The 10 Best Family-Friendly Resorts

9. Four Seasons Lana'I, Manele Bay, HI

Overlooking a waterfall, the 1,800-sq.-ft. facility that houses the Four Seasons children's camp is stunning, with jungle murals, butterfly lights, and an outdoor play area. "We tied the program to Hawaii rather than offer a mainland experience that just happens to be in Hawaii," says Mark Hellrung, general manager. To that end, 5- to 12-year-old campers can take hula lessons, learn how the Hawaiian Islands were formed, make leis, play Hawaiian games, and build their own erupting volcano.

Preregistration isn't required for the camp, parents can drop off and pick up their kids anytime during operating hours, and there is one counselor for every six children.

Accommodations:

This new resort, formerly the Manele Bay Hotel, boasts 215 guest rooms (starting at 576 sq. ft.) and 21 suites (starting at 1,056 sq. ft.), all nonsmoking; they're built on 30 acres of tropical gardens in Lana'i, 45 minutes from Maui via ferry

Family Features:

Year-round, complimentary kids' camp all day; white-sand beach; pool with dive-in movies, complimentary Evian spritzers and chilled towels; playground; toddler beds; free childproofing upon request; refrigerator, bike, and stroller rentals; kids' menus at all restaurants and free meals for children ages 4 and under; DVD players in all rooms

Parents' Perks:

Challenging golf course built on lava outcroppings; spa with treatments like Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage; free scuba-diving introductory course

  • Delivers, at no charge, milk and cookies to a child's room on the first night of his stay; kids also receive a bag with playing cards, bubbles, a note pad, and more at check-in
  • Takes advantage of the natural habitat with activities such as searching for butterflies and feeding sea creatures with bamboo fishing poles
  • Makes bathtime fun with sponges spelling out a child's name, child-size kimono robes and slippers, and kid-friendly toiletries

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