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World's Best Family Hotels and Cruises

On deck on one of Disney Cruise Line's Ships.

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26. Hawk’s Cay Resort, Duck Key, Florida

Score: 90.13
Breezy West Indian–style villas and family rooms, an on-site dolphin program, and a full menu of aquatics for teens, including sailing lessons and reef dives. Doubles from $399.

27. Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, California

Score: 90.00
On 504 acres, sprawling Pacific-facing bungalows and villas, as well as an indoor-outdoor kids’ club. Doubles from $495.

27. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas

Score: 90.00
Gracious peach-colored hotel in a leafy residential neighborhood, plus a driver at the ready to whisk you to area destinations. Doubles from $595.

29. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Big Island, Hawaii

Score: 89.74
Kohala Coast resort with the only children’s golf course in Hawaii. Doubles from $455.

30. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Hawaii

Score: 89.73
Free-form pools and a shallow, sand-bordered lagoon by day; sky-gazing with an on-site astronomer by night. Doubles from $394.

30. Westin La Cantera Resort, San Antonio, Texas

Score: 89.73
Oasis with a clay-tiled roof on a mesquite- and live oak–covered plateau 30 minutes from the historic downtown. Doubles from $279.

32. La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California

Score: 89.71
Immensely appealing for both kids (playroom, water park, and Guitar Hero–equipped teen center) and parents (43,000-square-foot spa and holistic center founded by Deepak Chopra). Doubles from $429.

33. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii

Score: 89.57
On one of Hawaii’s best stretches of sand, where Keiki Club members can build sandcastles and go on beach scavenger hunts. Doubles from $450.

34. Four Seasons Resort Whistler, British Columbia

Score: 89.47
At the base of Blackcomb Mountain, with the biggest rooms in town and ski concierges to wax your boards and warm your boots. Doubles from $385.

35. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Florida

Score: 89.38
Calm compound on the Atlantic that’s the perfect pre- or post- Orlando furlough. Doubles from $310.

36. Tides Inn, Irvington, Virginia

Score: 89.33
Crabbing, croquet, and kayaking at a 1946 resort on its own river-flanked peninsula. Doubles from $320.

37. Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Score: 89.27
Mega-resort where everything is outsize—a 20,000-square-foot kids’ club; nine pools on six levels, with the world’s first water elevator. Doubles from $429.


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