No family vacation is complete without a little R&R for parents. The following resorts not only get that, but they encourage it by providing complimentary kids’ clubs — a luxury that not enough resorts offer.
Enjoy a spa treatment or quiet dinner sans kids at these amazing resorts with complimentary kids’ clubs.
One of three eco-friendly resorts on the Mayakoba property in Playa del Carmen, Banyan Tree consists of tranquil villas with an Asian aesthetic scattered throughout the expansive property. The Banyan Tree's Kids Meeting Place offers movies, organized activities, board games and video games, including two Xbox consoles.
This family-owned resort opened its doors in 1947 and is home to three of St. Croix's most beautiful beaches: Grotto, Whistle and Buck Island. Young Buccaneers are invited to participate in outdoor beach and pool games, crab races, treasure hunts and sand castle building, or indoor arts and crafts, board games or foosball in the Kids Camp room at The Buccaneer.
Caneel Bay, the most luxurious resort in St. John and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is set on a 170-acre peninsula amid the Virgin Islands National Park. Here, guests can truly "unplug" -- rooms don't even have TVs. Turtle Town is the place where tiny tourists learn about the ecosystem of Caneel Bay and hear pirate tales, design their own treasure maps, build sand castles and dance to authentic Caribbean music. Fees apply for the popular nightly dinner and movie program, allowing parents a romantic meal at exquisite ZoZo's.
Ages: 3 to 11 Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with evening events from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Fairmont Mayakoba's 401 guestrooms include lagoon and jungle view casitas, as well as beach suites with direct access to the beautiful ocean along Riviera Maya. The Discovery Club & Adventure Camp offers cultural and educational adventures in the sacred Mayan jungle, and teaches kids about the planet, helps them craft Mayan-inspired headdresses or pinatas and so much more. The pool slide at the extensive and gorgeous kids' pool is another bonus of this high-end resort. For tweens and teens between 10 and 17, the Teens Room by PlayStation offers video games, dance contests, sport sessions and more.
Ages: 4 to 12 and 10 to 17 Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 8 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Situated in the Los Cabos Corridor along the Sea of Cortez, the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort offers direct access to one of Cabo's only swim-safe beaches. The Cabo Kids program is for guests between 4 and 18, with specific activities for different age groups. At the Kids Vacation Station, children play games, make pinatas, sample the authentic Mexican candy bursting from those pinatas and decorate cookies. Air hockey, foosball and Ping-Pong keep kids entertained in between the creative, culturally focused activities.
The Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach in Panama City Beach, Florida, otherwise known as the Emerald Coast, is known for its kid-friendly amenities like Aqualand, a beachside water playground and the Pirate's Den Game Room. Splash the Dolphin's Kids' Club provides organized fun indoors and out at this family favorite. While many of the activities take place on the pool deck so the kids can enjoy the sunshine, others, such as arts and crafts, bracelet making and D.J. games, are held in the Under The Sea Activities Center to give them a break from heat.
Located in downtown Nantucket and within walking distance of beaches and the harbor, The Nantucket Hotel & Resort hosts a Children's Day Program with beach games, spin art, fire truck rides, bingo, movies, S'mores and karaoke talent shows. The resort also offers an evening program for children on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer.
Settled along 7 miles of white sand beach in Naples, Florida, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has 319 completely renovated guestrooms and suites with leisure options including a spa, golf and tennis. Kids' club activities include swimming, beach walks, face painting, themed days and crafts. Teens can take part in volleyball tournaments, beach Olympics and beachside scavenger hunts, too.
Located on the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Los Cabos, One & Only Palmilla is home to a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and award-winning cuisine, and is an awesome vantage point for seasonal whale watching. This locale is also a hit with the Hollywood jet set, so kids may rub elbows with celebrity offspring at the KidsOnly and TeensOnly clubs. Activities include yoga, origami art sessions, beach volleyball and horseshoes.
Personal butlers and a zero-depth entry family pool are among the perks of this ultra high-end beachfront resort on Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas. The KidsOnly Club at the One & Only Ocean Club features a computer/technology area, arts and crafts center, movie and video game room and library. Outdoor activities include beach games, sporting events and exploring the marine habitat at nearby Atlantis, Paradise Island.
The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort in Panama offers half- or full-day kids' programming for ages 4 to 12, plus a lounge just for teens -- and it's all free! Kids can go on treasure hunts, play with arts and crafts, and meet new friends while mom and dad hit the Nicklaus Design championship golf course or the Corotu Spa.
This collection includes five secluded resorts on New England's Cape Cod, which allows guests to visit and experience the amenities of each during their stay. Children staying at any of the Red Jacket Cape Cod properties (Red Jacket Beach Resort & Spa, Blue Water Resort, Blue Rock Golf Resort, Riviera Beach Resort and Green Harbor Resort) are invited to take advantage of the Red Jacket Resorts Kids Klub, with beach games, face painting, parachute play, swim lessons and bocce ball among the activities.
Inspired by Mayan traditions, this oasis of tranquility is eco-friendly and sits on a mile-long arc of white Caribbean sand just north of the picturesque waterfront town of Playa del Carmen, part of the Riviera Maya. The Rose Buds Kid's Club at Rosewood Mayakoba is complimentary, as is a "Kids Eco-Tour" by boat through the canals of Mayakoba, guided by a biologist. Children cruise through the lagoon system, identifying the flora, wildlife and fauna of Mayakoba. Other activities include themed nights, Spanish lessons, EcoBingo, scavenger hunts and more.
Lauded as one of the most kid-friendly resorts in Barbados, this 112-room resort offers tennis, golf and a perfect coral sand beach. A distinguishing aspect of the kids' Treehouse Club at Sandy Lane is its appeal to teenagers. Tennis, art and sailing are just a few of the offerings, and teens get a home-away-from-home of their own. The Den at Sandy Lane, separated from the play area for younger kids, includes a game room with pool tables, board games and electronics.