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For Parents Who Like Really Nice Hotels


uxe Recess showcases unexpected kid-friendly luxury experiences, but we also like to help readers hit the most popular family destinations with a little more style and savvy.

Luxe Recess features the world’s best hotels and their family experiences, detailing each property’s amenities and programs, to help parents choose their accommodations. 

Don’t invest your time and money into a family vacation you desperately need before seeing what we have to say.

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Click on this map to explore our recommendations around the world of the best family vacations and hotels.

The Best Family Vacations

Search your destination on our clickable map to see what luxury family hotels and resorts we have featured. Or click on the menu tabs above to find travel inspiration at beach resorts, city hotels, Disney World, or scenic escapes to places like Ireland, California, or Morocco.

And be sure to join the conversation, get advice, and offer your favorite hotels in our three Facebook groups: Luxe Family Trips for world travel and our Orlando group for all things Disney, and New Luxury Hotels for Families to stay in the loop in noteworthy hotel openings.

This is where you can get really specific answers from us and other parents in the know like:

  • What are the best family vacation spots in Peru?
  • What are vacation ideas for toddlers with great kids clubs for 2 and 3-year-olds?
  • What are the best family vacation spots for teens in Europe?
  • What are the best kid friendly all inclusive Caribbean resorts?

 Boston luxury family travel writer

A Letter from the Editor


ou know those parenting moments when you are away from home, with no beds to make or emails to return? Free from the drain of your daily responsibilities,  you have found a shared experience with your kids that makes you feel exhilarated, appreciate beauty, or absorb something new with curiosity.

luxury family travel writer

Robin, founder of Luxe Recess, and her daughter.

You feel really, really in the moment. They are those deeper, more soul feeding moments that make a Luxe Recess. I wish you many, many of them during your time as a family.

I created this web magazine because I have a life-long passion for good hotels, and I find—as a parent—that they are my shortcut to a Luxe Recess. They are so effective in removing me from my daily routine and parenting scripts and getting me to be present.

Children remember their childhood vacations more vividly than other events. I suspect the magic of being present together as a family makes these memories the most enduring.

I encourage you to select family vacations with the same thoughtfulness that you do your children’s education. They are formative experiences that shape who we are together and as individuals.

What memories can you create for them that will let them see you at your most joyful?

Teaching cartwheels on a beach at sunset? Riding a roller coaster at Disney World? Hiking through hills of Ireland? Eating Italian gelato or a French pain au chocolate for the first time? 

Why not invest in the vacations that assist us in connecting with our children in the present moment? Our children feel what we do. 

Plan a Luxe Recess. Go pack. Have fun.


Editor & Publisher

Founded September 14, 2014

our guide to St. John covers everything to plan a vacation at the most family friendly of the US Virgin Islands

Why You Can Trust Our Advice

Best family Vacations

Our reviews are written by parents who know the luxury hotel market cold.

Luxe Recess doesn’t accept payment for content on this site. While many bloggers do accept payment to create content around a hotel or destination, we do not.

Sometimes we pay, and sometimes we are hosted, but our editorial team researches a property first to determine why it would be a great family choice in a given market. And the properties we feature don’t get any oversight on what we write.

We have been flown to places, for example, and found it was not a fit for our readers, so we had to apologize that an article would not be forthcoming.

We don’t typically attend press trips either unless they are very unstructured. Writers are often so herded through a specific experience that the real guest experience may be different.

We’ve tried many more properties than listed on this site for a reason. If we can’t stand behind them as recommendations for you, we don’t write about them.

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