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Top 5 U.S. Luxury Family Resorts

School is almost out and the kids need a break from working hard all year.  More importantly, the adults need a break from the constant routine of work. Taking family vacations in the Summer is a favorite of families worldwide, and both adults and kids alike are looking forward to taking some time off to enjoy a fabulous vacation. Yes, it is definitely time to pack up the family for a little rest and relaxation!

But of course, any Summer vacation is made better if it can be enjoyed in the lap of luxury. Those looking to spend their money stateside should consider one of the many amazing luxury resorts that can be found all over America. Vacationers can enjoy the crisp clean air and gorgeous scenery at resorts in New England; the crystal blue waters and white sand beaches at resorts on the Gulf of Mexico; or the gorgeous waves at resorts on the Pacific.

So enjoying a luxury resort may only be a short drive away.  Make your Summer vacation memorable by splurging a little and treating the family to one of the following five luxury beach resorts.  These resorts feature luxe amenities for both adults and kids with signature services and one of the kind activities.   Some of these luxurious amenities include private beach dinners, private surfing lessons, and private yacht rentals.


Sunset Key Cottages, A Westin Resort


This resort is located on a secluded island off the coast of Key West, Florida and features 40 stunning white-washed cottages with views of the gorgeous blue of the ocean. This property features 1-4 bedroom cottages that sleep from 3-8 people. Each cottage features state of the art kitchens and living areas, private plunge pools and patios, washer/dryer, flatscreen cable televisions, and complimentary breakfast every morning.

In addition, there are tons of luxury amenities for both kids and adults. Adults can rent a boat to go deep sea fishing or enjoy personalized butler service while lounging on the beach.

While the adults are enjoying some alone time, the kids can partake in The Westin’s signature Westin’s Kids Club, which is designed for kids four to 12. Upon arrival, kids receive an adventure-bound amenity bag.  Kids also have access to Westin’s on-site Discovery Room, where kids can enjoy board games, arts and crafts and video games.   The Kids club also allows kids to enjoy off-site excursions visiting local attractions.


Cloister at Sea Island


Located on Sea Island, one of Georgia’s Golden Isles in the Southeast region of Georgia, the famous Cloister resort has been rated by Travel & Leisure as one of the top two resorts in the U.S. This amazing property features the award winning The Spa, boating excursions, horseback riding, and world class squash and tennis facilities and instructions. Notably, The Georgian Room, renowned Forbes 5 Star restaurant, offers the best in local cuisine.

While the adults are enjoying the property’s exquisite dining and other activities, the kids will be preoccupied with plenty to do as well.  C amp Cloister has age appropriate activities for children 3-14.  Camp Cloister leaders will supervise children on nature discoveries, arts and crafts, and of course lots of water activities.  The resort also offers Movie Matinees at the property’s private movie theatre, cookie baking classes, and Kid’s Night Out where kids can enjoy dinner, games, and a movie.

Ritz Carlton, Naples, Florida


Luxury is simply synonymous with Ritz-Carlton properties and the brand doesn’t disappoint with their signature resort in Naples, FL. This beachfront resorts sits on an immaculate three mile private beach on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. It features a state of the art 51,000 square foot spa, 7 award-winning dining experiences, two award-winning 18 hole golf courses designed by Greg Norman, and waterspouts including parasailing, kayaking, and pedal boats.

But the property’s best amenity is the Natures Wonder Center-an interactive environmental kids’ program that is like no other.  The Natures Wonders Center is designed for children 5-12 and features 11 aquariums housing wildlife such as baby alligators, sharks, eels and other sea creatures.  The program is led by certified Florida naturalists and kids will learn a science-based curriculum and have access to a kid-sized lab, complete with microscopes and visual stimuli.  Kids can learn science while having fun in a luxurious environment.

Hotel Del Conorado, Conorado Island, California


The Hotel del Coronado resort is a property that has a rich history and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.  The Hotel del, as it is called, was built in 1886 and was a favorite getaway for Presidents and Hollywood Elite.

This property is located on Coronada Island off the Coast of San Diego, CA.  Guests can enjoy pristine white sand beaches, dolphin watching, and of course excellent surfing. Guests can also enjoy the unforgettable West Coast sunset with a Sunset Sail with your own private captain, a private dinner on the beach, or seaside smores.

Of course kids can get their own luxurious resort experience with Hotel del Coronodo’s signature DelVenture Kids Program for kids aged 4-12. The DelVenture Kids Program features safaris, ocean learning, mosaics, junior photographers, beach olympics and more.

White Elephant Resort, Nantucket, Massachusetts


There are a lot of great resorts located on beaches in Florida and California, but if you want to try something different, or if you live in New England but still want to enjoy a luxury waterfront resort, then the White Elephant Resort in Nantucket, Mass. is perfect.

This resorts sits on the Northern edge of Nantucket Harbor and features outdoor patios and decks, heated pools, complimentary breakfast, complimentary afternoon port and cheese, signature White Elephant luxurious bedding and the Hinckley Cruise where guests can rent their own private yacht for a day.

Lovely.  The White Elephant ensures kids can enjoy luxe amenities too. All kids that check-in The White Elephant receive a gift from a selection of beach toys upon arrival. The hotel also offers a daily scavenger hunt for kids that comes with prizes.

Notably, the resort is mindful of new babies as well. Instead of having to pack bottles, bottle warmers, play pens, etc., The White Elephant has all of these essential items in stock and they are available for new parents as needed. Although the resort does not have a traditional kids’ club, the resort has a list of excellent babysitting services available for parents wanting some alone time while on vacation.

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