What makes a family vacation feel like a true escape? Having your own personal butler to take care of everything, from making sure there’s always a fresh change of clothes ready for the kids to booking discount tickets at nearby attractions. We absolutely love these luxury family resorts with butler service, and you will, too.
1. Beaches Negril – Negril, Jamaica
Easily one of the favorite family resorts in all of the Caribbean, this popular Beaches outpost fronting the soft sands of Negril’s Seven Mile Beach sweetens the pot further with the butler service offering. You’ll be given a cell phone during your stay so you can call your butler on a whim to request that your mini-fridge be replenished with a bottle of bubbly or make a last-minute reservation change for dinner. Beaches Negril wows parents with all-inclusive rates that cover kids’ programming, tons of water sports and even scuba diving excursions. The kids, needless to say, will have the time of their lives.
2. Beaches Turks & Caicos – Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
With over 700 rooms, this legendary family resort on Grace Bay is the all-encompassing kind of destination where you arrive and are unlikely to leave until your vacation comes to an end. Indeed, Beaches Turks & Caicos makes it that easy to settle in and enjoy, with an included kids’ club, nightly family-friendly entertainment, and the Caribbean’s largest aqua play park. And with a personal butler dedicated to each family to help with everything from whisking away your laundry to delivering poolside surprises, the butler-free real world will only seem more distant with every passing day.
3. Marigot Bay Resort & Marina – Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
Butlers go by the names of “personal assistants” at this spectacular property in St. Lucia. And they start serving you and your family before you even arrive at the resort. Upon booking, each guest at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina is assigned a personal assistant who shares their knowledge on how guests can maximize time at the resort, making sure every whim is catered to. Your assistant helps tailor your experience to your hobbies and interests and is equally there for chores such as laundry, ironing and making dinner reservations. That leaves you and your family ample time to explore St. Lucia’s beautiful beaches and rainforests or just kick back at the hotel’s glorious infinity pools.
4. Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – Montego Bay, Jamaica
Formerly a Ritz-Carlton, the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is a beautiful, all-inclusive resort set right on the sparkling waters east of Montego Bay. The 387-suite property is massive; its sister adults-only property, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, sits right next door, in case you’re traveling as part of a multi-generational family. Here, your butler can help your family with washing clothes, offsite purchases, scoring reservations at the top restaurants (the Brazilian steakhouse and Hibachi restaurant are particularly popular) and lots more. Evening hours (6 to 9 p.m.) at the kids’ club make it easy for parents to steal away for a date night, too.
5. Rosewood Mayakoba – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Your first thrill at the Rosewood Mayakoba comes when you’re whisked away to your accommodations. And the thrills hardly stop there. There are infinity pools overlooking the beach; activities like horseback riding, deep sea fishing and snorkeling; and an incredible kids’ club where youngsters can learn how to make Mayan jewelry, among other activities. Your personal butler is on hand to make sure you make the most of your time, taking care of any “daily life” family chores so you can focus on the full relaxation of being on vacation. And did we mention this is one of those hotels with private plunge pools (and stunning views)?
6. Rosewood Baha Mar – Nassau, Bahamas
The Bahamas—perhaps best known for the water park at Atlantis—opened the impressive competing resort complex at Baha Mar. There are several properties here, but families swear by the Rosewood Baha Mar, which offers butler service among its many indulgent amenities for families. In addition to the nice stretch of beach fronting the resort and scores of dining options to explore without leaving the property, you’ll appreciate the onsite kids’ club (for ages 3 to 12) with programs that tie in Bahamian culture and conservation with the usual beach, crafts and poolside games.
7. Royalton Riviera Cancun – Cancun, Mexico
A personal butler at your service is just one item in a long line of amenities at the luxurious, all-inclusive Royalton Riviera Cancun. Among the many other perks are the property’s kids’ and teen club, 11 (that’s right) swimming pools, an enormous splash park and non-motorized water sports like sea kayaks and sail boats at your disposal. And when you feel the urge to lift a finger to make a reservation or retrieve your laundry, don’t bother. Your butler will likely have taken care of it all already.
Longtime travel writer and adventurer Terry Ward lives in Florida with her husband and young son and daughter. She’s constantly on the lookout for the next Scandinavia Airlines Kids Fly Free deal to save money on flights to Norway, her favorite place to visit both in the winter (Northern Lights!) and summer (Midnight Sun!). A travel writer since 2001 (read: long before the kids came along), she’s written for such publications as Endless Vacation Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler and Scuba Diving Magazine, among many others. Find Terry on her website, Terry-Ward.com.