Family Resorts : Reviews

Families love to vacation at resorts that offer kids programs, activities for everyone to enjoy together, special amenities for babies, etc. Below you'll find properties in the Caribbean, Disney World, Mexico, more, listed alphabetically. These reviews are from personal visits; see also profiles of many additional family resorts -- by region, resorts with baby care, etc.

Please note that service and amenities change over time: always check recent visitor comments, for any destination!
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    family resorts - reviews - Animal Kingdom Lodge, Photo © Teresa Plowright
    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; pick a room with a balcony.
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    kid friendly resorts - reviews - Avalon Reef all inclusive resort - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    The Avalon Reef Club is on its own private islet, with gentle shallow beach, on Isla Mujeres (a 20-minute boat ride from Cancun.) Take short stroll and explore a laid-back little town. Guests at the Reef Club can eat and play at a sister resort.
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    Beaches Boscobel all inclusive family resort - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    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- nclusive"), golf including a golf-for-kids program, and more.
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    Breezes Curacao kid friendly family all inclusive resort - photo courtesy of Breezes Resorts.
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    Breezes Curacao Resort Spa & Casino is an all inclusive on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, and "all inclusive" here includes scuba shore dives for ages 12 and up. Guests can snorkel off-shore, and try wind-surfing, trapeze, rock-climbing. Take a shuttle and explore the town of Willemstad, a cultural gem; parts of Willemstad look like an Amsterdam canal street painted with your kids' crayolas. The resort is also a five-minute walk from the Sea Aquarium. Breezes Curacao has a kids' club and nursery care.
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    Photo © Teresa Plowright
    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. Large cottages, country settings, many outdoors activities, indoor playgrounds-- and reasonably priced. See a revie of Center Parcs Les Bois Francs, near Paris.
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    Club Med all inclusive resort - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    Prime location, with 22 acres on its own peninsula, quiet beach areas; PassWorld (special space activities) for teens and tweens; active-style kids club; signature Club Med activities such as trapeze, full-scale theatre; snorkeling off-shore; concierge units extra amenities; Baby Welcome; access to wonderful outings in the Riviera Maya.
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    Club Med Ixtapa Pacific all inclusive resort - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    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 kids programs, Baby Welcome, Baby Club Med (extra charge), trapeze, watersports and other activities, and the unique Club Med "G.O.s" and signature features.
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    Club Med Punta Cana all inclusive resort - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    Features include terrific kids programs; The Ramp, cool place to hangout, for teens; trapeze; long white-sand beach; watersports; huge freeform pool; Hip Hop Kidz; Kids Club show with professional staging; and many more activities. Club Med family resorts have great ambiance.
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    Club Med Sandpiper - all inclusive resort in Florida - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    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 Baby Club Med (for an extra charge.) After a major renovation in 2010, Club Med Sandpiper Bay reopened with a major emphasis on activities: Club Med Golf Academy and Tennis Academy offer training for all ages and levels.
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    FDR all inclusive resort in Jamaica - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    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.
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    Photo © Teresa Plowright
    The Grand Hyatt Kauai has one of Kauai's most lush and lavish resort settings, with fifty acres and lovely area of pools, ponds, lagoons. The actual beach is beautiful, but the surf is powerful; don't count on being able to swim. Families can swim in the pools (one has a waterslide) and the lagoon, and tots can play in the sand at one end of the lagoon. Camp Hyatt kids club; kids 18 and under stay free in parents' room. Whale-watching in winter months.
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    Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii

    family resorts - reviews - Hilton Hawaiian Village - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    ••• Photo © Teresa Plowright.
    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, shopping village...
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    family resort reviews - Pool grotto at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Photo © Teresa Plowright
    ••• Pool grotto. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
    With 65 acres on the Kohala Coast, the Hilton Waikoloa Village has pools galore, 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.
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    family resorts reviews - kaanapali beach hotel - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    ••• Photo © Teresa Plowright.
    Hawaii's "most Hawaiian hotel", with great location on 3-mile Kaanapali beach; steps to Black Rock snorkeling; seaside walkway leads to shops and other resorts. The Kaanapali has unique programs and features that support Hawaiian culture. Free activities daily: lei-making, hula classes, ukelele; kids' "Aloha Passport" gets stamped with every activity they try. Hula shows nightly, and annual 3-day hula festival for kids 5 to 17. Good price point, too.
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    Photo © Teresa Plowright
    Nickelodeon Family Suites has two two terrific waterplay complexes, Nickelodeon theming and characters, "Kidsuites", and pool games and entertainment designed by "Nick". A new level in on-property fun; free shuttles to theme parks; Kids-Eat-Free deals.
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    Photo courtesy of Xanterra Parks and Resorts.
    One of the best features of Yellowstone National Park is its historic inns. The Old Faithful Inn is a masterpiece of "rustic elegance": the central hall vaults up 78 feet, with layers of wide balconies; it's the prototype for Disney World's Wilderness Lodge. Families will like the friendly atmosphere as guests wait around for the geyser's next blow. Prices are a bargain in the original section.
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    Photo © Teresa Plowright
    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: free shuttle boat to the parks; a large freeform life-guarded pool with waterslide, and a sandy beach-side; kids' activity center open in the evenings; visitors' privileges at sister resorts the Hard Rock Hotel and the Royal Pacific
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    Rancho de los Caballeros, AZ

    Photo © Teresa Plowright
    Low-key authentic "ranch resort" in Wickenburg Arizona has 60 years of history, kids' program, golf, spa, and of course, horses; guests can ride twice a day. Great chance to learn about Sonoran desert ecology.
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    Photo © Teresa Plowright
    This giant 2400-acre resort has a beach side on the Emerald Coast, and a bay side: kids' sailing, kayaking, putting course; kids programs for ages 4-6 and 7-12; body-surfing and Boogie boards (complimentary); Junior Golf Academy, with excellent instructors. A picture-perfect Village attracts visitors by land and sea.
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    Starfish all inclusive resort, Jamaica - Photo © Teresa Plowright
    (Formerly known as Starfish Resort.) Full of families, this value-priced property by SuperClubs has lots of fun, with two pricing options. Buy basic, and pay extra for motorized watersports, premium dining, etc.; or pay a bit more to get it all. For all guests, kid-friendly fun includes trapeze, rock-climbing, waterslides pool in the pool, kids club, minigolf...
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    Photo © Teresa Plowright
    On the beautiful north coast of Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort has 880 acres, file miles of beach, five different bays, pool with waterfall and slide, on-site snorkeling, horseriding, surf lessons....