Yep, it’s great to get a hotel with a pool when you’re traveling
with small fry. But if you’re in the mood to splurge, here
are some off-the-scale options.
ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND (pictured)
One Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Bahamas
On your family quest to discover a lost civilization, you’ll encounter 50,000 marine animals, 11 pools, and eight waterslides — including one slide that drops you down a high-speed plunge of 60 feet through a transparent tunnel, in shark-infested waters.
GRAND PALLADIUM BAVARO RESORT & SPA
El Cortecito, Playa Bavaro, Higuey, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Nobody says, “I’m bored!”
at this all-inclusive resort, home of the largest kids’ club in the Caribbean (more than 5,200 square feet, with a Spanish fortress theme). Diversions include a pool, zip line, mini-disco, movie theater, waterpark, and trampolines
disguised as pirate ships.
MIGIS LODGE, Route 302, South Casco, Maine
Kids and teens hang with their own tribes for waterskiing lessons, sailing, kayaking, lobster bakes, and karaoke; parents appreciate the rustic-chic vibe of the cottages and the lovely, woodsy setting on Sebago Lake.
NICKELODEON SUITES RESORT
14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, Fla., 407-387-5437, www.nickhotel.com
If your kids are more into Dora the Explorer than Mickey the mouse, they’ll love the Nick character-themed bedrooms at this budget-friendly all-suites hotel, not to mention two water parks, a kids’ camp for ages 5-12, a kids’ spa, characters galore, and nightly live shows where families compete (and the winning kid gets slimed — a true honor).
RITZ-CARLTON GRAND CAYMAN
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Go way beyond the usual kids’ camp activities here, where kids (and families) can visit the sea floor in a submarine, learn underwater photography, or explore a shipwreck as one of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s ambassadors of the environment.