If so many of the Real Housewives have taught us anything about travel, it’s that luxury vacationing isn’t just for the kid-free. Case in point: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards impeccably demonstrated this past summer during her annual European family vacation that chic, Instagram-worthy holidays are totally possible for families.
And, hey: Paging Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell: You may have kids now, but you still want to travel the way you used to, right?
To that end, we bring you some of the best high-end and family-friendly resorts in the world.
1. Mauna Lani Bay
For families interested in learning about Hawaiian history and culture while vacationing, Mauna Lani Bay is the perfect high-end destination resort. From weaving floral leis and playing the ukulele, to participating a vibrant kids’ camp or snorkeling in the protected bay, everyone in the fam can keep their brains and bodies stimulated throughout the trip. Luxurious spa options — like the Lava Sauna replete with a black volcanic clay body treatment — help to create an otherworldly experience of relaxation. Savory and fresh foods decorate the menus of the resort’s restaurants to create a perfectly rounded trip.
2. Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Photo: Ben Britz
If a dreamy beach scene with all of the luxurious fixings is what you're after — including activity options that will impress little kids all the way through teens — hop on a plane to Riviera Maya to stay at Grand Velas. With a teens’ club and two separate kids’ clubs, younger family members will have arcade games and dance floors at their disposal when they aren’t on the beach, in the Caribbean, or chilling in the pools. With top-notch dining options (that can be customized to meet dietary restrictions across the board) and a world-class spa, families can vacation in luxury while also staying fully entertained. Swimming with dolphins, exploring Mayan Ruins, or even taking a drive to journey through the many nearby picturesque cenotes are just a few of the activities that can be accommodated by the Grand Velas staff. Nanny service can be arranged with prior notice, too.
Photo: Ben Britz
3. Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach
Your getaway fantasies very well may be filled with palm trees, soft sand, and perfectly magical bioluminescent bays. If the latter is a strong attraction point for you, go ahead and put Puerto Rico on your travel list. Stay at the Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach for a top-of-the-line family trip. Flush with kids and youth activities as well as everything from golf-with-a-view and ocean kayaking to coral reef explorations and underwater photography outings, you’ll have all you’ve ever dreamed of for the perfect vacation at your fingertips. You’ll have to venture out on your own to get to the Bioluminescent Bay in Vieques, but the voyage will be well worth the unforgettable reward!
4. Villa Sungai
An island paradise with more bells and whistles than you’d ever even know to expect or request alongside a designated kid zone? That’s Villa Sungai in Bali. With babysitters, all necessary baby items available on request, and even plenty of over-the-top luxuries just for kids (a five-page dining and drinks menu, afternoon tea parties, hair-braiding, kite-making, snorkeling, and even mini manicure/pedicure treatments are all available for little ones), this resort is plush comfort for the whole fam.
5. Four Seasons French Riviera Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
With splendid Mediterranean views and a warm welcome for families, the Four Seasons French Riviera Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is an ideal upscale European family destination. A kids’ club, babysitting services, and specially arranged children’s amenities will help any family to feel welcome in this posh retreat. Add the spa, dining, and other relaxation options to that and your entire clan will be pleased as punch to be living it up in the French Riviera.
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