We are all looking for something a little different when we go on vacation — relaxation, rejuvenation, restoration or maybe a bit of adventure. It’s for that exact reason families need a resort that can be everything to everyone in your travel party, including your kids.
That’s why we’ve found the top hotel kids clubs all over the world so you can make your next vacation the perfect mix of family time and downtime.
Some kids clubs on this list require an additional fee and/or advance reservations, but don’t worry that you’ll be left out. For the most part, this is done to track the number of children who come in and out of the facility and to plan accordingly for activities.
Traveling with kids is always an adventure, but at these best-of-the-best hotel kids clubs, they can choose their own adventure.
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St. Regis Punta Mita — Punta Mita, Mexico
The St. Regis Punta Mita is located on a small private peninsula near Puerto Vallarta. Its secluded beachfront location, comfortable guest rooms and family-friendly amenities like child-sized robes and slippers make the resort well suited for families with young children.
Children ages 5 to 12 can experience even more of the St. Regis‘ kid-friendly fun at the complimentary La Tortuga Childrens Club. Staff members plan exciting indoor and outdoor activities for kids and there is also a sand play area, sports court and nap room if they get tuckered out. The hotel does not provide babysitting services, but they can provide the number of a third-party local vendor to coordinate care.
Room rates start at around $800 or 96,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun — Cancun, Mexico
Plenty of family-friendly all-inclusive resorts have on-site water parks, but the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is one of the few that has a miniature water park just for kids. These pint-size slides and shallow pool are part of the resort’s KidZ (get it, “Z” for Ziva) which is available to children ages 4 to 12. Children can make arts and crafts, play with toys and video games and explore the beach with staff members.
Older kids can visit the complimentary @Moods Lounge and Club, a hot spot where teens can play VR games or table games like pool and foosball, and the resort can arrange babysitting for younger children for an additional fee.
Room rates start at around $650 or 42,000 World of Hyatt points per night for a family of four.
Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman — Grand Cayman
The Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman is located along the shores of Grand Cayman island’s famous Seven Mile Beach, where kids can explore the soft, white sands and translucent waters of the Caribbean Sea to their heart’s content.
If you need a break from your little explorers for some spa time or a nap in an oceanfront cabana, let them spend a few hours in Kimpton’s Camp Seafire. Designed for kids ages 5 to 12, Camp Seafire’s daily programming includes crafting, outdoor games, swimming, snacks and time at the SPLASH at Seafire family water park.
Advance reservations and an additional fee are required to access Camp Seafire. Half-day sessions are $65 per child, evening sessions are $44 per child and full-day sessions are $120 per child. Hourly sessions are also available for $30 per child, per hour.
Room rates start at around $425 or 60,000 IHG One Rewards points per night for a family of four.
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa — Ko Olina, Hawaii
With “Disney” right there in the name, it’s really no surprise that Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is essentially a family-friendly theme park without the rides. Guests of the Hawaii resort can meet favorite Disney friends, splash and swim in the seven-acre pool complex and learn to draw Disney characters — all included with your stay.
Also included is access to Aunty’s Beach House, a kids club for children ages 5 to 12. Aunty’s Beach House is more than just a playhouse where kids can dress up, play with toys and watch Disney movies. It’s a place where they can learn about Hawaiian history and cultural traditions through crafts, activities and “magical moments” like “portals” depicting scenes from around Hawaii that kids can experience during their visit.
Advance reservations are required and some activities do require an additional fee.
Room rates start at around $650 per night for a family of four.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui — French Polynesia
The pristine waters and floating bungalows at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui make it a bucket-list island destination for many travelers. Though it may sound more “romantic rendezvous” than “family vacation,” the Conrad caters to family travelers from check-in to checkout.
From Tahitian dance lessons to pareo (Tahitian sarong) painting, kids ages 5 to 12 won’t want to leave the resort’s Tamariki Kids Club. There are indoor and outdoor play areas where kids can learn to make flower crowns, swing and slide at the playground or go on a treasure hunt.
Kids club admission is included in the cost of your stay and babysitting services for younger children are available for an additional fee of $30 per hour until 9 p.m. and $40 per hour after 9 p.m.
Room rates start at around $1,000 or 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night for a family of four.
Puente Romano Beach Resort — Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Puente Romano Beach Resort in Malaga on the southern coast of Spain sees its kids club as more than just a place where kids can swim and play (though they can do both of those things) while the grown-ups do grown-up things.
La Casita Club was designed to be a place where kids can participate in their own version of so-called “grown-up activities” like horseback riding, movie-making, and tennis lessons from a professional at the resort’s world-renowned tennis club.
Kids ages 5 to 12 can also play video games, work on their Spanish language skills, watch movies, play in a tree house made from recycled materials, attend yoga classes and collect produce from the resort’s organic herb garden. There’s even a pizza oven where they can make their own lunch.
Puente Romano has separate clubs for kids up to 4 years old and one for teens where they can jam out during DJ sessions, learn to make sushi, choreograph TikTok dances and more.
Room rates start at around $1,700 per night and access to the kids club is 50 euros ($52) for the morning session and 45 euros ($47) for the afternoon session.
Atlantis Paradise Island — Paradise Island, Bahamas
Atlantis Paradise Island claims to have the “coolest kids club in the Caribbean” and it may just be right. When kids ages 3 to 12 visit Atlantis Kids Adventures, they can visit the land of make-believe during a baby doll tea party, pretend to be their parents at a pint-size grocery store, take a cooking class or curl up with a good book in a cozy reading nook.
And that’s just during the daytime. At night, the Atlantis Kids Adventures club hosts talent shows, sports challenges, “sleepless” slumber parties, a candy carnival with face painting and sour candy challenges, Willy Wonka-themed games and more.
Advance reservations and an additional fee are required to visit Atlantis Kids Adventures. Prices are $71.50 for afternoon sessions, $92.40 for evening sessions, $82.50 for culinary adventures or $38.50 per hour. There are separate evening clubs for tweens (currently closed) and teens (13-17) with a $28 nightly cover charge.
Room rates at one of Atlantis’ four resort hotels start at around $225 per night and certain properties can also be booked using Marriott Bonvoy points.
Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palma — Los Cabos, Mexico
The “Kids For All Seasons” program is a staple of Four Seasons resorts all across the world, including the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palma. Kids ages 4 to 12 can spend their days making (and breaking) their own piñatas, riding bikes, searching for seashells and much more.
Children who aren’t quite old enough to while away the hours at the complimentary kids club can utilize the resort’s babysitting services for an additional fee of $45 per hour (maximum of two children and a four-hour minimum), but guests also have access to complimentary baby care items like nursing pillows, cribs, white noise machines and more.
Room rates start at around $1,400 per night for a family of four.
Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya — Cancun, Mexico
Luxury and top-of-the-line service are the name of the game at the Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya and that extends to the resort’s Discovery Club and Adventure Camp for kids. The club is in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation, which is scheduled to be completed by September 2022 (though there are plenty of kids activities available in the interim).
Once complete, kids ages 5 to 11 will have their very own outdoor adventure playground and indoor spaces to read, play games, watch movies, make arts and crafts, participate in themed staff-led activities and more.
Advance reservations will guarantee you a spot, but they aren’t required and certain activities require an additional fee.
Room rates start at around $400 per night for a family of four.
In addition to the plethora of family-friendly activities these resorts have to offer, many are also home to the best kids clubs in the world.
Whether your kids are craving a little independence or you find yourself in need of a some alone time, hotel kids clubs can provide both. For kids, they serve as a haven where kids can relax, learn or expend energy. For parents, it’s a place where children can safely spend their time while you take a well-deserved break.
Featured photo courtesy of Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman.