A typical family winter vacation covers major holidays and is truly a time to unwind and celebrate. The world gleams and shines with chilly winter evenings and snowy mountain slopes awaiting your welcome.
We have a list of the best family-friendly winter vacation resorts that you can enjoy with the whole family. Each resort has something different to offer the kids as the adults relax and find private activities of their own.
Orlando, Florida deserves a top spot on our list as the best family-friendly holiday destination. The tropical weather doesn’t get brutally cold during winters, making it perfect to escape heavy snow and have a memorable and quality time with the family.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort is located inside the Universal theme park. The island-themed resort overlooks a lagoon and is surrounded by gardens while still keeping you close to the thrilling roller coasters and the marvelous Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The colorful and bright rooms also boast kid-friendly themes and have all the basic amenities with lagoon or pool views. With club-level rooms, you can get access to the private lounge for continental breakfasts and evening drinks.
Enjoy your stay with direct access to the park and fast-track admissions on the rides. The hotel has a handful of on-site restaurants and a poolside grill. Relax at the lagoon-style outdoor pool with a bar service, or hangout at the beach and enjoy some live entertainment with the kids.
Nestled in the heart of the mountains, the Four Seasons Resort in whistler offers a luxurious family vacation unlike any other in the area. The gorgeous resort is popular among families because of its spacious residences and suites, as well as kid-friendly activities.
The posh and upscale rooms come with spectacular views of the mountains. Some have balconies and free-standing tubs as well, while the Suites add living areas and kitchens. The restaurants have children’s menu available for dine in and room service, and a welcome kid’s amenity adds an adorable touch to their service.
The hotel also has child-size robes, and a gaming area with games and crafts to keep them occupied. If you have small kids, babysitting services can be availed for an extra fee. Unwind and relax at the heated pool or spa and enroll your kids in snow tubing or skiing lessons for the winters.
Formerly called Squaw Valley, the Palisades Tahoe resort is a perfect winter getaway for families who love to ski. Surrounded by snow-clad mountain peaks, the beautiful resort keeps you warm while opening up a winter wonderland with magnificent ski slopes, terrain parks, and chair lifts.
The resort enjoys the same location of the 1960 Olympic Games, and there are still world-class athletes who reside here. The ski and mountain areas are called Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley, and direct access and booking for winter activities can be done from the resort.
The comfortable and cozy rooms are spacious enough for big families, and have all the basic amenities. However, staying at Palisades Tahoe is all about celebrating the great outdoors with activities like cross country skiing (beginner skiing available for kids), snow tubing, snowshoeing, and enjoying the s’mores at fire pits.
Lovingly called ‘The Best of the East’, Killington is the largest ski and snowboard spot in the side of the country. Nestled in the middle of it is the quaint and beautiful Killington Grand Resort.
With a vibrant family-friendly ambiance and a mesmeric landscape of snow-clad mountain peaks and trees, it is a perfect winter vacation destination for families. The resort also has a complimentary winter shuttle service as well as a ski-bridge access to the slopes.
The rooms are kept minimalistic with a comforting layout and all the basic amenities. For large families, the resort has penthouses with in-room saunas, full kitchens, and room service.
Enjoy the on-site lounge and restaurant; unwind at the heated outdoor pool, sauna, steam room, or one of the hot tubs. There is also a large patio outside to enjoy chilly evenings next to the fire pit and imposing mountains.
Escape the chilly winter blues and have a tropical vacation with the family this winter at the extravagant and posh Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Tucked in the heart of Playa del Carmen along a peaceful white sand beach, the resort is a perfect winter getaway for families.
Enjoy a luxurious stay in their modern suites with all the amenities you can wish for along with amazing views of the ocean. For large families, upgraded suites are an ideal choice as they add living rooms and have a private pool with room service.
The on-site restaurants are plentiful, with 8 options to choose from ranging from French bistros to an elevated Italian spot. Have a karaoke night with the family or relax by the poolside bar and high-end spa. There are also plunge pools and direct access to the beach available with your stay.