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While spring break 2022 may not look the same as it has in previous years due to social distancing requirements, there are still many options for safe, family-friendly fun. In fact, many hotels and resorts are not only ensuring that COVID safety protocols are followed, but they’re offering special deals and packages to enhance your stay. From properties tucked into tropical paradises in Mexico and on Caribbean islands to beautiful beach resorts closer to home, you’re sure to find something ideal on this list.
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One of the best resorts in Maui for families, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a tropical oasis. The secluded resort sits across more than 22,000 acres and offers accommodation in spacious Residential Suites with up to two bedrooms. The family-friendly Ritz Kids program includes many special perks like healthy, kid-friendly menus, a welcome toy, activities like searching for sea turtles, and classes where they can learn about volcanoes. Of course, there are plenty of amenities on-site too, including multiple dining options, two championship golf courses, and a 10,000 square foot three-tier pool.
A top-rated resort in the Florida Keys, Hawks Cay Resort caters to families looking for a safe spring break getaway this year with plenty of opportunities to spread out while enjoying activities and entertainment. In addition to regular rooms, there are two and three-bedroom townhome-style villas with full kitchens for those who prefer to dine in, and multiple dining venues providing outdoor and grab-and-go options. Look forward to snorkeling and fishing charters, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, and even an environmental education class and astronomy lesson.
Cayo Espanto is a private island resort that makes it easy to stay socially distant while enjoying an incredibly stunning paradise. It features just seven villas, located three miles off the coast of Belize. Each villa comes with a personal butler, private dock area, and customized meals that are set by the on-island world-renowned chef, tailored to ensure both the kids and adults are pleased. Enjoy fishing lessons on a private dock, tropical spa treatments, and movies under the stars.
Set along the banks of the Cumberland River, the Gaylord Opryland Resort is a landmark hotel just a short drive from downtown that offers a variety of activities and attractions in spring. You can join riverboat cruises, while inside the hotel are nine acres of indoor gardens, waterfalls, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a variety of entertainment, live music, swimming pools, and more. Its annual Spring it On typically includes Spring-inspired scavenger hunts, art activities, cookie decorating, live entertainment, and more.
Located right along the turquoise Caribbean Sea backed by lush Riviera Maya jungle, Hotel Xcaret offers complimentary COVID-19 antigen tests. It boasts extra-spacious suites, multiple dining destinations, swimming pools, a world-class spa, and a wellness center. Guests also have unlimited access to Xcaret parks, delicious food, and beverages, along with transportation between parks and an airport shuttle.
One of the best resorts in Orlando, the Ritz-Carlton is offering some great children’s programs, ideal for families, including activities like outdoor adventures and educational activities like nature walks, eco-tours led by a naturalist, fishing excursions, and much more. It’s spread over five acres of natural habitats, lakes, and even a farm. There’s a renovated pool with poolside cabanas and even a Grande Lakes Express train where kids can hop on and off across the property. Just a few of the other highlights include an 18-hole championship golf course, gourmet garden dining, luxury spa services, and activities like kayaking.
Families can stay at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, a luxury getaway featuring an on-site spa, championship golf, five pools, and a lazy river. Kids will love the splash pad, while the adults can take advantage of the adult lap pool and whirlpools. For some extra privacy, there are cabana cottages, pool suites, and daybeds available, in addition to VIP services like upgraded food and beverage offerings. Many of the rooms offer beautiful mountain, golf course, and pool views, in addition to luxury bedding and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Book the kid-friendly Parrot Play Family package at this Key West resort and you can enjoy a three-night stay in a spacious villa or suite along with a Caribbean-like paradise. It includes lots of extras like a food and beverage credit, beach games and a family Dolphin Tour. Everyone is sure to love this exciting excursion with dolphins jumping and playing right next to the boat as you head to one of the area’s best reefs for a snorkeling adventure.
Puerto Vallarta is a direct flight from many U.S. cities and offers families mountains-meets-the-ocean landscapes, colorful culture, culinary delights, pristine beaches and lots of fun on the water. The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta is just a 5-minute drive from the airport and has a prime beachfront location, socially distant spaces on the sand, sparkling pools, as well as water activities like sailing, snorkeling/diving, and jet-skiing. For the little ones, the Westin Family KidsClub and outdoor kids playground will keep them entertained.
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla aims to provide a more authentic experience that blends style, adventure, and the local culture, with comfortable, locally-inspired rooms that include extra-spacious suites with spectacular sea views. It has a gorgeous infinity pool and poolside bar, while authentic local specialties are served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, some of the most beautiful beaches and adventure activities are just around the corner. In fact, La Isla Entertainment Village is a three-minute walk away and hosts Interactive Aquarium Cancun. It offers unforgettable interactive experiences with rays and other marine life, along with the chance to swim right inside an aquarium.
Mauna Lani Point provides enriching cultural immersion at every turn, surrounded by royal fish ponds, ancient petroglyph fields, and natural lava plains, while bordered by a collection of swimmable beaches. Families can enjoy everything from a coastal trek following historic paths once reserved for Hawaiian royalty to adventuring out in the Pacific in a traditional Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe. Plus, the Holoholo Kids Crew offers indoor and outdoor cultural-based activities tailored by age group.
Mill Falls at the Lake sits along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and includes a number of inns with spacious rooms that include kitchenettes for dining in. All are within a short walking distance, providing guests with access to facilities at each one. Warm weather activities include a sandy beach for swimming and an activity center that offers kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, and stand-up paddleboard rentals. There are also three pools, including an indoor pool and an indoor/outdoor pool, family-friendly restaurants, and many other amenities too.
Located in downtown Houston, Marriott Marquis Houston has a prime location connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center by a skywalk. It also has one of the most iconic hotel pools in Texas, the world’s largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river. Add to that an infinity pool, a full-service spa, and a variety of dining options and it’s clear why this is a top hotel in Texas. Families can book a Pool View guest room to take in views of the iconic pool or enjoy extra space in the Hospitality Suites. Walker Street Kitchen offers farm-to-table homestyle meals, while parents will appreciate the Starbucks coffee served in the on-site coffee house.