Family Friendly Hotels
My job as a travel writer has taken me on some pretty unforgettable journeys – zip-lining in Belize, wine tasting in Tuscany and cave swimming in the British Virgin Islands. Becoming a mom was an entirely new adventure, but an adventure nonetheless. I know that, in the coming years, a well-planned kid’s program will be just as important to our itinerary as a stacked list of restaurant and bar recommendations, so I happily dove into research for this piece. And while my baby girl is too young to really jump into these kid’s clubs, I’m hoping I can at least make your planning process a bit easier.
Kids can have short, sometimes seemingly non-existent, attention spans, and keeping them happy and entertained is the real secret to a successful family vacation. It’s like the folks at The Princess designed their kids club with this in mind. Every day at Trailblazers brings a new adventure and exploration – Discovery Day nature walks (Sunday), Wild West Day gold mining (Tuesday) and Wildlife Day catch-and-release fishing in the resort’s lagoons (Friday), just to name a few. You can take part in the fun as a group, or send the kids off for half and full days – with lunch – while you enjoy some golf, spa or quiet pool time.
Four Seasons might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think “family-friendly,” but this Scottsdale escape really is accommodating to even the tiniest travelers. Its Kids for All Seasons programming is as clever and curated as the rest of the resort’s amenities. There’s a game room and movie theater with plush leather recliners; Ping-Pong, pool and foosball tables; and a slew of cultural crafting activities. Prefer the kiddos do something a little more active with their time? You’ll want to sign up for a guided nature walk around Pinnacle Peak Park in the resort’s neighboring Sonoran Desert preserve. Don't forget to check out the dining options, which cater specifically to kiddos.
Much of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s resort programming highlights Arizona culture, and that’s definitely the focus at Camp Hyatt. Here, fun is purposeful. Your little ones will learn about the flora, fauna, culture and geography of the Grand Canyon State at both full and half-day programs. Every Friday evening, families can get up close and personal with some of the Sonoran Desert’s most fascinating creatures at the 4 p.m. Birds of Prey show. This is followed at 5 p.m. by a live performance of Native American music and dance that’s a must-see for parents and kids alike!