When it comes to going on a family vacation, kids just wanna have fun! One of the easiest ways to make that happen is to consider a spot that has a kids club, so we did the research (and asked a lot of kids) to find the best resorts with kids clubs. Our list includes hotels and resorts that offer epic experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and the chance to make new friends from all over the world. From Club Med to other all-inclusive resorts for families, here’s the buzz on hotels that cater to kids with unique décor, fun and memorable activities. Time to get packing!

USA

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort - Hilton Head, SC

Across the U.S, OMNI is known for catering to kids with a special backpack filled with items designed just for them. At the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, they raise the bar even higher with two family two pools, a splash pad and a playground. The Seaside Kid’s Camp (Memorial Day through Labor Day) features daily activities like Picasso art lessons, catching a wave on a boogie board, playing life-size chess/checkers or hanging with resort mascot Duney the Dolphin. There’s even a Teen Connection!

Online: omnihotels.com/omni

photo: courtesy Nantucket Hotel

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort - Nantucket, MA

Located on a 50-square mile island, The Nantucket Hotel & Resort offers kids so many cool things to do. Their complimentary Kids Club Day program is a blast, featuring beach games, spin art, s’mores, scavenger hunt and a karaoke talent show. The highlight is getting to ride on an antique fire truck through town. On Saturday morning walking adventures, kids learn about the island and its former residents on “Pirate Tales.” At night, kids can chow down for dinner at the Kids’ Club Evening Program with activities and movies.  

Online: nantuckethotel.com

photo: Courtesy of Margaritaville, Orlando

Island H20 Live at Margaritaville - Orlando, FL

Chill out at this new resort in Kissimmee where kids are king!  Just opened, Margaritaville features the new Island H2O Live! Water Park with nine thrill rides from three slide towers. There’s also a wave pool with ocean waves and a river raft ride. Innovative technology lets guests share their experiences on social media for their friends back home! The Parakeets Kid’s Club features a pool and beach games, arts and crafts and tons of other activities. Meet JD from Margaritaville XM Radio at the resort’s Sunset Walk and dine at the new Estefan’s Kitchen. Yep, that’s Emilio and Gloria’s new digs.

Online: margaritavilleresortorlando.com

photo: Courtesy of Dollywood

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort - Pigeon Forge, TN

Create memorable family vacations at DreamMore. Accommodations include rooms with bunk beds, splash pad and parent/child massage treatments in the spa. Kids ages 4 to 10 years old will love Camp DW, featuring ranger talks, s’mores, painting birdhouses, pool parties (in the summer) and bedtime stories. Share the fun in the family game room or fort-style playground. Jump into Dollywood Splash Country Waterpark and thrill to Dollywood with 40 rides, great entertainment, and award-winning dining.

Online: dollywood.com/resort

photo: Disney Aulani Resort & Spa

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Oahu, HI

At the Aulani, Aunty’s Beach Club (Aunty is a life-long resident of Oahu, and considered to be a true expert on Hawaiian history and culture) is the supervised, kids-only spot where you can leave the little (and big) ones age 3-12, from 9:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. With all sorts of fun, including dress-up gear, a room showing Disney films, an outdoor play structure, Hawaiian-themed arts and crafts, character encounters, magic fireplaces and themed days like Monday – Mo’olelo ka’ao “Stories of Old,” Wednesday – Rhythm of the Islands, Friday – E huli i nā Menehune “To Find the Menehune," your kids will get the Disney magic, alongside the tropical paradise and rich culture of the Hawaii islands.

There's also plenty of activities for tweens and teens, including water play, games, boogie boarding, adventure trails, evening time at Aunty's Beach Club, the Aloha House Party, the North Shore Beach Zone and more. 

Check out our insider's guide here.

photo: Courtesy of Acquamarine Resort

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach - Miami Beach, FL

This five-star resort treats kids like little scientists and turns the experience into a marine learning adventure. More than two-thirds of the Acqualina is dedicated to family residences with a relaxed, kid-focused atmosphere. The hotel's award-winning kids' program, AcquaMarine uses a marine biology-inspired program for children ages 5 to 12. There are themed days like Amazing Alligators, Feisty Fish, Ocean Mammals and Super Sea Storms, and kids will learn about all things oceanic from the Coast Guard to science projects about waves through outdoor games, technology and creative activities. There's also an oceanfront soccer field, basketball net, foosball, chess, plus pool and beach games. The best part? The daily program is available and complimentary to hotel guests.

Online: acqualinaresort.com

photo: Kristina Moy

Suncadia Resort - Cle Elum, WA

In the beautiful Pacific Northwest lies this sprawling, year-round resort, just east of Seattle. Enjoy condominium-type accommodations, ideal for families with plenty of kids’ activities. Join CampCadia with its portable Frisbee/disc golf, guided hiking and biking tours, photo scavenger hunts and storytelling sessions. The all-season Suncadia Junior Rangers program takes kids on educational adventures where they can earn badges for activities. Come winter, families can experience the thrill of the hill on an inner tube, ice skating and sleigh rides.

See our insider's guide here

photo: Courtesy of Disney Hilton Head Resort

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort - Hilton Head, SC

From family activities to teen programs to kids-only fun, this Disney Resort is an ideal retreat. Enjoy singing, storytelling, and marshmallow roasting around the campfire. Go crabbing on the resort pier, take a walk with a naturalist, zip down a wraparound Water Tower Slide at the Big Dipper. Play Goofy Bingo with trivia questions, sweet treats, and plenty of fun. Bring the whole fam to watch classic Disney movies at our outdoor movie theatre under the stars.

For some adults-only time, the resort's recreation team offers Kids Night In, three hours of supervised care for kids ages 5 to 12, which includes games and pizza dinner. Other kids-only activities include making a Mickey Mouse tye-die t-shirt, the sea life for youngsters (ages 3 to 6) program, naturalist programs for kids, teen kayaking adventures and more. 

Online: hiltonhead.disney.go.com

International

photo: Martinhal

Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts - Portugal

You may have been to properties that deem themselves "family-friendly" but the Martinhal properties take this to a whole new level. With four properties in Portugal to choose from, families will have the ultimate in relaxation and family time when booking a Martinhal property. Martinhal's incredible kids club program covers ages six months and up. When staying at Martinhal Chiado, the world's first luxury family hotel in a city center, kids can visit the kids club from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there is no additional cost, it's all included in the room charge. A special "pajama club" offers childcare services (for an additional fee) until 10 p.m. each evening, allowing parents to enjoy a night out in Lisbon.

Similar offerings are available at Martinhal's three other properties in Cascais, Sagres and Quinta. At Martinhal Cascais the Kids Clubhouse is unlike any you've ever seen, with over 7,700 square feet of play space and spacious outdoor playgrounds for children. Free supervised sessions are available for kids ages 19 months through age 9 to allow parents to enjoy meals on their own or take day-trips to nearby towns. Infants receive free time in the baby room from November through March, with services available for a fee during the remaining months. 

See our insider's guide here.

—Kate Loweth

Banyon Tree Mayakoba - Riviera Maya, Mexico

Kids have a blast when they learn to interact with nature and be part of preserving the resort´s ecosystem. At the luxury resort Banyan Tree Mayakoba, kids can monitor the release of baby turtles as they swim to back to the sea to freedom between May and November. Kids can also learn to kayak, snorkel, boogie board and Latin dance. Explore the wildlife of the mangroves on an eco-tour, or even swim with the dolphins in their natural habitats.

Online: banyantree.com/mayakoba

 

photo: Courtesy of Coconut Bay Beach Resort

Coconut Bay Beach Resort, St. Lucia

Escape to Coconut Bay Resort with your fam and explore 50,000 square feet of active play areas including a zip line, rock-climbing wall, water playground, and a petting zoo that doubles as a sanctuary for rescued animals. Share the memories of Pirates Night and the weekly hayride/beach party. Join the CocoLand Kidz Klub and get an awesome Coco Backpack, a water bottle, a t-shirt and a hat. Their SCOUT program stands for Seeing, Crafting, Observing, Understanding, Tasting, Saint Lucia and kids will learn about pirates to ecology to wildlife. Watch turtles being released from the beach in the nesting season.

Online: cbayresort.com

Club Med, Punta Cana

Dare you try the flying trapeze, bungee jumping and aerial acrobatics? Or would you be happier on the trampolines? Everyone gets to be a kid at this all-inclusive Club Med. Pairing with Cirque du Soleil, the resort’s program showcases a circus-inspired interactive “playscape.” Club Med is also known for their kid's club for all ages (starting at four months for a charge, free for ages 4 and up); activities include creative workshops, archery, water sports, DJ instruction for tweens, digital treasure hunts and lots more.

Online: clubmed.us/puntacana

Velas Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Check out the all-inclusive Velas Vallarta designed for families, starting with a range of accommodations including up to three-bedroom suites. Every day brings new adventure at their Kids Club, which offers a full calendar of board and video games, tennis lessons, sandcastle competitions, stone painting, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, movie nights, and more. Open to children ages 4 to 12 years old, the little ones participate in ceramic painting, while the adults get to relax with yoga, cultural tours, nightly entertainment, eco-friendly activities, water sports and more. Everyone gets to celebrate at the weekly Mexican Fiesta. 

Online: velasvallarta.com

photo: Gabby Cullen

Star Camp at Iberostar - Playa Paraíso, Mexico

Inspired by the Scout movement and incorporating the theory of multiple intelligences, Iberostar's Star Campstrives to combine fun with values and includes a range of activities (over 140, based on age) that utilize and cater to the different ways kids learn: linguistic, musical, interpersonal, mathematical, naturalistic and more. There are 12 different categories including team sports, group challenges, science and cooking activities, board games, arts, crafts, physical leisure and even tech!

There’s a room for Monkeys (ages 4-7), for Dolphins (ages 8-12) and for Eagles (ages 13-17). You might see members of Star Camp at headquarters and then, an hour later, they’ll be on the beach participating in a scavenger hunt. They cruise the lazy river, play capture the flag, do escape room challenges, have mini-chef baking challenges, and every night from 8 pm-9 pm they perform on the main stage, a different theme each night, complete with costumes.

See our insider's guide here

—Mira Temkin

 

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