Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Taking a multi-generational trip together has become a tradition for many families, and a vacation might be especially important in the coming year after so many canceled or postponed get-togethers.
Recognizing the growth of group travel, many resorts have added large suites and multiple-bedroom residences to their accommodations. Guests can have the privacy of their own space with the convenience of dining at the hotel and taking advantage of amenities like pools, spas, and activities. They also have the option of stocking up on snacks and beverages or cooking some meals in the residence.
Whether your group prefers sun and sand, skis and snow, or just a change of scenery, we have some ideas, both near and far, for your family vacation.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
Located in Guanacaste, about 40 minutes from the airport in Liberia (LIR), The Four Seasons offers a variety of accommodations, including luxurious private residences with infinity pools, fully equipped kitchens, and spacious terraces. A spa, restaurants, cocktail lounges, golf course, beaches, and a range of activities provide plenty to do on the lush Peninsula Papagayo. Papagayo Explorers, with an expert team of naturalist guides, offers a variety of adventures, perfect for family vacations.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Island of Hawai’i
This luxurious resort offers accommodations that include newly renovated guest rooms as well as specialty suites and villas. Guests enjoy several restaurant and cocktail lounge options, golf, and family experiences like a kids’ program for ages 5-12, Kumu Kai Marine Center, complimentary classes at the Ka’upulehu Cultural Center, and childcare services. Eight pools include an adults pool, family pool, and Kings Pond, the resort’s famed 1.8-million-gallon “aquarium” stocked with more than 1,000 tropical fish.
Mauna Kea Residences, Island of Hawai’i
Located at the Mauna Kea Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea Residences range from two- to seven-bedroom condos, townhomes, and estates, many with private pools and lanai spaces with ocean, golf course, and mountain views. Owner and guest amenities include exclusive access to beaches, pools, seaside tennis club, fitness centers, golf courses, spa, and restaurants. Guests at Mauna Kea Residences receive a resort charge card, enabling signing privileges throughout the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.
Hapuna Beach Residences, Island of Hawai’i
The Hapuna Beach Residences were unveiled in December 2020, featuring 68 one to four-bedroom oceanfront residences ranging from 670 to 3,500 square feet outfitted in contemporary, island-style décor. Guests staying at the residences have access to two world-class beaches, pools, 12 restaurants and lunches, Keiki (children’s) Club, golf, tennis, and fitness centers as well as signing privileges at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and The Hapuna Beach Resort.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Accommodations at this resort on Maui’s sunny southwest coast include specialty suites and villas from one to three bedrooms, including the stunning Maile three-bedroom presidential suite with 180-degree ocean views and an expansive outdoor lanai. There’s an adults serenity pool with private cabanas, waterfall pool for kids, and a white sand beach. Dining is available at three restaurants as well as poolside and at the beachwalk café and lobby lounge. The resort features a spa, wellness program, three golf courses, and a Top Golf Swing Suite.
The Lodge at Kukui’ula, Kauai, Hawai’i
Located on the sunny south shore of Kaua’i, The Lodge features three neighborhoods of secluded vacation homes including four-bedroom villas, plantation-style two- and three-bedroom cottages, and one- to three-bedroom bungalows. Guests at all the residences have access to The Club at Kukui’ula for cocktails, dining, and a game room with pool, chess, checkers, shuffleboard, and vintage Pac Man. There’s a spa, fitness center, fishing, tennis, golf, pools, and an onsite farm for fresh produce daily.
Susurros del Corazón, Auberge Resorts Collection, Punta de Mita, Mexico
The residences at the resort on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit are located less than an hour from Puerto Vallarta. Consisting of three- to six-bedroom houses poised at the water’s edge with floor-to-ceiling windows, the new vacation rentals are ideal for family holidays. Residence guests can access the resort’s four restaurants, fitness center, yoga studio, kids’ club, Auberge Spa, and event space.
Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, East Cape, Los Cabos, Mexico
Just 45 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, this resort is ideal for a family vacation away from the Cabo crowds. A wide variety of accommodations includes private residences from two to five bedrooms with private pools, gourmet kitchens, and a personal residential assistant to book exclusive experiences for residence guests. A residence vacation includes access to world-class dining options, fitness center, six pools, golf, Oasis Spa & Wellness Center, teen center, and Kids for All Seasons Program.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This 24-acre resort at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula features a variety of residential-style accommodations including multi-bedroom villas, casitas, and private homes with plunge pools, expansive terraces, ocean views, and fully equipped kitchens. Several dining venues range from casual to the elegant El Farallon, perched over the Pacific. Two beachfront infinity pools, spa, tennis, yoga, fitness classes, and Tortugitas Kids Club provide a variety of activities.
Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
This 620-acre destination features four luxury resorts, each offering residential-style accommodations, including Banyan Tree’s new lagoon and sunset pool villas and beachfront suites; Rosewood’s new two- to six-bedroom residences and the over-the-top Founder’s Villa; Fairmont’s casitas and El Camaleón presidential suite; and Andaz’s presidential villa. All are ideally suited for multi-generational travelers, friends, couples, or families. Beaches, pools, spas, restaurants, cocktail lounges, private dining, Mayakoba Dive & Water Sports Center, and El Camaleón championship golf course are available for guests of the residences.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Greater Palm Springs, California
This resort offers a variety of accommodations including 43 one- and two-bedroom villas, each equipped with a fireplace, dining area, wet bar, and private furnished patio with a barbecue or hot tub. Larger groups can book two adjoining villas with a shared courtyard space. The hotel features a water park with a lazy river, splash pad, water slides, and pools with poolside cabanas. In addition, guests have access to two championship golf courses and a deluxe spa.
Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, California
The oceanfront Shore House at The Del features 75 one, two, and three-bedroom residential-style seaside offerings in a modern beach house setting with a zero-edge pool, daybeds, private cabanas, poolside bar, and bistro. Another of Hotel Del Coronado’s five distinct neighborhood experiences is Beach Village, with oceanfront cottages and villas that sleep up to five guests.
Lido House, Newport Beach, California
Less than a 10-minute walk from California’s famed Newport Beach, Lido House is the perfect beach getaway for a family vacation. Five uniquely decorated two-bedroom private cottages feature two and a half baths, fully equipped kitchens, and rooftop terraces. Cottage guests enjoy all the Lido House amenities including a pool, spa, The Mayor’s Table restaurant, and cocktails at Topside Rooftop Bar.
Juniper Lodge, Bend, Oregon
Juniper Preserve, a private resort community, offers vacation rental homes ranging from one- to four-bedroom residences, with private backyard patios, fire pits, grills, and views of the Cascade Mountains and Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. The homes are convenient to nearby Mt. Bachelor as well as the resort’s on-site activities. Guests of the vacation rentals have access to the amenities at the Juniper Lodge that include wellness programming, Juniper Spa, fitness center, and dining.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, Greensboro, Georgia
Set along 30 acres of shoreline among Georgia pines just 90 minutes from Atlanta, this peaceful lakeside resort is beautiful year-round. Two- and three-bedroom cottages and the expansive three-floor private Lake House offer privacy along with the amenities of the luxury resort. Ice skating, fireside s’mores, spa, hiking, biking, and a range of activities at the nearby Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds provide plenty to do. The resort offers a variety of restaurants from a coffee shop to a steakhouse.
Joali Maldives, Muravandhoo Island, Raa Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Guests arrive at Joali via shared or private seaplane for a truly luxurious vacation with accommodations that include beach villas, overwater villas, and expansive two-, three-, and four-bedroom residences. White sand beaches, clear warm water, and art-filled spaces offer opportunities for snorkeling, relaxing, and learning about the history and culture of the area. Several dining and cocktail venues include a professional restaurant kitchen where guests can cook with the guidance of experienced chefs.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives, Ithaafushi Island, South Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives
A 45-minute yacht journey from Velana International Airport takes guests to the resort, where accommodations include beach, reef, and overwater villas, many with two and three bedrooms. The resort’s Stella Maris Ocean Villa, accessible by boat, accommodates three adults in nearly 5,800 square feet with an infinity pool, hot tub, overwater hammocks, barbecue station, and direct ocean access. Eleven dining venues and cocktail venues, spa, and a variety of excursions make this an unforgettable destination.
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Florida
This elegant and historic resort set on the beach in Miami features pet-friendly, private two- to four-bedroom residences with fully equipped kitchens and all the amenities of the resort. There’s a spa, Champagne Bar, Winston’s beachfront al fresco restaurant, Lido Restaurant, and The Surf Club by Thomas Keller.
Montage Big Sky, Big Sky, Montana
Located among the rugged, pine-covered Spanish Peaks mountain range about 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, Montage offers ski-in/ski-out convenience, a spa, several dining options, and a variety of accommodations. One- to five-bedroom residences with fireplaces, full kitchens, balconies, and stunning views are available for rentals, and guests enjoy all the amenities of the luxury resort.
River Run Townhomes | Keystone, CO
The stylishly decorated River Run Townhomes are ideally located across the street from River Run Village and offer one of the most luxurious lodging experiences in Keystone Resort. With three- to four-bedroom options available, each townhome includes a large living area, open kitchen, fireplace, in-unit laundry facilities, multiple balconies, and quiet individual spaces, perfect for families of all sizes. Guests enjoy access to a heated outdoor pool and hot tubs, a convenient on-site bus stop, nearby shopping, dining and activities.