From a kid-centric hotel in Japan to all-new experiences at LEGOLAND New York, take a look at the best luxury family-friendly destinations to visit next year.
The United Arab Emirates
Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai
Located on Dubai’s manmade Palm Island, a five-star resort Atlantis, the Palm is one of the best family-friendly destinations. Guests have access to world-class, Michelin-starred dining, several pools including Palm Pool which has a first-class view of the city skyline, and of course – the largest waterpark in the world, Aquaventure. Families can enjoy thrill-seeking waterslides (105 to be exact), The Lost Chambers Aquarium consisting of 65,000+ marine animals, dive experiences, and WaveHouse, a high-energy, upscale dining destination complete with bowling and surf lessons. With the US ranked as the #7 source market, more Americans are travelling to Dubai than ever before and the destination is now consistently the #2 search for the U.S. market.
Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Osaka
After two years of border closure, Japan is at the top of traveler’s 2023 bucket lists. Osaka is the ultimate international family destination as it is home to numerous theme parks and attractions including the world’s largest aquarium, Universal Studios Japan and Super Nintendo World – which opened in 2021 and has yet to be explored by world travelers. The highly anticipated Ghibli Park recently made its debut in November 2022 and is located just two hours away from Osaka’s city center. In addition, Nakanoshima Museum of Art also opened in 2022 after nearly 30 years of planning. Travelers looking for a kid-friendly stay, should book the new Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Osaka. Founded on the concept of playing with creativity, RISONARE Osaka will feature one of the largest ateliers in Japan designed to foster children’s big ideas based on the Reggio Emilia Approach, as well as concept rooms by award-winning Klein Dytham architecture that offer kids the freedom of expression by drawing on walls and windows.
Zemi Beach House, Anguilla
Zemi Beach House‘s island inspired Kid’s Club offers young travelers mermaid swimming experiences, coconut bowling and cooking lessons. While the youngsters are with Zemi’s dedicated team of Kid’s Club staff members, adults can enjoy a plethora of dining experiences, complimentary water sports such as snorkeling and kayaking, a relaxing massage at the 300-year-old Thai House Spa and more. The resort’s beachfront suites and penthouses range from 1,931 square feet up to 2,826 square feet, comfortably sleeping up to 6 guests. All suites come fully equipped with kitchens, living and dining areas, in-suite laundry, and fully furnished terraces with private plunge pools.
Club Med Québec – Québec
Club Med Québec is Club Med’s first resort in Canada, just an hour away from Quebec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. This family-friendly all-inclusive ski resort offers locally inspired culinary experiences, a private 5-Trident (5-star) Exclusive Collection space, sweeping views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, and unlimited ski-in/ski-out access. Families can enjoy year-round activities including skiing, biking and hiking, as well as activities traditional to the region, such as ice skating and dog sledding. Teens are invited to enjoy curated group activities from snowboarding lessons to graffiti art to disco nights while little ones can learn to create a short theatrical performance at Mini Club Med. The resort allows travelers to save up to $8,000+ on ski vacations, compared to a do-it-yourself trip.
The United States of America
Wailea Beach Resort – Hawaii
Nestled between two of Maui’s golden sand crescent beaches, Wailea Beach Resort is the embodiment of family-friendly luxury. It spans 22 acres and features three spectacular pool experiences including the longest waterslide on Maui. The resort’s expansive NALU pool offers four water slides, splash zones, a swim-through grotto and spacious family cabanas. Families return time and time again for Keiki Kids Club (for children 5–12) and GameSpace, which features foosball, billiards, shuffleboard and vintage arcade games perfect for older kids. Guests can enjoy delicious food at signature restaurant Humble Market Kitchin helmed by Celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi or taste Hawaiian classics like poke bowls and fish tacos at a poolside food truck. Wailea Beach Resort’s ‘Ohana New Parents Package is created to make traveling with an infant easier. The resort has partnered with luxury baby carrier brand Artipoppe and high-performing diaper brand Coterie to offer special amenities for families with new babies, including baby carriers, diapers, wipes, culinary offerings and more.
LEGOLAND New York – Goshen, New York
LEGOLAND New York Resort is the ultimate LEGO® theme park destination just outside New York City in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Kids ages two through 12 and their families can ride, climb, splash, and build their way through seven themed lands. In 2023, the resort will debut the Park’s Water Playground where guests can cool off during the warmer months. The Park will also continue season events like Red, White, and Boom (for the Fourth of July), Brick-or-Treat (for Halloween), and Holiday Bricktacular (for the holidays). After a day full of family fun, sleepover in one of the hotel’s 250-themed guest rooms that include a separate sleeping area just for kids (with bunk beds and a trundle) and interactive features throughout.
LEGOLAND California – Carlsbad, California
LEGOLAND California boasts more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions including the new LEGO Ferrari Build & Race, the SEA LIFE® aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park, LEGOLAND® Hotel, and LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel. In Spring 2023, the Park will unveil the world’s first LEGO® City of San Diego in MINILAND USA. MINILAND San Diego will feature the best landmarks, iconic structures, and historical buildings in “America’s Finest City,” created in LEGO form. Families can settle in at LEGOLAND® Hotel or LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel. Located only steps away from the theme park, both Hotels feature themed guest rooms and a separate sleeping area just for kids, along with an in-room treasure hunt with prizes, a heated, resort-style pool, and complimentary breakfast daily.
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa – Orlando, Florida
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa launched a collection of spacious family suites, including bunk beds for kids, a luxurious connecting room with a king bed for adults, and a separate living area. The property is also home to a variety of both indoor/outdoor amenities, including a parent and grandparent-friendly 10,000 square-foot spa that offers unique therapy massages and rooting treatments. Families can also choose to dine at seven different onsite restaurants and bars including the luxurious Sear + Sea and rooftop lounge illume, which offers views of the nightly Disney World fireworks. The luxury resort’s Kids Conservatory Lounge features games and virtual reality headsets, while its Hidden Garden Kids Club offers daily crafts for the younger ones. Families can splash around in the resort’s striking pool or try out the rooftop rock-climbing wall and rooftop miniature golf course, or of course head to the Disney World parks on the resort’s complimentary shuttles.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village – Cape Coral, Florida
The oversized 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites at The Westin Cape Coral Resort and surrounding outdoor space (the property is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, the Caloosahatchee River and Tarpon Point Marina) allow families plenty of space during the 2023 getaway trips. Families can try kayaking, paddle boarding, tennis, biking, and more. After a day spent soaking up Florida’s sun, families can then enjoy a private dinner through the resort’s Fridge Fill program, which provides chef-curated ingredient baskets for restaurant-quality, ready-made meals to be enjoyed in-suite.
Hotel Drover – Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth’s Stockyards District is known for its legendary (and free) cattle drive, where Texas Longhorns are led down the street by authentic cowboys twice a day, 7 days a week. The historic neighborhood is filled with unique Western experiences, including weekly rodeos at the Cowtown Coliseum, with tickets starting at $15 for children ages 3-12; the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze; the John Wayne: An American Experience exhibition, which chronicles the famed actor’s career; and a kid-friendly mechanical bull. Hotel Drover, a stylish, Western-inspired Autograph Collection hotel in the heart of the Stockyards, features bunkbed rooms that can accommodate larger families, a ranch-style outdoor pool and the Lil Ropers program, which provides kids with a plush horse companion and signature Hotel Drover bandana. The city is home to one of the best zoos in the country according to USA Today and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which features a dinosaur fossil dig site, planetarium and more family-friendly exhibits.
Davenport Hotel Collection – Spokane, Washington
Spokane, Washington, boasts proximity to 76 lakes in the area, attractions at Riverfront Park including the hand-carved Looff Carousel built in 1909 and the 650-foot long Numerica Skate Ribbon, ziplining and water adventures, a large basketball presence for sports fans (Spokane is also known as Hooptown, USA!), and 87 unique parks and playgrounds throughout the city. Families that stay at The Centennial, have direct access to Riverfront Park via the Centennial Trail which runs alongside the hotel. The property is home to the only outdoor pools in Spokane, along with views of Riverfront Park and weekend light shows at the Pavillion. Visit The Centennial’s sister property, The Historic Davenport, for an unforgettable stay in the Circus Room. As the only remaining original guestroom at The Historic Davenport, the Circus Room is aptly named due to the hand-carved mural of circus characters along the walls and balloon-themed chandeliers.
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is one of the most accessible destinations for travelers from the U.S. right now with the convenience of travel without a passport. Travelers can explore the waterfalls in El Yunque National Rainforest, kayak in one of the three bioluminescent bays on the island or see American history firsthand by touring the 18th-century fortress Castillo San Cristóbal in nearby San Juan. Set on 72 acres of tropical lush gardens just 15 minutes from the nation’s only tropical rainforest, El Yunque, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico offers all-suite style accommodations; three pools including Puerto Rico’s largest lagoon-style pool; a full-service newly renovated spa; five on-site culinary eateries and an 18-hole world-class Tom Kite-designed golf course. The resort recently launched a new luxury room category, Villas en la Reserva in an entirely new area of the resort. Designed for families, these rooms feature private spacious balconies, separate bedrooms and a kitchenette.
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