Planning a family vacation that will please every member of the family can be a challenge. Luckily, there are now several family-friendly resorts that make it easy for families to plan a vacation that everyone will enjoy. If you’re tired of heading to the nearest theme park for each family vacation, consider booking your next trip to one of these family-friendly resorts that combine an exciting destination with luxurious accommodations and a wide variety of activities for both kids and adults.
Many of the finest family-friendly resorts are located in popular tourist destinations such as the Caribbean and Hawaii. These resorts give visitors the best of both worlds: a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of their surroundings while also offering an amazing selection of activity options. Here are a few resorts that provide exceptional programs for families:
• Beaches Turks and Caicos is an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean that offers miles of white-sand beaches and a coral reef for snorkeling as well as special programs for kids and teens. The resort features the Pirate’s Island kid center and water park, which has water slides, a kids-only pool with waterfall and swim-up bar, as well as a huge wooden pirate ship that houses a video game center, game room, disco and 50’s-style diner. Adults will appreciate more refined amenities such as the European spa and fine dining.
• The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is another excellent choice for families. Atlantis is noted for its 114 acre “waterscape” which features waterfalls, streams, lagoons filled with sea creatures, underwater viewing areas, multiple swimming pools and waterslides. Atlantis has special programs for children of all ages, including a program for 6 to 12 year olds that was designed in conjunction with the Discovery Channel. For adults, Atlantis features a casino, spa, and a wide variety of shops and restaurants.
• The Franklyn D. Resort in Jamaica goes the extra mile for vacationing families by providing each family with a “vacation nanny” for the duration of their stay. The nanny is available from 9am to 4pm daily and besides helping with the children, she’ll also take care of stocking your suite with snacks and drinks and cleaning your room. The Franklyn D. Resort is all-inclusive and many activities are available free of charge, including glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling trips, tennis lessons, kayaking, bike rides, windsurfing, sailing and scuba-diving. Adults will appreciate the wide variety of activities as well as the comfortable and spacious suites.
• The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui combines all the amenities you’d expect in a luxury resort with several features designed just for kids. The resort is home to Camp Grande, a 20,000 sq. ft. complex for kids ages 5 to 12 that includes a pottery room, foosball, Lego and board games, movie theatre, game room, video arcade, nine-hole putting green, and wading pool. Grand Wailea also features an amazing pool complex with water slides, waterfalls, caves, white water rapids, a swim-up bar, rope swing, water elevator, and a “baby beach”. Adults will enjoy the 50,000 sq. foot spa, 3 golf courses and numerous tennis courts. The entire property is filled with immaculately maintained gardens and the resort is home to many pieces of fine art, including works by Picasso, Warhol and Leger.
Choosing a vacation at a family-friendly resort gives you the rare opportunity to easily meet the needs of every member of your family. Family vacations are all about making memories so make sure that the memories you create on your next vacation are some you can treasure for the rest of your life.