Traveling with extended family can present some interesting challenges, but at the same time, bring extremely rewarding experiences. To reduce some of the stress that comes with traveling with your extended family, we’ve sought out the top resorts that can accommodate a variety of ages for the perfect multigenerational vacation.
Our list has a variety of resorts in the United States as well as a handful outside of the country. We are breaking them down in no particular order because they are all equally wonderful. However, if you are looking for something in Florida, you will want to read 6 Top Florida Resorts for a Multigenerational Vacation. If you are looking for something in the Caribbean, check out 6 Cool Caribbean Resorts for a Multigenerational Vacation.
Disney’s Aulani Resort in Kapolei, Hawaii, brings the magic of Disney parks with the relaxation the rest of the family craves while vacationing in Hawaii. Set on a calm lagoon that is perfect for even the littlest grandchild to play in, the resort offers something for all ages, making it ideal for a multigenerational vacation.
Unlike a typical Disney family vacation, grandparents can enjoy watching their grandchildren delight in meeting the characters face to face while relaxing poolside, without having to endure long lines or strenuous days at a park, like a typical Disney family vacation.
The Villas are great for different generations to all stay under one roof, allowing each family unit to have their own room while sharing a common kitchen and living room space. That also makes for easy babysitting after the kids have gone to bed so parents can get out and enjoy the restaurants as well!
From the classic Disney movies to borrow, scuba diving and water activities for teens, and fun childcare at Aunty’s Beach House, Aulani is truly set up for fun for all generations.
The Riu Palace Pacifico, located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a terrific choice to consider.
Since everything you’ll need for a wonderful vacation is included at the property, there’s no need to leave the resort. Families can start their day together over breakfast before spending time together at the beach or pool. Kids can then spend a few hours at the Kids Club, while the adults can enjoy activities like getting a massage on the beach or kayaking in the ocean.
Since all food and drinks are included in your stay, there’s no concern over splitting up a tab, and grandparents can take the kids to eat or for snacks anytime during the day. The resort offers activities that families can enjoy together, like aqua aerobics, beach volleyball, or playing pool in the Sports Bar.
The evening time is great for taking turns putting the kids to bed while the rest of the adults enjoy the show in the lounge. From sun up to sun down, there’s always something going on that makes the Riu a great vacation resort for families with multi-generations.
Nothing compares to the Grand Hotel, a luxury resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The hotel caters to all age groups, offering daily activities that appeal to adults and playful options for children. Daily activities include lawn games like croquet, tours, and a charming afternoon tea.
Families won’t want to miss the chance to play at the renovated outdoor pool, as well. Time your visit right, and they may be serving snow cones there. There’s also a beverage service for the adults.
The hotel is famous for its dinner service, where families dress up to dine to the live music of an orchestra. The chef plans for kids and has dishes prepared just for them, as well as decadent options for adults. If dressy evening attire isn’t your style, the resort has several low-key options, including an ice cream parlor.
While it’s tempting to never leave the hotel grounds, you’ll miss out if you do. The island is car-free, so it’s easy to explore by bike or horseback. And for a more leisurely experience, try a horse-drawn carriage tour.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is the perfect Hawaiian Island getaway for a multigenerational family vacation. This tropical resort has it all! Located on the pristine Wailea Beach in Maui, this 5-star resort offers the most luxurious accommodations, including ocean-front suites that connect with up to 4 bedrooms for families who want the ultimate Maui vacation experience. Here’s the perfect way to spend your multi-gen family stay at Four Seasons Maui:
Kickoff your morning with a local island-sourced fresh breakfast at DUO, complete with Kona coffee and fresh POG for the kids.
Spend your days as a family exploring the island of Maui or playing at the famous Wailea beach with your toes in the sand, swimming through the waves, paddling on the resort’s outrigger canoe, and reading under your beach umbrella. Kicking back in the shade is easy at one of the 81 poolside cabanas. While the kids are splashing at the resort pools, the adults can treat themselves to an incredible poolside foot massage.
Whale watching over lunch is easy while diving into a delicious burger overlooking the beach at Ferraro’s Bar E Ristorante. When family playtime is getting tiresome, drop the kids off to make new friends scaling the climbing wall at the complimentary Kids for All Seasons Kids Club while the grownups treat themselves and splurge on decadent spa treatments, an outdoor Peloton workout, and a little quiet time at the adults-only infinity pool. End your day with rich Hawaiian culture learning to hula dance and make leis in the lobby before heading to a big family dinner at Spago. Before heading off to bed, have the whole family meet up at the hot tub by the Fountain Pool for a late-night dip under the stars.
The IGV Club Santa Giusta, in Costa Rei, is one of the best beach resorts in Sardinia, and it is perfect for a multigenerational trip.
The location, at the southern tip of an incredibly long, sandy beach with tremendously clear waters, makes it a perfect place to relax in the sun. Families with children can enjoy the support of staff to take care of the younger ones. They will be busy in all sorts of fun activities including sports tournaments (sailing is a favorite!), dancing, games, and more.
The nearby massive rock – locally known as Scoglio di Peppino (Peppino’s Rock) – is a fun place to climb to get views of the beach. The water is clear and warm and perfect for snorkeling, and you can see various marine species there.
The resort is built in a Mediterranean style, with a lush garden, pools, and a variety of restaurants available. The tour desk is happy to organize tours of the area, which include boat tours along the coast to the nearby Protected Marine Area of Capo Carbonara, where you can visit the islands of Serpentara and Cavoli.
Central Oregon resorts make an ideal family vacation destination because of their natural scenic beauty, close proximity to outdoor adventures, and variety of amenities. This region benefits from clear, sunny weather most of the year, so it’s great to visit in any season.
Sunriver Resort is close to mountains, rivers, high deserts, and lakes. Snowsports like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and ice skating are nearby for winter adventures. Come summer, you can bike, hike, fish, and enjoy water sports like kayaking, white water rafting, SUPing, or floating inner tubes down the river.
As one of the area’s largest and most popular resorts, Sunriver boasts its own town with a grocery store, galleries, shopping, Starbucks, and multiple restaurants. You’ll also find four golf courses, tennis, paintball, and gyms, as well as several pools and bike paths throughout the property.
At Sunriver, you can choose to stay in a private vacation rental or Lodge guestrooms and suites. Large vacation homes are an excellent option for multigenerational families, with room for everyone and the ability for each to choose their own adventure. Whether it’s relaxing at the house or enjoying activities right out the front door, there’s something for everyone!
This incredibly luxurious 5-star hotel is truly the definition of the perfect multigenerational resort. In addition to the typically picturesque infinity pool and beachfront location, Riu Palace Tenerife offers family-friendly rooms, babysitting services (for an additional fee), a children’s playground, and a kid’s pool. On the other end of the scale, grandparents will love the ultra-comfy Balinese-style outdoor beds where they can watch the kids in the pool or take an afternoon nap in the sun.
Everyone will enjoy the comfort of walk-in showers and spacious rooms, plus, with the abundance of onsite restaurants, entertainment, and other activities, you don’t even have to leave the resort!
Surrounded by mountains and lakes and located just outside the beautiful resort town of Queenstown, New Zealand, Millbrook Resort is a lovely choice for a multigenerational holiday. A luxury resort with a golf course, spa, and multiple on-site restaurants, there’s plenty for families to do at the resort. There is a range of accommodation options, from two-bedroom apartments to luxury homes, large enough for the whole family.
The highlight of any trip to Queenstown is the stunning scenery, and Millbrook Resort is the perfect spot to soak up the beautiful setting. The resort is extremely well situated, with an easy drive from Queenstown, beautiful lakes, the historic town of Arrowtown, multiple ski fields, and the Central Otago wine trail. There’s plenty to do for all ages, from adventure sports, fun playgrounds for the little ones, and hot pools for a relaxing spa with a view.
Have you taken a successful trip with your extended family? Tell us where your family went and where you stayed in the comments below! We are always looking for helpful recommendations.