kids on surfboard
Credit: Courtesy of Rancho Santana

These five retreats around the world prove just how luxe a trip with the kids can be.

Nicaragua: If the country is the next Costa Rica, then the Inn at Rancho Santana ($$) is its next great family getaway. The 2,700 acres along the Pacific coast offer plenty to keep the gang busy, like mountain biking, horseback riding, and surfing.

Kenya: The typical safari gets a reboot at Mara Bush Houses (all-inclusive; $$$$$), in the Masai Mara. Three private houses serviced by guides, cooks, and rangers give families an ideal base for viewing lions, rhinos, and other big game.

Scotland: Alladale Wilderness Lodge & Reserve (three-night minimum; $$$$$) plunks the safari model into the middle of the Highlands. Families of up to 14 have the run of the house and surrounding 23,000-acre reserve, where Highland cattle and wildcats roam.

Venice: Unlike most palazzi, the new JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa ($$$) is super kidfriendly: there’s a teen club and a family pool, plus classes on everything from traditional maskmaking to steering a gondola.

Florida: The cult classic Naples Grande Beach Resort ($$$$)—formerly a Waldorf Astoria—just emerged from a major overhaul that makes fun a top priority. Along with an upgraded beach, there’s a 100-foot-long waterslide with a serious plunge.

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$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000