Best kid-friendly vacation ideas

Girl posing with the Woody Woodpecker character at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure theme park
Girl posing with the Woody Woodpecker character at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure theme park. Photo: Shutterstock

Who says traveling with kids has to be lowbrow and complicated? Luckily for parents, there are plenty of ways to pull off luxury travel while keeping the little ones entertained at the same time.

If you're on the hunt for kid-friendly vacation ideas, you've come to the right place. We're breaking down the best resorts for kids, along with the family-friendly vacation spots that'll have you reaching for your suitcase.

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5 best kid-friendly resorts

1. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: Maui, Hawaii

The over-the-top pools at the Grand Wailea Resort are perhaps this hotel's biggest selling point, and with good reason. While the kiddos are hitting the waterslides, experiencing the on-site rapids, or zipping on a wild rope swing at the Tarzan pool, parents can enjoy some grown-up time at the adult-only swimming area. Grand Wailea also offers mini-resorts for kids that are jam packed with age-appropriate activities and entertainment.

2. Atlantis Paradise Island Resort: The Bahamas

Where family vacation spots are concerned, the Bahamas have long been a popular go-to. Families looking for an all-inclusive experience won't be let down by the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, which is known for its luxury feel. Thrilling water rides, blissful spas, and even beachside family yoga all come with the territory.

Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island in Nassau,Bahamas. Photo: Shutterstock

3. Cabana Bay Beach Resort: Orlando, Florida

Orlando may be best known for its Disney parks, but Mickey Mouse definitely has some neighbors worth visiting. The Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a refreshing, fun change of pace that's part of the Universal Studios family. In addition to the kitschy, retro vibe at Cabana Bay (the decor is a whimsical throwback to the1950s), guests also get early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - plus free shuttle service to the parks and to Universal CityWalk.

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4. La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club: La Jolla, California

Nestled in San Diego County is a dazzling private beach owned by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. This is the epitome of lazy summer - the slow lap of the ocean, a shimmering coastline, dolphin-spotting with the kids, and famous SoCal sunsets. (Does it get any better?) The upscale resort also touts a stellar kids' club.

5. Iberotel Apulia Hotel: Puglia, Italy

If you're looking to relax, the Iberotel Apulia Antistress Resort certainly lives up to its name. This beachside resort in Puglia is surrounded by lush forest and stunning beaches perfect for unwinding with the family before exploring the land on horseback. When it comes to Italian adventures, Iberotel Apulia is a fresh departure from the expected.

Family-friendly vacations spots

Still need a little inspiration? Check out these other kid-friendly locales.


Mexico is shaping up to be a top family vacation destination. The country is brimming with archaeological sites to uncover and rich history to breathe in - including remarkable, ancient Mayan ruins. Where beaches are concerned, both Tulum and Playa del Carmen steal the show.

Young mother and son relaxing in a hammock on mexican beach. Photo: Shutterstock


For those traveling with kids, Thailand is an often overlooked option. Here, families can get up close and personal with exotic elephants or go zip-lining in Chiang Mai. For water fun and kid-friendly resorts, Hua Hin is also overflowing with epic caves and mystical waterfalls.

Experience Thailand as a family with our Phuket Fun Island trip.


The City of Light came back swinging in 2016, positioning itself as an attractive family travel destination in the process, especially for parents who appreciate a bit of culture. Between the many child-centered museums and fabulous sights, Paris should definitely top the list.

Family of three in Paris. Photo: Shutterstock


For nature walks in the rainforest, beautiful botanic gardens, nocturnal zoos, and pristine beaches, Singapore doesn't disappoint. Round out your family vacation with a stop at Universal Studios.

Singapore Family Fun is right at your fingertips.

Zoo in Singapore. Photo: Shutterstock

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