt and much more. These stunning villas and suites range in size from one- to three bedrooms, and feature full kitchens, washer/dryers and multiple bathrooms, making them the perfect choice for family retreats. Be sure to bring your golf clubs, it is host to not one but two championship courses. If you are looking for luxury, this AAA four diamond resort is for you.
Stowe Mountain Lodge, Vermont: Looking for a ski vacation with the kids, look no further. With all new fully automated snow making machines on Spruce Peak, you are guaranteed fresh powder for your vacation. A luxury ski-in/ski-out resort offering 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites or a deluxe mountain cabin you will find the perfect accommodations for your family.Offering dog-sledding, sleigh rides and more this is the perfect winter family retreat. Don’t forget to book your princess at the Mini Me Spa! The mountain town of Stowe is a great place to embrace winter (the plaza becomes an ice-skating rink), it is charming and a great retreat.
Reunion Resort, Orlando: Only 6 miles from Walt Disney World, Reunion Resort is the ultimate in vacation luxury. From the on-site water park to the 10 pools this is a great Orlando vacation. Did I mention the three Signature golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson? Kids and adults alike love Kids Crew, a special club for guests ages 4-10. From scavenger hunts to fun in the pool, kids love spending the day on their own terms. Offering only 1 bedroom or larger villas mom and dad have a place to relax while the kids dream of the next days activities.
Hotel Hershey: Located in the famed chocolate town of Hershey, PA this resort hits a sweet spot. Built by Milton S. Hershey during the Great Depression, Hotel Hershey is bigger and better than ever, with 276 rooms and a 2014 renovation that introduced a grass putting course, a fitness center, and a revamped indoor pool. Kids can maneuver through The Odyssey, an elevated obstacle course with a zipline finish. Oh and did I mention it is next door to Hershey Park!
Loews Portofino Bay Resort, Orlando: This resort has it all, a sand bottom pool with water slide, evening kids clubs, in room cookies and milk and suites themed by Minions! Mom and Dad can enjoy a five-star dinner or a spa treatment. Fashioned after Portofino Italy this stunning five diamond resort in the heart of Universal Orlando is my favorite for families. Offering water taxi service to famed theme parks and City Walk you can’t go wrong. Don’t worry parents, you don’t have to sleep in a rocket, there is a room next door with a king bed.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando: Keep an eye out for zebras, giraffes, and gazelles on the 43-acre wildlife preserve of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can spy wildlife from your own private balcony, or from an open flatbed truck during the three-hour signature safari experience. African influences turn up everywhere from the grand lobby with its thatched ceiling to the upscale restaurant Jiko. Make a reservation for two and drop the kids at Simba’s Clubhouse. Take a break from the parks and let the kids play, at the 67-foot water slide at the savanna-facing, zero-depth-entry Uzima Pool.
Don’t fear taking kids on a luxury vacation, there are plenty of resorts ready and waiting for families just like yours.
Have you visited any on this list? Which is your favorite?