Baha Mar Resort in Nassau, Bahamas

Baha Mar

Family trips to luxury resorts are a mainstay all over the world, but the truly exceptional ones for families can be much harder to find.

Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal, president of luxury travel company Fischer Travel Enterprises, says a great family travel hotel has to tick several boxes. “It should be a place where parents, young children, teenagers and grandparents will all be entertained,” she says. “At the same time, it has to be functional with things like connecting bedrooms and large rooms where you can put two beds if needed.”

Amenities are key too, says Fischer-Rosenthal, and we’re not just talking about a kids’ club (although that certainly helps). Extras like s’more kits, hot chocolate in the lobby, and creative activities that evoke a sense of place are all important, as are an intuitive staff. “You need people who adapt to customer desires and recognize that each person has different desires,” says Fischer-Rosenthal.

It’s hard to beat the family appeal of a resort like Baha Mar, for example. The 1,000-acre property in Nassau, Bahamas includes three hotels – Grand Hyatt, SLS and Rosewood and offers 40 restaurants, bars and lounges (a noodle bar, confectionery and pizzeria among the cluster), a golf course 18 holes and destination spa. Family-friendly highlights include a new $200 million water park with 24 waterslides and a wave pool, mini-golf, and the Explorers Kids Club, which offers a theater and arts, crafts classes and cooking.

Baha Mar also includes The Sanctuary, home to abundant wildlife such as sea turtles and nurse sharks, and Flamingo Cay where guests can interact with the birds of the same name.

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