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This summer is predicted to be a “summer of family reunions,” with many families looking to make up for lost time. If you’re hoping to do the same whether for this summer, fall, or beyond, there are some fantastic resorts and hotels across the globe that are ideal. Look forward to accommodation that offers plenty of space for all, along with unforgettable activities, gorgeous scenery, and much more.
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A top-rated Caribbean resort, The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is an oceanfront oasis that the whole family is sure to love. It will soon include its own beachfront waterpark too (opening on July 2, 2021) providing guests with unlimited access to 24 water slides, infinity pools, a lazy river, interactive rides, and private beachside cabanas. Enjoy a wide range of al fresco culinary experiences as well as opportunities to snorkel with sea turtles, stingrays and sharks, dive into seven pools, sip cocktails at swim-up bars and enjoy cliff jumps. There’s even Flamingo Yoga, complete with the real birds. Plus you can choose from 1,800 rooms that include luxury suites with one-, two-, or three-bedrooms.
Silver Mountain Resort offers year-round fun for families including opportunities for mountain biking, scenic rides on North America’s longest gondola, and splashing around in the state’s largest indoor waterpark, Silver Rapids. The Silver Mountain Bike Park hosts nearly 40 singletrack trails that span 3,300 vertical feet, and there are e-bikes available for rent that allow guests to more easily explore sections of the nearby Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. Activities also include trail hiking and running, and rounds at the nine-hole Galena Ridge Golf Course. The resort will begin hosting its Friday evening Ride & Dine Series of mountaintop barbeques featuring live music and 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks on June 25, while accommodation includes multiple floor plans and options to accommodate families and groups of any size and on any budget.
Beaches Turks and Caicos is a great option for families with plenty to do for all, including six swimming pools, a huge 45,000-square-foot water park, a spa complex, a shopping center and 20 different restaurants and 12 bars, about half of which are swim-up. All-inclusive rates include all meals and drinks, land and water sports, including unlimited diving. Located on Providenciales Island right on famously beautiful Grace Bay Beach, there are a variety of room options that include villas that can accommodate as many as 14, all overlooking the sea with kitchens and even butler service.
Made with kids in mind, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is an ideal option for those who want to be sure everyone in the group of all ages has a good time. Family groups have the option to stay in a suite or villa, with suites accommodating up to five, some with direct access to a swimming pool, and two-bedroom villas that sleep up to six and come with a private pool and butler. The property has its own sandy beach, a spa, sports facilities, fitness center, infinity pool, and water park. Meals and drinks are included, with eight restaurants, a cafe, two bars, and a snack bar all on-site. Kids will especially love the slime-making classes and character encounters.
A popular kid-friendly hotel in Cabo, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is sure to please all as an ideal option for families, couples and solo travelers. It sits on a beach that stretches for miles and while the waves are too rough for swimming, it includes four massive pools. Guests can enjoy relaxing at the lavish spa and choosing from a wide range of dining options, with everything from a poolside food truck with memorable tacos to sushi and a fine-dining French restaurant, plus 24/7 room service. For families and larger groups, two-bedroom suites provide more space, while some have swim-up access.
The Andaz Maui hosts a three-bedroom beachfront villa with 3,400-square-feet of space, a gourmet Miele kitchen and four bathrooms, ensuring plenty of space for all. It also includes a private lanai with a plunge pool, a Viking outdoor grill, and a jaw-dropping ocean view. You’ll get many luxury amenities when booking, like a dedicated personal VIP Concierge service and private 90-minute stand-up paddleboard lessons for up to eight registered villa guests. When you want to dine out, look forward to locally sourced farm-to-table fare at Ka’anaa Kitchen and Japanese dishes prepared by a renowned celebrity chef at Morimoto Maui.
Koloa Landing offers a very spacious, one-of-a-kind penthouse, the largest villa on the island of Kauai. It includes four bedrooms and five baths, spread over 3,600-square-feet, with a long list of exclusive amenities and dazzling ocean views from three private lanais. You’ll have a BBQ grill, beverage fridge, and a huge kitchen with two wine fridges and dual dishwashers. There are plenty of resort activities to keep you occupied too, from snorkeling to soccer, volleyball, and the new 350,000-gallon Signature Lagoon Pool.
Small Hope Bay Lodge offers a family-friendly stay in the Bahamas that even includes complimentary babysitting, extra cots, and cribs. It lies along the world’s third-largest barrier reef, delivering outstanding opportunities for snorkeling and diving as well as paddle boarding, fishing, and other activities. The kids will especially appreciate the game room, and there’s a young ranger program that might just get them hooked on nature. Accommodation is available in two-bedroom cottages right on the beach, and all meals, snacks, and drinks are included.
The beautiful town of Bend is renowned for its outdoor adventure opportunities and Sunriver Resort is perfectly situated for enjoying it all. The 3,300-acre award-winning property sits at the base of the lush Cascade Mountains along the Deschutes River and provides a golfer’s paradise, with four magnificent golf courses highlighted by glistening water and forested meadows. Guests can enjoy rafting, horseback riding, a day spa, outdoor pool, and seven different dining options. To top it all off, there are even family reunion vacation rentals tucked within the natural landscape.
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa is one of the world’s best all-inclusive resorts and the perfect spot for a family reunion vacation. It’s home to the largest waterpark in St. Lucia and includes a play area for the kids that has a petting zoo, zip line, paintball, and a kids’ club. There are multiple swimming pools, special themed nights, fitness classes and a wealth of dining and drinking options, plus adjoining rooms can accommodate up to six and feature sitting rooms, sleeper sofas, and private balconies.
For those seeking outdoor adventure closer to home, Red Cliffs Lodge sits along the Colorado River providing a picturesque setting with close proximity to national and state parks as well as a wide range of activities. Enjoy river rafting, horseback riding, hiking nearby red cliffs, and swimming in the property’s pool. The Cowbowy Grill serves hearty meals and wine from the state’s largest winery, while cabin accommodation includes log furniture, kitchenettes, living areas with satellite TV, private patios, pull-out sofas and fireplaces. All come with free Wi-Fi and most have a river view too.
One of the best beachfront hotels in Florida, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island offers something for everyone, adults and kids alike. It includes an indoor pool with skylights, an 18-hole golf course, gym, tennis courts, and day spa. Plus it’s right on the beach where nesting sea turtles can often be spotted. The Ritz Kids Club provides half-and full-day programs for the younger ones, including supervised, hands-on activities that educate and entertain. There are four on-site restaurants while accommodation includes suites that have separate living areas, pull-out sofas, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and balconies.
For a trip of a lifetime, this luxury all-inclusive resort is the one and only on the private island of Sainte Anne. Perfect for a family reunion, take advantage of the chance to reconnect in a tropical paradise, enjoying excursions like deep-sea fishing and glass-bottom kayak rides. There are unlimited land and watersports offered, including sailing and paddleboarding. While the kids take part in scavenger hunts, the adults can melt their cares away in the exclusive Zen area with a seafront pool, hammam, and yoga studio. Accommodation is in chic villas with soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, and minibars, some include kitchens and/or a private infinity pool.
C Lazy U Ranch offers a genuine ranch feel with the chance to take part in traditional activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and biking. It includes a range of cabin accommodation that can sleep anywhere from two to 11 guests. During “family season,” which runs June through August, families eat breakfast together, then the kids head out with camp counselors for fun so the adults are free to enjoy the spa or outdoor activities. Nightly entertainment, including bonfires, is hosted as well.