There is a lot to love about multigenerational travel. We especially love that it provides extra sets of hands to help with the youngest generation. Bringing the grandparents along (or them bringing you along) is enriching for every family member. It can create some semblance of balance, not to mention more opportunities for bonding.
There are also more opportunities for parents to sneak out for moments of adult fun, especially after dark. Maybe you already gather each summer at a beloved beach or lake house that you remember fondly from your childhood. But there’s always time to start a new tradition, discover another favorite destination, or explore uncharted territory with the whole crew. We’ve gathered our favorite places that cater to all ages and assure smiles all around. Read on for 10 amazing destinations for multigenerational family vacations.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Family-oriented with plentiful activities, this coastal stretch on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the dream multi-gen getaway. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita recently revealed three newly renovated beach homes with private pools and 24/7 concierge service. These homes range from 7,200 to more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space! One house even boasts its own movie theater.
You can also book activities, including private poolside piñata parties and tequila tastings. For the little ones, there’s a KidsWell program with mindfulness activities. And for the older adults, there’s a heavenly spa. Later in the year, Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort, will open next to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. It will be an intimate adults-only tented retreat, so you can leave the kids with the grandparents and escape there for a night or two. Down the coast, Careyes is a private bohemian beachside community of jaw-dropping rental villas and large condos where you can have personal chefs, go horseback riding, take polo lessons, go snorkeling, and take boat tours.
This thriving city on the water in British Columbia has it all. It’s incredibly green and outdoorsy yet full of culture and diversity. There are exquisite gardens to bike through, galleries and museums to explore, and countless meals to savor. But no visit is complete without a visit to Stanley Park, a public park of rainforest trails and beaches. Here, Talaysay Tours offers family-friendly, Indigenous-led excursions such as Talking Trees.
Fairmont Pacific Rim is a plush place to stay near Vancouver Harbour. This hotel has plenty of fun for the adults (see Botanist Bar’s unforgettable cocktails and the award-winning Willow Stream Spa) and has babysitting services, too. In the heart of downtown, Shangri-La Vancouver offers a serene, Asian-inspired escape for those with slightly older—and perhaps quieter—kids. Plus, it features a scenic outdoor pool and hot tub amid skyscrapers. It’s very close to Granville Island, where there’s not only a Kids’ Market but also a brewery and artisan sake maker.
The Spice Isle, known for its nutmeg production, is a one-size-fits-all dreamland for the entire family. Tours in transparent kayaks allow for stunning turquoise scenes. Enjoy cotton-candy sunsets from catamarans. And participate in voluntourism opportunities, including beach cleanups and helping at local animal shelters. The luxurious, all-inclusive Silversands Grenada has three-bedroom junior suites with three ocean-view terraces that sleep four adults and two children. The Radisson Grenada Beach Resort features a swimming pool, swim-up bar, tennis, snorkeling, and PADI-certified scuba diving.
A colorado vacation is perfect for all ages, especially as a metropolis-mountain combo of Denver and Vail. In the mile-high city, there is a lot to do: see the Downtown Aquarium, Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and even the Denver Firefighters Museum.
Four Seasons Hotel Denver is within walking distance to many attractions and has luxurious rooms and suites boasting snowy mountain views and fantastic food. The concierge can book you a plush ride to Vail at their sister property, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. Here, you can snag a residence large enough for all generations. It’s a hub of Rocky Mountain action: mountain biking, hiking, and skiing.
The Hythe Vail is another excellent option with suites, hot tubs, and a crowd-pleasing breakfast buffet. Other options include elevated dining and complimentary s’mores around the fire pits. And the best part is it’s all just a short stroll from the lifts. In the winter, snag an Epic Pass because kiddos can start ski lessons as young as 3, and there’s on-mountain childcare available from 2 months to age 6.
Sunset sails, helicopter tours, zip-lining adventures, and waterfall hikes—Kauai offers a variety of adventures in a lush setting. The Garden Isle features idyllic beaches, lagoons, and plenty of ocean sports. Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences boasts a Jack Nicklaus Signature Ocean Course and an onsite organic farm. You can get weekly CSA deliveries from the farm while staying in one of the large luxury rentals equipped with chef’s kitchens and large lanais. The 450-acre resort also has endless hiking and biking trails, along with five-star amenities to pamper every generation.
Vero Beach, Florida
For laid-back beach fun, check out this charming spot on the Atlantic Ocean. It has fishing, cute shopping, museums, and mellow beaches. Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa’s oceanfront guest rooms are expansive, and its beaches are not crowded. This allows the younger ones plenty of space to build sandcastles, go boogie boarding, and try stand-up paddle boarding under the watchful eye of their grandparents enjoying beach service.
One experience, in particular, stands out for its ability to entice all generations: stargazing on the sea. This incorporates a nighttime boat ride on the Indian River with a star talk by a local astronomer. And being close to the Space Coast, you might even catch sightings of rocket launches from SpaceX and United Space Alliance.
Calling all pickleball enthusiasts! The Tryall Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica, offers private pickleball family coaching to guests. There are other activities, too, of course, such as golfing, zip-lining, river tubing, and tennis. Picky eaters will be accommodated by villa butlers and chefs. There are also beach dinners with fun themes such as reggae. Meanwhile, the Kids’ Club offers nature tours, beach games, and karaoke to littles if the adults wish to head out on an ATV safari.
Onefinestay also offers incredible private villa rentals around Jamaica to accommodate any family gathering, enhanced by round-the-clock concierge service.
It has the reputation of a party island, but Ibiza has so much more to offer. As a sustainable tropical resort, Six Senses Ibiza is the perfect example of this. The property offers accommodations with three to 10 bedrooms, which should easily accommodate extended family. Fill your days with fun in the private pool, sunrise yoga, water sports, spa treatments, and e-bike rides around pine forests and artisan villages. Later, watch the indelible sunsets and dine on customized meals cooked by private chefs.
Curious minds of all ages are inspired in the Earth Lab, where you can make household items and products from organic plants and herbs grown onsite. Meanwhile, Grow With Six Senses is a kids’ program teaching sustainable life skills through play—think floral art and smoothie making. For those up past dinnertime, there’s live music in the Beach Caves after dark and a cinema showing movies under the stars.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
This string of barrier islands (you might have seen it as an OBX sticker or featured in the popular Netflix show) is home to a vast history and natural beauty. Think boat trips with biologists searching for wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, cruises through saltwater estuaries, long days playing in the ocean, and off-road tours through the Wild Horse Conservation Easement.
Sanderling Resort is the ideal starting point to savor it all with your closest family members. There’s a family-friendly zero-entry swimming pool beside sand dunes, plus an adults-only pool for moments of serenity. In addition, there are oversized fire pits for s’mores and culinary options that range from very casual to fine dining. For an adventure, make the trip by water or air to Ocracoke, one of the southernmost islands. This island houses America’s second-oldest operating lighthouse and the Banker Ponies, which descend from Spanish mustangs shipwrecked centuries ago.
Camping may leave out some generations, but glamping—the ultra-luxe version—can undoubtedly be embraced by all. Go to the source: The Resort at Paws Up, a family-owned ranch resort that covers 37,000 acres. They pioneered the trend with their tented luxury camps, which can be booked exclusively for a family of up to 20 and come with a dedicated camping butler. There are also year-round Wilderness Estates. For adrenaline junkies, there are helicopter tours, hot air balloon rides, and the unique experience of moon biking on a mountain bike float trail. There is everything from rodeo dinners and live-fire dining to private cattle drives and canoe trips. Clearly, there’s plenty to pique everyone’s interest, from the youngest to those who think they have seen it all.