Planning perfect vacations that the whole family will love can be difficult.
If your kids are still toddlers, they won’t have an interest in sightseeing and history. If they’re elementary-aged, relaxing by the beach will get old in an hour. And if they’re teenagers, they’ll likely complain about everything no matter what.
Luckily, resorts are finally starting to cater to family dynamics without going overboard on the tacky gimmicks and cheesy themes. These luxury hotels are highly rated, full of amenities, and exciting for all ages.
Here are 11 kid-friendly resorts every family should visit in their lifetime.
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Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina in Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.
This Four Seasons sits right next door to Disney’s popular Aulani resort. The two hotels share a beautiful beach and lagoon area, so there’s not a lot of competition there. The real differences lay within the resort.
As one might expect, Disney properties can get a bit loud. The Four Seasons, on the other hand, is much less active. There is a family pool, a kid’s club that you can drop in and out of, hula or ukulele lessons, and complimentary ocean adventures to go on, but there is also an adults only pool and luxury spa services.
If the kids are really itching for some Disney interactions, you can stop by next door to dine with the characters. But unlike the guests who chose to stay there, you’ll have the option to return to peace and quiet after the meal.
Lewa Safari Camp by The Elewana Collection in Nairobi City, Kenya
Many people reserve this trip for when they’re older, but it’s actually a great option for families with young children.
The Lewa Conservancy is home to zoo favorites like rhinos, zebras, lions, giraffes, and elephants. But instead of witnessing them laze around in enclosures, kids will see them up close and in action on driving tours. The guides are masters at keeping children entertained while informing them and their parents about the wonders of the African safari.
Before and after the drives, families can relax in their luxury tents, eat breakfast or grab a drink while watching the sun rise or set, and ride camels through the picturesque grounds.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, U.S.
While Disney resorts can be a bit much for those looking to relax, they’re perfect for families visiting Disney World for the first (or fiftieth) time. One of the best ones to stay at is Grand Floridian. It’s opulent, beautiful, and one of the most convenient places to stay if you’re trying to do Disney big.
This resort can be expensive, but its pros outweigh the cons. It’s only one monorail ride from Magic Kingdom, it has beachside cabanas for parents, and it’s home to the highly-rated 1900 Park Fare where kids can eat breakfast with their favorite characters. You can even see the nightly fireworks from the property.