Finding a resort where both grown-ups and kids feel welcome can be tricky. Here are a few that fit the bill.
The Sebastian, Vail, Colo.
This cozy Rocky Mountain resort offers families a year-round home away from home in a world-class destination. During the winter months the Base Camp’s ski-in, ski-out valet service makes accessing the area’s legendary terrain stress-free. The kids can also take part in game and movie nights and put snowman-making supplies to good use. During the summer the Sebastian’s center-of-the-action location means opting in for hiking, biking, concert-going and festivals. The Battle Mountain Kids Club and the Tykes Room will keep youngsters engaged while the grown-ups sample treatments from the Bloom Spa menu or burn calories in the fitness center. Contact thesebastianvail.com.
Grand Wailea Resort, Maui
This island haven might be most famous for its beaches, but don’t pass up the chance to discover all this resort has to offer. Set within 40 lush, tropical acres, you’ll want to check out the expansive water wonderland via the “river.” Float past slides, pulsing waterfalls, caves, a water elevator, a swim-up bar, rope swing and more. Take advantage of beach cruiser bikes, yoga sessions and scuba classes. New for adrenaline junkies is the Fishpipe, a water ride that simulates a mile-long water slide. Contact grandwailea.com.
Caneel Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands
Once a favored getaway for Laurance Rockefeller and family, this 170-acre island paradise is tucked within Virgin Islands National Park, a protection made possible by Rockefeller’s land donation to the government in 1956. Today travelers can hike park trails and swim, snorkel, dive, kayak and sail in the pristine waters of the resort’s bays and inlets. Youngsters head to Turtle Town for a learning-based experience while parents opt for tennis, relaxation on one of seven beaches or a massage in an open-air cabana. Club Calabash offers teens and tweens their own refuge. Contact caneelbay.com.