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Help children discover the wonder of travel.

Entertain youngsters with the dedicated kids' clubs, child-focused culture tours and special family programs at these Leading Hotels of the World:

RELAX in the spa of this north Germany coastal resort while kids are kept busy in the dedicated Polar Bear Kids Club offering beach treasure hunts, story time and more.
ENJOY the family-friendly water sports on golden Kyllini beach, or biking and horse riding through a fairytale virgin forest, both just moments from this Olympia Riviera resort.
BRING the treasures of Venice to life for children with family-friendly tours of the Clock Tower and bike rides along the Lido, organized by this venerable Art Deco hotel.
INTRODUCE children to the two St. Bernhard mascots at this Istanbul hotel, located within 65-acres of gardens near the Bosphorus.
INSPIRE a love for animals and the natural world at this South Africa game reserve, where children under fourteen can complete a 'junior rangers' program.
ENTER the jump rope, sack races and painting competitions during the 'family days' at this golf and spa hotel on Koh Samui.
MOTIVATE the marine biologists of tomorrow with the snorkeling, sea life and junior coastguard programs at this beachside Florida hotel.

Family Travels

Round-Up: Travel for the Entire Family

Whether it's with babies and teens or grandparents and cousins, satisfying everyone on a family trip requires a well-balanced itinerary to avoid disappointment. Whether you're a beach lover or culture buff, these destinations and the Leading Hotels of the World properties there offer something for all ages and interests, plus a few special extras.

For Beach Aficionados: Mexico

Mexico's ragged coastline provides miles of beautiful beaches on multiple seas.

On the west coast, the One & Only Palmilla has one of the few swimmable beaches in the region and a KidsOnly club for children aged 4 to 11.

On the east coast, the Grand Velas Suites & Spa Resort boasts two kids clubs open until 11pm, allowing parents to enjoy the five specialty restaurants and a Leading Spa.

For Culture Connoisseurs: Austria

Experience the best of the new Vienna from the comfort of the historic Grand Hotel Wien, which boasts an Old World glamour children will love, plus direct access to the city's most exclusive shopping arcade, the Ringstrassen-Galerien. The Grand Guglhupf (a typical Viennese pastry) baked on property is not to be missed.

For Adventure Seekers: Scotland

Scotland is an adventure playground for those who love the great outdoors and a stay at the beautiful Gleneagles hotel, just an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, will combine a golf-break with kid programs including junior archery, falconry and off-road driving.

Alternatively, St. Andrew's Old Course Golf Resort & Spa is located directly on the world-famous golf course, but non-golfers can also enjoy the pampering spa and kid-friendly games room.

Grand Hotel Wien
Centrally located one block from the State Opera on buzzing Ringstrasse, the Grand Hotel Wien exudes traditional Viennese elegance. The Belle Époque hotel opened in 1870 to much fanfare, drawing the glitterati of Viennese society. Its grand reputation was cemented in 1894 when Johann Strauss took the stage during his golden jubilee celebration. Today, the hotel remains as vibrant as it was during the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The classically decorated guest rooms have silk-covered walls and antique furnishings. Dining options include Austrian, Japanese and French. Award-winning Le Ciel has panoramic views from its 7th-floor terrace. During the warmer months, the terraces of the Schanigarten are an ideal venue for Viennese coffee, Gugelhupf and people-watching.
The Gleneagles Hotel
Set on 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, Gleneagles is a dream destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Famed for the three championship golf courses (they will host the Ryder Cup in 2014), as well as facilities for, and instruction in, world-class archery, falconry, horseback riding, off-road driving, and a Gundog School. It is a great family destination, as children can join in with junior golf and off-road driving lessons, mini Highland games, and even a spy school. At the two-Michelin–starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles, much of the produce is sourced locally. This commitment to the environment extends to an award-winning green program, which sees staff on bikes and corks reused in drainage—all to help to preserve the resort's awe-inspiring natural landscapes.
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
As the name suggests, the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is a mecca for golf enthusiasts. The hotel sits alongside the world-famous “Road Hole”, the 17th on the Old Course. With exquisite views of the nearby university town and the North Sea, guests can admire these vistas from the acclaimed Road Hole Restaurant on the fourth floor. Less formal is the Jigger Inn, a cozy pub in the stationmaster’s lodge that has remained unchanged since 1850. For relaxation, there is the Kohler Waters Spa, the only one of its kind outside the U.S. Family packages feature a check-in exclusively for children, mini-robes and slippers, plus Nintendo Wiis and a menu of activities.
Fisher Island Hotel and Resort
Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, located within the luxurious, private residential island community of Fisher Island, offers guests the ultimate exclusive vacation. Accessible only by auto-ferry or yacht, the 216-acre resort features a private beach and beach club, nine-hole professional golf course, world class tennis center, marina, seven dining options, 4,000 square-feet of meetings space and a full-service spa. Complimentary golf carts are provided to guests for island transportation, as well as in-room Wi-Fi high speed Internet service and a 24-hour dedicated concierge.
Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo resort set the benchmark for luxury travel in the Dominican Republic in the early 1970’s. It continues to elevate the standard - recent developments include a glass pavilion lobby, a new swimming pool complex, and a Le Cirque – backed Beach Club. Pristine guestrooms overlook gardens and one of the resort’s driving ranges to provide a natural base for golfers to play the three renowned Pete Dye-designed courses. The most famous of which, the “Teeth of the Dog,” is considered the best in the Caribbean. Casa de Campo is a 7,000-acre resort with new hotel rooms and villas, a variety of restaurants, Cygalle Healing Spa, chic boutiques, private beaches, worldclass sports facilities, marina and the Altos de Chavon village –with museums, restaurants, an amphitheatre and church.
South Africa’s magnificent Garden Route stretches along the country's south western coastline and enjoys the world's second-mildest climate. Fancourt is located across 613 hectares of this natural paradise, in close proximity to the Outeniqua mountain range and the warm Indian Ocean. As Africa's leading golf resort, the property boasts three Gary Player-designed championship courses, including the world renowned Fancourt Links. The estate recently converted its national monument, the Manor House, into a luxurious boutique hotel. Fancourt has a holistic spa, four restaurants and many indoor and outdoor leisure facilities on-site. Retail options include an exclusive women’s boutique, jewelry store, real estate office and two pro shops.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
From glitzy Cancun to hippie beach town Tulum, Mexico’s Riviera Maya is in the midst of an allencompassing travel boom. The region is blessed with an embarrassment of riches, including picture-perfect scenery, palmed-fringed beaches, ancient Mayan ruins and near year-round warm climate. The Grand Velas features spacious suites and 280 have either ocean views or are ocean front. A butler concierge service, coupled with round-the-clock culinary delights, makes it the perfect choice when traveling to this family-friendly and luxurious resort. Guest can also tour the native cenotes (underground sinkholes) or snorkel in the nearby coral reef.

Pulse: Catching the Travel Bug

With vivid imaginations, innate fearlessness and heads full of questions, children make the perfect travelers. Taking a trip off the beaten path will nurture their curious minds and instill a love of travel that will influence the rest of their lives. Peru, with its diverse natural landscapes, archeological treasures and fascinating local culture, mixed with every modern convenience and world-class accommodations, make it the perfect choice for a big adventure.

Fly into Lima and stay at the Miraflores Park Hotel, a modern property located in the heart of the vibrant Miraflores district, before driving south along the coast to breathtaking Colca Canyon, famous for its enormous condors. Stay in one of twenty cabins at Las Casitas del Colca, a luxurious base with a world-class spa from which to explore the region by foot, bike or mule (a favorite of young travelers). Next, head inland to Peru's greatest treasure, the Inca city of Machu Picchu. Discovered by an American archaeologist in 1910, the spectacular ruins provide a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, tucked between dizzying lush green mountains. In the nearby town of Cusco, stay at the 16th-century colonial gem Hotel Monasterio, which boasts special oxygen-infused rooms (to help combat altitude sickness) and two excellent restaurants. Or, for something a bit different, book in advance and secure a room at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Formerly a destination for visiting archaeologists, it is the only property within walking distance to Machu Picchu and today features such modern comforts as televisions and Wi-Fi alongside traditional Andean décor.

Masseria San Domenico Spa-Thalasso & Golf Resort
Nestled in Puglia's idyllic landscape, and host to millennia-old olive trees, the Masseria San Domenico bridges the beauties of its past with its luxurious present. Like the largely unexplored region itself, the hotel is full of hidden wonders, most notably the caves beneath the property which were home to Apulian monks fleeing Moorish attackers during the Middle Ages. The largest cave (now next to the outdoor swimming pool) was used to store olive oil, and the pressing equipment is on display today. The hotel still produces fine oils, which the chef uses in the cuisine served in San Domenico restaurant. Deeper underground, a natural hot spring provides the mineral-rich water for hotel’s Thalassotherapy spa, a center dedicated to relaxation, as befits the unspoiled surroundings.
Fuchun Resort
While most city dwellers tend to escape to the shore, Shanghai natives head inland to the beauty, rest and rejuvenation offered at the Fuchun Resort. The property, set amidst a hillside tea plantation in the lake district of Fuyang near Hangzhou, was inspired by a 13th-century painting by Huang Gongwang. A striking twopiece scroll, it depicts the same landscapes into which today’s resort blends so seamlessly. Serenity is also found within, at the renowned spa that offers sessions of Himalayan yoga. Active travelers will gravitate to the signature 18-hole Golf Club, a masterpiece course sculpted from the tea-covered hills. For all guests, a cup of the resort’s signature Mingqian Longjing tea enjoyed, in the amphitheatre at sunset, is an experience not to be missed.
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