It’s not always easy to travel with children in tow, and many resorts come with the caveat “adults only.” But some luxurious hotels provide amenities for both adults and children, offering a visiting experience the whole family can enjoy. Kids and their parents can participate in gourmet cooking classes, embark on an African safari, or explore a tropical island at these age-inclusive hotels. Kids' clubs and babysitting services also give parents some “me” time, while children continue to play in their indefatigable way. Fresh from the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards, these are our picks for the World’s Best Family-Friendly Hotels of 2013.
Pools at AYANA Resort and Spa
WHERE: Jimbaran, Bali
Set in the cliffs above Jimbaran Bay, Ayana Resort and Spa offers picturesque views and service for all ages. The resort’s 190-acre property comprises a number of guest rooms and villas, and also features a recently renovated Kids Club. Children can enjoy a variety of activities including arts and crafts, traditional games, and an outdoor petting zoo.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Bali Guide
Room at Claridge’s
WHERE: London, England
Located in the heart of London, Claridge's is footsteps away from some of London’s most popular family attractions. Parents and their children can enjoy a day of rowing in Hyde Park, or take a tour of the London Zoo. The hotel also offers an extensive list of kid-friendly amenities, including a children’s concierge team, a bellboy teddy bear, and a children’s magazine that comes with the morning newspaper.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's London Guide
Room at The Commons Hotel
WHERE: Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis provides enough activities to keep children and their parents well entertained. Children will enjoy roasting s’mores at the hotel’s fire pit, and families can participate in activities like Sudoku “sleep-ins” and bingo. The hotel also offers a Family Game Night package, which includes popcorn, candy, an assortment of board games, and unlimited movies.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Minneapolis Guide
Pool at Eden Rock
WHERE: St. Jean, St. Barthélemy
Known for its chic clientele and stylish interiors, Eden Rock also offers a variety of family-friendly features. Children and parents can participate in complimentary water sports, and night and day babysitting is available upon request. The resort’s luxurious beach houses and villas feature multiple bedrooms and spacious living areas, ideal for larger families with children.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's St. Barths Guide
View from Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
WHERE: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Families experience the thrill of an African safari at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Visit the hotel’s Discovery Centre to learn more about African culture and history, or take a ride into the wild on a guided safari. The hotel’s Kijana Klub features a variety of amenities for children and teens, including arts and crafts, an entertainment area, and special nature programs led by professional staff.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Tanzania Guide
WHERE: Aspen, Colorado
Hotel Jerome caters to nature lovers young and old. Parents and children can participate in a variety of outdoor sports at the nearby Aspen Mountain, including skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and whitewater rafting and hiking in the summer. The hotel also features a game room for children who want to take a break from the slopes.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Aspen Guide
Room at Hotel Meurice
WHERE: Paris, France
At Hôtel Meurice, everyone gets the star treatment. The renowned Parisian hotel provides excellent service to all its guests, and offers distinctive amenities geared toward its younger clientele. Children receive their own Meurice teddy bear, “Pistache,” tot-size slippers and bathrobe, and sweet treats. The hotel also offers special family packages that include hotel treasure hunts and excursions to Tuileries Garden.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Paris Guide
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
WHERE: Oxford, England
Guests young and old can indulge their inner foodie at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Founded by chef Raymond Blanc, the hotel offers a variety of cooking classes for families. Parents and children can learn cooking basics in a joint class, or children can participate in a class on their own. Each course is tailored to a specific age group, and includes an informal lunch, a course certificate, and morning and afternoon tea.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Oxford Guide
Mitico Puelo Lodge
WHERE: Patagonia, Chile
Families can experience the beauty of the Patagonia Andes at Mitico Puelo Lodge. The hotel offers special family rooms and a variety of nature excursions for all ages. Activities include biking, kayaking, and horseback riding, as well as a Wildlife Watching trip that introduces guests to the area’s picturesque surroundings.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Chile Guide
Pimalai Resort and Spa
WHERE: Koh Lanta, Thailand
Lush tropical rainforests and pristine beaches set the scene for Pimalai Resort and Spa, a family-friendly island destination. Children can scavenge for shells, build a sandcastle, or participate in rainy day activities in age-appropriate playrooms. All the restaurants offer children’s menus, and families can enjoy a meal together while overlooking the sea.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Koh Lanta Guide
Pool at Seven Stars Resort
WHERE: Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands
Parents and children can find their own adventure at Seven Stars. The resort offers its youngest guests plenty of opportunities to enjoy island life, from exploring an adventure playground to hunting for lizards. Club Team staff host a variety of kid-friendly, supervised activities, including sailing lessons and snorkeling. Parents and children can also participate in a full day Pirate Adventure that introduces guests to island history and folklore.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Grace Bay Guide
View from Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
WHERE: Soufriére, St. Lucia
Located in a pristine mountain valley, Sugar Beach offers a number of family-friendly activities that showcase the area’s natural beauty. Families can discover nearby marine life through glass bottom boat excursions, or take in the surroundings on volcano and botanical garden tours. Children will also enjoy feeding the fish and collecting shells on the resort’s white-sand beaches.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's Soufriére Guide
Young Island Resort
WHERE: Young Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Children and their parents will love Young Island resort in the West Indies. The resort offers a “Kids and Us” package that includes family-friendly activities and amenities, including a motorboat ride to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” set and a guided climb to a dormant volcano summit. Families are also provided with watersports gear, so children and parents can windsurf, kayak, or snorkel to their heart’s content.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit the Fodor's St. Vincent and the Grenadines Guide