Luxury Family Hotels

The Inn By The Sea, Maine: Where To Go To Reconnect

The Inn By The Sea, Maine: Where To Go To Reconnect

  For a fantasy family weekend with nothing but walks on the beach, board games, spa time, and lobster at every meal.   When I think back of all of the places we have explored in New England, I have a very deep soft spot for the Inn by the Sea, just south of Portland, Maine in an area called Cape ...

The Best Berkshires Resorts—Plus What To Do & Where To Eat When You Get There

The Best Berkshires Resorts—Plus What To Do & Where To Eat When You Get There

Although there are many bucolic areas in New England, only the Berkshires can boast spectacular hikes, revered art collections, internationally acclaimed performances, foodie restaurants, and historic architecture to enjoy all in one day. Where are the Berkshires and why visit them? The Berkshires is the collective term for the Western-most area of Massachusetts and is equidistant to New York and ...

The Ultimate Red Sox VIP Experience: The Jim Beam Dugout Suite & Hotel Commonwealth

The Ultimate Red Sox VIP Experience: The Jim Beam Dugout Suite & Hotel Commonwealth

What do you do for the ultimate Red Sox fan in your family? Gather your 24 closest friends or family and book the Jim Beam Dugout Suite that just opened at Fenway Park and book the Fenway Suite at Hotel Commonwealth.   The intimate view from your own dugout at Fenway Park. The Jim Beam Dugout Suite: VIP Fenway Park How would ...

Newport Mansions: A Family Guide and the Best Hotels, Restaurants, and Things to do

Newport Mansions: A Family Guide and the Best Hotels, Restaurants, and Things to do

  Thinking of the Newport mansions? Newport is, in fact, as fantastic for families as it is for singles, couples, and grandmothers if you know where to go.   Are The Newport Rhode Island Mansions for Kids? Did you cry when Downtown Abbey concluded, too? One of my passions has always been Gilded Age architecture (hence my obsession with the Berkshires). These summer cottages ...

The Wequassett, Cape Cod

The Wequassett, Cape Cod

Cape Cod's only Five-Star Resort. My web diet gives me a daily dose of luxury hotel websites and their social media. There is a pretty predictable language and look to how high-end properties attempt to lure well-heeled guests. The Wequassett in Cape Cod has a slogan, “You’ve arrived.” I admit I harrumphed just little when I read it. All of my ...

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 7 Best places to visit in Asia with kids and 17 hotels to book

The 7 Best places to visit in Asia with kids and 17 hotels to book

Have you always dreamed of going to Asia? The food, sights, hotels, legendary service, world famous spas, and night markets? If you’re like most, you’ve put it on your to-do list for when the kids are a little older, but Asia is a fantastic place for family travel. Once I realized how easy it is to travel Asia with kids ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Even if your invitation to Vanity Fair's after party gets lost in the mail, you can take the kids to the Four Seasons Los Angeles and can enjoy Oscar-worthy elegance on a family vacation in Beverly Hills. Another private, red rope event at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills The Oscars remind most parents that they don't get ...

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 Langham Huntington: Art, Tea, and Teddy Bears in Pasadena

The Langham Huntington: Art, Tea, and Teddy Bears in Pasadena

The Langham Huntington is more of a suburban hotel, popular for weddings, stay-cations, and business travel, but for those who enjoy exposing their children to art, design, and history, it's the perfect complement for a southern California itinerary. History of the Langham Huntington If anyone is a regular reader of this site, my passion for historic hotels is no secret. ...

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 ...

The Mandarin Oriental London Spa: Urban Tranquility

The Mandarin Oriental London Spa: Urban Tranquility

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A most distinguished Hyde Park Address The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the only hotel to boast an address directly on the edge of London’s iconic green space.  Rooms located on the back side of the hotel (what to request) offer amazing views, and one can occasionally catch the horse guard marching by midday for the Changing of the Guards. ...

Mass MoCA and the Porches Inn: An art utopia for families in the Berkshires

Mass MoCA and the Porches Inn: An art utopia for families in the Berkshires

There's a reason why MASS MoCA should be on your family's bucket list. MASS MoCA is not your typical museum. The Berkshires offers a scenic New England weekend like no other; the concentration of cultural experiences amidst breathtaking scenery is the reason why I have been a regular to this area for over thirty years. The "Brooklynization" of the Berkshires has ...

Cranwell Resort in the Berkshires

Cranwell Resort in the Berkshires

The Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts is an ideal family base for adventures in an area mostly visited by parents with kids away at summer camp, empty nesters and retirees. There are about two dozen historic Berkshire cottages remaining from the Gilded Age—many of those have been converted for lodging purposes. Cranwell is the most historic and upscale of these properties that also welcomes ...

Fairmont Grand Del Mar: California Luxury Italian Style

Fairmont Grand Del Mar: California Luxury Italian Style

Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a resort that feels like a home The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, north of San Diego, is an Italian inspired oasis that transports your family to a Tuscan estate. The exterior of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar takes cues from Addison Mizner's Italian influenced creations in Palm Beach and Boca Raton. Fans of The Breakers will feel right ...

Ritz-Carlton Westchester Cooking Classes for Kids

Ritz-Carlton Westchester Cooking Classes for Kids

For anyone who loves luxury hotels and also loves a bargain, I'll share a secret. I've discovered a favorite family indulgence: the suburban Ritz-Carlton hotels. (My kids adore the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, too, outside Washington.) The Ritz Carlton Westchester is not on the radar of many people visiting New York City with their kids, but if you're driving to ...

The Monaco Philadelphia, Exploring the Old City With Kids

The Monaco Philadelphia, Exploring the Old City With Kids

The Kimpton Experience When selecting which would be the best family property in Philadelphia, I knew I wanted a to be in the heart of the historical district on our first trip, so I chose the Monaco Philadelphia. I’ve always enjoyed the guest experience of the Kimpton brand: playful and stylish. The brand consistently creates beautiful, bold— but very comfortable— spaces ...

4 Ways the Harborview Nantucket delivers Family Luxury

4 Ways the Harborview Nantucket delivers Family Luxury

The Harborview Nantucket is a fantastic hybrid of renting one of the most beautifully designed Nantucket cottages you can while enjoying a boutique hotel. Offering multiple on-site concierge services to its few pampered guests, it's Scout Hotel's premiere Nantucket property. Nantucket is a unique market for accommodations for families. There are several bed-and-breakfasts and smaller inns not welcoming families, and is, ironically one ...

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 ...

All Inclusive Mexico with Kids: Grand Velas Riviera Maya

All Inclusive Mexico with Kids: Grand Velas Riviera Maya

We feasted on hearty French fare: an onion soup with Gruyère cheese, medium rare steak sautéed in butter with a Bordelaise sauce and purées of spinach, carrot, and garlic and finished with a bittersweet chocolate soufflé. It was a reminder of the trip that we were supposed to be taking that moment in France. But with train strikes and a ...

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. ...

So Suite: The Perfection of the Four Seasons Las Vegas

So Suite: The Perfection of the Four Seasons Las Vegas

So we couldn't believe it. We were off to the Four Seasons Las Vegas for our first child-free vacation together in five years. It was an incredibly exciting opportunity to be different people a few days, more rested and stylish versions of ourselves. The last time we had been away alone was our babymoon before our second child was ...