When it comes to luxury travel, kids are often left out of the mix. But just because you’re vacationing with the kiddos doesn’t mean the vacation has to go down the drain with mundane zoo trips and finger-painting adventures. In fact, these five hotels are making the most of group vacations by ensuring the kids are treated like royalty, too.
The St. Regis Deer Valley
If you’re concerned your kids might lose ground on their reading skills while vacationing, this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Park City stunner has just the program to set your mind at ease and put your children’s imagination to work. HarperCollins, one of the nation’s preeminent publishers, has partnered with the hotel’s signature Family Traditions program to provide an extensive collection of children’s titles, supplementary activity sheets and videos for families to enjoy during their stay. So, tell your tyke to put down the iPad and dive into a Clark the Shark or Pinkalicious adventure. Mention the Art of Play package when booking to receive a suite, kids club access, a 4 p.m. checkout and a $75 credit to any of the family experiences.
Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Located within view of the Kittatinny Mountain range just about an hour from Manhattan, the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort is known for its golf and gourmet dining. But with its Biosphere Pool Complex, a 10,000-square-foot tropical retreat complete with a 140-foot waterslide and aquarium, the Lodge proves ideal for families traveling with children. With the Spring Fling package, you will get up to $225 in resort credit, depending on how long you stay. After looking at the Lodge’s two-room suites (one outfitted with a king bed, another with a queen), we’re guessing you’ll want to stay as long as possible. Each suite comes with a dining area with table and bar seating, a fully equipped kitchen, and a washer and dryer — meaning that all the comforts of home will be at your fingertips.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
No matter where in the world you travel, Four Seasons is known for the extra care it takes for its youngest guests. This new entry in Mickey Mouse’s backyard certainly keeps that reputation intact. From giving parents access to vetted nannies and having an interactive splash zone to supplying a gratis all-day camp for ages 4 to 12, Four Seasons Disney makes sure that kids don’t miss out on a bit of fun. Located in the Mansion, the aforementioned Kids for All Seasons camp area is filled with a large indoor volcano, climbing equipment, slides and more. Whether you need time for a spa treatment or a swim in the adult pool, rest assured that your children are safe and aren’t missing you for a second.
Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central
International travel and children don’t always mesh well. But Four-Star Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central is changing that misconception with six swimming pools and a prime location in the Sands Cotai Central complex, where shopping and dining for all ages abounds. The 38-story hotel (the biggest Holiday Inn in the world) offers a Spring Outing getaway package that includes nightly accommodations, complimentary Wi-fi and a HK$300 (about $40) credit to spend on an upgraded onsite Shrekfast character breakfast or during your time at Sands Cotai Central, a shopping center that features the Qube 2 play area and stores such as Armani Junior and Zara Home Kids.
Loews Atlanta Hotel
The Georgia Aquarium is one of the most exciting sights in the South. Here, future Jacques Cousteaus discover one of the largest single aquarium habitats in the world, and they find it filled with creatures as vast and varied as whale sharks, sea otters and dolphins. This year, Loews Atlanta Hotel teams up with the attraction, which sits just two miles away, for the VIP Family Aquarium package. The promotion consists of an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, not to mention entrance to the aquarium for four and complimentary transportation. After all, you don’t have to go to the beach to experience all that the ocean has to offer.