While travel still remains a calculated risk, these resorts say they are continuing to take serious safety measures.
These days, traveling with loved ones in tow isn’t just about finding a resort with activities and amenities to satisfy everyone in your group. The retreat needs to be a place where health precautions are top priority. Beyond simply having hand sanitizer in public spots or a verbal commitment to a thorough room clean, serious safety measures must come before anything else so that guests feel confident they can whisk the family away without worry. It’s a tall order, but these 10 resorts around the world are taking the task to heart.
Note: Even though these resorts are taking health and safety protocols seriously, traveling remains a calculated risk. The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC's recommendations for unvaccinated people.
This all-inclusive resort puts COVID-19 protocols into everyday practice. Staff members have their temps taken twice daily and are required to pass through a high-efficiency steam cleaning infrared booth upon entry to the resort. Sanitization is serious business here: Anyone entering guests’ rooms has to clean the soles of their shoes. That’s because the vacation starts in the luxury room itself—a sprawling 1,180 square-foot suite with ocean views and a private terrace.
Parents can enjoy some R&R while the kids club busies tots in group activities like treasure hunts, arts and crafts, swimming, or watching movies in the theater. The teen club treats kids age 13 and up to their own mini vacay in a clubroom complete with video games, karaoke, a dance floor, and free-flowing mocktails. There’s even a designated baby concierge to tend to the tiniest travelers. When the family gets back together, everyone can partake in sandcastle building, water balloon wars, origami classes, foam parties, cooking and baking classes, drive-in movies, cultural performances, and more.
Rates from $659 per person per night, all inclusive
From digital check-in and grab-and-go meals to knock-and-leave room service, this retreat takes cleanliness and care to heart with a safety program fine-tuned by medical professionals from the Cleveland Clinic. Ground floor bungalow-style guestrooms feature UV-light purifying air conditioning units, plus easy access to the property’s floating waterpark and lagoon-style pool (with plenty of socially distanced activities for the whole family). Set on 72 acres of lush gardens just 15 minutes from the nation’s only tropical rainforest, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve not only affords fun for kids, but grownups as well. Adults can find all kinds of recreation: testing their swing at the two championship golf courses, savoring some much-needed me-time at the spa, or simply pulling up a lounge chair to kick back at the private beach.
Rates from $344 per night
Situated in scenic Tarpon Point Marina with views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River, this retreat is an outdoor oasis designed for families to take advantage of open-air amenities and activities (in a spread-out way). Tennis, kayaking, paddle boarding, private fishing charters along the 400 miles of navigable canals and waterways surrounding the resort, movie nights on the lawn, arts and crafts, and yoga sessions keep your crew amused all day every day. Sizable suites and ample outdoor spaces make it easy for guests to roam. Families can also utilize a contact-free Fridge Fill program, where they’ll receive chef-prepped ready-made meals to be eaten in their suite.
Rates from $177 per night Book
This charming Cape Cod hideaway on Old Silver Beach is where memories are always in the making. Catering to clans year after year, the hotel exudes warm and cozy vibes that will make your group feel right at home. Three-bedroom, three-bathroom cottages, which sleep eight and include washer/dryers and kitchens, are ideal for sizable squads. All will feel secure thanks to HEPA filtration, in-room fitness equipment, mobile check-in and check-out, and cleaning practices developed according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Here, the fun is had outdoors at the beach, on a jet ski or kayak, engaging in arts and crafts, or dipping in the indoor and outdoor pools—the highlight of which is Scoop, the poolside ice cream bar.
Rates from $169 per night
With 250 themed guest rooms from pirates and ninjas to royal kingdoms and LEGO characters, the LEGOLAND New York Hotel takes the art of construction to epic proportions. Each room includes separate sleeping quarters for kids complete with bunk and trundle beds, and budding builders can get to work right away with in-lodging LEGO bricks.
Located in New York’s Hudson Valley — and right next door to the LEGOLAND Theme Park — the hotel prides itself on contactless programming with virtual check-ins. Google Nest Hubs in each room can order room service, send kids on an in-room scavenger hunt, or tell interactive bedtime stories. Your little ones can learn new building techniques in creative workshops with master modelers. There’s daily entertainment including visits from LEGO characters and a heated outdoor resort-style pool. Parents can have a bite (and a break) at the Skyline Bar, where they can sip cocktails as they watch their kids play on the lobby’s massive LEGO castle.
Rates from $249 per night
Catch a wave, splash in the crystal Caribbean waters, or kick back while your little ones fly kites, swim, do art projects and beach activities, or take wildlife tours under the supervision of trained staff at the kids club. And you needn’t worry about your angsty teens, who can let off steam at their very own lounge stocked with video games, TVs, art supplies, table tennis, and more. At the sound of the conch, everyone tends to take a tasty break with Freezy Breezy, a mobile bicycle cart that delivers fresh ice pops daily. Spacious family suites sleep up to 12 so your crew won’t feel cramped. Each room has its own ventilation system, private balcony, and patio — and communal hallways are the open-air kind so guests can keep their distance.
Rates from $511 per night
Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, The Ritz Carlton Bacara is a picturesque parcel spread amid 78 acres, and includes two beaches, enchanting gardens, three salt-water infinity pools, and a 42,000-square-foot spa and wellness center.
Daily programming consists of yoga classes, guided hiking, and aqua fit classes ideal for adults. All the while, kids can nurture a love of nature. Guided by naturalists, the resort’s Ambassadors of the Environment program teaches children about the natural wonders all around, like the kelp forest, local birds, and the intertidal zone, through daily activities and adventures. When it’s family time, your clan will feel secure partaking in unique group activities like succulent building, painting, and movie nights. Here, major safety measures mean elevator occupancy that’s limited only to members of the same family, contactless in-room dining, and mobile check-ins.
Rates from $499 per night
Adventure is second nature at this 15-acre beachfront property, and access to a GoPro Hero 5 camera lets you capture every experience, from outrigger canoe excursions and underwater snorkeling expeditions to stand up paddleboarding and guided kayaking trips. For relatives wanting to stay on land, the resort offers lei-making classes, ukulele lessons, and hula dancing. The 1,900-square-foot Ilikai Villas have roomy digs ideal for families — and especially for those wanting to keep to themselves. Each comes complete with a gourmet Bosch kitchen, a sprawling lanai, and private plunge pools in the ground-floor units. The safety-first motto here is taken very seriously; rigorous standards rule the day to ensure a protected stay.
Rates from $1,222 per night
Southern hospitality meets outdoorsy adventure at Barnsley Resort, a playground for everyone in your party. Safety is paramount; just some of the practices include EPA-approved cleaning on repeat, frequent hand washing and glove changing (every 20 minutes) required for employees and food service personnel, pre-bagged and sealed ice deliveries, and housekeeping upon request. And luckily, with 3,000 acres to spread out, there’s plenty of space to enjoy leisure pursuits. Golf at the performance center, tennis lessons, archery, axe throwing, hiking the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, biking trails, and relaxing boat rides on the lake will keep everyone occupied. Kids can take to the trails on horseback corral rides or try their hand at catch-and-release fishing. Large groups can even opt to reserve a 7-bedroom private estate cottage so that every member of the family can have their own room.
Rates from $307 per night
Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, Nemacolin is family owned and tailor-made for young and old alike. Kids ages 4 to 8 will love some high-flying adventure at the Little Tykes Ropes Course (there’s a grownup version, too). For those who want to stay grounded, there’s an arcade and carousel and a kids-only indoor pool that’s open year round. Guided safari tours allow guests to take a walk on the resort’s wild side in intimate groups of 10 or visit various wildlife habitats with Billy goats, Iranian red sheep, buffalo, tigers, lions, and wolves. When it’s time to unwind, the whole family can retire to their own private home on property. Contactless service, temperature screenings, and required staff vaccinations help ensure safety from start to finish. Rates from $899 per night