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The 10 Best Hotels for Kids Under 10

Few experiences are as special as sharing the joy of travel with children. Exposing curious young travelers to new cultures, landscapes and people is one of life's greatest pleasures, and allows kids to expand their horizons as they mature. However, it is crucial to choose the right properties for family vacations, as great amenities and an engaging kids' club can make a world of difference. Here, Indagare rounds up 10 of our favorite properties for children under 10.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to one of these family-friendly properties. Our specialists can book you at the hotel that is right for you and arrange great meals and activities that cater to all ages.

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Best California Retreat: Carmel Valley Ranch

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Set in the Santa Lucia mountains, this cozy Northern California resort is beloved by families for its gorgeous location and impressive activity offerings. The 500-acre estate is located two hours south of San Francisco and is an ideal base from which to explore the Monterey area. Families should not miss the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, where children can snorkel in a tidal pool and feed otters. The hotel's on-property facilities include an 18-hole golf course, a sports center with tennis and bocce courts, a spa, multiple pools, a vineyard and an organic garden. Families can easily spend several days here hiking, kayaking and beach-going or savoring the region's fantastic local cuisine. On-property activities not to miss include the beekeeping experience, time with Farmer Mark, chicken coop visits and marshmallow roasting. On weekends, the Kids' Night Out offers an evening camp experience for little ones, so parents can dine alone.

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Best Hawaiian Holiday: Four Seasons Hualalai

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Set on Hawaii’s Kona coast, the expansive and luxurious Four Seasons Hualalai comprises clusters of bungalows surrounded by lush gardens and located just steps from the water. There are three large pools, including one for toddlers, and a crescent-shaped beach surrounding a protected lagoon. Kids above the age of five can participate in the Kids for All Seasons program, which includes activities like feeding manta rays and nature walks. Slightly older children can get a taste of snorkeling at the resort’s “aquarium,” King’s Pond, which is home to nearly 3,000 reef fish. The cultural center introduces guests to Hawaiian culture with hula lessons, shell beading and other traditional crafts. The hotel also offers babysitting, so parents can take advantage of the Jack Nicklaus–designed championship golf course, lap pool, tennis courts, climbing wall, state-of-the-art gym and wonderful restaurant.

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Best Floridian Classic: The Breakers

The storied grande dame of Palm Beach, The Breakers has been a beloved family-friendly property since 1896. The sprawling, beachfront hotel caters to its younger guests with a well-equipped arcade, golf clinics, bike rentals, tennis courts, multiple pools and a Family Entertainment Center with a huge playground and a playroom complete with games and toys. Camp Breakers, divided into ages 3-5 and 6-12, also offers fun daily excursions like scavenger hunts and science labs.

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Best Beach Resort: Four Seasons Nevis

The Four Seasons Nevis is a beach-loving child's dream, with four miles of sandy beach, three pools and 10 tennis courts. The property's Kids for All Seasons club offers fun activities like arts and crafts, sailing, tennis clinics and a sea turtle education program. Plus, the beach offers myriad water sports such as tubing, paddle boarding and snorkeling, and the staff can set up a volleyball court and shuffleboard on the sand.

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Best Southern Resort: Sea Island

The grand, Mediterranean-style resort Sea Island in Georgia has drawn families since 1928 with its peaceful seaside location and wide range of five-star amenities. Here, kids can spend their days playing tennis, biking, swimming and horseback riding on the beach, or at Camp Cloister. This kids' club (for children ages three to 14) offers a daily schedule of activities like arts and crafts, nature walks and pool time at the Beach Club, and young guests can also make their own stuffed animals, attend movie nights and indulge in mini spa treatments.

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Best New England Escape: Ocean House

One of Rhode Island's most iconic properties, Ocean House is the ideal spot for a relaxed coastal retreat with young children. The resort evokes quintessential New England, with a sunny yellow façade, white wraparound porch and wide, calm beach. Within easy driving distance of New York and Boston, and with a menu of kid-friendly activities like croquet, sandcastle building and beach barbecues, families might not want to leave the property. But the charming town of Watch Hill, a two-minute drive away, is worth a visit to explore its shops and take a ride on the historic Flying Horses Carousel.

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Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to one of these family-friendly properties. Our specialists can book you at the hotel that is right for you and arrange great meals and activities that cater to all ages.

Published onDecember 1, 2018

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