Attention Luxury Lovers: Where to Find the Best Resorts for Spring Break 

Kendra Pierson Avatar
The staff at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach are waiting to welcome luxury spring break families.
The staff at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach are waiting to welcome luxury spring break families. Photo Credit: Acqualina Resort & Spa

When it comes to a luxury spring break destination for families, the list of places to go can be as varied as our families are. Some families are all about that last ski vacation. If this describes your family, head to the Montage Deer Valley.

My family, however, is all about the warm weather and beach life, so the Caribbean is more our style. I need clear waters, a spa, kids club, luxe rooms and different dining options. I’ve included sandy beach destinations that hit all the items on my checklist for kid-friendly luxury.

Plus, there are all inclusive resorts for a full week of family fun that means never having to pull out your wallet.

But, wherever we go, the most important consideration for a soothing, luxurious spring break for us: No college student spring breakers! They are much more likely to be headed to Daytona Beach, Florida, or South Padre Island, Texas, than any of the resorts on our list of the best resorts for spring break for families.

Read More: Off the Beaten Path Spring Break Ideas

Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah

Kid friendly luxury comes easy for spring break skiing at the Montage Deer Valley
Kid friendly luxury comes easy for spring break skiing at the Montage Deer Valley. Photo Credit: Montage Deer Valley

The award-winning Montage Deer Valley offers indoor and outdoor activities for every level of skier and member of the family. Guests have easy ski-in, ski-out access to adjacent Deer Valley Resort.

Families can choose from guestrooms and suites ranging from one to four bedrooms. The resort offers 24-hour in-room dining plus six dining concepts, including a pub with bowling, billiards and arcade games for an active nightlife once the ski day is over. Year-round activities range from mountain biking to fly fishing.

Even better, there’s a 35,000-square-foot spa sanctuary.

Hyatt Residence Club, Maui 

Sunset on Maui.
Sunset on Kaanapali Beach on Maui, Hawaii. Photo credit: Cindy Richards

If a visit to Hawaii in on your radar, aim for this posh resort on Ka’anapali Beach. It features only villa accommodations with one, two, and three bedroom units. The setup is ideal for families with younger kids with early bedtimes and for multigenerational traveling groups who need separate spaces. The Residence Club is one of Hyatt’s timeshare properties, but non-owners can rent villas just like any hotel guest would.

The units offer every luxury: full kitchens with stainless appliances, a large lanai with ocean views with seating for everyone in the family, giant soaker tubs, posh bathrooms, in-unit washers and dryers and flat screen televisions in every bedroom and living area.

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Four Seasons Punta Mita
Kids become explorers at the Four Seasons Punta Mita. Photo Credit: Four Seasons Punta Mita

For families who want to work on their Spanish, Mexico is always a popular spring break spot. Skip Cancun, which will be overrun with college students, and head to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Riviera Nayarit. Families can take advantage of the beautiful beaches, water sports, the chance to make Mexican-style arts and crafts, tennis, golf, surfing, a lazy river, a game room, spa and adults-only pool. For parents, there’s plenty of nightlife too.

Unique experiences are available, such as releasing baby sea turtles into the sea, ziplines, scuba diving, sailing and eco adventure tours of Islas Marietas National Park for snorkeling, kayaking or paddleboarding.

Acqualina Resort & Spa, Sunny Isles, Florida

Acqualina Resort and Spa
Parents will have their own luxury retreat in the two-bedroom suites at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach. Photo Credit: Acqualina Resort and Spa

Acqualina Resort & Spa embraces the charm of a Mediterranean villa with the convenience of a South Florida location, easily reached by road trip. Located near Miami beach, it is a top-ranked beachfront hotel.

Adults will enjoy the Acqualina Spa by ESPA, yoga and nearby golf course and tennis courts. Teens and children have their own programs like pool parties or beach parties on the white sand beaches.

Disney Deluxe Villas, Orlando, Florida

man shows off Murphy bed at Disney's Saratoga Springs
TravelingDad John Vanda says his kids loved testing this Murphy bed feature at Disney’s Deluxe Villas at Saratoga Springs. Photo credit: Jessica Vanda

The ultimate Disney experience, Disney Deluxe Villas were once thought to be available only to Disney Vacation Club members. No more! You can book these rooms directly with the Walt Disney Travel Company (categorized as “Deluxe Villa Resorts”), have a Disney Vacation Club member book a reservation for you using their points or use a site dedicated to renting Disney Vacation Club points. That third option — renting DVC points — is the way to have a budget-friendly luxury stay at Disney World.

We love Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. We love saving on our stay even more! Screenshot from David’s Vacation Rentals

The one-, two- and three-bedroom units have a fully-stocked kitchen and washer and dryer. Plus, the villas offer access to the DVC Members “Community Hall” room. That’s the place to go for free DVD rentals, board games, video games, crafts, sporting equipment, coloring pages, on-site staff and more.

Atlantis Resort Bahamas

Mayan Temple Pool at Atlantis Paradise Island
Mayan Temple Pool at Atlantis Resort Bahamas. Photo by Heidi Gollub.

Atlantis is a dream Caribbean destination for families. This premium luxury resort sits on miles of the best beaches in the Bahamas and offers stunning views of turquoise sea. There are 50,000 animals living on property in the world’s largest open-air marine habitat and the 141-acre waterscape is packed with pools and thrilling water slides.

SheBuysTravel Tip: Before you go, read our VIP tips for getting the most out of your Atlantis family vacation.

The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona

Pool at The Phoenician resort in Arizona
The pool at The Phoenician. Photo courtesy The Phoenician

This AAA Five-Diamond, Forbes Five-Star resort is set on 250 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale. It’s one of our favorite Arizona resorts for families.

The Funicians Club for kids is currently closed, but when it is operating, it offers daily activities for kids ages 5-12, three big screen TVs, a lake house play house, salt water fish tank and more. The Kids Zone pool area features a tree house complete with a swaying bridge, sails and a helm for children’s inner pirate to explore, splash pad with spray guns, falling buckets of water and shooting water spouts and a 197-foot twisting water slide – for guests 42 inches and taller.

To keep parents happy, there’s a golf course and full-service spa.

L’Auberge Del Mar, Del Mar, California

The spa at L’Auberge Del Mar. Photo courtesy of L’Auberge Del Mar

Perched on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, L’Auberge Del Mar is a chic, family friendly, beach resort just a few miles north of San Diego, California. Perfect for a family beach escape, the resort sports stunning views and luxurious rooms walking distance from the beach, great shopping and restaurants.

Millennium Premier New York Times Square, New York City

The bright lights (and shopping dreams) of New York City are a huge draw for lots of tween/teens, so why not indulge their wishes with a spring break trip? New York has no shortage of luxury properties from boutique hotels to corporate owned properties.

The Millennium Premier New York Times Square wins for its location right in the middle of Times Square and its nightlife. Plus, the rooms are larger than average NYC hotel rooms, which means there will be plenty of room for all the bags from your shopping adventures! There’s so much to do in NYC, but here are our recommendations to get you started.

Luxurious All Inclusive Resorts

For one flat rate, families can find accommodations, activities, food and entertainment at all-inclusive resorts in stunning locations.

Kids’ clubs are typically outstanding, many are beach resorts with posh accommodations. Organized and individual activities abound, from watersports such as snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding, to hiking and biking fun away from the beach.

Among our favorites:

Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort and Spa

Viva Mexico restuarant at Grand Palladium Vallarta.
Viva Mexico! Terrace view at the Grand Palladium Vallarta. Photo courtesy of Palladium.

This five-star resort is located on the pristine Bávaro Beach in the Dominican Republic. The beachside resort has a water park, several pools, a swim-up bar and kid-friendly shows.

The resort is so sprawling, you can hitch a ride on roving golf carts and a train if you don’t feel like walking. But the laid-back luxury makes it feel like a family camp.

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa

Jewel Grande Montego Bay
Photo courtesy of Jewel Grande Montego Bay

Expect attention to detail at thisupscale resort in Jamaica. Families staying in the two- and three-bedroom suites and multi-bedroom villas enjoy complimentary butler service. Resort amenities include two pools, and unlimited access to restaurants and bars.

The kids club offers a full itinerary of activities, including crafts, treasure hunts, games and kite flying. For teens, there’s bowling, foosball and ping pong. In addition, families can enjoy the beaches and non-motorized water sports.

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa. Mexico

Dreams Los Cabos 
Photo courtesy of Dreams Los Cabos

This AAA Four Diamond beach-front resort combines all the must-have amenities for a great vacation – fabulous views, a world-class spa, multiple pools, endless activities and unlimited food and drink. Throw in some amazing, friendly service and you’ve just nailed your dream vacation.

The resort’s “Unlimited Luxury” pledge promises best-in-class service, gourmet restaurants, top-shelf drinks and endless day and nighttime activities.

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, Solvang, California

Alisal Grand Suites make a luxurious wake up on Thanksgiving morning.
Alisal Grand Suites. Photo courtesy of The Alisal Resort

Located in wine country, the Alisal is a working cattle ranch and full-service dude ranch with luxury cottages. Ages 7 and older go on guided trail rides in wide open spaces with Sycamore trees. Ages 4-6 gather eggs, feed chickens and play with baby goats in Alisal’s Barnyard. Breakfast rides lead to an adobe camp and cowboy buffet. Alisal also knows how to ring in the holidays making it one of the best Christmas hotels for families in the US.

Luxury Vacation Rentals

Large Traditional Vacation Home with Heated Pool Near Disney. Marriott Homes and Villas.
The private pool at a large vacation home near Disney. Photo credit: Marriott Homes and Villas.

Sometimes you don’t need a whole resort; a luxurious vacation rental will do the trick. Consider some of these incredible vacation rentals in Orlando, Florida. They come complete with family-friendly perks like private pools, game rooms, cinema rooms, washer and dryer and fully equipped kitchen.

Even better, these are private homes, so there is more than one bedroom with doors that close. That means they work well for multi-gen vacations with the grandparents. But they also offer privacy for parents, a rare commodity on a family vacation.

Ready for More Awesome Spring Break Vacation Ideas?

Best Spring Break Destinations for Families

15 Awesome Spring Break Adventures For Active Families

5 Best Educational Spring Break Ideas For Families

How To Travel With A Baby On Spring Break

Where NOT to Go for Spring Break

Kendra Pierson has been the family-designated travel researcher since she was 16 and now shares that title with her husband and two boys. As a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), she used to spend 50% of her time planning meetings for clients around the US and was lucky enough to bring her boys along for most of that ride. She is a pro at maximizing travel to include business and personal, most often including a long weekend. When she’s not traveling, she’s homeschooling her sons as they explore the Atlanta area and can be found blogging at KendraPierson – Love. Learn.Travel..
Read full bio