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.


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 ...

Four Seasons Aviara, North San Diego

Four Seasons Aviara, North San Diego

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Some of my fondest travel memories are from my days as a single, working gal vacationing in California. It's true that most moms recall any travel before their children as glamorous and restorative. When I reflect on my drive down the Pacific Coast Highway with my best friend from college in our red convertible, lounging in poolside cabanas, sleeping in, talking for ...

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Disney World

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Disney World

Luxury Disney World So the most anticipated hotel in family travel for 2014 was easily the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. (Check your dates for rates.) As parents thought about their treks to the Disney parks, every one of them wondered what the meeting of two iconic brands would look like at the Four Seasons Orlando. I'll tell ...

Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Part of the reason I launched Luxe Recess is because I have been helping friends and colleagues choose where to go and where to stay for years. Call me a hotel matchmaker. The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is for you. Wait, I don't know who you are, right? Doesn't matter. I have never been to a resort more capable of ...

Hawks Cay, Florida Keys

Hawks Cay, Florida Keys

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Families choose the Keys for the casual, retro feel of their own childhood vacations, where Jimmy Buffet, piña coladas, and touristy t-shirt shops (selling the same stuff they sold in the 1970’s) reign supreme with the scent of Coppertone waiting for you. Finding a family-friendly Keys resort in Hawks Cay A luxury family vacation in the Florida Keys does not ...

Amy Jordan of WundaBar Pilates reports on Los Angeles

Amy Jordan of WundaBar Pilates reports on Los Angeles

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 Jordan, WundaBar Pilates, of Los Angeles, California   Amy Jordan lives in the Hollywood Hills and used to be a high-powered entertainment marketing big shot. She started a Pilates hobby in 2006, and by 2008, she officially traded her business attire for stretchy pants to run two Pilates studios of her own. In 2012, WundaBar Pilates opened doors using her own patented ...

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

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Our favorite family destination is Hawaii, and one of my family's top choices for Hawaiian travel is the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. We have visited the property a few times, and during one memorable visit in mid-December— before the holiday rush— we felt like it was our own private island paradise for the week. The hotel sent someone to ...