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Your (free) guide to the top travel destinations for families with babies, teens and everyone in between.
Whether a weekend stopover on a road trip or a home base for an international foray, the demand for family-friendly resorts continues to grow. These one-of-a-kind properties place a premium on providing fun activities for every age. No wonder families with children can’t get enough of them!
That said, everyone has a slightly different concept of what resorts for families should offer. This begs the question, what should you look for in a resort for families? Let’s dive into the topic and nine properties in North America that fit the bill.
What makes small resorts ideal for families? These intimate, fashionable establishments focus on sophistication and exceptional amenities. Located in some of the most spectacular settings on the planet, the best ones are launching off points for outdoor adventures like fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, or even a day spent at the beach.
Known for their personalization, attention to detail, and artistic designs, they provide insight into local culture and generally come in between 10 and 150 rooms. Of course, not all places are created equal when it comes to your next vacation with kids. You’ll want to find establishments that place a premium on engaging activities well-suited for all ages.
Look no further than the 65-room Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in magical Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the ideal Southwestern family getaway. Located on 57 acres, this retreat sits in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The property affords spectacular 360-degree views of the mountain landscape. Coupled with highly curated experiences, there’s something for every member of your family, from hiking to biking, horseback riding to cultural tours.
What makes a family vacation unforgettable? Hands-on activities that engage every member of your family. The 68-room Ocean House in Rhode Island excels in this area. Where else can your kids learn how to forage seasonal ingredients in an herb garden? And all this while you’re relaxing on the croquet lawn sipping classic Pimm’s Cups. A member of Relais & Châteaux and a Triple Forbes Five Star resort, the Ocean House caters to discerning travelers who appreciate New England’s oceanside charms.
Tucked into Montana’s breathtaking Paradise Valley, you’ll find the 38-room Sage Lodge. Near Yellowstone National Park, it affords the perfect refuge for relaxation-seekers and adventurers alike. Activities include fly-fishing, biking, and hiking. During the colder months, cross-country skiing becomes the ideal way to explore the backcountry. And no matter when you choose to visit, you’ll want to take advantage of the hotel’s spa, specializing in seasonal treatments and natural botanicals.
In the heart of Mexico’s renowned coastal paradise Acapulco, you’ll find the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques, a 45-room resort with a dedication to environmental, social, and cultural sustainability. Perched atop a rugged yet picturesque cliff, your family will marvel at the incredible scenery and extraordinary sunsets. There’s no end to fun activities that’ll keep your family busy. And when you want a little adult time, the resort offers babysitting services.
Situated along Iceberg Alley, the Fogo Island Inn is one of the best-kept secrets in Canada. Located on a remote island, the lodge’s 29 suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking views of the wildest and most sublime oceans on the planet. Unique opportunities you and your family will love include berry foraging and caribou tracking. There’s no better place to go wild in Canada!
Montana’s Resort at Paws Up sits at the junction of pristine wilderness and uncompromised luxury. The 64-room resort offers stunning views of some of America’s last frontier wildernesses, and yet your family will still enjoy the finest linens and a world-class spa. Family-friendly activities abound, from fly fishing to horseback riding. Accommodations include 28 well-appointed vacation homes, and, for the most adventurous, 36 furnished tents offering the ultimate glamping experience.
Utah’s Lodge at Blue Sky sits on 3,500 acres and makes for an epic outdoor playground your whole family will enjoy. Featuring 46 rooms, each one is designed to reflect the local environment and connect guests with nature. The lodge affords access to 200,000 acres of the Uinte mountain range and features activities such as heli-fly-fishing, heli-snowboarding and skiing, heli-mountain-biking, and heli-hiking.Let the family adventure begin!
Escape to a genuine mountain paradise at Blackberry Farm, located on a 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains. The 80-room resort boasts a reputation as a food and wine destination for those with the most discerning tastes. And there are countless activities to keep your family busy throughout the day, including fly fishing, rock climbing, and off-roading in Tennessee’s gorgeous backcountry.
Discover the beauty and adventure of the Riviera Maya at Chablé Maroma. This 70-villa establishment represents the perfect home base for exploring regional landscapes, from sandy beaches and turquoise waters to lush rainforests. You’re also in the ideal location for an archaeological adventure into the region’s Mayan heritage. And when it’s time to chow down, savor the finest Mexican cuisine paired with incredible mezcals, tequilas, and wines. Best of all, the resort features enriching children’s programs that’ll keep kids of all ages engaged and entertained.
Whether you’re longing for a family trip to the Southwest, an extended weekend on a remote Canadian island, or an adventure into the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, book-worthy family-friendly resorts will make your next adventure unforgettable. These unique accommodations are located in incredible destinations and offer innovative and fun ways to connect with local communities and the environment.
Not sure where to start when it comes to planning the perfect family vacation? We’ve got you covered. We specialize in customized vacations, and we’d love to help you book the ideal small resort to serve as your family’s home away from home. Let’s start planning!
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