35 Best Family Friendly Spa Hotels and Resorts


Bundle up the kids, tune up your bicycles, hire a pet sitter, and book a vacation for the entire family at these family friendly spa hotels and resorts.

These family-favorite hotels each have active programs to help children and families build wonderful vacation memories while Mom and Dad get some needed R & R in the spa and wellness centers located at each of these properties.

Some of the spas have services for the young ones, too, so you can take the “kids will play while the parents relax” approach or you can visit a resort which offers a spa and wellness menu for the entire family.


Situated on 2,000 acres, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, features 318 guestrooms, suites, townhomes and private homes, including the Falling Rock boutique hotel, a recipient of the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards.   The resort’s extensive list of amenities includes an impressive collection of restaurants and lounges, golf courses, sporting center, equestrian center, and for the family, special programs for the children, pools, farm and animal habitats, adventure center, Kidz Club, the Hardy Girls Gymnasium, a spa and salon geared just for the children, and a grooming salon for the family dog!


What doesn’t this spectacular resort offer the family on vacation?  From a stunning location to its full service spa, from its equestrian programs to its pet friendly packages and bring-your-pet events, to its culinary classes and mother-daughter yoga sessions, from its Kids Camp programs, nature walks, science experiments, astronomy demonstrations, art classes, and more — Salamander Resort offers an activity for every family, every teen, every child.


The Chena Hot Springs resort is truly a one-of-a-kind family destination whether you are interested in Aurora Northern Lights viewing tours, relaxing in the hot springs, touring the Aurora Ice Museum, getting a fabulous therapeutic massage, taking dog sled or cart rides, enjoying flight-seeing tours or any of the other fabulous activities offered year-round.  Chena is also home to the northern-most Greenhouse in the United States and gives tours of its renewable energy projects.  Chena is a scenic 60 miles from Fairbanks. Shuttle available.


The Dunton Hot Springs Ghost Town is known for its luxury lodging and exquisite natural views. It has been lovingly restored, is honestly weathered while luxuriously rustic, but also boasts fine dining, camping, spa services, hot springs soaking, and so much more beneath the glistening San Juan peaks. Adults, Families, Teens and Kids love the the Hiking, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Mineral Springs, Tee Pees, and Picnics.

MOUNTAIN HARBOR RESORT, Lake Ouachita, Arkansas

Mountain Harbor Resort and Turtle Cove Spa offers an ideal location on Lake Oachita, one of the clearest lakes in the United States, from which to take advantage of a truly impressive array of outdoor activities, which will entertain every member of the family.    Sports enthusiasts, spa enthusiasts, nature enthusiasts, and water enthusiasts will all be accommodated.


This stunning hotel offers premium accommodations and rich dining experiences in American Craftsman style and elegance. With its world-class Mandara Spa, an impressive array of amenities and impeccable Disney service, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa defines grandeur in every way. And for the family? Guests of the hotel visiting the Disneyland park have a special entrance. With your room stay and a valid park admission, families take advantage of a convenient and direct entrance to Disney California Adventure Park.


Since 1919 The C Lazy U luxury guest ranch has been celebrated around the world for its rich history, rustic elegance, legendary cuisine and signature 5-SPUR SERVICE™.   There is something (and then some) for everyone who enjoys our dude ranch vacations.   Kids enjoy adventure and discovery while adults do everything they want, or nothing at all.   Families, Couples, Corporations and Groups all enjoy this all inclusive spa ranch as a simple and secluded spa retreat destination.


Zion Ponderosa Ranch is known for its adventure and wellness retreats, but it is also a family destination with a fantastic Kid’s Camp.  The camp includes a variety of learning, challenging and exciting activities for ages 4-11. While parents go explore, the kid counselors will take your children through a day of themed activities. Activities include teaching about surroundings, encouraging them to make it to the top of the climbing wall, making exciting crafts and swimming in the ranch pool.


Say aloha (hello) to the greatest Maui family vacation your keiki (kids) will ever have on their Maui vacation.  The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers  Camp Hyatt, which offers fun and interactive programs for your child to explore the flora, fauna, culture and geography of Hawaii.  The resort intermingles games and activities with learning experiences, and fill their days with interesting projects and adventures to share with new friends. Keiki Lagoon is an ocean-like playground your kids will adore. A sand covered island sits at the center of the pool, amidst leaping water fountains that spout up to 10 feet high and tide pools.


Sebasco Harbor Resort offers a variety of resort activities for guests of all ages, making it an ideal family spa getaway. Whether you enjoy a day of golf, a mountain bike ride, a scenic hike, a kayak trip or a day at the spa the resort can offer you choices.    Stroll the gardens, dine in one of our waterfront restaurants or curl up in front of a cozy fireplace. Activities for children include Family Golf, Campfires, Pirate Adventures, Kayaking lessons, Lobster Fishing, and more.


There’s no shortage of things for the family to do during a visit to The Essex Resort & Spa. The resort is the home of Vermont Tennis Vacations  and its renowned culinary academy.  Adults have  intereactive cooking classes, but so do the Teens and Kids. Grab your spatulas for fun classes in Cook Academy, and then take a day trip to the mountains, Lake Champlain, or any of the Burlington, VT area’s renowned attractions.  


The Abbey Resort is located just 80 miles from downtown Chicago and 50 miles from Milwaukee.  The resort is nestled among 90 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, is the only full-service resort on the shores of Geneva Lake.  Families have an array of activities to choose from and enjoy two outdoor temperature controlled pools, one for families and one for adults, an indoor pool with a separate children’s wading area, and programs and activities suited for all ages including: a game room; outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and disc golf all on-site; a seasonal ice skating rink, lawn games and bonfires, and boat and water sport equipment rentals.

MISSION POINT RESORT, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mission Point Resort offers a true resort experience with dining options ranging from fine dining to carry out picnic baskets, a full service salon and spa, health club, tennis, bocce ball, croquet, executive putting course, a museum with historical exhibits about the Straits of Mackinac, kids activities, swimming pool, hot tubs, family games, and more.

BIG CEDAR LODGE, Branson, Missouri

Big Cedar Lodge in Branson has a special place in its heart for kids!   You’ll find new adventures and create memories at every corner. From hooking your first fish, to discovering a passion for culinary creations, to exploring nature, to learning about the environment and outdoor activities, kids LOVE Big Cedar Lodge.   No matter if you are 2 or 15, you’ll embark on new and exciting adventures and be begging to come back every year.


The Catamaran Resort Hotel is located on scenic Mission Bay in San Diego, California, and across the bay from Sea World.  Acres of lush tropical plantings, waterfalls, ponds, exotic birds and sandy beaches are the backdrop to year round fun for families.   Activities include surf lessons to kids’ programs, sunset luaus, bay cruises and more.   There are a myriad of water sports including paddle-boats, kayaks, and powerboats, and complimentary cruises aboard the “turn of the century”-style sternwheeler Bahia Belle.


Give children the gift of nature and endless fun in the Great North Woods at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa.  The trained Mountaineering Club counselors host interactive activities for youngsters ages 4 through 12, while parents can enjoy some play time of their own.  Children enjoy arts and crafts while exploring nature in the White Mountains Region, play croquet and wiffle ball, have sack races, and cannonball contests in the outdoor pool.  Evening brings dinner campfires. Don’t miss a visit to the Mountain View Farm for hands-on experience with farm animals and critters.

HOTEL GALVEZ, Galveston, Texas

Since it first welcomed guests in 1911, the Hotel Galvez and Spa has enjoyed a spectacular beachfront setting on the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston.    The hotel is just a bicycle ride away from the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Bishop’s Palace, and 32 miles of beaches.  Borrow bicycles and helmets from the activities staff and set out on your tour of Galveston.  The  hotel really shines at the holidays with themed Christmas and Holiday events for children. The Hotel also offers cruise guests a terrific park and sail program.  Reserve a night before your cruise, and your family will be shuttled to and from your Port of Galveston cruise, and your car will be valet parked while you are at sea.


A stay at the Dream Castle Hotel in Paris is an invitation to discover its magic and charm.   Built in the style of a historic castle and situated in a classic French garden with a lake, the hotel seizes on elements from French history, close to Disneyland® Paris.  Travellers appreciate the hotel for its quiet yet convenient and easily accessible location, just half an hour from the centre of Paris.    Families with children love the proximity to Disneyland® Paris, the outdoor playgrounds and the play areas inside the hotel. Don’t miss the full size carousel in the hotel’s lobby!


The original concept of Woolley Grange Resort was to offer parents a luxury hotel environment suitable for a family. Children have always been an integral part of Woolley and they are positively welcomed.   From the Ofsted-registered Woolley Bears Den, offering child care from birth upwards, to the simplicity of having baby equipment and baby listening in all rooms, Woolley is a spa and relaxation getaway for the whole family.


The Copamarina Beach Resort offers award-winning Caribbean cuisine and hosts culinary events and demonstrations several times each year.  The villas with multiple bedrooms are family friendly, and meal plans are available which enable you to enjoy both fine dining and casual fare.  The resort has a full service spa, fitness center, and a dedicated activities desk to help arrange water sports, recreation, and day trips to the region’s best attractions, and has separate family friendly and adults only pools and relaxation areas to meet the needs of every family.


Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a High Sierra wonderland for children of all ages. We know that kids like to stay busy and here at Tenaya, the staff plans activities to keep up with their enthusiasm and energy. From the resort’s climbing wall, swimming, ice skating and even kids’ snowmobiling, Tenaya keeps kids fully engaged and entertained while parents enjoy the spa and more adventurous outings. Tenaya offers  special Yosemite family vacation packages to help you make the most of your trip to this national park.


Crystal Mountain is northern Michigan’s home for summer fun. Dash down the mountain on the Crystal Coaster – Michigan’s only alpine slide, make a splash at the Park at Water’s Edge, kayak or tube down a sparkling river, ride a mountain bike, hike miles of trails – including the Michigan Legacy Art Park.  The Edge Adventure Course is an elevated course with multiple rope challenges plus a zip line over an outdoor pool. Meanwhile, older teens and parents can visit the spa for relaxing treatments.


Camp Coyote at Enchantment Resort is designed to educate and entertain Enchantment’s younger guests with activities that explore the region’s culture and natural environment. Trained counselors guide camp-goers through a host of adventures. Each day, the resort features a different theme with corresponding events. Highlights include nature walks, sculpting pottery, star gazing, scavenger hunts, Southwest-inspired cooking classes and outdoor games.  Nature adventures teach children about Boynton Canyon’s plants, insects, mule and white-tailed deer, jackrabbits and other inhabitants.

ONE&ONLY HAYMAN ISLAND, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

A family vacation at this UNESCO site located resort is not to be missed.  Your family can swim and snorkel in the sparkling blue Coral Sea or stay close to the resort and enjoy three spectacular swimming pools. Families appreciate the spacious villas overlooking the ocean.  The staff curates kid-friendly activities including putt putt golf, tennis, air hockey, ping-pong, foosball, and more, while parents enjoy spa treatments and scuba adventures.  The resort offers  free kids clubs – KidsOnly for 4–11s, and Teens Club for ages 12–17.  Guests enjoy games, movies, craft sessions, island scavenger hunts, coconut bowling and island Olympics. 


This spectacular all-inclusive resort is ideal for active families and luxury seekers as well. The best luxury resorts know how to engage and entertain guests of all ages while assuring privacy, quiet and relaxing retreats for adults who crave solitude.  The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort does this — brilliantly.   Reserved for the adults only are fine dining, private beach picnics, morning yoga sessions and spa services. Families are invited to participate in water sports, world-class snorkeling and diving, a freshwater pool with water slides, jungle gym and kid friendly cafe, kids camp with personal nanny services, mountain biking, buddy programs for older kids, and much more.


The renowned Glass Igloos at Hotel Kakslauttanen provide an one of a kind opportunity to admire the northern lights and millions of stars of the crystal clear Lapp sky in a comfortable room temperature.  Due to the extreme nature of the weather and complexity of travel, children over 6 are welcome  and enjoy the igloos, Finnish sauna, and the Santa’s Resort at Kakslauttanen — an unforgettable destination with appealing winter and summer programs, including ice and snow carving, cross country and downhill skiing, ice sledging, husky and reindeer safaris, snowmobiling and ice fishing.


Grand Velas Riviera Maya is the only family-friendly All Inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean to win a AAA Five Diamond Rating and was voted “Best All Inclusive Spa Resort” by Spa Index Readers in 2014. Families enjoy theAmbassador Area of the resort, which includes family-friendly, spacious 1,200+ square foot ocean-view suites with terraces, sitting areas, and some with private plunge pools.   These suites are conveniently arranged around the main infinity pool, near the Ambassador Section Kid’s Club where kids learn how to make piñatas, kites, masks, and jewelry, and find amusement in the video area with a theater, X-Box and Wii gaming systems. 


Families love one of Mexico’s most beautiful spa resorts. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers an all-inclusive spa resort vacation experience with gourmet dining and luxury accommodations.    Adults have a spa at this resort, but so do the young guests! Calm and pamper your youngsters at the Grand Velas Kids Spa, with spa treatments designed exclusively for enjoyment by young teens and children.  They will enjoy relaxing and hydrating massages, fun facials, bath therapy and the beauty salon.

SIDNEY PIER HOTEL & SPA, Sidney, British Columbia

The family friendly Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa boasts spectacular views, luxury suites and guestrooms, a full service salon and spa, resident canine Dave, and an array of relaxing or energizing activities.  Parents spend time in the on site spa and salon, while families enjoy the Shaw Ocean Discovery Aquarium located right in the hotel, and Mineral World and the Scratch Patch directly across the street.  The Butterfly Gardens and Butchart Gardens with their very cool carousel are within a 15 minute drive.

CAMPBELL'S RESORT, Lake Chelan, Washington

Campbell’s Resort is one of the “Grand Old Dames” of lake front hospitality in the United States.  It has hosting families for all season vacations since 1901, but it shines brightest in the summer with its restaurant, day spa, and activities.  Kids are entertained with Lobby Loft craft classes every morning, fishing expeditions, movie nights, and beach activities including volleyball, paddle boarding and kayak rentals.


Hilton Waikoloa Village is one of those luxury resorts that beautifully balances activities for families vs single adults in a respectful way. There are copious areas in its many acres of water park activities for both families and adults.  There is a quiet and calm pool for adults only, plus a sandy entrance shallow pool for kids, a terrific water slide, meandering pools and waterfalls to swim under, dolphin experiences, a salt water lagoon with kayaks, hula dance and lei lessons — you name it.   Club Keiki camp counselors enjoy telling stories of the islands and teaching children about Hawaiian culture, past and present.  The Kohala Spa is one of our favorites and is open late, so that you can tuck the kids away and come down to the lower level spa for some quiet time.


Ahhh, a holiday in the city.  It’s grand in every season, especially at a luxury hotel that caters to familes with children by assuring they are treated as VIPs.   With theFour Seasons Family Friendly program, you provide the hotel with the names and ages of your children and they’ll arrive to special amenities (including a robe just their size), in suite board games and coloring books, and a selection of kid-friendly DVDs.  Need a few extras to keep them comfortable? Just ask for  a crib or rollaway cot, bottle warmers, even a stroller for touring Central Park. Ask for the concierge to arrange family carriage rides and museum tours, or, request babysitting services and go it alone, or visit the spa.

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02/01/2016 |

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