Are you in the midst of planning your family vacation? There are quite a few hotels, resorts, and cruise ships that have been all the buzz this year and from the reviews (and my own personal experiences) — and believe me, you’ll want to check them out over all the others. These are the vacations that have made headlines all year long, the ones that we’ve been reading about on and off with additional coverage popping up, thanks to rave reviews from happy guests.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing trip in the Caribbean, prefer cruising on the ocean or even if you’re more of the adventurous type, or are partial to snow and ice rather than the sun and sand, there’s a trip suited to fit you and your family!
Here are 20 incredible family vacations to take next year.
The Best Family Vacations of 2013 1 of 21
Click through for the 'best of the best' for 2013!
Azul Beach Resort 2 of 21
Azul Beach Resort is pretty much perfect. With their Gourmet Inclusive concept, you can enjoy incredible food, drinks and top-notch service 24/7. Although there are three Azul resorts in Mexico, this one never feels generic. The boutique atmosphere and stunning locale are what make this a gem in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. The hotel's partnership with Fisher-Price pretty much guarantees your children will have an amazing time as well.
Royal Princess 3 of 21
The Duchess of Cambridge was the one to christen Princess Cruise Line's newest ship, which was quite fitting considering her name: Royal Princess. Featuring Princess Cruise Line's largest top deck pool, a new SeaWalk that takes you 128 feet into the air with views of the ocean and an expanded atrium, this is one ship you won't want to miss! It's already won 5 awards this year and was named one of the "Most Popular Ships at Sea" by Cruise Critic.
Beaches Turks & Caicos 4 of 21
Once you arrive at Beaches Turks & Caicos, you won't ever want to go home. This is known as one of the "best of the best" — and for good reason. Located on the 12-mile Grace Bay Beach (one of the most beautiful beaches in the world), the resort is home to a 45,000 square-foot water park and three villages: Italy, France and the Caribbean. All-inclusive means no surprise charges at the end of your stay and the chance to indulge in all of their delectable offerings. The resort has a partnership with Sesame Street, so the Kid's Club and daily activities are extra fun!
Disney Magic 5 of 21
Why all the recent buzz about Disney Cruise Line's older ship, Disney Magic? The ship recently went through a makeover with modern updates and extra amenities, including the AquaDunk waterslide, AquaLab play zone, Marvel's Avengers Academy and the Animator's Palate restaurant.
Hotel de Glace 6 of 21
If you're an adventurous family, this hotel will be right up your alley! The Hotel de Glace is not your typical hotel because ... well, it's made out of ice. Cuddle up in your sleeping bag by spending the night in one of their 36 rooms or thematic suites with full access to outdoor spas and a sauna. Definitely the trip of a lifetime!
Beaches Negril 7 of 21
Yes, I had to include yet another Beaches property because they are just that good. Beaches Negril in Jamaica is located on the Seven Mile Beach, famously known as one of the best in the world. The Pirates Island Waterpark is one of the main highlights here and a real hit with the kids! You'll also be able to eat as much as you like at one (or all) of the 7 specialty restaurants on site as it's all-inclusive.
Grand Wailea, Maui 8 of 21
Heaven on earth. If I had one sentence to describe this resort, that would be it. The Grand Wailea is located on Wailea Beach in Maui, Hawaii, offering outstanding views and exceptional service. They cater to families and luxury is their middle name. This resort has received the AAA Four Diamond Award for 14 years in a row now!
Carnival Breeze & Carnival Sunshine 9 of 21
Carnival Cruise Lines has changed things up a bit with their new ship the Carnival Breeze and their recent project - Carnival Sunshine. Previously the Carnival Destiny, this ship has just undergone a $155 million dollar makeover with an addition of 2 new decks, a huge water park, dance club, Guy Fieri's Burger Joint, an Asian restaurant, Italian restaurant and more eateries. The price point is right with prices starting at $439 per person for a seven-day sailing!
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a Rock Resort 10 of 21
Enjoy the ultimate luxury ski vacation at The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Colorado. The resort is located in the heart of Vail Square only steps from the gondola.
Club Med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 11 of 21
You can't go wrong with an all-inclusive and the Club Med Punta Cana is a great choice for families. There are four different categories of childcare provided depending on your children's ages and a whole slew of activities. The resort is located on the Island of Hispaniola in the Dominican Republic
Generations Maroma, Riviera Maya 12 of 21
Generations Maroma is a newer hotel that just had their soft launch this fall. They offer Gourmet All-Inclusive which includes a nanny, personal butler, food, drinks, activities, and childcare. The location is convenient as it's just 15 minutes from Play del Carmen.
Hayman Island Resort, Australia 13 of 21
Hayman Island Resort sits on Australia's Great Barrier Reef and because of that they can offer many unique experiences otherwise unavailable to tourists. It's very family friendly and in addition to all of the adventurous activities available here, kids can have oh so much fun in the fun Hayman Junior Chef program.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 14 of 21
Walt Disney World Resort is and will forever be on the 'best vacation' list. Having been there several times, I can attest to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge as being one of the most unique accommodation experiences on property. This resort is inspired by the traditional African kraal and offers spectacular views of 4 savannas where you can see over 200 different animals and birds from your balcony, public viewing area and restaurants. The pool measures 11,000 square-feet and the dining is incredible!
Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas 15 of 21
You can't say "Bahamas" without automatically thinking about Atlantis Resort. The two go hand-in-hand. This resort is a city in itself with it's huge property offering water fun galore, huge aquariums, marine habitats, dolphin quay, exotic underwater animal displays and the famed DIG. There is so much to do here, you may not have time to discover the rest of Paradise Island.
Jebel Ali Beach Resort 16 of 21
Dubai is a wonderful international destination for families and although it's luxurious beyond belief, the accommodations can be reasonable. The 5-star Jebel Ali Beach Resort overlooks the Arabian Gulf and caters to families. They have their own private beach, four pools and children's entertainment clubs for kids of all ages. Prices start at $300 per night.
Global Homes Resort 17 of 21
Global Resort Homes has been on my radar for a couple of years now, mostly due to the incredible amount of positive feedback I've read and heard from the families who've vacationed with them. Global Resort takes your typical vacation and makes it even more relaxing and grand by offering vacation home rentals. Instead of staying in a hotel room, you can rent 8 bedroom, 5 bathroom (and much larger) homes at incredibly affordable prices - sometimes even cheaper than a hotel!
Eloise at the Plaza, New York 18 of 21
The Plaza Hotel is one of the most famous in the city, and thanks to their pinkerrific Eloise Suite, it's the number one choice for moms and daughters looking for a weekend away. The suite was designed by Betsey Johnson, inspired by Eloise. You'll find a DVD player with Eloise DVDs ready and waiting to be watched, a tea set, dolls, robes and towels. If you're looking to make this a familiy trip, the Edwardian Suite next door can be booked as an adjoining room.
Aulani, Oahu 19 of 21
It's on my bucket list! Aulani is a Disney resort located on Oahu in Hawaii. The resort is infused with the culture, history and traditions of Hawaii, providing a rich and educational experience for the entire family. There are so many fun activities to take part in, a valley of pools and waterslides and of course - the beach!
Omni Resort, Amelia Island 20 of 21
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort just underwent a $85 million dollar 're-imagination' and now offers even more for families. Enjoy incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean in one of your hotel suites or take a dip in the 10,000 square foot family pool. The resort also offers the Splash Park water playground for kids, hot tubs, an award-winning kids' camp and Nature Center.
Lily Beach Resort, Maldives 21 of 21
Located on the Maldives Island of Huvahendhoo, Lily Beach Resort & Spa is the first five-star all inclusive resort in the Maldives and unlike many luxury resorts, this one is perfect for families. With Beach Family Villas that sit high and dry above water and the "Turtles" Kids Club complete with indoor and outdoor play areas, your family is sure to have the trip of a lifetime.
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