World's Best Hotels for Families | 2009

World's Best Hotels for Families | 2009

World's Best Hotels for Families | 2009
Courtesy of Montage Laguna Beach
World's Best Hotels for Families | 2009
Courtesy of Montage Laguna Beach
The top family-friendly hotels, resorts, and cruises around the globe, as voted on by T+L readers.


1. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Score: 86.67
Lavish, with a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a recreation manager just for the kids.

2. Astir Palace Resort, Athens

Score: 83.48
Private Mediterranean peninsula, home to the Westin Athens and Arion, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa.

3. Luna Hotel Baglioni, Venice

Score: 83.15
On Piazza San Marco; with painting courses for kids at the Peggy Guggenheim museum nearby.

4. J.K. Place, Florence, Italy

Score: 82.98
Town house with a glass-roofed breakfast courtyard.

5. Hotel Villa Magna, Madrid

Score: 82.90
Centrally located and fresh from a chic re-do.


1. Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai

Score: 91.54
Site of the family-friendly Yi Café—kids love the waterfall and the dough figurines.

2. The Peninsula, Bangkok

Score: 91.20
Cushy digs overlooking the Chao Phraya River (ask for a terrace with a hot tub).

3. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

Score: 90.42
Mughal era-inspired rooms with unobstructed views of the Taj Mahal.

4. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Score: 89.90
Sign up for Thai cooking and culture classes.

5. Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

Score: 88.07
Two sleek towers above the waterfront, with an unmissable brunch (think dancers and acrobats).


1. Kichwa Tembo, Masai Mara, Kenya

Score: 95.10
Glamorous safari tents (that are more like luxury hotel rooms) and hot-air balloon rides over the Mara plains.

2. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Kenya

Score: 92.78
It’s oh-so-civilized: Take tea by the fire just as Winston Churchill once did after horseback riding or croquet.

3. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Score: 91.38
Sumptuously furnished Masai-inspired cabins and a top-notch children’s program.

4. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Kenya

Score: 91.15
Game drives and views of Mount Kilimanjaro from your window.

5. Cape Grace, Cape Town, South Africa

Score: 91.05
Service-focused mainstay, with a chartered yacht and complimentary BMW rides to Table Mountain.



1. Disney Cruise Line
Score: 89.46

2. Crystal Cruises
Score: 87.65

3. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Score: 85.87

4. Oceania Cruises
Score: 81.12

5. Royal Caribbean International
Score: 76.90


1. Lindblad Expeditions
Score: 93.75

2. Viking River Cruises
Score: 87.33

3. Silversea Cruises
Score: 87.22

4. Grand Circle Travel
Score: 80.44

5. CruiseWest
Score: 79.17

Rankings are based on reader evaluations collected in Travel + Leisure’s 2009 World’s Best Awards survey. Respondents rated hotels on how well they cater to families. Scores are indexed averages of responses, rounded to the nearest hundredth of a point; in a tie, properties share the same ranking. For full survey details, see

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