Elevate Your Family Vacay at 10 Resorts with Eye-Popping Perks for KidsBy Holly Kapherr
When it was just the two of you, hotel perks might have looked like a bottle of bubbly, butler service or private candlelit dinners on the beach. But now that you have little ones in tow, it’s a good bet you’re looking for accommodation upgrades of a different sort. After all, if the kids are happy, everyone’s happy.
These family-focused resorts will have you and your brood covered from check-in to checkout with incredible amenities and unforgettable activities for kids of all ages and their caregivers.
As always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip.
National Park Perfection
If Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park are on your radar, there’s no better place to set up camp than SpringHill Suites Moab. Located near both parks, it’s an adventurous family’s dream come true, with bunk-bed suites to keep the kiddos comfy.
After seeing the real thing, kids can play in the mini canyon with a splash pad, shoot hoops on the basketball courts, or hang with the adults at the three pools, including one with waterfalls. At night, the whole family can cozy up around the fire pit for some stargazing.
Venture into Venice
Accessing the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa via a 15-minute boat ride from St. Mark’s Square to the private island of Isola della Rose cements an instant core memory for the kids.
But this luxury property in Italy’s most-visited city has so much more in store for families.
A kids club keeps the littles entertained while adults relax. There are Italian cooking classes just for little chefs, family movie nights in an open-air cinema (a welcome respite after a long day of sightseeing), and three pools, including a family pool with a water play fountain.
California Desert Dreamin’
Once all of the party people have deserted the Coachella Valley (see what we did there?), the verdant Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells is primed for family visits.
This Californian golf course property has everything kids want for entertainment — including an escape room, virtual reality and classic arcade games, and virtual bowling — as well as a kids club and movies on the lawn.
The pool features a zero-entry sandy beach entrance for little splashers, and delicious food and beverage services guarantee snack time is just an order away.
Get Them to the Greek
The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, nestled along the beach on the Ionian Sea, is a five-star stunner with little travelers in mind. The resort, which sits on the gorgeous southern Peloponnesian peninsula, is one of the top family-friendly destinations in Greece, and it’s little wonder why.
Sports programs, tennis courts and bowling keep kids and teens entertained. Two kids clubs — Cocoon and SandCastle — keep children of all ages safe and having fun. And the resort’s own Aqua Park has three thrilling slides and a feature-packed play pool.
Go Beyond the Ordinary in Oman
A visit to Oman is an unforgettable experience, and the Ritz Kids program at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel is designed to amaze mini jet-setters. The Muscat property offers activities centered on art, cuisine and sustainability, and the property offers delicious kid-friendly menus throughout its dining options.
Have a birthday coming up? The property will throw a party the kids’ll never forget. Or opt for the incredible pirate- or princess-themed “indoor camping experience,” an in-room adventure for kids complete with a tent and decorations, personalized bedtime story, coloring book and bath-time amenities.
Head Directly to Dubai
Kids get the royal treatment at the beachfront Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, as they’re greeted with personalized touches, gifts and in-room amenities throughout their stay.
Upon check-in, kids are acknowledged as little adults and given a registration card and an M Passport, which encourages exploration and play with fun rewards for accomplishing engaging tasks around the hotel.
Kids also enjoy a dedicated children’s pool, an indoor game room, a playground and special activities program for tiny travelers.
Nama-Stay in Bali
Enter a new phase of family Zen at the Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua Resort, located on the southeastern tip of the Indonesian island paradise. Mengiat Beach, just an 8-minute walk from the hotel, is perfect for seashell-seeking and surf-hopping.
A lazy river and a pool just for kids offer more options for water babies. And the kids club, complete with computers and video games, a ball pit, an indoor playground and a separate toddler room, is the perfect spot for the littles to play while the grownups relax at the serene full-service spa.
Costa Rican Rapture
A family vacation steeped in “pura vida” doesn’t get much easier than an escape to The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa in the surf capital of Guanacaste. Nestled in the verdant jungle of Costa Rica‘s Pacific coast, this hotel is ground zero for fun in the sun with an almost bullseye chance of monkey sightings.
This special trip begins with a private family check-in, and a Family Concierge helps coordinate your adventures. The Family Club Lounge features kid-sized furniture and fun activities for everyone. And The Westin Kids Club thrills with adventure-packed eco-activities, an arcade and a game room.
Marvel at the Maldives
With unmatched glamour and seclusion, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa will feel like your family’s very own private escape in the Indian Ocean. Beach or overwater villas, some with private plunge pools, are perfect for families.
In addition, the resort features a kids-only pool along with a delightful Kids’ Hub your babes will never want to leave. The thoughtfully designed space teaches kids about indigenous flora and fauna (including native hawksbill turtles), conservation efforts and cultural touch points through entertaining and engaging educational programs.
Preserve Puerto Rican Perfection
A sprawling refuge set on 50 lush, beachfront acres in Puerto Rico, Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, feels a world apart from everyday life. The resort immerses guests in history, native culture and environmental experiences through the Ambassadors of the Environment program.
Younger kids can enjoy cooking classes using indigenous ingredients, a snorkeling excursion, or an arts and crafts class. Teens and young adults can enjoy a forest and trail bicycle tour, film-production class, or ocean kayaking and night snorkeling. And the whole family will love the two sparkling pools and on-site waterpark.