Best Luxury Beach Resorts

Luxury Family Travel Magazine

There’s nothing better than luxury family resorts for parents who are worn down. Every family needs a good sand and ocean vacation to recharge.

We choose these hotels for a family beach vacation because they offer a kids club, rooms that work for families, and something special for parents.

Here are some of our favorite luxury family resorts in Florida, the Atlantic Coast and New EnglandHawaii, California, Asia, and Caribbean that have recharged us.


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 Sanctuary- Kiawah, South Carolina: Lowcountry Luxury with Kids

The Sanctuary- Kiawah, South Carolina: Lowcountry Luxury with Kids

Kiawah Family Fun I’d never seen the South Carolina coast. As we boated through the marshes at dusk with dolphins escorting us on either side, I soaked up the colorful landscape wondering why I had taken so long to visit Lowcountry and enjoy a Kiawah family vacation. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston has been a favorite destination for South ...

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 ...

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

Escape everything on Little St. Simons Island The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island offers a very specific type of vacation that may very well be your family's Garden of Eden. If you love empty beaches loaded with seashells, observing animals in their natural surroundings, and hanging out with naturalists who can answer every one of your children’s questions that ...

The Cloister at Sea Island: Refined, Southern Exuberance

The Cloister at Sea Island: Refined, Southern Exuberance

I was raised by a Southern interior designer and hostess extraordinaire and have lived my adult life in New York and Boston. So I was craving a homecoming of sorts, a deeply felt desire to be in grand Southern surroundings, where designers felt no restraint, where more is more, where tassels and fringe reign. The Cloister at Sea Island ...

The Winnetu, Martha’s Vineyard

The Winnetu, Martha’s Vineyard

It was after a first-rate dinner with newly made friends that I found myself on an expansive lawn next to a turtle pond drinking Veuve Cliquot and watching our preschoolers run through sprinklers wielding croquet mallets. They were getting soaked, and we didn’t care, as long as they weren’t swinging at someone’s head. We were parents on vacation enjoying ...

Luxe & Kid-Friendly Miami: From Coral Gables Native Stephanie Ansin

Luxe & Kid-Friendly Miami: From Coral Gables Native Stephanie Ansin

Local Mom: Stephanie Ansin of Coral Gables, Florida (Photo credit by Justin Namon) Stephanie is a native of Miami and the Founder and Artistic Director at the Miami Theater Center, begun as the PlayGround Theater for children in 2004. The expanded MTC now entertains all ages alike, putting Miami on the map for the serious theater crowd. She shares her local favorites for visiting families.   Favorite Miami attractions ...

The Eau Palm Beach

The Eau Palm Beach

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“We have journeyed zone to crowded zone, to get away from it all.” I grew up in Palm Beach— a WASP-y nymph in Lily Pulitzer with frizzy white hair, well-worn Palm Beach sandals, and a QT tan. As I would ride my bike down Worth Avenue, I would take in the austere tranquility of the rarified township, but Manalapan ...

Charleston: The Luxe Kid-Friendly Report

Charleston: The Luxe Kid-Friendly Report

Local Mom: Annie Byrd Hamnett Annie is the founder of ByrdHouse PR, a local Charleston firm that works with chefs, restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses in the area. She also founded and puts on the annual Lowcountry Field Feast, a farm field trip to benefit a local non-profit. As an expert local foodie and mom of two littles, ...

The Mansion at the Ocean Edge Resort

The Mansion at the Ocean Edge Resort

If you live in New England, particularly the Boston area, one of the perks some people enjoy is a second home on Cape Cod, or at least friends who have great homes on Cape Cod. Yet what if your Rolodex fails you, and you still long for your own house next to one of the best beaches on ...

Nantucket Hotel & Resort

Nantucket Hotel & Resort

Nantucket with kids I sat in the back of a vintage fire truck from the 1930’s watching my son and other children beaming with mouths open like golden retriever puppies. We drove down the main cobblestone streets and by the beaches and exclusive Cliff Road area of Nantucket Island. The kids were determined to pull a rope that rang the truck's rusted ...

Paradisus La Esmeralda, Playa del Carmen

Paradisus La Esmeralda, Playa del Carmen

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When you need a family vacation fairy For years now—even before we had our kids—my husband and I have classified vacations into two categories: lounge and tour. And after two years involving a move, new house, new job, and multiple renovations—there was never a doubt we needed a lounge vacation. Of course, when you have an 8 and 5-year-old, short of leaving ...

Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod

Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod

A world without whales, lighthouses, anchors, and lobsters on clothing is not New England. New Englanders are enamored with their rustic beach culture that often pervades onto their wardrobes. Old school ways have a tight rein on Cape Cod. Sometimes the simplest private beach clubs consisting of little wooden storage huts and a burger stand are the most ...

Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas

Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas

The Grand Floridian Villas, Disney World's Most Deluxe Room 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 employ garrulous midwestern seniors who weren’t really ready to retire from their sales jobs ...

Grande Lakes Eco Tours, Orlando

Grande Lakes Eco Tours, Orlando

When people think of Orlando vacations, it is hard to imagine anything beyond the hyper-stimulating experience of America’s favorite theme parks. But Orlando offers many more experiences, and no resort manages to define the range of Central Florida’s offerings more than Grande Lakes, home to both the Ritz Carlton as well as the JW Marriott. Grande Lakes really celebrates ...

The B Resort Orlando

The B Resort Orlando

Luxury For Less at Disney World Walking into the B Resort Orlando lobby, you feel like you are in Miami Beach; you don’t feel like you are at a Disney Springs (formerly called Downtown Disney) hotel, unless, of course, you look to your left and see the large Disney store. That’s what’s so great about the B Resort Orlando. It ...

Shore Hotel, Santa Monica

Shore Hotel, Santa Monica

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“Location, location, location” is everything for a hotel in a city like Los Angeles. When we decided on a family trip out West for a short winter break, I spent countless hours researching hotels in Century City, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood. But this was a family trip, not a romantic getaway, and I knew what the hotel was ...

Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando

Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando

Luxury Disney World     We found the Orlando oasis that we have been looking for, a peaceful, private, and spacious retreat from theme park stimulation, yet within minutes to Magic Kingdom via a back road. The Villas of Grand Cypress  is known throughout Florida as a premiere golfing destination, flanked by the Golf Academy run by Fred Griffin, the man who wrote ...