It can be difficult to find the right vacation destination that both adults and children can enjoy. Many hotels and attractions around the world seem to be geared to either children or adults, leaving those who want fun activities for the whole family with few options - but that doesn’t have to be the case. As travelling as a family unit has become the norm, more resorts have begun adding a variety of amenities to make their destinations completely kid-proof and age appropriate.
Here are some travel tips to help you find a relaxing resort getaway that both you and your kids can enjoy:
The popular ocean-side destination is no longer just for rowdy college students on Spring Break. Cancun’s Moon Palace Golf & Resort, which is frequented each year by numerous A-list celebrities, offers a host of options for families with young and pre-teen children. Not only can kids under the age of 12 stay at the resort for free during the summer months, but family connecting suites come equipped with nanny services. While the kids are out petting dolphins at the Dolphinarium or soaking up the wave pool, adults can hit the well-manicured 27-hole golf course or catch a musical performance by some of the world’s top musical artists.
Located in a historic Italian Renaissance-like structure in Florida’s idyllic Palm Beach, The Breakers is one of the most family friendly hotels in the nation. The resort not only features a camp for children between the ages of 3 and 12, but also hosts various parent-and-child events, such as weekly kickball games and bonfires. An Italian restaurant housed in the hotel includes a spacious Family Entertainment Center, where kids can play on the jungle gyms - supervised by hotel staff - while parents relax and enjoy their brick-oven pizza and flatbreads.
Turks and Caicos
The Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village & Spa not only features four grand villas overlooking one of the most beautiful spots in the world, but also a multitude of exciting attractions sure to keep both adults and their children endlessly entertained. For those who love the water, take a dip in one of the resort’s seven expansive pools or hang out at the 45,000-square-foot water park complete with massive slides and a tidal-wave pool. Parents who need some relaxing can send their children to either a supervised Kids Camp or teen program, or the Xbox Play Lounge, which boasts the latest controller-free technology.
For those who want a destination with vintage charm, consider taking a trip up the New England coast to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Martha’s Vineyard. Featuring 48 one-to-four bedroom apartments situated on an expansive grassy property dotted with ponds and gazebos, the resort is just steps away from the iconic Massachusetts shore. A camp for kids ranging from 3 to 12 allows parents the chance to take free yoga and Pilates classes, hit the tennis courts or simply lounge on the white sand. Family films are also shown poolside each week, while hayrides to a nearby sheep farm are a great and unusual perk for the whole family.
Cruise vacations have become immensely popular with families, which is why a number of cruise lines now offer special amenities for school-age children, such as Kids Clubs, tween and teen programs, babysitting services and more. Some cruise lines, like Royal Caribbean International, have themed lines that let children meet some of their favorite cartoon characters while providing an array of entertainment options for adults at night.