5 Top Luxury Hotels for Children

Think the days of luxury traveling are over once you have kids? Not even. Here are a five of my favorite luxury resorts for family escapes ideal for even the most discerning little travelers. Mom and Dad might even have fun too!

Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua

Curtain Bluff  Antigua, West Indies
A classic Caribbean resort, Curtain Bluff boasts that it “works” for the entire family, and third generations of families (a.k.a. repeaters) who return year after year would agree. As an all-inclusive resort, you and your kids will enjoy a myriad of activities including sailing Hobie Cats and windsurfers, diving, water-skiing, snorkeling and fishing trips, and tennis. The convenience factor: meals, drinks and activities are all-included. While Mom and Dad enjoy the signature Caribbean Green Coffee body wraps at the Seaside Spa, your kids can also have treatments tailored to young adults.

Paws Up Resort, Montana

The Resort at Paws Up  Montana, USA
How cool would it be to have your own personal Santa? You can at this luxury resort and ranch when you book the “Last Best Christmas Vacation” package which also includes a ginger bread house building contest and more. The resort is a winter wonderland offering cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice skating, tubing and snow shoeing. This all-season resort also offers a Kids Corps of Discovery Program plus Spa Town for the big kids, where you can relax in the great outdoors. The activities are endless year-round.

Hotel Guanahani & Spa, St. Barts

Hotel Guanahani & Spa  St. Barthélemy, French West Indies
The glamour of St. Barts in the French West Indies is not just for stylish adults. Hotel Guanahani is the largest resort on St. Barts located on two beaches ideal for families. Book the Family Suite with private pools or the Butler Suites for the ultimate in pampering. There’s an array of activities for everyone including sailing, scuba diving, horseback riding and tennis. While the kids participate in the Junior’s programs and the daily Kindergarten, parents can relax on the beach, enjoy duty-free shopping in Gustavia or spend the day at the award-winning Spa by Clarins.

Ritz Carlton, Naples, Florida

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples  Florida, USA
This luxury resort is a fantastic choice for families seeking a sophisticated yet fun beach resort. In addition to the fabulous views of the Gulf of Mexico and miles of immaculate beaches and excellent dining, this resort also has a fabulous learning program for your little marine biologists. Nature’s Wonders offers daily interactive discovery programs for children ages five and older.  Watch Discovery and National Geographic programs with the whole family in the Nature Vision Theater. Book the Resort Reconnect package to decompress in luxury with family and friends.

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya  Mexico
This five diamond resort offers endless stretches of beaches, calm sea, three pools, exotic flora and fauna and their own Little Fans Club, with a host of activities for children aged four to 12 years. Parents, while the kids are busy, hit the Spa where you will enjoy the VIP couples suite for an Itzam (Earth) Experience. Then visit the Mayan Temazcal for a Shaman Blessing. Book the Family Travel package in the Two-Bedroom Grand Selva Family Suite offering personal butler services to ensure Mom and Dad don’t lift a finger.

Which of these resorts appeals to you most? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Tiffany Dowd is a regional hotel inspector for a leading luxury travel publication based in Boston, MA. For more luxury travel tips, read Tiffany Travels or follow @LuxeTiffany on Twitter.

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  1. Thank you, Tiffany, for this drool-worthy story! I can’t decide which of these resorts sounds best…they all sound fabulous! Although, the ginger bread house building and Santa at the Resort at Paws Up would sure be fun for the kids. Plus snowshoeing and dog-sledding are both on my Bucket List!

  2. I’ve been drooling over Paws Up resort for months! One day, when the girls are older… One day…

  3. I checked out the Paws Up website because it sounded like a potential dog friendly place, but it doesn’t look like it. I have two big dogs, and we love to take them with us when we can. We need more pet friendly places!

    Oh, and while you are snow shoeing, I will be at the spa. Snow shoeing is definitely not on MY bucket list:)

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  6. Tamala Prickett says:

    I agree on all of these, but I think that Carlisle Bay in Antigua is a more family-friendly luxury resort! It has a complimentary kids club for children starting at ages 2 and they offer a complimentary kids buffet each evening pool-side at 5:30 pm. Brilliant!

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