When it comes to family vacations, the line between making precious memories and “I will turn this car around” can be a thin one. Fortunately, a few hotels out there know how to take the stress out of a trip with the kids, ensuring you’ll have a time that’s worth remembering — for all the right reasons. LittleCollector asked Tablet Hotels to round up a few of their favorite kid-friendly luxury and boutique hotels around the world, from Santa Cruz to Copenhagen, Colorado to Honduras.
EDEN ROC AT CAP CANA
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
With a tricked-out play area, a fully wired video gaming center, a mini kitchen and even its own spa, the kids’ club at Cap Cana is like a little resort unto itself. And between the three nearby Jack Nicklaus golf courses, some gorgeous white-sand beaches and an enormous standalone suite that comes with its own pool and golf cart, there’s plenty for the grown-ups to play with, too.
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LODGE AT PICO BONITO
La Ceiba, Honduras
What is there for a family to do in the middle of a four-hundred-acre wilderness on the Caribbean Sea? Plenty, as it turns out: a boat trip through a manatee reserve, snorkeling the world’s second-largest barrier reef, whitewater rafting a jungle river, and those are just some of the aquatic options. Plus, you can catch a morning flight from a major American city and be swinging in your hammock by mid-afternoon, and the rooms are a bargain.
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Santa Cruz, California
A classic California beach hotel for a classic California beach town, Dream Inn sits off the west end of the town’s famous boardwalk. Just be warned: shaky antique roller-coasters and stomachs full of hot dogs, soda and cotton candy make a dangerous combination.
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During the warmer months, activities like “dive-in” movies at the pool, fireside s’more parties and mom-daughter mani-pedi sessions ensure that even your co-travelers with short attention spans will stay entertained, while in winter a specialized ski concierge takes the usual gear-wrangling hassle out of your family trip to the slopes.
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All of Copenhagen seems eager to give some extra attention to toddling travelers, and the Avenue Hotel knows how to spoil them best of all. At breakfast, kids can get their own table for a morning tea party with pannekoeken and organic jam. Outside, they’ll find a trove of toys and plenty of space to play with them, while parents can settle into comfy, shaded sofas and rest up before a day at the charmingly low-tech Tivoli Gardens, one of Europe’s oldest amusement parks.
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