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Planning your next family vacation and not sure where to go? Here is a list of family-friendly resorts around the world that offer activities to keep both kids and adults entertained and relaxed while making great memories. These properties are located in the Caribbean, Disney World, Mexico, and more and are listed alphabetically.
Please note that service and amenities change over time: always check with the resort for any new or updated services.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
This luxury Walt Disney World property is not only fun, it has astonishing architecture inside and out: guests can even take an interesting tour of the African style and artifacts. This resort has Disney World's largest pool, with waterslide; Simba's Clubhouse kids club; concierge level; activities such as storytelling at night by the firepit. Best of all, watch giraffes and zebras on the Resort's savanna from your balcony.
Avalon Reef Club, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
The Avalon Reef Club is on its own private islet, with a gentle shallow beach on Isla Mujeres (a 20-minute boat ride from Cancun.) Take a short stroll and explore a laid-back little town. Guests at the Reef Club can eat and play at a sister resort.
Beaches Boscobel, Jamaica
Beaches is the family brand of Sandals all inclusive resorts. Beaches Boscobel, on the north coast of Jamaica, has kids' programs, infant care, novelty pools, snorkeling, scuba (part of the "all- inclusive"), golf including a golf-for-kids program, and more.
Royalton White Sands Resort, Jamaica
Breezes Trelawny Resort was renovated and reopened in late 2013 as the 352-room Royalton White Sands Resort and is located in Trelawny, an area about 30 minutes from Montego Bay in Jamaica. Brimming with activities and amenities for everyone, this all-inclusive resort features two swimming pools (one is for adults only) with a water playground geared to younger kids, larger waterslides for older kids, a children's club for ages 4 to 12, and a teen lounge.
Center Parcs has 13 "holiday villages" in northern Europe: each with a huge domed area that houses a tropical pool (slides, waves, etc.), restaurants, shops, spa, and more. The resort also features large cottages, country settings, many outdoor activities, and indoor playgrounds.
Club Med Cancun Yucatan
At a prime location, with 22 acres on its own peninsula this resort features quiet beach areas, PassWorld (special space activities) for teens and tweens, active-style kids club, signature Club Med activities such as trapeze, a full-scale theatre, snorkeling off-shore, concierge units extra amenities, Baby Welcome and access to wonderful outings in the Riviera Maya.
Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
This all-inclusive destination has 30.9 acres on the west coast of Mexico, near Zihuatanejo (about 100 miles north of Acapulco). Families love the outstanding kid programs, Baby Welcome, Baby Club Med (extra charge), trapeze, watersports and other activities, and the unique Club Med "G.O.s" and signature features.
Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
With a great ambiance, Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic features include terrific kids programs, cool places to hangout for teens, a long white-sand beach, watersports. huge freeform pool, Hip Hop Kidz, Kids Club show with professional staging, and many more activities.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida
On the St. Lucie River, two hours from Orlando is an all inclusive resort right in the US, with terrific kids programs including Baby Welcome, and a Baby Club Med (for an extra charge.) After a major renovation in 2010, Club Med Sandpiper Bay reopened with a major emphasis on activities with a Club Med Golf Academy and a Tennis Academy offering training for all ages and levels.
Franklyn D. Resort, Jamaica
FDR is a mid-sized family all inclusive on Jamaica's north coast, with watersports, kids club, and the usual activities plus a unique bonus: each family has their own vacation nanny throughout their stay.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, Oahu, Hawaii
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa is the most resort-like of the properties on Waikiki Beach, at the far west (quieter) end of the beach, with 22 acres, pools, kids' club, fish ponds, flamingos, hula classes, spa, restaurants, and a shopping village.
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island, Hawaii
With 65 acres on the Kohala Coast, the Hilton Waikoloa Village has pools, waterfalls, grottos, slides; salt-water lagoon with water toys and snorkeling (sea turtles swim in) and a novelty kids love, a monorail and canal-boats to get around the large grounds.
Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii's "most Hawaiian hotel" is in a great location on 3-mile Kaanapali beach, with steps to Black Rock snorkeling and the seaside walkway that leads to shops and other resorts. The Kaanapali has unique programs and features that support Hawaiian culture. Free activities daily include lei-making, hula classes, and ukulele classes. Your kids' "Aloha Passport" gets stamped with every activity they try. There is hula shows nightly, and an annual 3-day hula festival for kids 5 to 17.
Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando
The Portofino Bay -- modeled on Portofino, Italy-- is part of the Universal Orlando complex: guests get FOTL (Front Of the Line) access to theme park rides. Other top features are the free shuttle boat to the parks; a large freeform life-guarded pool with waterslide, and a sandy beach. The kids' activity center is open in the evenings and visitors can use the sister resorts, the Hard Rock Hotel and the Royal Pacific
This giant 2400-acre resort has a beach side on the Emerald Coast, and a bay side and includes kids' sailing, kayaking, putting course, kids programs for ages 4-6 and 7-12, body-surfing and Boogie boards (complimentary) and a Junior Golf Academy, with excellent instructors. A picture-perfect Village attracts visitors by land and sea.
Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii
On the beautiful north coast of Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort has 880 acres, five miles of beach, five different bays, a pool with waterfall and slide, on-site snorkeling, horse riding, surf lessons and more.