Baby-friendly Hotels

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 ...

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 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 ...

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Mandarin Oriental Boston

The Mandarin Oriental Boston opened in 2010 with the vision of being one of most elite and convenient addresses for residents and tourists alike. There's something about the hushed and quiet feeling of any Mandarin Oriental lobby I have visited that make even crying babies settle down. With a part spa and part library vibe, serenity is serious ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Langham Chicago

The Langham Chicago

Romance and Family Fun at Langham Chicago A winter break in Chicago? Well, it may not sound like the most obvious choice, unless you live in Boston, which I do. As Boston had been experiencing near record-breaking snow levels, Chicago felt balmy walking down its naked sidewalks. My husband and I had some catching up to do. We were celebrating ...

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 ...

Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge

Since I am not a skier, I had never ventured to Stowe, Vermont, the skiing capital of New England, until our visit to Stowe Mountain Lodge. Vermont, however, offers an exceptional experience in many things: mountain scenery, winter sports, and ice cream. Surely at least one of those appeals to you—I’m partial to the first and last in that ...

Four Seasons St. Louis

Four Seasons St. Louis

The phrase “urban oasis” is overused, and typically does not describe anything worthy of the meaning. I don’t think I had ever really experienced an urban oasis until I stayed at the Four Seasons St. Louis. Like many downtown St. Louis hotels, the Four Seasons is situated along the Mississippi River, and lucky guests are given views of the St. ...

The Boston Harbor Hotel

The Boston Harbor Hotel

If you haven't spent anytime in downtown Boston in recent years, you have yet to experience one of America's greatest waterfront cities. The Boston Harbor Hotel has dominated this location in five-star glory since 1987 and can serve as your home base for a fantastic family vacation. I had called ahead and asked, "Do you have child-sized robes? "Yes, ma'am; we ...

Carmel Valley Ranch, CA

Carmel Valley Ranch, CA

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Carmel Valley Ranch is a beautiful family playground located in the sunniest spot in of the Monterey Peninsula.  The enormous property is just minutes away from Carmel-by-the-Sea and about 15 minutes from Monterey.   We take an annual trip to the area, and this is—by far— one of our favorite destination because there is so much to do for ...

The St. Regis New York

The St. Regis New York

Stuck in bumper to bumper traffic for hours one day in August en route to New York City, singing the Frozen soundtrack for what I think was six hours straight, I thought to myself, "We should have taken the train." As someone who is on the road a lot, I have a special, meditative place I can access to ...