To make sure you find that ideal balance of both a romantic and family-fun on your honeymoon, here is our list of the top child-friendly honeymoon destinations.
1. Choose a Family-Friendly All-Inclusive
The best thing about family friendly all inclusive resorts is that children — from newborns to teenagers — are not only welcome but can be kept occupied and out of your hair with supervised, age-appropriate activities from morning till night.
2. Opt for Orlando
If you’re kids at heart yourselves, you may get as much of a kick out of Disneyworld, Epcot, and Universal as youngsters do. Some of the best family friendly hotels in Orlando even have childcare services so that you can get away by yourselves for a bit. Some of our favorite hotels are:
- Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort Disney Springs® Resort Area offers babysitting and child services at an additional charge. In addition to that, kids must be so excited with the kid-themed amenities such as an aquatic playground, heated pool, and video game room. The four-star hotel is close to Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park.
- Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando™ – When Mom and Dad want to enjoy a night of fun or a quiet dinner alone, they can drop the kids off at the Resort Kids’ Camp. Kids will enjoy arts and crafts, stories, computers, video games, movies, board games and other activities. Kids’ Camp is for children ages 4–14. Open from 5 PM–11:30 PM. For babysitting, simply contact the concierge for arrangements and fees for more information.
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Vacationing is child’s play with our range of services for you and your family’s convenience. Children’s activities and babysitting services. Disney character Sunday brunch. Complimentary breakfast buffet for kids 3-and-under with a paying adult. Walking Distance to T-Rex and Rainforest Café in Disney Springs®. Children’s menus, high chairs and cribs.
3. Take a Cruise
The majority of cruise lines are well-equipped to host families with kids on a honeymoon. Babysitters, counselors, children’s play areas, even shallow pools just for kids ensure that little ones will be occupied and cared for while parents can unwind and indulge in quality alone-time. Some of our favorite family cruises:
- Disney Wonder – Disney’s Oceaneer Club. Disney fantasy springs to life here as character-driven performances, dress-up parties, crafts and movies keep kids aged 3–12 entertained for hours—including at lunch and dinner if parents want to eat on their own. The It’s a Small World and Flounder’s Reef nurseries will watch little ones aged six months to three years for a $9 USD hourly fee.
- Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas – Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Ocean. Your kids will have an on-board adventure as Aquanauts (3–5), doing cool experiments and becoming “Certified Junior Adventure Scientists”; Explorers (6–8), enjoying themed parties and science activities; or Voyagers (9–11), trying karaoke and adventure challenges. At the Royal Babies (6–18months) and Royal Tots (18–36 months) nurseries, children can be watched for US$6USD/hr (day) and $8USD/hr (evening).
- Carnival Vista – Best for: Social moms and dads seeking poolside fun and a free program, Camp Ocean, for kids 24 months and up, including those who are still in diapers. Your kids will love: WaterWorks aqua park, with its dizzying Kaleid-O-Slide raft ride; Dive-In Movies at the pool; whimsical Seuss at Sea activities and Dr. Seuss Bookville (a colourful library stocked with Seuss titles in multiple languages); and Guy’s Burger Joint.
- Pride of America – Best for: Nature- and culture-loving kids old enough to appreciate volcanoes and Hawaiian lore. Family-friendly excursions: Try a sailing or snorkelling expedition (one has a floating dock and inflatable toys for younger kids) from Kona on Hawaii; go humpback whale–watching (from December to April) or on an Atlantis submarine voyage on Maui; older kids can try cave tubing on Kauai.
4. Head for Hawaii
Hawaii has always been a popular honeymoon destination, and now it is a family destination as well. Couples who traveled to these islands after their own wedding and fell in love with the state returned, kids in tow. Many of Hawaii’s hotels responded by offering special services for families with children. Our favorite family hotels in Hawaii:
- Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Oahu – At this gorgeous property in the Ko Olina resort complex, service is excellent, the food is delicious, and the kids always come first. The pool area is gorgeous, boasting a lazy river, two waterslides, and a manmade reef, and the coved-in lagoon offers calm waters. It should come as no surprise that Disney delivers when it comes to family fun. Classic movie characters wander the grounds, posing for photos with kids of all ages, decked out in aloha shirts for that extra island flair. Dance parties at the pool happen daily. Keiki (kids) menus are available at every restaurant, be it sit-down or quick-serve. The spa offers treatments for everyone in the family (even toddlers!), or the whole family can enjoy a treatment together in the ‘Ohana suite. Rooms are also incredibly family-friendly, with spacious layouts and mini-fridges in every room.
- Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Maui – The Grand Wailea Resort may be the most kid-friendly resort on Maui; its biggest selling point has to be the one-of-a-kind pool system with some pretty awesome features: a lazy-river pool, four waterslides, a rope swing, and a water elevator at the center of a faux volcano. The resort also has one of the best kids camps we’ve seen. Camp Grande is a 20,000-square-foot facility with a video arcade, pingpong and foosball tables, a PlayStation room, a mini movie theater, and an activity room for kids 5-12 (seasonal activities available for teens). As if that’s not enough to keep your kid busy, the beach has great waves for body-surfing and stiller areas for snorkeling. Even the rooms are geared towards families: standard rooms are huge and connecting rooms are available. There are also great kid options on restaurant menus.
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Maui – Guests never run out of things to do at the Hyatt Regency, which can feel like a zoo, waterpark, mall and food court all wrapped into one (crowds included), making it the perfect place to bring your kids on vacation. With flamingos, cranes, parrots, and penguins on site, great beach activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and windsurfing lessons, and various Hawaiian-themed kids activities, children will never be bored. And, like many other resorts on our list, the pool complex is impressive, to say the least. There is a children’s area, rope bridge, and 150-foot waterslide. Most of the hotel’s restaurants provide kid-friendly options and rollaway beds can be provided in the large standard rooms.
- Sheraton Waikiki – Oahu – The Sheraton Waikiki is the place to be if you’re an avid people watcher. The second largest hotel (with an astonishing 1,636 rooms!) in Hawaii means huge crowds, but amenities a-plenty. Even better, children under 17 stay for free; however, rollaway beds are pricey. If you can get over the incredibly packed pool (get there before 7 a.m. for a spot) the pool complex is impressive, with two connected pools, fountains, a Jacuzzi and a waterslide. Children can also enroll in the kids camp where they make leis and go to an aquarium, among other activities. Have a picky eater? Don’t worry, because the Sheraton has some of the best kid-friendly options of any Hawaii hotel.