Just because you’re a parent now doesn’t mean every family vacation has to take place in Orlando: you’re in charge, remember? If your heart is set on perfect weather, luxury lodgings, and unbelievable scenery, don’t hold back: in Hawaii, resorts cater to every kind of family—even yours!
The St. Regis Princeville Resort
The minute you arrive at the St. Regis, you’re greeted by friendly faces from the valet to the front desk reception. You see families with young children sauntering through the lobby and onto the outer decks, where the green lushness of Kauai’s mountainous backdrop is rivaled only by the spectacular expanses of blue from the rolling waves of the Pacific.
Ever tried surfing or stand-up paddle boarding? This might be the perfect place and time to learn, and if you talk to the staff at St. Regis, they can make it happen for you. And there’s plenty to keep the kids busy too. Check out the Family Traditions at St. Regis program to find out about the child-friendly amenities the hotel offers and to learn about the snorkeling and jungle explorations you can do as a family. Or let your little ones take a garden tour, learn to play the ukulele, or even do some stargazing with the Young Voyagers Club. Looking to sneak out for a quiet afternoon or evening? Just call down to the concierge staff, and they’ll hook you up with a CPR- and first aid-certified babysitter.
The Westin Princeville Open Resort Villas
The studio and one-bedroom villas at the Westin Princeville have fully stocked kitchens, washers and driers, hot tub pools, and connecting rooms, which create a feeling of a home away from home. They’re great if you’re traveling with extended family. The Westin is a wonderful way to vacation, because you can enjoy the autonomy of having your own self-sufficient space—or you can call upon the Activities Desk and Concierge to enjoy your stay as a full-service hospitality venue. Or you can do a bit of both!
Cool off in the family pool while the kids splash around in the attached keiki (children’s) pool. The weather’s too nice to not dine al fresco, so head to the on-property Princeville Market to get all the fixins for your barbecue tonight. The Westin has an outdoor grill with your family’s name on it, grillmaster! (This is also where the only Starbucks on the North Shore is located!)
Sheraton Kauai Resort
On the other side of the island, the Sheraton Kauai is an expansive resort with ocean-facing and garden-view rooms. The pool is just steps away from crystalline ocean water, and the property features plenty of outdoor seating for your whole family to relax together. The Sheraton is located along the stretch of Poipu’s other resorts, so the vibe on the South Side is always that of “school’s out” or snowbirds coming to sun.
RumFire is an especially fun restaurant to grab a happy hour beverage or nosh on locally-sourced meals with a menu created by Chef Michael Young. You can enjoy something as fresh and exotic as ahi poke, and your little ones can have something as familiar as cheeseburger sliders or penne with butter. After dinner, you can all gather around the fire pit, reminisce about the day’s adventures, and decide what you’re going to do tomorrow. When you’re traveling with your family in Hawaii, resorts from Starwood understand you.