Ah, vacations sure do change when you’re traveling with teens. Entertainment and activities need to be entirely geared toward their age, and certainly cannot seem too immature or require them to spend too much time with their folks. Finding a destination resort that makes teens happy, while also offering things mom and dad and younger siblings will enjoy, can get tricky. We’ve found 10 great resorts that should bring smiles and friendships to your teens, whether it’s spinning records in the DJ booth, dancing the night away in a no-adult-zone nightclub, or zip lining through the air.

Written by Lissa Poirot

Atlantis Resort

Having entered “Crush,” the teen club at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas I felt a tinge of jealousy. After spending millions to create the dance club/daytime lounger, the club was better than the adult areas! The 14,000-square-foot club is for ‘tweens and teens ages 9 to 17 (although at night, the ‘tweens will probably feel overwhelmed by the crush of teens in the space). During the day, the Internet Lounge and Gaming Room are the big draw, with Xbox 360 on a floor-to-ceiling gaming tree featuring 24 consoles. There are also 10 private gaming cabanas for a group to enjoy. At night, the Dance Club kicks into high gear with a bar of non-alcoholic drinks and a café serving up snacks.

Read our review of the Atlantis Resort.

Skytop Lodge

The new Adventure Center at the Pocono's Skytop Lodge is enough to entertain energetic, adventure-seeking teens for the entire stay. A challenging treetop zip-line course is the highlight of the fun, but the Center also features a 38-foot rock-climbing wall, a paintball course that takes place in recreated Old West setting, laser tag and a geocaching course. The Center also provides kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards for use on Skytop Lake; bike rentals for mountain biking – lessons available; and will set up four-hour whitewater rafting excursions at the Lehigh River Gorge in the Poconos.

Read our review of Skytop Lodge.

Hotel del Coronado

San Diego's renowned The Del’s programs for teens begin with the year-round Vibz Teen Lounge, where kids 13 to 17 get their own dedicated club. The free club at the Hotel del Coronado is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and features four 40-inch flat-screen TVs, Xbox, PS3, pool table, foosball table, shuffleboard, Dance Dance Revolution and more. Teens are also welcome in the spa with offerings like the Teen Spa Sundae, an ice cream float bath, 25-minute sugar scrub and 25-minute frosting massage. Teens visiting during summer, spring break or holidays can also receive a Teen Access Pass that provides special offers.

Read our review of the Hotel del Coronado.

Dreams, Dominican Republic

Many Dream Resort & Spas provide teen activities, but the Core Zone Teens Club is a favorite for teens visiting Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana and Dreams Punta Cana. Kids 13 to 17 enjoy daily activities planned by the Dreams Entertainment Team, as well as a number of sports and games across the resort. The club offers Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, pool and foosball. Every night, from 8:30 to midnight, the Core Zone hosts special teen socials, such as Disco mixers and bonfires.

Read our review of Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa.

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Beaches Turks & Caicos and its sister properties are known for its kid-friendly activities and programming, and that includes teens. Various areas of the resort dedicated to teens include the Trench Town Lounge, the Xbox 360 Game Garage, Scratch DJ Academy, and the nighttime dance club, Club Liquid. Teens may also enjoy treatments at the spa, including manicures and pedicures. Of course, teens can also enjoy water sports like water skiing, windsurfing and sailing, as well as the surfing simulator, SurfStream.

Read our review of the Beaches Turks & Caicos.

Migis Lodge

While the Migis Lodge at Point Sebago Lake near Portland, Maine, doesn’t offer a specific teen’s club, the resort itself is a family camp-like environment that will provide teens a chance to enjoy a vacation without their parents lurking too closely. The lodge provides cabins for families, with plenty of room to spread out, and then a daily schedule of activities and fun that family members can do together or split off for their own fun. Teens will connect with other teens and be able to water ski and wake board, sail, motorboat, fish, canoe or kayak and more around the lake then regroup with mom and dad for meals. The lodge also offers hiking, tennis and Ping Pong, as well as a main lodge with Internet, piano, chess and board games to enjoy. And best yet? It’s all included!

Read our review of Migis Lodge.

The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

Unique to a few Ritz-Carlton beach destinations, including St. Thomas, is its Ambassadors of the Environment Program, created in conjunction with Jean-Michel Cousteau. The program, while teaching guests about the aquatic world around them, also provides exciting adventures teens will enjoy. Teens can go on snorkeling trips to coral reefs for day or night viewings, as well as ocean kayak and snorkels, and underwater photography classes. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua location in Maui also features seasonal whale watching trips in its program.

Read our review of The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas.

The Breakers Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach resort works hard to please teens with a number of special events designed specifically for them. During peak seasons at The Breakers Palm Beach (spring break, summer and holidays), teens will often find an array of events, such as Teen Murder Mystery Theater, Teen Catamaran Party Boat, and New Year’s Eve Teen Casino. The teen Bungalow is a lounge where teens can meet and mingle before teen-only activities like a bike scavenger hunt, pool party, night bowling, and late-night dive-in movies.

Read our review of The Breakers Palm Beach.

Big Cedar Lodge

In the Midwest, families can enjoy another camp-like environment at the Big Cedar Lodge, where teens can steal away from their folks to enjoy the resort safely with other teens. The kids can visit neighboring Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, where private Jeep and Segway tours are available, as well as guided horseback trail rides. But the lodge offers its own stable and hosts trail rides, campfire wagon tours and horseshoeing. They can also enjoy the marina, where boat rentals are available for guests to slalom, kneeboard and wakeboarding ski.

Read our review of Big Cedar Lodge.

NCL Breakaway

Okay, I cheated on this one, as this is a cruise and not a hotel, but the teen programs on the new Norwegian Breakaway are so great, they had to be included! Entourage, the club for 13- to 17-year-olds, is so popular for kids, they line up at the door, waiting for it to open every day at 11 a.m. (It closes at 1 a.m.) Special themed events like the Glow Party and Suit and Tie Night keep teens excited about returning every night, while during the day, they can relax in the lounge with gaming stations, air hockey, and one of less than five two-sided D.J. emulators in the world to practice their scratching and moves before the nights brings on dancing.

Read our review of the NCL Breakaway.
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10 Best Resorts for Teens 2014
Atlantis Resort Reviews
trentorley - Mar 31st, 2014

This was my fourth visit to Atlantis and the resport service has gone down considerably over the last two years. Basic things such as clean towels and face cloths not being refreshed were an every day occurence. The prompt response team did not ... read more
dtjensen7 - Jan 6th, 2014

Atlantis Review: Incredibly poor customer service: everyone on staff has become an expert at passing the buck. If you have a problem, you will be passed from indifferent person to even more apathetic person for the first 30 minutes until finally ... read more
Atlantis Resort reviews
Skytop Lodge Reviews
Caitlin's Mom - Jan 1st, 2014

We've been regulars at Skytop for the past 17 years and it is a favorite family tradition to come up for a few days between Christmas and New Years for a few days of relaxation and skiing for the kids. While we still love Skytop, I have to say ... read more
Lindy001 - Aug 15th, 2011

I took the kids to Skytop for the weekend and it was great. The game room was a huge hit with the kids and they loved Ping Pong! The room was a bit small but what is to be expected of such an older, elegant resort. The dance on Saturday night ... read more
Skytop Lodge reviews
Hotel del Coronado Reviews
So Cal Mom - Nov 26th, 2012

To get in a festive holiday mood, we take an annual trip down to Coronado Island. It's a magical time of year next to the Pacific Ocean. Our kid's smile while walking into the historic Hotel del Coronado's lobby admiring the tallest Christmas tree ... read more
dab0709 - Sep 18th, 2011

For the price we paid for our suite, we were grossly disappointed. Due to a mechanical issue with the elevator, we changed rooms after the first night. The second room wasn't much better. The rooms are in need of being updated. Everything about the ... read more
Hotel del Coronado reviews
Dreams Punta Cana Reviews
jlkocourek - Oct 12th, 2011

I have to admit that I was worried after reading all of the negative reviews. My worries quickly disappeared after our arrival. The resort is amazing. Everything was wonderful. We traveled as a family with 2 children under the age of 3. The staff ... read more
Dreams Punta Cana reviews
Beaches Turks & Caicos Reviews
Kimmy6340 - Apr 2nd, 2014

You've got to plan a family trip here! It's so worth it, the MOST beautiful waters in the world and the friendliest staff that go out of their way to please you and the kids! Wonderful gourmet food, ( we ate dessert every night) bartenders and wait ... read more
Brenthazen554 - Jan 16th, 2014

This resort has a lot if absolute wonderful positives, but striking negatives. The Pros: Resort property: The property grounds are absolutely beautiful! The landscaping and buildings are beautiful and perfectly maintained (I am not talking ... read more
Beaches Turks & Caicos reviews
Migis Lodge Reviews
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Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas Reviews
MelissaK - May 12th, 2011

We spent Christmas at the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas Residence Club, which is a building within the resort that only has vacation rentals run by the Ritz. It was better than staying at the hotel - we had a kitchen, living room, dining room, ... read more
Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas reviews
The Breakers Palm Beach Reviews
cardbucfan - Sep 30th, 2009

Overall: We go to the Breakers in Palm Beach every summer and it gets better each year! The staff is excellent and I feel they go out of their way to make certain we are having a good time. My kids are too old for the organized kids program but we ... read more
The Breakers Palm Beach reviews
Big Cedar Lodge Reviews
lizakitty - Jul 5th, 2013

Stayed for three days with my nephews and niece and friends. Beautiful over the top location very disappointed in dining and pricing. Food was so expensive compared to the quality and the time it took to receive. Had to send food back twice in ... read more
Debwags - Jun 5th, 2013

Our vacation at Big Cedar Lodge was a well needed summer vacation It was a great experience for our whole family. We traveled from St. Louis and was able to enjoyed many stops along the way. Upon our arrival we were were greeted by an ... read more
Big Cedar Lodge reviews
 


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