Photo: Northern Light Inn

The best family hotels and resorts provide us with the comforts of home, such as useful amenities (hello, free breakfast and speedy Wi-Fi) and comfy guestrooms. In many cases, they also provide the backdrop to our best vacation moments. The scenery at these family hotels is so swoon-worthy, your teenagers — and you — won’t be able to resist posting your experiences and #familyvacationgoals on social media.

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort — St. Maarten

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort’s hillside location on St. Maarten means jaw-dropping views from its guestrooms and suites. Many rooms overlook the teal-blue Caribbean Sea, with balconies from which to take in the scenery (and Snapchat to your heart’s content). The resort’s photo-worthy features also include three swimming pools and lush tropical foliage galore. Bonus: Divi Little Bay Beach Resort offers an all-inclusive pricing plan, and kids age 5 and under stay and eat free!

Northern Light Inn — Iceland

It’s all in the name! The Northern Light Inn provides prime viewing of the Aurora Borealis in Iceland. Its signature restaurant, Max’s Restaurant & Lounge, also offers pretty mountain views (by day). Specific Family Rooms add to the appeal of this hotel, as does its location next to another social media-worthy attraction: the Blue Lagoon.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite — Yosemite National Park

Situated on 35 wooded acres, the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite offers so many ways to experience — and photograph — the great outdoors, from archery and flashlight hikes in the summer to snow tubing and bonfires (complete with S’mores) in the winter. Add to that luxurious guestrooms and full homes, a full-service spa, sparkling pools and onsite restaurants, and you’ve got the most picturesque family escape. Did we mention the south entrance to Yosemite National Park is just 2 miles away?

Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

This beachfront gem offers outstanding views from just about anywhere – whether you’re digging your toes in the sand or strolling the resort’s walkways draped in tropical flowers. The ocean-facing pools are equally beautiful and make for especially good photos, with a waterslide, separate kids’ pool, waterfall features and more! Onsite restaurants with more views, as well as car rentals to get you to more beautiful sites on Kauai, add to the appeal.

The Grand Hotel — Mackinac Island, MI

From far away, the Grand Hotel is a photogenic beacon on Michigan’s Mackninac Island. Up close, it’s the history of this hotel that has guests taking pictures of its grand staircases, afternoon tea, classic lawn games, and the ferry that all guests must take to access the hotel; no cars are allowed at the hotel or on the island. Talk about a blast from the past!


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