What makes a great family vacation destination? The answer: One in which both parents and children have an equally fantastic time. Traveling with children doesn’t mean you need to resort to theme parks and zoos. Luxury resorts understand that families want to spend time apart as much as they want to spend it together. These top five resorts offer family activities and children specific activities, allowing parents to enjoy time as a family and time on their own.
Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a beautiful island and often the last destination thought of when people head to the Caribbean. At the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, the best of Puerto Rico is offered: catering staff, gorgeous beaches and a lush rainforest. Kid friendly activities are scheduled daily and parents can enjoy an evening out while their children take part in the programming offered by the friendly staff.
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Watch the excitement spread across your children’s faces as they prepare to embark on their first submarine journey. Children four through 18 can explore the mangroves on a pontoon boat, record their adventures on video and ‘meet’ a wide array of marine life native to the island. Parents can feel secure knowing their children are in the hands of superbly trained staff.
Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
You don’t have to leave the mainland to find a family-friendly luxurious resort. With tree houses, family fishing, shrimping, boating and crabbing, adventure is in abundance in Bluffton. Are you traveling on a budget? Rent one of the homes at the inn that includes a kitchenette and cook your meals! Your family will feel as though they are in a home away from home at this fabulous resort.
Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own a farm? Or maybe your kids have never had the opportunity to experience a real hayride. Just across the street from Winnetu is the Farm Institute where kids and parents can learn how to sheer sheep, make cheese from goat’s milk and, if they are very lucky, witness the birth of a baby animal. The resort also offers activities like swimming, games and treasure hunts. Families will enjoy the clambakes followed by what may be the best dessert in the world: S’mores!
Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa, San Diego
Parents can take part in ‘A Day at the Castle’ with their toddlers, listening to fairy tales and playing dress-up. Movement and creative play is the focus of infant sessions and for older children, kickboxing and yoga classes; a fantastic way to burn off some pint-sized energy! The day camp offers children activities such as kite decorating, origami and even baking. The best feature of the resort isn’t a feature at all but a philosophy: Kids should be seen and heard. How perfect!
As a member of the ritzcarltonclub.com, Sally Stolmeyer enjoys her vacations in the lap of luxury. They provide this same luxury for her family of four as well.