Don’t let planning your next family summer vacation time intimidate you. Pack up the kids and spend time at one of the many family friendly resorts and hotels on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
The Atlantic Resort & Spa
Select from an intimate 124 rooms, from traditional guest rooms at 600 square feet, one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes ranging from 800 to 1,200 square feet, or the mack daddy penthouse suites, 2,000- to 3,500-square-foot two- and three-bedroom suites. This boutique-style hotel may best be suited for families with older children in tow; it is certainly luxurious and its spa and heated pool may be hard to leave.
B Ocean Fort Lauderdale
B Ocean Resort offers families 486 guestrooms and suites with views of the beach and ocean. Accommodations come with king or double beds, sofa beds, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and snacks via a B-Treated Tray. The resort has two outdoor pools and direct beach access for guests and the B Borrowing Program featuring Custom Beach Cruisers, Board Games, Children’s Beach Toys and Sports Equipment is a nice bonus. Dining is available onsite at the Beach Bar and Grill and the Wreck Bar, the latter of which has an evening mermaid show on the weekends. Room service is also available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bahia Mar Beach Resort
Families are treated right at Bahia Mar Beach. The resort sits on four miles of docking for sailboats and luxury yachts. Seven miles of pristine beach is accessible through the hotel’s skywalk. Take a glass-bottom boat ride and see angelfish right beneath you! Families can splash around in the outdoor pool or tour the tropical gardens. There are four tennis courts at the resort and many golf courses are in the surrounding area. Rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet, coffee makers and pay-per-view movies and games. Guests can choose rooms with views of the courtyard, marina or ocean. Babysitting service is available, so parents can enjoy a quiet evening out. A few casual restaurants and delis are at the resort, and there are many dining options in the area. Oh, and did we mention, free chocolate chip cookies upon check-in?
Courtyard by Marriot Fort Lauderdale Beach
The Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach offers families 230 guestrooms that sleep up to four with king or queen beds and sofa beds. All have mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV’s and coffee makers. Cribs are available upon request, too. The hotel has a swimming pool and is minutes from the sandy beaches of Fort Lauderdale. The hotel features The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect, by day serving healthy breakfast options and your favorite Starbucks beverage. At night – have dinner in the Bistro and choose our pool deck lounge Seabreeze Poolside Bar and order your favorite wine, beer or special cocktail with your meal.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
For families looking to spend their vacation hopping easily between the beach and pool, with plenty of onsite recreational activities to keep kids of all ages entertained, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is pretty much the prime pick of Fort Lauderdale properties. Amazingly secluded on sixteen waterfront acres, the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is a choice property for those who desire the finest in service and amenities. If it’s steps from this property’s private beach you’re looking for, this is it. The family-friendly appeal comes from all the activities offered onsite — from water sports, tennis and basketball courts, to the kid’s club, excellent fitness classes, gym and luxurious spa. Suites are designed with rich fabrics, colors and a modern design for the utmost in comfort and sophistication. Your stay in Fort Lauderdale will be the utmost in elegance, class and style.
Lago Mar Resort & Spa
Kid-friendly to the max, the sprawling Lago Mar Resort & Club has been owned by the Banks family since the 1950’s and is far and away the most family-friendly resort in all of Fort Lauderdale. You’re truly in your own resort world here, and many families won’t find the need to leave the hotel’s property during their stay, thanks to all of the included outdoor activities including a beachfront playground and lots of family-centric activities including beach volleyball, a giant outdoor chessboard, shuffleboard, a soda shop and a lagoon-style pool. paired with the property’s prime oceanfront location. The hotel is located in a quiet and classic Fort Lauderdale neighborhood, lined with low-rise waterfront apartments, 1960s-era condominiums and understated homes. Ground lush with palm trees, sea grapes, staghorn ferns and bougainvillea surrounds the resort’s three main buildings, creating a tropical island vibe that’s complimented by huts with thatch palm roofs under which you can relax in the shade.
Marriott Beach Place Towers
Marriott BeachPlace Towers sits between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas sit atop three stories of shops and restaurants. Villas contain separate living and dining areas, oversized bathtubs and full kitchens. Utility rooms hold washer/dryer units. Even larger families will be comfortable in the spacious conditions — units fit up to eight people. Smaller rooms and one-bedroom villas are also available. The Marketplace provides quick sandwiches and healthy meals on the go. An outdoor pool will be a hot spot for the kids and towels are provided. Kids Night Out provides four hours of supervised games for kids ages 5 to 12. Teens may want to hang out at the arcade room and everyone can enjoy a resort scavenger hunt.
Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale
Perched along the Atlantic Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale marries traditional luxury with Florida flare. Enchanting rooms and suites feature everything from lavish linens to private balconies. While families can comfortably stay in a standard room, the hotel’s suites offer more space, plus a kitchenette. The signature Ritz Kids Funky Fish program takes place every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the 7th Floor Tropical Pool Deck where tie dying, jewelry making, and other fun children activities are available. Parents can join in on the fun and watch as their little VIPs create take-home souvenirs from their Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale vacation.
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale
The Sonesta Fort Lauderdale offers families 240 guestrooms with king or double beds, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. ADA accessible rooms are also available. Splash in the hotel’s infinity-edge pool, which is surrounded by cabanas and lounge chairs on a sun deck, or visit the nearby beach, which is just steps from the property. Onsite dining is available at the Bistro restaurant, which serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Families can also enjoy snacks and drinks at the lobby bar, the poolside bar and via room service. Bistro is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additional perks at this property include a fitness center, onsite spa, business center, onsite parking and a Daily Delights program for all to enjoy.
W Fort Lauderdale
With 23 impressive layout options, every family can easily find a unit to suit all needs at W Fort Lauderdale. Over 515 rooms, suites, two-bedroom flats and just about everything in between feature upscale amenities, including DVD players and a media library, balconies the overlook the ocean or the waterway and contemporary peek-a-boo glass bathroom walls. Larger units offer separate bedrooms, full kitchens, laundry facilities and dining areas. For fun, families can start at the two infinity-edge swimming pools overlook the ocean. And if your “kids” are of the four-legged variety – your best friend is treated like royalty with a limited edition W Fort Lauderdale dog bandana upon arrival and a specially crafted doggie menu served in-suite. The property is framed by the beach, which offers water sports, guest boot camps and pop-up parties’ poolside.
The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale
For undisputed class and elegance right on the beach, The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale has set a standard that many have chosen to follow. Offering uniquely designed and furnished suites with million-dollar views, and such amenities as a rejuvenating spa and fitness center, serene oceanfront pool and an endless assortment of water sports, all easily arranged by the hotel’s concierge, The Westin is an all-inclusive resort for the entire family. This incredible property will, no doubt, become your home away from home just steps from Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful blue wave beach.
Roundup compiled based on reviews on Family Vacation Critic.
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