T+L Family 50 | 2004

T+L Family 50 | 2004

The votes are in! Here are your favorite family-friendly resorts

You know what you want: the perfect setting, of course, plus terrific food, top-notch kids' programs, and a few indulgences for you while the troops are occupied. Look no further. We asked readers for their favorite family resorts in an on-line survey, and Harris Interactive tallied it all up. This year, we included Central and South America for the first time. Take a vacation, amigos!

KEY
 UNDER $200
 CHILDPROOFING
 IN-ROOM VIDEO GAMES
 SKI/WINTER SPORTS
 TENNIS
 JUNIOR GOLF
 HORSEBACK RIDING

CONTINENTAL U.S. AND CANADA: TOP 20

1 The Cloister 90.50
This secluded island retreat is proper enough to please G8 dignitaries, yet lively enough—think golf, tennis, and target shooting—to draw families back generation after generation. In the summer months, Camp Cloister serves up everything from scuba diving and sailing to etiquette classes. Teens, who by now should have learned their manners, dance the nights away by the bonfires.
Sea Island, Ga.; 800/732-4752 or 912/638-3611; www.seaisland.com;
DOUBLES FROM $280

2 Fairmont Le Château Montebello 90.48
Montebello, Que.; 800/441-1414 or 819/423-6341; www.fairmont.com;
DOUBLES FROM $161

3 Disney's Wilderness Lodge 90.15
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
DOUBLES FROM $239

4 Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge 89.20
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
DOUBLES FROM $239

5 Disney's Yacht Club Resort 88.72
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
DOUBLES FROM $239

6 Disney's Grand Californian Hotel 88.45
Anaheim, Calif.; 714/635-2300; www.disneyland.com;
DOUBLES FROM $275

7 Disney's Boardwalk Resort 87.87
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
DOUBLES FROM $329

8 Sundance 87.50
Provo, Utah; 800/892-1600 or 801/225-4107; www.sundanceresort.com;
DOUBLES FROM $255

9 Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, a Loews Hotel 87.37
888/837-2273 or 407/503-1000; www.loewshotels.com;
DOUBLES FROM $269

LEAST EXPENSIVE OVERALL
10 Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler 87.13
Whistler, B.C.; 888/634-5577 or 604/905-5000; www.westinwhistler.com;
DOUBLES FROM $114

11 Disney's Beach Club Resort 87.08
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
DOUBLES FROM $329

12 Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 86.98
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
DOUBLES FROM $339

12 Fairmont Tremblant 86.98
Mont Tremblant, Que.; 800/441-1414 or 819/681-7000; www.fairmont.com;
DOUBLES FROM $175

14 Disney's Polynesian Resort 86.50
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.disneyworld.com;
DOUBLES FROM $344

15 Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside 86.03
Whistler, B.C.; 888/905-9995 or 604/905-2999; whistler.panpacific.com; ;
DOUBLES FROM $221

16 Disney's Vero Beach Resort 85.98
Vero Beach, Fla.; 407/934-7639; www.dvcresorts.com;
DOUBLES FROM $165

16 Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation 85.98
Greensboro, Ga.; 800/241-3333 or 706/467-0600; www.ritzcarlton.com;
DOUBLES FROM $260

18 Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 85.75
Jasper, Alta.; 800/441-1414 or 780/852-3301; www.fairmont.com;
DOUBLES FROM $198


19 Fairmont Chateau Whistler 85.58
Whistler, B.C.; 800/441-1414 or 604/938-8000; www.fairmont.com;
DOUBLES FROM $136

20 Sonnenalp Resort of Vail 85.47
Vail, Colo.; 800/654-8312 or 970/476-5656; www.sonnenalp.com;
DOUBLES FROM $240

HAWAII: TOP 10

MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE U.S. AND CANADA 1 Four Seasons Resort Hualalai 90.65
What is a lush Polynesian-style outpost without aquatic action?Find Nemo in the snorkeling pond filled with 3,500 tropical fish or go ocean canoeing. Après-swim, there's volcano building, beach BBQ's, and telescopes for stargazing.
Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii; 888/340-5662; www.fourseasons.com;
DOUBLES FROM $540

2 Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa 88.05
Koloa; 800/554-9288; kauai.hyatt.com;
DOUBLES FROM $425

3 Fairmont Kea Lani Maui 86.95
Wailea; 800/441-1414; www.fairmont.com;
DOUBLES FROM $345

4 Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa 86.85
Wailea, Maui; 800/888-6100; www.grandwailea.com;
DOUBLES FROM $465

5 Hilton Waikoloa Village 86.68
Waikoloa, Hawaii; 800/445-8667; www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com;
DOUBLES FROM $199

6 Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii 86.39
Honolulu; 800/367-2525; www.mandarinoriental.com;
DOUBLES FROM $295

7 Mauna Kea Beach Hotel 85.00
Kohala Coast, Hawaii; 866/774-6236; www.princeresortshawaii.com;
DOUBLES FROM $360

8 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 84.55
800/332-3442; www.fourseasons.com;
DOUBLES FROM $345

9 Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club 84.03
Lihue; 800/228-9290; www.marriott.com;
DOUBLES FROM $329

10 Kona Village Resort 83.68
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; 800/367-5290; www.konavillage.com;
DOUBLES FROM $515

MEXICO AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA: TOP 10

1 Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita 88.93
Puerto Vallarta is 45 minutes away, but seaside seclusion and indulgence are the big attractions here. Parents get the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus course and a 15,500-square-foot spa, kids learn to make guacamole and piñatas, and teens kick back in a brand-new,2,400-square-foot game room with pool tables and PlayStations. The white sand beach is the place for clans to reconvene with their boogie boards.
Mexico; 800/332-3442 or 52-329/291-6000; www.fourseasons.com;
DOUBLES FROM $400

2 Llao Llao Hotel & Resort 84.26
Bariloche, Argentina; 800/745-8883 or 54-294/444-8530; www.llaollao.com;
DOUBLES FROM $236

3 Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort 83.51
Playa Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica; 800/228-9290 or 011-506/630-9000; www.marriott.com;
DOUBLES FROM $135

4 Paradisus Playa Conchal 81.67
Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica; 011-506/654-4123; www.paradisusplayaconchal.com;
DOUBLES FROM $199 PER PERSON, ALL-INCLUSIVE

5 Ritz-Carlton, Cancún 81.15
Mexico; 800/241-3333 or 52-998/881-0808; www.ritzcarlton.com;
DOUBLES FROM $269


SMALLEST PROPERTY; MOST EXPENSIVE OVERALL
6 Explora, Patagonia 79.81
Torres del Paine, Chile; 56-2/206-6060; www.explora.com;
$1,398 PER PERSON FOR THREE-NIGHT MINIMUM STAY

7 JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Cancún 78.07
Mexico; 800/228-9290 or 52-998/848-9600; www.marriott.com;
DOUBLES FROM $309

8 La Jolla de Mismaloya 77.36
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; 877/868-6124 or 52-322/226-0660; www.lajollademismaloya.com;
DOUBLES FROM $185

9 Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta 77.26
Mexico; 800/228-3000 or 52-322/226-1100; www.westinpv.com;
DOUBLES FROM $204

10 CasaMagna Marriott Resort Puerto Vallarta 76.37
Mexico; 800-228-9290 or 52-322/226-0000; www.casamagnapuertovallarta.com;
DOUBLES FROM $159

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS: TOP 10

1 Casa de Campo 82.20
Set up camp in one of the pastel villas far enough from the hotel for some privacy, but still close to the eye-crossing array of activities: three championship golf courses, a private marina, an equestrian center, and four—count 'em, four!—kids' clubs (for ages 1-3, 4-7, 8-12, and 13 and up). Family merengue lessons or donkey polo, anyone?
La Romana, Dominican Republic; 800/877-3643 or 809/523-3333; www.casadecampo.com.do;
DOUBLES FROM $191

BIGGEST PROPERTY; MOST POOLS
2 Atlantis 81.75
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas; 800/285-2684 or 242/363-3000; www.atlantis.com;
DOUBLES FROM $215

3 Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino 81.13
Palm Beach; 800/223-6388 or 011-297/586-9000; www.marriott.com;
DOUBLES FROM $249

4 The Reefs 81.00
Southampton, Bermuda; 800/742-2008 or 441/238-0222; www.thereefs.com;
DOUBLES FROM $454

5 Four Seasons Resort Nevis 80.96
Pinney's Beach, Nevis, West Indies; 800/332-3442 or 869/469-1111; www.fourseasons.com;
DOUBLES FROM $625

6 Hotel St.-Barth Isle de France 80.68
Flamands Bay, St. Bart's, French West Indies; 800/810-4691 or 011-590/276-181; www.isle-de-france.com;
DOUBLES FROM $565

6 Round Hill Hotel & Villas 80.68
Montego Bay, Jamaica; 800/972-2159 or 876/956-7050; www.roundhilljamaica.com;
DOUBLES FROM $260

8 Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas 80.06
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; 800/241-3333 or 340/775-3333; www.ritzcarlton.com;
DOUBLES FROM $319

9 Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa 79.03
Fajardo, Puerto Rico; 877/999-3223 or 787/863-1000; www.wyndham.com;
DOUBLES FROM $515

10 CuisinArt Resort & Spa 78.85
Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla; 800/943-3210 or 264/498-2000; www.cuisinartresort.com;
DOUBLES FROM $325


Rankings are based on reader evaluations collected in Travel + Leisure's 2004 World's Best Awards survey. Readers were given the option to rate resorts on how well they cater to families, using a scale of 1 to 5, where "5" means excellent and "1" means poor. In the event of a tie, resorts share a ranking. For the full survey methodology, see www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.

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