If you're looking for a resort that offers that extra level of features, amenities, and pampering, consider these five outstanding -- and in some cases famous -- destinations below, which deliver luxury and also welcome families.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands ResortA dream destination doesn't get much more dreamier than this: a luxury eco-resort in Fiji where kids get their own buddy and nanny (as well as a kids' club.) Visitor comments use words like "must be experienced to be believed." This resort on 17 acres on the tropical island of Vanua Levu has just a few dozen units, and guests stay in traditional-style thatch-roofed bungalows called "bures". (Visitors to Fiji love to stay in "boo-rays".) The name of Jean Michel Cousteau signals a focus on underwater life, and the resort has its own marine biologist; many activities explore Fiji's tropical seas and most are complimentary. A unique kids club has its own pools and clubhouse; each child under six has their own nanny during the course of their stay; meanwhile kids 6 to 12 get teamed up with a Fijian "buddy".
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Round Hill Hotels and Villas, JamaicaThis legendary luxury resort in Jamaica has long welcomed the rich and famous, but don't expect ostentation or showy glitz: rather, guests will find "understated glamour" and elegance. Round Hill has its own private peninsula, just twenty minutes from the Montego Bay airport; lodgings are set in 110 acres of tropical grounds, and choices include large guest rooms in the The Pineapple House (seen in the photo) which has been re-styled by Ralph Lauren, who owns a villa here. Guests can also stay in Round Hill's villas when their owners aren't in residence; the villas are staffed by maids and a gardener, has complimentary kids programs for ages three to six at the Pineapple Kid's Club, and amenities for older kids at the 7-Up Club.
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Sandy Lane, BarbadosSandy Lane has been another discreetly famous playground of the rich and famous, of royalty and movie stars... This resort is on the "Gold Coast" of Barbados, with beautiful beach, large rooms, spa, and three golf courses. Guests may find themselves snorkeling alongside Hawksbill sea turtles. For families, Sandy Lane has a kids club for ages 3 to 12, with art and crafts, drama, sports and games, and themed dinners; older kids can hang out at a teen center. The resort also has family activities, sand toys, outdoor games, and seasonal activities at Christmas, Easter, etc.
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The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, WyomingOur guest writer was much impressed with this 15,000-acre ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming, where "all-inclusive" covers horse-riding for several skill levels, ATV tours, skeet-shooting, zip lining, fly-fishing... not to mention the gourmet meals. Special extras for guests even includes supplying cowboy boots. (A massage in the tepee will cost extra, though.) He also liked the ranch's remote location: with no cell phone service or even tv's in the rooms, parents may find a good opportunity to talk with teens.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The Lanesborough, LondonFinally: not a resort, but an elite hotel in London: this five-star hotel in one of London's most exclusive areas overlooks Hyde Park and is shows off vintage architecture of the Victorian age. Features include 24 hour Butler Service for all rooms (-- the butlers serve tea or coffee on arrival); in-room business services including personalized business cards and stationary; fresh fruits, sweets, and mineral water, daily, and for families, a welcome gift and daily treats for kids.