2017 Best Hotels Rankings, But are they Family Friendly?
In our search for hotels that are family friendly we found the U.S. News & World Report, 2017 Best Hotels list. These rankings evaluated3,000 luxury hotels across the USA, the Caribbean (now including Havana, Cuba), Canada and Mexico.
But are these hotels family friendly?
In the USA
1. The Langham, Chicago
Our findings: No programs for children or special acuities
2. Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai
They offer a young children’s pool, which has a graduated white-sand bottom, making it feel like its own beach. A freshwater pool with a water feature and plenty of shade, the surrounding area offers children’s sized chaise longues and a treasure chest of water toys.
Summer family program for children ages 5 to 12. Fully supervised by qualified staff, the Kids For All Seasons program is offered daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. An optional lunch is ordered from In-Room Dining and may be charged to your room. Children can explore with marine-life, participate in Hawaiian arts and crafts, see volcanic eruptions, play basketball, hula and more. Optional canoe paddling and tennis are also offered throughout the week and can be charged to your room. The program is complimentary for Resort guests and homeowners. There is a nominal fee for residential guests. also they offer movies under the stars, theme nights, games night and more.
3. The Jefferson, Washington, DC
A historic hotel which is not designed to be kid friendly.
4. Montage Kapalua Bay
They offer special programs for teens specifically for ages 12 to 17. Activities includeStand Up Paddle Boarding , Snorkel Excursion at Kapalua Bay, “capture the flag,” volleyball, bocce ball, soccer and more and a pizza bash and movie.
For kids, 5-12 years of age they offer, Paintbox an activities-based children’s program of arts and crafts, games and creative activities both indoors and out at the pool, beach, tide pool and events lawns. Paintbox activities are offered each day of the week in half-day and full-day sessions.
5. The Lodge at Sea Island
They offer a full family friendly program full of fun activities , naturist outings, tennis, photography lessons, and games fro all age children. The teen program includes a fishing trip, movies, golf, paddle boarding and much more.
1. Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
Offering a special Family Activity Package
- 50% off your connecting room
- Free passes for Montreal Attractions for 2 children per paying adult (up to 3 adults and 6 children)
2. Rosewood Hotel Georgia
The Rose Buds family program offers offers family-centric vacations for all. From kids’ menus to special events and fun activities, the hotel is dedicated to welcoming children and families.
Request family services when making reservations services offered include: Erbaviva skincare products, En-suite wireless baby monitors, Full-size cribs and linens, In-room baby proofing service,Lush velour terry child-sized bath robes and slippers,Diaper pail, baby bath tub and/or non-slip mat, bed rails, in-room bottle warmers,Babysitting services,Children’s menu for in-room dining.
3. Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
No family friendly amenities or programs
4. The Wickaninnish Inn
The WickKids program includes complimentary babysitting* for children under 12 when their parents enjoy dinner at The Pointe Restaurant, based on availability; Babysitting services* during Spa or Tofino outings; Kids basket in your room/suite upon arrival; A Scavenger Hunt, Kids Night Inn in-room movie night set-up; Children’s bicycles; Beach toys for some sand castle; A selection of movies, board games, books and puzzles for innside fun and Child-sized bathrobes.
5. Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto
Trump® Kids program offers Kid beverage and in-room dining menu, Children’s menu and pricing at our signature restaurants,Trump Kids amenities including coloring book, sunglasses, flashlight, Trump Kids bath amenities,Special treatments and pricing at our luxury spas,Kids robes and slippers, Map of the city with a variety of kid-friendly activities, Use of the swimming pool, Swim lessons (rates apply),Rollaway bed,A wide selection of board games,Children’s books,Video game systems,Children’s DVDs, In-suite children’s movie channel (rates apply). Also available are Cribs with plush linens,Bed rails,No-tear bath amenities,Stroller and Nanny services (rates apply)
In the Caribbean
1. Eden Rock – St. Barths
2. Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
They offer a full family fun activity schedule including pool games, snorkeling, water sports, celebrations that immerse travelers in the local culture, fitness classes and uniquely Antiguan arts & crafts for children.
3. Jamaica Inn
No family programs offered but cottage offer plenty of room for families who wish to enjoy a tradition Jamaican resort experience.
4. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
No kid or family friendly programs or amenities
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Family friendly activities include daily tennis instruction, soccer, splashing around in Starfish Cay, the only waterpark in Grand Cayman; children’s yoga sessions, pizza and pasta making lessons, energizing fitness classes at our state-of-the-art Fitness Center.The program is designed for children ages 3 to 15 years.
1. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
Complimentary KIdsClub daily activities for children age 4 -11. It includes a supervised play are with games, arts and crafts and kid fun activities.
2. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort
Though known as one of the most romantic resorts in the world, Las Ventanas also welcomes children of all ages and offers the following items for use for families during their stay: Portable crib,En-suite wireless baby monitors,Full-size crib and linens,In-room baby proofing service,Child-sized bath robes and slippers,Changing table, diaper pail, baby bath tub and/or non-slip mat, bed rails, in-room bottle warmers.
3. Rosewood Mayakoba
Rosewood Mayakoba and the Riviera Maya region offer a wide range of activities and services for families, from eco-tours to Mayan story-telling. The family-friendly environment, meanwhile, allows family members of all ages to share vacation fun and quality time together. Families can reserve up to two adjoining suites, and as always, children under 12 can stay for free in the same room as their parents. Activities included: Yoga Class,EcoTour, Scavenger Hunt,EcoBingo,Pizza class and Cookie-making class,Themed nights such as Mexican Night, Pirate Night, Pajama Party and Mayan Celebration, Spanish and Mayan lessons , and Mayan story-telling.
4. The Resort at Pedregal
They offer a child-friendly package which includes daily breakfast, access to the Tortuguitas Kids Club, special snacks and services just for kids, and a free fourth night. It includes daily access to Tortuguitas Kids Club including a snack. Let the little ones Build Sandcastles, go on a Scavenger Hunt, or learn some Spanish!
5. La Casa Que Canta
This hotel features romantic getaways and offers no kid or family friendly activities or amenities.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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