Family Adventures

Fun for the Whole Family

Traveling with children brings the joy of experiencing a destination through young eyes. But keeping little ones entertained can be challenging. Here are ten Leading Hotels of the World whose proximity to amusement and water parks, playgrounds and more, offer a respite from run-of-the-mill sightseeing.
LUGE
Luge down the Jungle Trail at Sentosa Luge & Skyride after a restful night on this luxurious Singapore island.
MARVEL
Marvel at Chime-Long, China's largest water park near this boutique hotel on the banks of the Pearl River.
JOIN THE GAMES
Join The Games at Amsterdam's TunFun playground then return to this grande dame hotel near the famous flower market or book a room in this sleek hotel overlooking one of the city's charming canals.
CATCH A GLIMPSE
Catch a Glimpse of the 1,700 different species of animals (some of them endangered) in the nearby Berlin zoo while staying at this modern palace hotel.
SLIDE
Slide down Aqualand Algarve's steep Corkscrew and Kamikaze slides and dry off in a room at this hotel that overlooks the glistening Formosa Estuary.
SPLASH
Splash your way through the five fun-filled acres of the Watergate Acqua Park, adjacent to this glitzy Beirut complex.
SKI AND SCUBA
Ski and Scuba at Ski Dubai and Dubai Aquarium within minutes of this wonderful hotel enclave with its own beach and acres of gardens.
Seeing the past come to life on trips to such destinations as Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Virginia and California will inspire even the most lackadaisical student of American history. And after a long day of culture and learning, nothing beats returning to one of these Leading Hotels of the World.

Casa Del Mar

Santa Monica, United States

Tucked into a discrete cul-de-sac, away from the boardwalk and embraced by Santa Monica Bay, lies the classic splendor that is Hotel Casa del Mar. Once an exclusive beach club in the 1920’s, the lobby’s original soaring ceiling and dramatic windows remain, overlooking the surf. The lobby lounge is the most sought after place to unwind after a day in the California sunshine. Choose Catch Restaurant for an end-of-business cocktail, or try the wine bar for inspired pouring. Guestrooms have been updated for state-of-the-art comfort, and the new Sea Wellness Spa is a paragon of design. With the most picturesque setting in LA and enchanting amenities, Casa del Mar will remind you just what it’s like to live well again.

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Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York

New York, United States

Surrounded by elegant town houses on a quiet street off Madison Avenue, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée exudes European sophistication and has been a home to the discriminating traveler for over two decades. In 2010, the hotel unveiled new guestrooms, including four top luxury suites, a spa and an enlarged fitness center. Accommodations provide the feel of a New York townhouse and many suites have terraces with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Arabelle restaurant and sultry Bar Seine are popular with hotel guests as well as the discerning Manhattanite. One block from Central Park and steps from Madison Avenue shopping, the hotel is just a short walk from East Side museums and midtown Manhattan. The hotel is known for providing personalized, attentive service.

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Shutters on the Beach

Santa Monica, United States

Shutters is ideal for those looking for laid-back California elegance. With art that includes works by Hockney, Lichtenstein and Motherwell, and a master sommelier on staff, the property takes the craft of living well seriously. Michael S. Smith, the Obama White House interior designer, has made it an oasis of beach chic: guest rooms have hardwood floors, cashmere throws, built-in entertainment centers and shelves stocked with thoughtfully chosen books. The airy beachside restaurant One Pico, and the café-bar Coast encourage lingering. Besides the fitness center, Shutters offers yoga on the beach, bicycle rentals and surfing lessons, as well as preferred appointments at ONE the spa, which has a range of treatments using Ole Henriksen products.

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Taj Boston

Boston, United States

Known as the Athens of America, due to its 100 colleges and universities, Boston is also celebrated as a center for medicine and its colonial architecture and forward-thinking residents. One of the country’s oldest and historically rich cities, Boston is a walker’s paradise. Situated in the city’s most celebrated location at Arlington and Newbury Streets, the hotel overlooks the Public Garden and is within walking distance of historic sites, theater and financial districts as well as fashionable boutiques and galleries. The Taj specializes in top-notch service and unique amenities, like wood-burning fireplaces, complemented by a wood menu and fireplace butler, and a bath butler. The seasonal Sunday Champagne brunch buffet located atop the Taj with panoramic views of the cityscape is one of the area’s most popular.

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Taj Campton Place

San Francisco, United States

San Francisco has many colorful neighborhoods but its uncontested heart is Union Square, which boasts high-end shopping and proximity to the best museums. Presiding over this popular area, Taj Campton Place occupies two historic buildings and from top-floor rooms guests can watch the buzzing activity of the square. The hotel is India-based Taj Group's first venture on the U.S. West Coast, and its deft touches are especially apparent in the beautiful, Asian-inspired decor and the expert but understated service. Taj Campton Place, which opened at the beginning of the last century, has long been a preferred home for big wigs on business in the City by the Bay. Today, drawn by the central setting and the serene vibe, many extend their stay and bring their families.

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The Lowell

New York, United States

The Lowell was originally built as an apartment hotel in the 1920’s, and today travelers return for the property's legendary home-away-from-home feel. Though the stately townhouse is located in the heart of Manhattan’s storied Upper East Side, a block from upscale Madison Avenue boutiques and Park Avenue penthouses, it feels removed from the bustle, on a quiet residential side street. Interior designer Michael S. Smith (President Obama's designer of choice) created interiors striking for their understated colors, elegant silk drapes and rich mahogany furniture. Many of the rooms feature terraces, kitchenettes and wood-burning fireplaces, in sync with the pied-à-terre theme. The well-trained staff is accustomed to a high-profile clientele and will quietly and efficiently procure or arrange anything.

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The Rittenhouse

Philadelphia, United States

The boutique Rittenhouse hotel overlooks Philadelphia’s most charming park: the historic, treefilled Rittenhouse Square. Elegance is the theme here at your home-away-from-home with the most spacious guest rooms in the city. Traditional luxury is ubiquitous from the lobby with inlaid marble floors, to the classically decorated guest accommodations with bay windows and rich mahogany furnishings. Art-lovers take note of the hotel’s original collection of fine art and its own third floor gallery. The acclaimed Lacroix restaurant, set in a candlelit dining room, serves a fusion of international cuisine designed to stir the senses. And in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, its central location makes the hotel a favorite for travelers eager to explore the finest shops, celebrated dining and historic attractions.

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Williamsburg Inn

Williamsburg, United States

A destination in itself, the Williamsburg Inn creates an experience absolutely unlike a hotel: a "home-awayfrom-home" for royalty, heads of state, celebrities, and guests from around the world. Since opening in 1937, the Inn has reflected the vision of benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. to provide the experience of staying at a comfortable Virginia estate with the most modern, gracious appointments. A recent meticulous renovation retained the graceful elegance of the Inn's façade, while encompassing every aspect of its interior. Guest rooms average a generous 500-square-feet, with luxuriously appointed marble bathrooms, English Regency-style furnishings, and comfortable seating areas.

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