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World's Best Family Hotels and Cruises

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1. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, India

Score: 98.18
Daily rides on two resident elephants are one highlight at this luxurious tented compound bordering a tiger reserve. Doubles from $875.

2. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Score: 95.39
Thatched-roof villas with open-air living rooms and plunge pools; for kids, a new infinity pool and lessons in Balinese dance. Doubles from $780.

3. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

Score: 95.00
Puppet shows based on Rajasthani folktales keep kids busy while parents pamper themselves with ayurvedic treatments at the spa. Doubles from $655.

4. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India

Score: 93.85
Marble-floored, mosaic-filled former maharajah’s residence surrounded by polo fields and fountain-dotted formal gardens. Doubles from $627, including breakfast.

5. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

Score: 93.18
Views of the Taj Mahal from every room and lots of activities guaranteed to keep the little ones busy (including classes in kite-flying and folk dance). Doubles from $655.

6. Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Score: 92.31
Opulence on 15 acres in the Orchard Road shopping and business district, a quick drive from the new Universal Studios Singapore. Doubles from $330.

7. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

Score: 92.00
Nouveau Indian palace on 30 acres in the regal Rajasthani city, with boat cruises on Lake Pichola. Doubles from $655.

8. Discovery Shores, Boracay, Philippines

Score: 90.59
On a tiny island known for powder-white-sand beaches; kids learn the Filipino versions of hopscotch and tag and climb up a bamboo pole in a popular local game known as palosebo. Doubles from $400.

9. Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam

Score: 89.41
Old Quarter hot spot that just emerged last year from a four-year renovation; the entire family can join in cooking classes, which start at the local market and end in the hotel kitchen. Doubles from $265.

10. Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Score: 89.23
Sandstone-hued splendor on Lake Pichola with a supervised kids’ buffet and play zone during Sunday brunch. Doubles from $715.


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