Château Hôtel de la Messardière
The nearly Olympic-sized pool at this luxurious property has more than enough room for grown-ups to swim laps while children play a game of Marco Polo. Housed in a 19th-century castle, the hotel offers beautiful views of the French countryside, and feels utterly serene, no easy feat just three minutes outside the buzzing resort town of St.-Tropez. Surrounded by many local wineries, the hotel has myriad adult activities available, but there is something for all ages at the sprawling 25-acre property. For a family adventure, guests can visit the famous Club 55, with a dedicated kid’s program, or waterski on the Bay of Pampelonne. Children of all ages are welcome in the spring and fall, but must be a least 10-years-old to stay in the high season.
Danai Beach Resorts & Villas
Children love the banana boat that the Danai offers, along with numerous additional beach toys. And while some adults might consider trailing a speedboat on a 10-foot-long inflatable yellow raft the height of fun, others might be happier making use of the resort’s extensive spa menu. Adventurous guests can choose among several excursions the hotel offers, like cruising by speed boat to the turtle-shaped islet of Kelyfos, where olive trees grow. For a family dinner, the hotel can arrange for a clown to entertain with balloon art, music, and tricks, but for a special evening, a private dinner on a boat provides parents some welcome alone time.
Chatham Bars Inn
This family-friendly, Cape Cod retreat offer abundant activities and children’s programs for ages 4 to 12, that run both morning and evening sessions. Those who prefer a quiet morning can enroll their kids in a “Clam Diggers” session, where young pirates participate in seaside scavenger hunts and sailing lessons. Meanwhile, parents can escape to the adults-only outdoor relaxation pool at the spa, or join a whale-watching tour. Poolside lunch is available, but many find it hard to get out of the family pool, which features an endlessly entertaining underwater sound system.
Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa
A hot spot for scuba divers, the spectacular Palancar Reef near the InterContinental Cozumel deserves a diving excursion. For children, snorkeling is a less daring way to explore the reef, and the InterContinental also runs a children’s club that offers an array of activities. Kids can go swimming with dolphins, or the whole family can take a ride on the Atlantis submarine, which dives to depths of 100 feet. Kid-friendly extras include hammocks ideal for afternoon naps, horseback riding and fishing excursions.