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T + L Family 50 | 2005

Until recently, all a resort needed to attract families was a great location, attentive service, and maybe a kids' camp. But of late, the ante has been upped considerably. Baby amenities, designated teen clubs, spa services for all ages, and time-share options are becoming the norm at the top lodgings. And while you're living it up, your children might actually be eating well, thanks to new health- minded kids' menus. Not surprisingly, in this year's World's Best Awards survey, readers singled out family resorts fully loaded with such niceties—giving you some fail-safe options for your next getaway. Take us with you!

Reported by Robert Maniaci, Rachel DeSchepper, and Emily Shetler

ICON KEY  UNDER $200
 CHILDPROOF
 SKIING/WINTER SPORTS
 TENNIS
 GOLF
 TEEN PROGRAMS
 HEALTHFUL KIDS' MENU
 KIDS CAN USE THE SPA
 ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAM AVAILABLE
 TIME-SHARE/VACATION CLUB

Continental U.S. and Canada

BIGGEST PROPERTY OVERALL
1 Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort 89.12
A towering lobby filled with totem poles, a replica geyser, and a waterfall-fed rock pool—this Orlando fantasy channels America's national parks to uncanny effect.
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
doubles from $199.

2 Four Seasons Resort Whistler 88.46
Top-notch skiing, mountain biking, and zip-lining—as well as hotel services—make this your favorite Canadian retreat.
Whistler, B.C.; 800/332-3442; www.fourseasons.com;
doubles from $255.

3 Disney's Grand Californian Hotel 88.33
A sophisticated Arts and Crafts–style resort, where kids eat as well as their parents—care for a flight of grape juice?
Anaheim, Calif.; 714/635-2300; www.disneyland.com;
doubles from $300.

4 Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 88.26
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
doubles from $349.

5 Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge 88.15
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
doubles from $199.

6 Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa 88.04
Middle Head Peninsula, N.S.; 800/ 565-0444; www.signatureresorts.com;
doubles from $351, including breakfast and dinner; open May to October.

SMALLEST IN THE U.S. AND CANADA
7 Jenny Lake Lodge 87.50
Grand Teton National Park, Wyo.; 800/628-9988; www.gtlc.com;
doubles from $459, including breakfast, dinner, and some activities; open June to October.

8 Tides Inn 87.07
This Chesapeake Bay spread has a family-reunion coordinator to help plan meals, activities, and photo ops.
Irvington, Va.; 800/843-3746; www.tidesinn.com;
doubles from $199.

9 Wickaninnish Inn 87.02
Tofino, B.C.; 800/333-4604; www.wickinn.com;
doubles from $220.

10 Disney's Vero Beach Resort 86.36
Vero Beach, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.dvcresorts.com;
doubles from $165.

11 Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole 86.29
The resort's Ski Spree package (available January to April) covers lift tickets and equipment rentals for you and your teens.
Jackson Hole, Wyo.; 800/332-3442; www.fourseasons.com;
doubles from $180.

12 Disney's Polynesian Resort 86.17
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
doubles from $304.

13 Ponte Vedra Inn & Club 86.00
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; 800/234-7842; www.pvresorts.com;
doubles from $200.

LEAST EXPENSIVE IN THE U.S.
14 Kiawah Island Golf Resort 85.78
Kiawah Island, S.C.; 800/654-2924; www.kiawahresort.com;
villas from $119.

15 Disney's Beach Club Resort 85.53
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
doubles from $294.

16 Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas 85.35
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
doubles from $294.

17 Fairmont Chateau Whistler 85.28
Whistler, B.C.; 800/441-1414; www.fairmont.com;
doubles from $169.

18 Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 85.25
The kids' camp has an indoor climbing wall and guided hikes in the Canadian Rockies.
Lake Louise, Alta.; 800/441-1414; www.fairmont.com;
doubles from $199.

LEAST EXPENSIVE IN CANADA
19 Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside 85.16
Whistler, B.C.; 888/905-9995; www.whistler.panpacific.com;
doubles from $119.

20 Sonnenalp Resort of Vail 85.00
Vail, Colo.; 866/284-4411; www.sonnenalp.com;
doubles from $240, including breakfast.

20 Trapp Family Lodge 85.00
The youngest son of The Sound of Music's von Trapps runs the 55-year-old hotel.
Stowe, Vt.; 800/826-7000; www.trappfamily.com;
doubles from $198.

HAWAII

1 Four Seasons Resort Hualalai 89.47
Our Hawaiian winner owes its success to four beachfront pools and an all-encompassing kids' program.
Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii; 800/332-3442; www.fourseasons.com;
doubles from $560.

2 Mauna Kea Beach Hotel 89.22
Kohala Coast, Hawaii; 866/774-6236; www.princeresortshawaii.com;
doubles from $370.

3 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa 88.43
Koloa; 800/554-9288; www.grandhyattkauai.com;
doubles from $455.

4 Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa 88.11
Maui; 800/888-6100; www.grandwailea.com;
doubles from $485.

5 Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 87.30
Lahaina; 800/554-9288; www.maui.hyatt.com;
doubles from $280.

6 Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows 86.39
Kohala Coast, Hawaii; 866/877-6982; www.maunalani.com;
doubles from $395.

LEAST EXPENSIVE IN HAWAII
7 Hilton Waikoloa Village 85.76
Family movies poolside on summer nights and glow-in-the-dark mini-golf year-round.
Hawaii; 800/445-8667; www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com;
doubles from $199.

8 Fairmont Kea Lani Maui 85.26
Wailea; 800/441-1414; www.fairmont.com;
doubles from $385.

9 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 85.00
800/332-3442; www.fourseasons.com;
doubles from $365.

10 Marriott's Maui Ocean Club 84.57
Lahaina; 888/236-2427; www.marriott.com;
doubles from $439.

MEXICO, CENTRAL, AND SOUTH AMERICA

1 Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf-Spa 89.77
A mountain lodge in Argentina's lake district, Llao Llao (pronounced Jow Jow) offers guided treks and rappelling— plus an infinity pool overlooking the forest.
Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina; 800/745- 8883; www.llaollao.com;
doubles from $190.

2 Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita 85.25
New this year: snorkeling with sea lions.
Mexico; 800/332-3442; www.fourseasons.com;
doubles from $420.

3 Le Meridien Cancún Resort & Spa 83.04
Mexico; 800/543-4300; www.lemeridien.com;
doubles from $155.

SMALLEST OVERALL; MOST EXPENSIVE OVERALL
4 Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge 81.82
Set in a Spanish colonial structure, this is the only property within the Incan citadel.
Machu Picchu, Peru; 800/237-1236; www.monasterio.orient-express.com;
doubles from $567.

5 Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo 81.63
Service and plush rooms set this place apart. See the rain forest from every angle on canopy tours, river rafts, and hikes.
Guanacaste; 800/819-5053; www.fourseasons.com;
doubles from $335.

5 Ritz-Carlton, Cancún 81.63
Mexico; 800/241-3333; www.ritzcarlton.com;
doubles from $289.

7 JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Cancún 81.34
Mexico; 800/223-6388; www.marriott.com;
doubles from $199.

LEAST EXPENSIVE IN THE REGION
8 Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort 80.36
Puntarenas, Costa Rica; 800/627-7468; www.marriott.com;
doubles from $140.

9 Hotel Monasterio 79.62
Cuzco, Peru; 800/237-1236; www.monasterio.orient-express.com;
doubles from $360.

10 Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel 79.55
Cuzco, Peru; 800/442-5042; www.inkaterra.com;
doubles from $374, including meals and some activities.

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS

1 Four Seasons Resort Nevis 85.25
Countless water sports and an environmental-awareness program for kids. Pinney's Beach; 800/332-3442; www.fourseasons.com;
doubles from $375.

LEAST EXPENSIVE OVERALL
2 Maho Bay Camps 85.00
Cruz Bay, St. John; 800/392-9004; www.maho.org;
doubles from $75.

3 Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino 81.52
Palm Beach; 888/591-1234; www.hyatt.com;
doubles from $265.

4 Playa Linda Beach Resort 81.25
Oranjestad, Aruba; 800/992-2015; www.playalinda.com;
doubles from $185.

5 Half Moon 81.13
Montego Bay, Jamaica; 800/626-0592; www.halfmoon.com;
doubles from $240.

6 Las Casitas Village at Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa 81.03
Hillside villas (with beach views and full butler service) on Puerto Rico's east coast. Fajardo, Puerto Rico; 800/996-3426; www.wyndham.com;
doubles from $549.

7 CuisinArt Resort & Spa 81.00
Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla; 800/943-3210; www.cuisinartresort.com;
doubles from $350.

8 The Reefs 80.21
Southampton, Bermuda; 800/742-2008; www.thereefs.com;
doubles from $474.

9 Westin Resort & Villas, St. John 80.11
Cruz Bay; 888/627-7206; www.starwoodhotels.com;
doubles from $199.

10 Casa de Campo 79.79
La Romana, Dominican Republic; 800/877-3643; www.casadecampo.com.do;
doubles from $224.

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