Kid-Friendly

The Atlantis Resort; Bahamas

Family vacation always sounds like a good idea — until you actually arrive, that is. Sometimes the kids, well, they don’t appreciate the art of an adult-style vacation. They don’t wanna just lay out — they want to hang out. And have a great time, too. So before you book your next big getaway, do your research and find spots that are 100% kid-friendly — or stay at one of our favorite six resorts. Check them out in the video after the jump!

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The Peabody, with locations in Orlando, Little Rock, and Memphis, hold twice-daily Duck Marches, where the hotel’s resident birds make their way to lobby fountain in the morning, and then back to their “Royal Duck Palace” in the evening.  The charming tradition, which started as drunken joke by Tennessee hunters in the 1860′s, draw guests to the lobby’s red carpet, making these pampered ducks just as synonymous with The Peabody as Elvis is Vegas.

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Duck March in The Lobby of The Peabody Orlando

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The Living Room in the Macy Two Bedroom at the White Elephant Hotel Residences -- Nantucket

The Living Room in the Macy Two Bedroom at the White Elephant Hotel Residences -- Nantucket

Today marks the reopening of the White Elephant Hotel and Residences for the season in Nantucket. The quaint, former whaling town in Massachusetts attracts numerous visitors throughout the spring and summer with its 100 miles of sandy shores and top-notch dining — with fresh seafood being the specialty, of course. For families and groups visiting Nantucket, the big, luxurious one- to three-bedroom units at the White Elephant Residences are a great choice. Unlike vacation home rentals, these units — outfitted in attractive, nautical decor — come with the perks of a hotel stay, such as daily housekeeping, a seasonal outdoor pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. There’s not much in terms of a communal feel, like you might find at an inn or smaller hotel, but that’s part of the allure for some who seek a private, secluded vibe. As to be expected, however, privacy and luxury don’t come cheap on this island. Wanna know more? Check out more photos of the hotel after the jump or read our review now>>

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We just booked our next vacation — and although we’re bona fide adults, we’re super-stoked to be heading to Disney World for their annual Marathon Weekend in January 2013. But in order to get motivated, we figured browsing the attractions we’d see while running couldn’t hurt. And what’s more exciting than Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom? Um, nothing! [Ed. note: In fact, I'll be running through the castle come January 13.] Oh, and in case you’re wondering, we booked the Waldorf Astoria Orlando for our stay.

Cinderella's Castle attracts millions of visitors every year, and I get to run through it!

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Who doesn’t love family bonding? While perhaps it’s best in small doses, it’s always great to get away with the fam. But depending on the age of your tots in tow, it can take a downright rocket scientist (or an Oyster.com staffer) to find just the right spot for your family vacation. So pack up the mini-van and head to these hotels with the coolest family-friendly amenities around!

Family-Friendly Feature: A Water Park

The Waterpark at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort -- Orlando

The Waterpark at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort -- Orlando

Check out more amazing family vacations after the jump!
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The snow has finally started to fall which means that it’s time to take a ski vacation with the family! Whether your kids are future Olympians or have yet to perfect the “pizza,” they probably won’t want to do just that — and hey, you might need a break from the kiddies yourself — so we’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly hotels in our favorite cold weather destinations. After (or in lieu of) a day on the slopes, tots can enjoy numerous kid-friendly amenities — everything from swimming in the year-round pool to bowling to participating in activities at the kids club — at these luxurious resorts.

SKI SPOT: Vail

WHERE TO STAY: Four Seasons Resort Vail

The Outdoor Pool at the Four Seasons Resort Vail; Vail, CO

The Outdoor Pool at the Four Seasons Resort Vail; Vail, CO

WHY: The Four Seasons Vail opened in 2011 and has been one of the area’s top hotels since then: All the rooms have stone fireplaces, balconies, and huge marble bathrooms with standalone soaking tubs. (How cozy does that sound?) Not only do families enjoy the beautiful, heated outdoor pool (open year-round), but the Teen Club, with an air hockey table, video games, foosball table, and iMac computers, is also a popular hangout for the young ones as well. Plus, there’s on-site daycare in the kids’ club and young children receive a welcome gift upon arrival.

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It’s not impossible to squeeze in a last-minute family trip before the kids are back at school. We’ve rounded up the most affordable, family-friendly vacations filled with some extra bonding moments for the end-of-summer-blues.

Orlando

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

Average Price: $226/avg. night
Pearls: Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Location: Disney World, Orlando
From the gazelles and giraffes freely roaming the grounds to the enormous pool with a waterslide, the safari-themed Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge was designed to amaze and delight children. Throughout the day, staff members lead (free) educational activities for children like craft-making, African drumming, or mini-lessons about the where giraffes come from. Here, even the learning is captivating.

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Any chance to squeeze in family time is precious, which is why picking a hotel that is fun for both adults and kids alike is important when we have a day off from our busy lives. These hotels will show your whole family a good time this Memorial Day Weekend.

 

1. Hotel Marlowe, Boston

A “discovery” theme (hallway carpets patterned with stars and moons), kids’ menus, large guest rooms, and lots of freebies — welcome treats for kids, free use of bikes and kayaks, a free lending library of books, free cribs and playpens, free child-size bathrobes — make Hotel Marlowe a great choice for families. Plus, across the street, hotel guests get free use of the telescopes at the Museum of Science observatory.

Hotel Marlowe
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Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, Jamaica

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, Jamaica

Everyone knows a water park is only as good as its best slide, so we did a little digging and found the tallest, longest, and most heart-stopping slides on Oyster. Put on your big-boy pants, because these slides are not for the faint at heart. Read More »

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Your kids can play with a spider monkey named Mario at the Paradisus Real in the D.R.

Your kids can play with a spider monkey named Mario at the Paradisus Real in the D.R.

Taking your kids on the trip of a lifetime is easier than you think. There’s nothing like wildlife to inspire awe in the little ones, and luckily for you, a handful of hotels on Oyster have the kid-friendly attraction to trump all kid-friendly attractions: animal habitats. That’s right — the following hotels don’t only host humans. Animals from lions to dolphins to penguins to monkeys call these properties home, and the thrill your kids will get from interacting with these exotic creatures can transform a humdrum family vacation into an awe-inspiring experience your kids won’t soon forget. Read More »

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