Ritz-Carlton is a well-known upscale brand whose history dates back a century to Cesar Ritz, "king of hoteliers and hotelier to kings" in London and Paris. Much has changed over the years, including ownership, but the deluxe cachet remains. Today Ritz-Carlton welcomes kids with Ritz Kids clubs and, an Our Space program for teens, with "teen concierge," teen room with games, movie theater, and activities such as bike hikes and movie nights. Many Ritz-Carlton resorts have an exclusive Club Level that can be a good choice for families, offering complimentary meals and beverages all day, deluxe rooms and suites, and a personal concierge.
Below are several resorts that welcome families. Guests can also expect to find fine dining, spa, golf, and upscale pampering.
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Half Moon Bay is a scenic spot on the California Coast south of San Francisco, just a short drive from the affluent Silicon Valley but a world away. Families might spot seals or whales, explore tide pools, go hiking, ride horses along the beach and more. This resort has Ritz Kids programs and Kids Night Out at certain times of the year.
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Amelia Island is in northwest Florida a short drive from Jacksonville, and reachable by car; the island offers beautiful beaches, nature tours and boat tours, a quaint historic town to explore, and Fort Clinch (a 19th-century fort with tours by actors playing period characters.) The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island has a Ritz Kids club, Our Space for teens, and big celebrations for July 4th and other holidays.
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This luxury Orlando resort shares 500 acres with the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes. On-property activities include kayaking and canoeing on the lake; guests can also play in the lazy river at the J.W. Marriott, which connects with a kiddie pool and larger pools. This resort has a Ritz Kids program, kids' menus, kids' suites, and other features for families.
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Naples is in southwest Florida on the Paradise Coast, in an area that includes Marco Island and the western Everglades, and is known for large nature preserves. The Ritz-Carlton is on a three-mile-long white-sand beach. A complimentary shuttle takes guests to a sister property, the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, three miles away; both these resorts have nature-oriented kids' programs.
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This Caribbean resort has 144 acres on Seven Mile Beach, just ten minutes from the airport; flight time from Miami is about an hour. The resort has a special kids' program called "Ambassadors of the Environment" created by Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kids learn about coral reefs, mangroves and more, and can also explore in a high-tech "Ambassadors Lab."