With summer just around the corner, families are already getting started on booking their travel plans. 2022 is expected to see a massive increase in travel, with travelers looking to splurge on ultra-luxe, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and luxury resorts are at the top of every family’s bucket lists. Below, we've rounded up some luxurious family-friendly resorts and retreats (think private islands and immersive, hands-on learning activities) that go all out for the whole family.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Amelia Island, FL
Nestled in the most Northeast corner of Florida, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is ideal for a classic family-friendly beach vacation - all year 'round. The resort has one of the best Ritz Kids programs in the country in partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, offering daily activities including shark tooth hunts, arts and crafts, fish feeding and educational classes and games that change daily and focus on nature and the environment. Children of all ages will love chatting with Amelia, the resort's Blue and Gold Macaw, and island explorations from the resident Naturalist to teach them about the unique animals and ecosystems of Amelia Island. Deep diving into Amelia Island’s colorful history, kids can also immerse themselves in the island’s pirate lore and walk in the footsteps of its infamous residents with Pirate Treasure Hunts and Pirate Tuck-Ins, a bedtime story read with special treats. Families can also book the Barrier Island Ecology Field Trip package, a curated experience in partnership with the prestigious Reef Institute for an immersive remote learning experience.
Andronis Concept Wellness Resort | Oia, Santorini, Greece
Located in Imerovigli at one of the highest points in Santorini overlooking the whole island, Andronis Concept welcomes families to a place of tantalizing beauty, away from crowds of Oia. With only 28 suites, families can be sure to enjoy a private stay at the only luxury, family wellness resort on the island. Family-friendly programming includes cooking lessons to make traditional Greek dishes such as grandma’s traditional moussaka to modern day Greek go-to’s such as tzatziki using ingredients sourced from the property’s gardens; yoga for the young; mocktail making with the head mixologist, kids spa treatments; family photo safari around the island; movie night in the cave cinema, tennis lessons; destination activities and more.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | Malé, Maldives
Situated in one of the most beautiful, sought-after locations in the world, the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is the idyllic family tropical playground offering unparalleled, bespoke service and unforgettable experiences. Surrounded by the famed Maldives’ crystal blue water, the resort features a range of spacious and private accommodations - from beachside villas to three-bedroom overwater villas with infinity pools. Families can explore the Maldives with the resort’s extensive menu of activities ranging from watersports to lessons from pros (including scuba, surfing, sailing, SUP, waterskiing, etc.), and plenty of opportunities to come face to face with marine life. For the youngest of guests the resort’s The Stars Club is there to provide an elevated and enriching experience for children with the highest-quality of care.
Moskito Island | British Virgin Islands (pictured)
Moskito Island is the Caribbean's newest private island family vacation experience by Sir Richard Branson. One island, three ways - Moskito offers three luxurious estates for your next family-filled vacation, all completely different from one another. The island is an idyllic playground for both adults and children with activities that the Island’s concierge will coordinate for you. Take in all the island’s beauty by sailing, snorkeling or kayaking over the crystal waters, or explore the rich nature with mountain blinking, hiking or treasure hunting (not just for kids!!) across the island. As for the foodies in the family, they can expect to embark on a culinary journey with individually curated menus at the three unique dining pavilions offering a range of formal and informal dining experiences or for a more private affair, the team will arrange a beach picnic or villa dining.