8 Poshest North American Resorts for a Family Celebration... Without Cooking or Cleaning

8 Poshest North American Resorts for a Family Celebration... Without Cooking or Cleaning

These stunners are totally festive and fuss free — with all the conveniences of home.

By Alesandra Dubin

If you're the type who hears "home for the holidays" and immediately conjures a luxury resort with all the amenities — well, we like your style. These gorgeous North American hotels provide all the comforts of home for families, including tons of amenities and activities for kids, with none of the hassle of cooking or cleaning.

1. Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico

Consistently rated one of the best resorts for families in Latin America, the Four Seasons Punta Mita has it all for kids. There are beach toys for days, a lazy river, a kids's club, nannies on demand — and kids under five eat free, so load up on room service for the wee ones. The best thing about this resort though? It's totally kid friendly without sacrificing any of the sophistication that jet-setting, discriminating adults favor.

2. Parker Palm Springs, California

Another example of sophistication and family friendliness rolled into one, the Parker Palm Springs is among the jewels in the Palm Springs hotel landscape. There's a family pool, as well as one for grown folks only, and a sprawling property with secret pathways, fountains, and foliage that kids love to explore. The hotel is wrapping up a renovation now, with new interiors and a hidden wine bar, Counter Reformation, soft opening this month. The long-awaited Palm Springs Yacht Club spa overhaul is slated for completion mid-March.

3. Monarch Beach Resort, California

Located in Orange County, the Monarch Beach Resort is an all-ages haven. Your kiddos will be greeted with child-sized robes and slippers on checkin, and there's plenty for them to do at the Caterpillar Kids Club... while you luxuriate at the Miraval Spa. This Dana Point resort was until recently under the St. Regis flag, and has been renamed after a $40 million renovation.

4. Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

Spend your uber-charming Southern getaway at Montage Palmetto Bluff, with a collection of lodgings that includes cottages, cottage suites, and vacation homes as well as rooms and suites. Think picturesque waterfronts and forests as the backdrop your family vacay, where all-ages activities include horseback riding, paddle boarding and boating, bird watching, and more.

5. Four Seasons Oahu, Hawaii

You could bring your family to Disney's famous Aulani resort right next door. Or, if you're less about costumed characters by the pool and more about a non-themey all ages affair, bring your brood to the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina. There, you'll find pools for adults and families, a lagoon-like protected beach — and a 35,000-square-foot spa you'll never want to leave.

6. Four Seasons Whistler, Canada

Hello, winter wonderland! At the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is just minutes from the slopes — complete with a 75-foot free-form heated outdoor pool perfect for après-ski relaxation with views under the stars. Think snowman building, tubing, and ice skating. For kiddies, the staff hands out treats like chocolate-dipped marshmallows — but no one will mind if you grab a few too.

7. The Sagamore Resort, New York

At Lake George's Sagamore Resort, relax with your fam amid breathtaking views of the water and Adirondack Mountains. In the winter, 18,000 pounds of crystal-clear ice transforms into a buzzy lounge experience for grownups. For families, think festive movie nights and indoor sports, plus fireside s'mores making.

8. Four Seasons Maui, Hawaii

Don't worry about close quarters among family members: the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea has the largest guest rooms and bathrooms on the island of Maui. The property just completed a complete, floor-to-ceiling overhaul. There's a kids' club — plus a teen program for the sulky and hardest-to-please members of your crew. There's a special children's menu at Spago, and all kinds of amenities for kids of all ages. For adults, there are 13 treatment rooms in a glorious spa — and the adults-only Serenity Pool with swim-up bars.

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