We’ve reached an exciting moment in family travel: not only are parents increasingly willing to take their kids to locales farther from home, but children themselves are driving their whole families’ decisions about where to go and what to do. (And as hotels adapt and expand their offerings, parents are also having more fun as a result.)
Every year for the World’s Best Awards, Travel + Leisure asks readers to rank travel experiences across the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers taking the WBA survey considered how well hotels of all stripes — from ultra-luxe safari lodges to ski resorts and all-inclusive island escapes — cater to families. (The 2019 survey is still open, and you can vote for your favorites until March 4.)
The most recent list of picks reflects several iconic domestic destinations — including Florida, the Caribbean, and New England — along with other choices much further afield, in places like Rivas, Nicaragua, and Bangalore, India. But regardless of the geography, it’s clear that T+L readers prioritize a constellation of activities, family-friendly amenities, inventive children’s and teen programming, and accommodations that work for groups of all ages and sizes. Here, the Top 50 family-friendly properties around the world as chosen by T+L readers.