Summer is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t book a summer getaway before the kids go back to the classroom. And before you get stressed about planning a trip that will satisfy the whole family, read this—we’re schooling you on (relaxing) travel suggestions that all ages can enjoy.
Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa – Loreto, Mexico
This all-suite, family-friendly resort leaves a fabulous first impression—it’s surrounded by 4,600 acres of ocean, mountain, and desert landscape—and on second glance you’ll notice more delights: a private swimmable beach, kids’ club, turtle-shaped pool, and spa services for children ages 12 years and younger.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
The Victorian-style property’s overarching theme—stemming from New York’s historic Saratoga Springs region—appeals to adults, while features like treehouse accommodations attract younger guests. Downtown Disney is accessible via a short walk or boat ride, and other Walt Disney World Resort areas are a complimentary bus ride away.
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa – Austin, Texas
The “go big or go home” motto may apply to this 4,000-acre destination in Texas’ Hill Country, as on-site offerings include everything from four 18-hole championship golf courses to the nearly 10,000-square-foot Three Springs Spa. As for the children, well, there are kid-friendly options like spa services, mini golf, scavenger hunts, and nature trails.
Salamander Resort & Spa – Middleburg, Virginia
Tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Salamander Resort & Spa is a good jumping off point to the nation’s capital, 45 minutes away. On site, families can create lasting memories with activities like horseback riding (the resort has a full-service equestrian center), utilizing the putting green, playing paintball, and signing up for one of the night explorations. (As a side note, the resort is dog friendly, too, in case you’d like to vacation with the family pooch.)
Paradise Point Resort & Spa – San Diego, California
Located on 44 private acres in secluded Mission Bay, Paradise Point Resort & Spa encourages fun family times with summer-style enticements, such as a beach that neighbors SeaWorld theme park, surf academy even kids can enjoy, and personalized beach bonfire kits (perfect for roasting s’mores!).
Spa Anjali at Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa – Avon, Colorado
At Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, set at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, families stay well-served thanks to a Westin Eat Well Kids menu and Westin Kids Club.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa – Traverse City, Michigan
Among the Midwestern resort’s many family-friendly amenities is a pop up-style version of Dylan’s Candy Bar shop.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo – Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Two of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches frame this tropical destination, but what also makes a splash are family-fun pastimes like cooking and chocolate-making classes, sailing and windsurfing, golf and tennis clinics, children’s dining menus, a Kids for All Seasons center, and babysitting services.
The Peninsula Shanghai – Shanghai, China
Educational yet entertaining initiatives like The Peninsula Family Moments program and The Peninsula Kids’ Academy make the excitement of visiting a vibrant city fun for the entire family.
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