The Best International Resorts for Families

by Kenzie Mastroe
Mar 8, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Planning an international trip is a lot of work. Planning an international trip for the whole family? It's like taking on a new full-time job. There are so many more factors to consider when kids get involved, and all of them require hours of endless research to make sure you are spending your money in a place that has everything you will need for your trip.

First, you need to decide what kind of trip you want to take. Do you want to relax, do lots of fun activities or a little bit of both? Do you want some time away from your kids? How much time do you want to spend at the hotel? Does the hotel need to have restaurant options on-site, or do you want to venture out into town for all your meals? Will you need to rent a car? Once you have these questions answered, you can start looking for the perfect accommodations. 

To make your next trip a little less stressful, we've put together a list of some of the best international resorts that offer everything a family needs for a vacation. 

1 /9: Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon

1/9 :Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon

Situated in the picturesque town of Samoëns in the French Alps, this Club Med resort is the epitome of family convenience. It's all-inclusive, so once you are there, you don't have to worry about a bunch of additional fees for food or activities. 

This resort features some of the best skiing in Europe, a luxury spa, three restaurants (one catered specifically to children and families), a bar and several lounges to sit back and enjoy the scenery from. Your ski lessons are included in the price, but my favorite part about staying at this resort is that when you book your trip, you give them some info on the type and size of ski or snowboard equipment you want, and when you arrive, it is all loaded into a locker for you. 

Everything you could possibly need can be found inside this resort. Should you want to venture down to the town for some shopping or local dining, you can get to town by taking a quick gondola ride down the mountain. 

2 /9: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

2/9 :Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

You probably hadn't thought to add Namibia to your family travel list, but you absolutely need to. It does involve a long plane ride, but once you arrive, you will be stunned by Namibia's natural beauty. 

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is located about four-and-a-half hours southwest of Windhoek. This luxury resort has some of the most gorgeous rooms you will ever stay in, and you get to eat outside right in the middle of the desert. 

Looking for some activities? Quad biking adventures, hikes, walks and safaris are all available and are a great way to see the wildlife and beautiful desert. There is also an observatory on the grounds where you can go check out Namibia's breathtaking dark skies. 

3 /9: Fairmont Mayakoba

3/9 :Fairmont Mayakoba

If you're looking for the ultimate in luxury, consider the Fairmont Mayakoba, located just 40 miles south of Cancun, Mexico. It sits on 240 acres of tropical forest and is surrounded by a gorgeous Caribbean shoreline. 

The resort has five freshwater pools, sea kayaks, beach volleyball, tennis courts, guided catamaran tours — basically something for every single member of your family to enjoy. 

4 /9: Monkey Valley Resort

4/9 :Monkey Valley Resort

Located in Cape Town, South Africa, Monkey Valley Resort is one of the most budget-friendly resorts on this list, but that doesn't mean you'll be missing out on any amenities. 

It's situated right on Noordhoek Beach and has enough activities to keep everyone entertained. Golfing, hiking, bird-watching, visiting penguins, strolling through botanical gardens and craft markets — you name it and you can find it here. There are even some areas and events specifically for kids. 

There's a family-friendly restaurant at the resort, but make sure to check out some of the local vineyards that are just a few minutes from the resort. 

5 /9: Fairmont Banff Springs

5/9 :Fairmont Banff Springs

I mean, just look at this place. It's basically like staying in a luxury castle. Just an hour and a half from Alberta, the Fairmont Banff Springs sits at the base of the Canadian Rockies and looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. 

No matter the season, there are more activities available than you can possibly do in one visit. Mountain biking, skiing, hiking, horseback riding and golf can all be found here. There are also a whopping 13 restaurants to choose from and an award-winning spa if you need some alone time away from the kids. 

And speaking of kids, need a babysitter? Well, Fairmont Banff Springs has those available too. 

6 /9: Fitzroy Island Resort

6/9 :Fitzroy Island Resort

Located off the eastern coast of Australia, Fitzroy Island Resort is the ultimate beach getaway. 

The entire island is a national park and has miles and miles of lush rainforest and tons of pristine beaches. There is a turtle rescue mission right at the resort that is a perfect way to introduce kids to some of the native wildlife. There's also a restaurant and bar, general store, movie theater and kids game room and arcade right on the resort property. 

7 /9: Costão do Santinho Resort

7/9 :Costão do Santinho Resort

Costão do Santinho resort in the south of Brazil was truly built with the whole family in mind. There's an indoor playroom for kids, an arts and crafts room, costume parties, arcades and a ton of outdoor adventures for everyone, from infants to teens. 

There are five restaurants on-site, and when you book, you can choose the all-inclusive option, which includes all of your meals so you don't have to worry about budgeting once you arrive. 

There are pools for kids and adults, a stunning beach and a relaxing spa, and you can even take some surfing lessons if you feel up to it. 

8 /9: Atlantis Resort

8/9 :Atlantis Resort

Ah, the Atlantis resort. We couldn't wrap up a list of family-friendly resorts without including this fan favorite. 

Sure, it may cost you an arm and a leg to stay in this Bahamas resort, but it has everything you could possibly want and more. Water park? Yup. Aquarium? Of course. Gorgeous beaches? Duh. Casino? Yup, there's one of those too. 

Because of all its amazing amenities, the resort itself has become an attraction on the tiny island of Nassau. So even if you find yourself in Nassau but can't afford to stay there, it's still worth a visit to check out all the world-class perks. 

9/9 :Pin It!

Don't forget to pin this list for later!