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Imagine you and the kids in Hawaii. Hiking to a waterfall. Snorkeling through a lagoon. Lounging beachside. Dining at a luau. Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu, makes this kind of family vacation, well, possible. And that's just one of the country's best family stays.

No. 4 Cloister at Sea Island, GA

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The resort’s luxurious English manor–style suites come with a kitchen, a fireplace, and a balcony. Still, the kids will get antsy sooner or later, and when they do, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure on this Georgia barrier island. Try open sea kayaking, beach horseback riding, or skeet shooting. Indoor activities come courtesy of the children’s center and the movie theater. 

Parents Love: Sunset cruises around the island aboard the Cloister Belle, a restored vintage yacht.

Kids Love: Learning how to bait hooks and cast rods on a fishing trip to the salt marsh.

America’s Best Family Hotels

No. 4 Cloister at Sea Island, GA

The resort’s luxurious English manor–style suites come with a kitchen, a fireplace, and a balcony. Still, the kids will get antsy sooner or later, and when they do, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure on this Georgia barrier island. Try open sea kayaking, beach horseback riding, or skeet shooting. Indoor activities come courtesy of the children’s center and the movie theater. 

Parents Love: Sunset cruises around the island aboard the Cloister Belle, a restored vintage yacht.

Kids Love: Learning how to bait hooks and cast rods on a fishing trip to the salt marsh.

Courtesy of Sea Island

America’s Best Family Hotels

At last, a Hawaiian vacation that incorporates the kids. Meet Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu, where bassinets and baby-proofed balconies are standard. There's a complimentary kids’ club and volcano-themed pool area with a lazy river. And that luau? You’ll be joined by Mickey and friends.

T+L readers found Aulani’s combination of Hawaiian cultural touches, kid-friendly activities, and a spectacular beach setting to be pretty magical, ranking it America’s No. 1 hotel for families in our annual World’s Best Awards survey. Overall, the top 25 hotels range from coast to coast, mountaintops to valleys, each offering plush, spacious accommodations and fun for both kids and grown-ups.

A day at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, TX, might begin with horseback rides and end with s’mores by the campfire—or Moonshine Margaritas at Shellers Barrelhouse Bar. In West Virginia, the Greenbrier hosts an indoor arena for games of laser tag on its historic 10,000-acre property. And just down the road from Epcot, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas features a strip of old-fashioned arcade games and a Fantasia-inspired miniature golf course.

Many kid-friendly resorts take pride in pampering families, from creative activities at kids’ clubs to available baby products to spa treatments cateringto all ages. The staff at Virginia’s Tides Inn, for instance, offers marine-inspired full-body scrubs as well as bedtime servings of homemade cookies and milk.

This year’s crop of top-ranking family hotels is further proof that luxury and multi-acre water parks can seamlessly coexist. Book a room or suite at one of these 25 properties, and you just might make it a new family tradition.

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