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By Zahra Al-Kateb | June 27 2016
Elite Traveler discovers 10 family resorts around the globe that will amuse and entertain everyone. Family vacations just keep getting better.
Explore the Top 10 Family Resorts
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
+1 407 313 6734, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Price From $890
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, email@example.com
Price From $977
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Price From $500
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, 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, email@example.com
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 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, 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, 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