Call it the best of both worlds. You have multiple-bedrooms and plenty of space to spread out, with all the amenities of a resort – the perfect combination for a fun and stress-free trip.
While many luxury hotels offer penthouse suites and luxe residences, these often price very high compared to more traditional hotel rooms. And while there are countless ways to book private homes around the world, these lack amenities that families in particular find valuable; restaurants, kids clubs, pools, room service, etc.
But increasingly we’re asked to find these hidden gems – all the fun of a resort combined with the space and comfort of a private home for a family vacation.
So here’s our list! We have some great options both in the United States and internationally.
Caribbean Club – 7 Mile Beach – Grand Cayman Island
Caribbean Club is located right in the middle of the famous 7 Mile Beach, one of the most lovely strips of beach in the whole Caribbean. The complex is relatively small – with thirty-seven spacious 1-3 bedroom Suites and Villas as well as a pool, one of the best restaurants on the island, and access to watersports steps from your front door.
Grand Cayman is super easy to navigate; rent a car and spend a week exploring the island both above and below the water!
Naia Resort – Placencia Belize
Nestled within a private 200-acre reserve on the Placencia Peninsula of Belize, Naia resort offers beautiful, secluded beach houses together with resort amenities.
Surrounded by beach and mangrove wetlands, the area was originally settled in by the ancient Maya, most likely as a source of salt, before becoming a haven for buccaneers in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Today, Placencia is growing from small fishing village to low-key tourism hub.
Belize is best explored from the water – home to countless cayes and private islands, as well as turquoise waters full of life – and Naia is a perfect home base for an adventurous beach vacation.
Kiawah Island – South Carolina
If you’re looking for a domestic beach getaway, Kiawah is a classic choice.
This unspoiled barrier island is home to golf courses, 10 miles of beach, dining and pools all at your doorstep. There are two pool complexes—complete with multiple pools and casual outdoor dining—strictly for the use of resort guests.
Here we have a wide selection of homes in all shapes, sizes and price points. But be sure to book early, the summer season books up well in advance!
Terranea Resort – Southern California
With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea Resort has several multi-bedroom options including bungalows, casitas, and villas, the perfect option for a Southern California getaway!
In addition to year-round heated pools and a lovely beach other on site adventures include lessons in painting, the art of falconry, archery, guided nature hikes, tide pooling, paddle boarding, kayaking and more. Expert guides offer friendly and knowledgeable insight into Rancho Palos Verdes’ unique ecology and character.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch – Winter Park, Colorado
Devil’s Thumb Ranch is a unique blend of dude ranch and mountain resort.
Here families love horseback riding, fly fishing, cross-country skiing, fat tire mountain biking, zip lining, and more on over 6,500 acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness.
At the end of the day enjoy a lovely spa and acclaimed restaurants, elegant lodge accommodations, year-round heated pool and hot tub, daily yoga, and a fun fireplace with all the fixings for s’mores!
Punta Islita – Costa Rica
Punta Islita is located on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Here we have several multi-bedroom villas, most with private pools, as well as 2 large resort pools and a lovely beach just steps away.
Surrounded by endless ocean, exuberant tropical forest and picturesque communities, there’s no better place to enjoy a day of hiking, monkey safaris, art projects, or traditional cooking lessons – all complimentary and included in your stay at Punta Islita.
Families love the Wild Scarlet Macaw Reserve, the Camaronal Sea Turtle Refuge, and nearby beach towns like Carrillo and Samara.
Round Hill – Jamaica
Round Hill, located near Montego Bay Jamaica, has 27 private villas and a long and storied history. Having hosted Old Hollywood stars and U.S. Presidents, this resort has a feeling of classic Caribbean legacy.
Four classes of villas are offered, ranging from two- to six-bedrooms and including a selection of fine amenities such as private pools, guest houses, event lawns and the epitome of indoor/outdoor living. Each villa comes with private butler.
While each accommodation affords the utmost in luxury and evokes its own personality, all offer effortless access to the water sports, tennis, golf, spa, and dining you’ve come to Jamaica to enjoy.
So what sounds most appealing for your next family trip? Contact us to get started planning now!