For a first foray to Europe, London is an excellent choice for families with its rich history, leafy parks and charming rituals like afternoon tea and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The Berkeley is a particularly family-friendly hotel that offers a rooftop pool, child-sized bathrobes and slippers and a wide range of board and video games. Budding chefs can also take cooking classes, and youngsters can visit the spa for mini manicures. The concierge is especially attuned to families’ needs and can point out London’s most child-friendly museums and arrange for picnics. Some of our favorite activities to arrange for young families include excursions to the Tower of London, the Imperial War Museum, the London Eye and the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Contact our Bookings Team for a tailored itinerary.
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Best Kid’s Club for All Ages: Gleneagles
Scotland’s Gleneagles is a grand resort 50 miles outside of Edinburgh that boasts a fabulous spa and world-famous golf course. It also features one of the best kid’s clubs anywhere, Little Glen, which offers an indoor tree house and art and crafts station for kids ages two to nine, and The Den, which has a cinema and game room with an Xbox, giant Jenga set and pool table. The resort’s sprawling landscape is ideal for a mixture of child-friendly, outdoorsy activities like falconry, tennis, biking, ATVing and horseback riding.
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Best California Retreat: Carmel Valley Ranch
Aerial view of Carmel Valley Ranch
Set in the Santa Lucia mountains, this cozy Northern California resort is beloved by families for its gorgeous location and impressive activity offerings. The 500-acre estate is located two hours south of San Francisco and is an ideal base from which to explore the Monterey area. Families should not miss the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, where children can snorkel in a tidal pool and feed otters. The hotel’s on-property facilities include an 18-hole golf course, sports center with tennis and bocce courts, spa and multiple pools, plus a vineyard and organic garden. Families can easily spend several days here hiking, kayaking and beach-going or savoring the region’s fantastic local cuisine. On-property activities not to miss include the bee-keeping experience, time with Farmer Mark, chicken coop visits and marshmallow roasting, and on weekends, the Kids’ Night Out offers an evening camp experience for little ones, so parents can dine alone.
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Best for Animal Lovers: Four Seasons Costa Rica
Four Seasons Costa Rica
Easily accessible with many nonstop flights from the United States, Costa Rica is a great escape for families—even if just for a long weekend. The Four Seasons Costa Rica offers a luxurious introduction to the country’s pura vida lifestyle, and its setting between the jungle and the Gulf de Papagayo means that it is home to a wide range of wildlife. With the Kids for All Seasons kids club program, young animal lovers can go on guided bird-watching hikes, hermit crab and monkey hunts, reptile expeditions, nighttime sea turtle excursions and canoeing trips on a protected bay to spot marine life. Of course, there are also arts and crafts, ping pong and other traditional child-pleasing activities as well.
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Best Floridian Classic: The Breakers
An aerial view of The Breakers
The storied grande dame of Palm Beach, The Breakers has been a beloved family-friendly property since 1896. The sprawling, beachfront hotel caters to its younger guests with a well-equipped arcade, golf clinics, bike rentals, tennis courts, multiple pools and a Family Entertainment Center with a huge playground and a playroom complete with games and toys. Camp Breakers, divided into ages 3-5 and 6-12, also offers fun daily excursions like scavenger hunts and science labs.
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Best Beach Resort: Four Seasons Nevis
One of the pools at the Four Seasons Nevis
The Four Seasons Nevis is a beach-loving child’s dream, with four miles of sandy beach, three pools and 10 tennis courts. The property’s Kids for All Seasons club offers fun activities like arts and crafts, sailing, tennis clinics and a sea turtle education program. Plus, the beach offers myriad water sports such as tubing, paddle boarding and snorkeling, and the staff can set up a volleyball court and shuffleboard on the sand.
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Best Southern Resort: Sea Island
Sea Island (Courtesy William Torrillo)
The grand, Mediterranean-style Sea Island resort has drawn families since 1928 with its peaceful seaside location and wide range of five-star amenities. Here, kids can spend their days playing tennis, biking, swimming and horseback riding on the beach, or at Camp Cloister. This kid’s club (for children ages three to 14) offers a daily schedule of activities like arts and crafts, nature walks and pool time at the Beach Club, and young guests can also make their own stuffed animals, attend movie nights and indulge in mini spa treatments.
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Best New England Escape: Ocean House
The magnificent Ocean House
One of Rhode Island’s most iconic properties, Ocean House is the ideal spot for a relaxed coastal retreat with young children. The resort evokes quintessential New England, with a sunny yellow façade, white wraparound porch and wide, calm beach. Within easy driving distance of New York and Boston, and with a menu of kid-friendly activities like croquet, sandcastle building and beach barbecues, families might not want to leave the property. But the charming town of Watch Hill, a two-minute drive away, is worth a visit to explore its shops and take a ride on the historic Flying Horses Carousel.
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Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to one of these family-friendly properties. Our specialists can book you at the hotel that is right for you and arrange great meals and activities that cater to all ages.