Name an activity that kids might dream up for their perfect vacation and Florida’s Ponte Vedra Inn & Club probably has it. They can join lawn games and craft classes, improve a tennis or golf swing, take a horse ride along the private beach, and learn a captain’s secrets for catching flounder.
It’s a winning recipe that has earned Ponte Vedra the title of America’s best family hotel, according to T+L readers, who voted in the annual World’s Best Awards survey. And like many of the top-ranking properties, Ponte Vedra delivers meaningful, experiential travel and the option for tailor-made experiences.
At Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Lodge (No. 3), for instance, you can indulge in a reflexology massage, while your child chooses a pastry-scented pedicure or a hydrating facial, all items on the “mini-me” menu. A stay at Colorado’s Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa (No. 20) comes with daily story-time—along with complimentary mugs of hot chocolate. And Virginia’s Tides Inn (No. 7) now provides tees for tots at the 18-hole Golden Eagle Golf Club.
Family-size accommodations and convenience remain selling points as well. Disney’s Beach Club Resort (No. 10) is a few minutes’ stroll from Epcot, but you don’t need to leave the resort to get your thrills. Its own three-acre water park features a waterslide crafted from the mast of a life-size shipwreck.
So say good-bye to one-size-fits-all travel. You won’t have to choose between amusement parks and museums or French fries and fresh seafood—2013’s batch of winners has a little something for everyone.