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June 27, 2016updated Jun 30, 2016

Top 10 Family Resorts

By Zahra Al-Kateb

Elite Traveler discovers 10 family resorts around the globe that will amuse and entertain everyone. Family vacations just keep getting better.

Vacation Life


Explore the Top 10 Family Resorts

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando, FL at Walt Disney World Resort

Special amenities Disney concierge, Private Island for volleyball, beachside games, gaming center and splash zone. Adults-only pool, Tom Fazio-designed golf course, spa.


Contact Kristin Miller, director of travel industry sales

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+1 407 313 6734,

Price From $14,000


Belmond Napasai Koh Samui, Thailand 

Special amenities Dedicated children’s pool and the longest beach on the island, which is complete with complimentary watersports center – snorkeling along the reef is highly recommended. There’s also a private boat which is available for customized marine tours of the area and numerous animals on site (including two water buffalo) that children can pet.


Contact Olga Smirenskaya, concierge

+66 077 429 200,

Price From $890

Per Aquum Niyama- MALDIVES

Per Aquum Niyama, Maldives 

Special amenities Fine-dining floating restaurant, over-water spa treatment rooms, watersports, an underwater nightclub and excellent, plentiful babysitters.


Contact Central Reservations Office

+960 664 4111,

Price From $977

Al Waha Hotel

Al Waha Hotelat Shangri-La, Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman

Special amenities Adventure Zone for tech-crazed teens, private instructors for windsurfing or kayaking. Gently shelving toddler pool, beach service and 24-hour babysitting plus huge spa and private dining options for parents.


Contact Deepak Menon, reservations manager

+ 968 2477 6666,

Price From $500

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya

Special amenities The wonder here is the setting and proximity to wild animals rather than the things to do. Complimentary cars are on hand to take guests to other attractions in the area, including the elephant orphanage where guests can feed the baby pachyderms.


Contact +254 20 502 0888

Price From $1,825

Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc, St-Barth Isle de France

Special amenities Spa, fitness center (with tailor-made programs) and four restaurants. Everything is unshowy, but with just the right amount of pizazz.


Contact Laurence Garret, reservations manager

+590 590 27 56 66,

Price From $7,300


Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Vancouver, Canada

Special amenities These are experiential rather than practical – a private floatplane is on hand to whisk parties off for remote fly fishing, while guests can book heli tours that can take in anything from aerial animal photography to a sunset dinner on a private island.


Contact Gary Bedell, general manager

+1 888 333 540

Price From $3,900 per person

Treetops LodgeTreetops Lodge and Estate, Rotorua, New Zealand 

Special amenities Fly fishing on the hotels’ own lakes, spa specializing in indigenous treatments, golf course, indoor, outdoor and private dining options.


Contact Peter White, general manager,

+64 7 333 2066

Price From $3,170

Soho Farmhouse

Soho Farmhouse, Chipping Norton, UK

Special amenities As well as Teeny Barn and Camp for kids, there are also four tennis courts, a five-a-side soccer pitch, winter ice rink, a softball field, stable yard, ”Crazy Farm Golf“ and a boating lake that is fantastic in summer. The Cowshed Spa and Josh Wood hair salon are always (justifiably) busy, so book ahead.

Contact +44 1608 691 000

Price From $970

Forte Village

Forte Village, Sardinia, Italy 

Contact Raimondo Cabua, business development manager

Special amenities Sports galore, including a Chelsea soccer academy, tennis club, as well as rugby and cricket academies, plus go-karting, a huge Leisureland complex and Boathouse watersports center, shopping areas, 21 restaurants and thalasso spa. This year, guests can seek tuition from specialists on site, including tennis player Ilie Năstase, one of the world’s top players of the 1970s, and Ettore Messina, coach of the Italian national basketball team.

+39 070 921 8818

Price $3,600

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