Choose Your Own Adventure: The 8 Best Family Resorts to Visit in 2017
Escaping to a high-end resort or hotel in a breathtaking, romantic setting sounds like a pretty incredible way to take a vacation from everyday life, doesn't it? But when you're traveling with kids? That's when traveling gets a lot trickier, especially if you're seeking a hideaway that's upscale, romantic, and located somewhere you've always wanted to visit. Since a theme park just isn't going to cut it this time, we have some good news. There are actually a handful of gems around the world that meet all the above prerequisites, and not just in your dreams.
Whether you're looking for an outdoor adventure in the Wild West, a charming and quaint retreat in a Southern estate, or a week of relaxation on a chic and picturesque Italian island, you'll find it in our list of the best family-friendly resorts. Each destination is brimming with activities, amenities, and plenty of local attractions that will make you come back year after year. Plus, they all have something for adults, teens, and children to enjoy so that your vacation actually feels like one. Ready to start making some family traditions? Scroll through to see our top eight picks around the globe.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
The Local Vibe: Located in a Western ghost town in the Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs is the rustic escape for families that want to experience the great outdoors without compromising luxury or comfort. Dunton offers perma-tents, tepees, and cabins for lodging.
Kid-Friendly Perks and Adults-Only Attractions: In the spring, summer, or fall, you can take the whole family horseback riding, private fly-fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and even river rafting—and, of course, you'll have to visit the hot springs. In the winter, you can go dogsledding, heli-skiing, ice climbing, and more. There's also a spa that provides couples massages for you and your loved one.
For the Airport:
Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
The Local Vibe: Cloaked in Spanish moss, the Montage Palmetto Bluff is a classic Southern retreat on an expansive property in South Carolina.
Kid-Friendly Perks and Adults-Only Attractions: There's a slower pace of life, wraparound porches, chirping crickets, and casual atmosphere, so this family-friendly hidden gem is the perfect accommodation for both children and adults. The setting is unique and intimate, with ponds scattered throughout the property for fly-fishing, paddleboarding, lounging, and taking a cruise. It also offers great dining options for any foodies and spa treatments for those in need of some extra TLC.
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Royal Palm, Morocco
The Local Vibe: Manicured lawns front the gorgeous architecture and design in this unique and vibrant city. You can choose to stay in the Royal Palm Hotel or at the Domaine Royal Palm, which comprises discrete, private villas with sprawling outdoor spaces, making this resort well suited for energetic kids as well as adults seeking some peace in a luxurious setting. Each villa has a private pool as well.
Kid-Friendly Perks and Adults-Only Attractions: The Kids Club center opens from 9 a.m. to midnight, so you can go explore the city on your own or share a romantic evening with your partner while your children are in good hands. The resort also holds baking lessons, supervised swimming, and more.
For the Beach:
Villa Brunella, Italy
The Local Vibe: Hotel Villa Brunella in Capri, Italy, is a gem of a place where even a day of lounging by the pool and eating pasta by the platter feels like paradise.
Kid-Friendly Perks and Adults-Only Attractions: The hotel is owned and run by a family, so the team is extremely accommodating with parents and children alike; it's simultaneously romantic, glamorous, and accessible. When you're not out indulging in a truly world-class shopping experience, take a boat ride around the island, swim through the grottos, lie by the beach, or hike through the ancient cliffside ruins. And you can bring your kids with you everywhere—including the piazza for a drink—because the entire cliffside town is a super-safe, car-free zone.
Calistoga Ranch, California
The Local Vibe: In Napa, California, Calistoga Ranch is nestled in a lush, private canyon of the small town swarming with wineries and rolling hills. Did we just describe your version of heaven? It gets better.
Kid-Friendly Perks and Adults-Only Attractions: There is a family pool as well as a stellar kids menu, so you can enjoy a nice, relaxing day by the water while the little ones have fun too. Plus, the ranch offers babysitting so the adults can go on wine tasting adventures, cuddle up for romantic evenings, or relax at the spa. A great way to include your kids in your winery adventures is by going grape stomping, which you can do on site. If you want to venture off the property, we suggest going on a hot-air balloon ride.
San Camp, Botswana
The Local Vibe: In Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, San Camp is a gorgeous and authentic destination. It boasts a retro vibe evocative of Old Hollywood allure, Moroccan style, with tented structures and large, glowing lanterns.
Kid-Friendly Perks and Adults-Only Attractions: San Camp is a fitting name for this spot considering that it's basically the camp of dreams, for children and adults alike. Located in the salt pans of Kalahari desert in Botswana, spend your days going on an adventurous safari and taking in the breathtaking views. While you aren't out exploring the wildlife, you'll be enjoying the incredible cuisine under the moonlight.
For the Kids:
Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
The Local Vibe: If you're looking for a truly relaxing experience full of luxury and magic, consider Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos your dream destination. The design, landscape, and chill pace make it an otherworldly escape.
Kid-Friendly Perks and Adults-Only Attractions: With private villas leading directly to the sea, the kids could practically cannonball from the bedroom—the direct ocean access is incredible. Meanwhile, the design and interior elements make it so easy to take in the beauty of the natural landscape, so you can truly escape to another headspace while on vacation. Enjoy outdoor yoga, a game of tennis, reef diving, and volleyball matches with or without the family.
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White Elephant Inn, Nantucket
The Local Vibe: Complete with New England charm and seaside views, Nantucket is the ideal vacation town for travelers seeking a picture-perfect experience. The White Elephant Inn is right on the harbor, but venture out and you'll find streets neatly lined with shingled widow's walks, hydrangea bushes, open Jeeps, and the occasional lighthouse. You'll want to keep your cameras nearby everywhere you go.
Kid-Friendly Perks and Adults-Only Attractions: This hotel wants to make sure that everyone in the family has an amazing time. When you arrive, you'll receive great travel guides for various adventures to go on with your kids, and the inn also provides babysitting when you want a break. It's best to visit during the summer, but chillier months are also a great escape because of the cozy fireplaces and yummy clam chowder.
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Now that you've scrolled through our eight picks of the best family resorts worldwide, add your own to the list in the comments.