Courtesy of Montage Laguna Beach

The top family-friendly hotels, resorts, and cruises around the globe, as voted on by T+L readers.

April 28, 2011

Europe

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.

    Asia

    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).

    Africa

    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.

    Cruises

    Large-ship

    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

    Small-ship

    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 travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.

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