Number one priority when embarking on a family getaway? Making sure everyone’s got a smile on their face. Which means, each person has the freedom and space to indulge in what they love most; views, leisure time, spa, sports, etc. These happy-go-lucky destinations offer something for everyone.
Los Cabos, Mexico
This is a classic destination for couples but also caters well to families. The One & Only Palmilla is one of the top luxury resorts that is also family-friendly, making sure your kids can roam wild and free and you can kick back and relax by the Mexican seaside. Among the many on-site facilities, tennis courts, swimming pool and kids club, the atmosphere is upscale and relaxed with amenities to keep you comfortable in your room and around the resort.
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Behold, South America’s equivalent to St. Tropez, especially to the stylish and spirited Argentineans. The seaside may face the South Atlantic seas but the views are spectacular and on a fine day, there’s nowhere else you’d rather be. One of the great family vacation spots is Il Belvedere, with a complex big enough for everyone to disperse and do their own thing. Cabins are modern but offer the cosiness whether you’re visiting in summer or winter months.
New Paltz, New York
Mohonk Mountain House is just two hours from the city and offers an all-inclusive family retreat in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Retaining its old school charm and tradition since 1869, Mohonk takes to young creatives to design Christmas trees and ornaments, gingerbread crafts, carolling, and a log hunt challenge for the entire family. Onsite is an ice-skating rink, indoor pool and just outdoors are the cross-country skiing slopes, snowshoeing and snowtubing.
Located in San Diego, Hotel Del Coronado is blessed with endless sun, blue skies and plenty of smiles. The grand beach resort splashes out during the holidays with an entertaining mix and twist of everything, from the beachfront ice skating ring to the lavish feasts in festive holiday décor and thousands of white lights, which also light up the entire complex. Kids will love brunch with Santa and honestly, everyone gets the best of both worlds.
Turks & Caicos
Caribbean sunshine, memorable snorkeling, more than 10 miles of diamond white, sandy beaches and hundreds of sandcastles. This is the best bet for happy parents and laughing kids. Try the Grace Bay Club, located right on the beach on Providenciales. There are 3 outdoor pools and a private beach area for guests including Kids’ Town which offers arts, crafts and entertainment programs for kids.