The best family hotels full of design ideas

Gorgeous design might not be the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the words “best family hotels”. But maybe we need to change our way of thinking.

Resorts around the world, from the best hotels in the Maldives to the Paris region, are finding ways to combine style with kid-friendly facilities. In our research for this piece, we uncovered children’s entertainment options such as oceanside yoga and meditation sessions or immersive fairy-tale experiences reminiscent of local legends.

While these curated experiences usually come at a price for adults, there’s still plenty of inspiration design-minded parents can draw from these unique family resorts, whether you visit them or not.

Put on your sneakers, grab your binoculars and your treasure map, and let’s go for a little adventure!

1. Malia Cretan Park

Malia Cretan Park

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The Cretan Malia Park is located in a The Bauhaus-inspired building was completely renovated in 2018 to create a fresh, bohemian interior that contrasts with the retro facade. IInside, there is no shortage of wood and natural materials: walnut, chestnut, fresh stone, elegant tiles and rattan accessories.

There is no shortage of fabulous hotels in Crete, but this address really stands out for its family references. For the little ones, there’s a kids’ club with an outdoor playground and special activities like a drama club and baking lessons. For teenagers, there is a dedicated space where they can relax and read and activities like film screenings and outdoor sports.

The beach is a short walk away and there is also a choice of natural pools, perfect for cooling off from the summer sun.

Book a stay at Cretan Malia Park (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $230.

2. Almyra Cyprus

A glamorous hotel lobby with a central chandelier and chic, modern furniture

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This Paphos seaside resort strikes the delicate balance of being both ultra family-friendly and ultra-chic.

The interiors are the work of the Parisian designer Joelle Pleot (former director of the Parisian showrooms of Christian Liaigre) who personally oversaw the creation of each bespoke piece of furniture, which was also created by local artisans. Inside, you’ll find comfortable banquettes that overlook the shimmering ocean, opulent glass and marble paired features.

Parents in need of rest will be delighted with the offer of the children’s club and the “Baby Go Lightly” equipment (parents of babies can bring light). There’s plenty to do for the younger members of the family, like pottery lessons, treasure hunts, and trips to the nearby castle. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the kid-free spa and splash around in the pool.

Practical yet chic rooms come in different sizes and configurations and overlook the garden or the sea.

Book a stay in Almyra (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $160.

3. Pine Cliffs Hotel, a luxury resort


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This Algarve resort has an excellent reputation as one of the best family resorts in Europe.

The vibe is clean-lined and white walls offset by splashes of traditional Portuguese tiling and terra-cotta tiles. The estate while is huge and rambling, including a sprawling “Children’s Village”, basically a huge playground with lots of activities for kids like mini golf, bouncy castle, basketball court and a pirate ship to climb everywhere. Bonus: there’s also a full-size golf course for adults.

The entire resort overlooks the Atlantic, and there are plenty of options available for families, from connecting rooms to apartments.

Book a stay at Pine Cliffs (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $500.


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4. The Mont d’Arbois Chalets

Chalet Mont d'Arbois

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Take your family to a winter wonderland at Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève. The traditional wooden chalets were built by the Edmond de Rothschild family, who established this mini ski resort here a century ago. The properties are a short distance from the nearest ski lifts.

There is no additional charge for children under 18 and many activities are available for them, such as snowshoe walks and horse-drawn sleigh rides. At the sister hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Megève, there is a free Kids Kingdom and Teen Zone.

Four Seasons Kids Club

There is plenty to offer for the whole family

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The decor is an elevated version of the classic alpine chalet. We love the chic light tones of the woodwork and the sumptuously cozy details such as the soft plaids and the obligatory open fires.

Book a stay at the Chalets du Mont d’Arbois (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $460.

Ski chalet room

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5. Joali Being, Maldives

Joali Being beach hut

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This ultra-upscale resort in the Maldives isn’t accessible to most due to price, but kids who are lucky enough to go there on their family vacation should be absolutely thrilled.

In general, the focus is on wellness with a relaxed retreat vibe. The interiors feature curved lines with a look inspired by the sea, shells and shores.

The Joy of Being kids club takes young guests on a bohemian and eco-friendly adventure. The program is intended to be “specifically tailored to their concerns – such as finding their place in the world as young adults and coping with the stress caused by social pressures and modern technology”. On the program: snorkeling with marine biologists and meditation and movement classes with yoga teachers; juicing, vegan banking and exploring Joali Being Turtle Conservation Sanctuary.

Each of the 68 villas has a dedicated butler.

Book a stay at Joali Being (opens in a new tab). Rooms starting at $2000.

6. The Barn

The Barn seen from the outside

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Le Barn crosses the charms of the French countryside and the chic design characteristic of charming hotels in the French capital.

The hotel is located on a large estate in the forest of Rambouillet, 40 minutes by direct train from Paris Montparnasse, and the hotel is then 25 minutes by taxi. The location allows for a bucolic retreat for the whole family. There are plenty of walking and cycling trails and even an on-site stable and riding school (lessons can be booked for an additional fee). The owner’s own children (and dogs) walk around.

Le Barn common area

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The interiors are designed by be-poles, the Parisian branding and architecture agency. Modern rooms can interconnect for families, and the minimalist look is both practical and comfortable. Common spaces mix classic country vibes with a more modern aesthetic.

Book a stay at the Barn (opens in a new tab). Rooms from $215.

7. Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay

Nobu Hotel Ibiza

Who said a kids’ club couldn’t be chic?

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The whole family can disconnect from the demands of the outside world Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay. The color palette is ultra-tranquil: think whites, golds, blues, and aqua, and huge windows open onto terraces facing the beach.

There is a dazzling array of cool activities on offer for children at no extra cost to hotel guests. Toddlers can role-play artists, chefs or DJs (this is Ibiza after all). The offer for children is managed by a team of professionally trained and certified childminders. One of the swimming pools is dedicated to families.

Nobu Hotel

Old-school hobby horses are offered in the kids’ club

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For older kids, there’s a Six Senses spa, hair and beauty salon, and yoga sessions.

Book a stay at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (opens in a new tab). Rooms start around $480.

8. Borgo Egnazia

Borgo Egnazia Room

The color palette may not be the most kid-friendly, but the station is

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Surely one of the most beautiful resorts in Puglia surrounded by farmland and right by the coast. Sidenote: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were married here and apparently Madonna spends long periods at this resort as well.

The hotel is created and managed by the Melpignano family. Building and set designer Pino Brescia orchestrated the look of the entire complex. Although purpose built, it uses traditional local techniques and local stone recreating the feel of a small village with its approximately 90 townhouses linked by small lanes and dotted with elegant fountains etc. . The overall feel of the interiors is fresh, airy and harmonious, with lots of neutral colors and curved elements.

Borgo Egnazia

Modern meets traditional at Borgo Egnazia

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For toddlers: there are three different kids’ clubs suitable for different age groups with interactive workshops inspired by Apulian fairy tales for the little ones and go-kart and art workshops for older and younger children. many outdoor sports for older teenagers.

Book a stay at Borgo Egnazia (opens in a new tab). Rooms start around $1200.

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