The Best Luxury Family Resorts in Florida

Best Luxury Family Resorts in FloridaWe feature the best luxury resorts in Florida for families. Whether your idea of the best family vacation spots in Florida include the 5-star beach resorts of Palm Beach and Miami or the best of Orlando and Disney World, let us guide you to the perfect kid friendly resorts in Florida.  We feature the best family resorts in Florida with kids’ clubs, family activities, and great pools and lazy rivers. Explore our chosen resorts in the Keys, Naples, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Miami, and Orlando. Or access our destination index for a clickable map.

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island Florida

South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island Florida

  South Seas Resort and Captiva Island draw many who could easily afford five-star options but who remain loyal to the low-key, island vibe. A Postcard Welcome to Sanibel and Captiva Island My son and I reached the summit of the bridge that connects Sanibel and Captiva Islands to the Fort Myers area. Then, it was as if magic vacation fairies ...

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Considered Disney World's signature resort, The Grand Floridian has a lot of charm. But is it a luxury resort? The Grand Floridian Welcome The Cooler was a 2003 film starring William Macy, and he played a down-on-his-luck sad sack employed by casinos to loiter near the winning to turn their luck around. Disney World does the opposite of this casino practice. They ...

The Two Ritz Carlton Naples Resorts: Which One Do You Choose?

The Two Ritz Carlton Naples Resorts: Which One Do You Choose?

The Ritz Carlton Naples resorts are the king and queen of the Paradise Coast hotels   The beachfront Ritz-Carlton Naples   As the most elegant hub of Southwest Florida, Naples celebrates a new chapter. Once the snowbird haven of Midwestern grandparents, Naples has seen huge growth in welcoming young families and professionals. North of downtown Naples in the area of Vanderbilt Beach ...

Four Seasons Orlando – 11 Reasons We Can’t Stay Away

Four Seasons Orlando – 11 Reasons We Can’t Stay Away

People ask me what has been the best hotel to feature since I launched Luxe Recess in 2014. I am not saying that the Four Seasons Orlando is my favorite, because that’s like saying I have a favorite child. Although the fact that we did just return from our sixth visit may mean our family has found its magical place. There's ...

The Disney Polynesian Resort Club Level

The Disney Polynesian Resort Club Level

In the end, our favorite aspects of staying at the Polynesian had nothing to do with being club level The front entrance of the Polynesian resort transports you to the South Pacific. Walking into the Disney Polynesian Resort you are instantly transported into vacation mode. Tropical music plays, palm trees dance gently, and a piña colada whispers your name ...

Magic Village Resort: The Newest Luxury Condos Near Disney World

Magic Village Resort: The Newest Luxury Condos Near Disney World

Magic Village Resort is a newer Disney area villa option for the discriminating traveler, designed as a sophisticated option to convene, cook, and slumber. Magic Village is located just over a mile from Animal Kingdom Lodge. Extended family vacations are Disney World’s specialty. I see the families pass by sporting a dozen t-shirts in the same royal blue, adorned ...

The Omni Orlando at Championsgate: The Best Kept Secret Near Disney World

The Omni Orlando at Championsgate: The Best Kept Secret Near Disney World

The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate really surprised me. I would say not only surprised me, it impressed me. The Omni Orlando's new wave pool opened in the summer of 2017. I had few expectations checking into the Omni Orlando. I don't typically stay at many Omni properties, and I associate them with their historic mountain resorts like the Omni ...

The Palm Beach Marriott, Singer Island: For families seeking a turtle’s pace

The Palm Beach Marriott, Singer Island: For families seeking a turtle’s pace

From the moment plush turtles greet you in your family suite to when you meet the magnificent creatures at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center down the road, a vacation at the Marriott Singer Island is all about slowing down to a turtle's pace while connecting with the authentic richness of the Palm Beaches: its seashore. The Palm Beach Marriott ...

Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Why are the Disney Yacht and Beach Club are two of the most favorite resorts for Disney regulars? We'll help you decide if its the right choice for your Disney vacation. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney Beach Club are inspired by historic seaside resorts; nautical and beach imagery is everywhere. Joined together and within walking distance to Epcot, they share many ...

The Mandarin Oriental Miami

The Mandarin Oriental Miami

There's a Miami family vacation beyond South Beach that involves great food, culture, and fabulous service. Finding Miami Hotels that work for Families Miami has really evolved into a vacation scene similar to Las Vegas where many of the most popular reasons to visit have nothing to do with family fun. In a city that's increasingly rivaling Sin City for an ...

Disney’s Contemporary Resort & California Grill: Disney World’s Best?

Disney’s Contemporary Resort & California Grill: Disney World’s Best?

Considered the most deluxe Disney resort until the Grand Floridian came along, The Contemporary Resort boasts a guest experience few of the other Disney World Resorts can. It might be time for a rematch. Disney's Contemporary Resort The Contemporary was one of the two original resorts when Walt Disney World opened in 1971, along with the Polynesian. There are families who experienced it in the 1970's who ...

Hotels With Lazy Rivers Deliver Family Bliss

Hotels With Lazy Rivers Deliver Family Bliss

When you book your family vacations, do you intentionally create moments of play? Sitting under an umbrella beside a pool, I was enjoying the sensation of a wet swimsuit sticking to my skin, providing an air conditioner for my body in the Florida heat. The weight of a damp towel wrapped loosely around my legs and waist felt like ...

The Biltmore Miami: The Iconic Resort Pool

The Biltmore Miami: The Iconic Resort Pool

Realtors and interior designers often describe a house as having “good bones” when its historic architectural layout is fabulously timeless. The Biltmore Hotel in the Coral Gables section of Miami has great bones. Designed by the same architects who designed The Breakers of Palm Beach, The Pierre and Sherry Netherland hotels and responsible for some needed nips and tucks ...

11 Luxury Hotels That Offer Cooking Vacations For Families

11 Luxury Hotels That Offer Cooking Vacations For Families

These 11 hotel cooking classes designed for children range from a few hours to a week's commitment. In more exotic destinations, the kitchen is an excellent place for easy cultural immersion and to pique children's curiosity and their appetites. Kids should learn to travel and cook well. The Grand Wailea is a Waldorf Astoria property known for some of the best family pools in Hawaii. ...

The Boca Beach Club at the Boca Raton Resort

The Boca Beach Club at the Boca Raton Resort

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I was so excited for our snowbird vacation to the Boca Raton Resort this winter and even more so since it was the first trip my family would have with my mom and dad in tow as well. Grandparents are key for a truly restful vacation.  My daughter kept telling people we were headed to “Boca” and the Boca ...

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando  is so beautiful, so sophisticated, and so family-friendly, it is just as perfect for a Disney World vacation as it is for a mom spa break or couple's getaway. The Waldorf Astoria and its adjoining Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek are within the resort area called Bonnet Creek. Although the hotels aren't officially Disney resorts, the Bonnet Creek Resort are ...

Acqualina Resort: Family Luxury in Miami

Acqualina Resort: Family Luxury in Miami

Acqualina is a place to experience the turquoise waters of Sunny Isles Beach, whether it's in the resort’s four swimming pools or its oceanfront position in northern Miami Beach. I think the word “acqualina” is a take on the Italian word “acquolina” used in expressions to mean "mouth-watering". I won’t dispute that my stay was a feast for my eyes. ...

A Luxury Food & Art Tour of Orlando…Yes, Orlando!

A Luxury Food & Art Tour of Orlando…Yes, Orlando!

My friends smile politely at me when I tell them how much I have fallen in love with Orlando. Perhaps they imagine me wearing a custom made "We're in our magical place" tee shirt and Mickey ears instead of wandering Orlando's museums and galleries surrounded by Tiffany glass or contemporary art. The vibrant food scene is one of the many ...

The Chesterfield Palm Beach

The Chesterfield Palm Beach

Luxury Family Travel to Palm Beach   Palm Beach can boast some of the best luxury resorts in the country, so it is easy for families to stay at the beach and miss all that the island offers— except for maybe a mandatory ice cream run to Sprinkles. After our beach vacation, my son and I said goodbye to my ...

The Breakers Spa Palm Beach

The Breakers Spa Palm Beach

Luxury Family Travel to Palm Beach The best resort spas offer an exclusive haven amidst the bustle of families and friends vacationing, and The Spa at The Breakers is one of the best. Most of The Breakers’ guests and members are no strangers to wellness and fitness, and the newly expanded spa and fitness complex is comprehensive enough to ...

Disney Swan Resort Renovation

Disney Swan Resort Renovation

Where Value and Luxury Disney World Meet     The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Maybe everyone is attached to the place they stayed when they visited Disney World for the first time. After learning of the Disney Swan Resort renovation of the guest rooms, I knew we had to return to see how it fares against the high-end options around the Walt Disney World Resort we ...

Luxury Naples: The Luxe and Kid-Friendly Report

Luxury Naples: The Luxe and Kid-Friendly Report

Luxury Naples Family travel   Local Mom: Eva Eva splits her time between Manhattan and Naples, Florida – and many other places in between. From toting her son around Naples for that last three years, Eva is more than happy to share her local knowledge on all things luxe for the modern, globe-trotting family with her favorite ways to enjoy the beautiful Paradise Coast. What ...

The Alfond Inn, Orlando’s Most Unique Luxury Hotel

The Alfond Inn, Orlando’s Most Unique Luxury Hotel

Luxury Orlando at the Alfond Inn If you were to converge all the things in life that I love: art, architectural preservation, design, museums, and beautiful sunny weather, I would proclaim it paradise. I found my Garden of Eden at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Florida. This isn't the Orlando that you thought you knew if Disney World has ...

The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach

No matter where I have gone since I started visiting hotels for Luxe Recess, fellow parents at the pool or in the spa ask, “Have you seen The Breakers' family amenities, yet?” This definitely built up some excitement for me, as very discerning travelers would lift a hand and say, “Oh you just have to go to The Breakers.” (Check your dates ...