As in 2014, Hawaiian properties claimed three of the top five spots on this list. But Acqualina in Miami Beach earned first place among voters, an achievement made all the more striking by the property’s first-place rankings among spa and beach resorts as well. Other subscriber-favorite hotels, in locations ranging from Costa Rica to Paris, demonstrate the ever-widening array of destinations working hard to welcome families.
Miami Beach, Florida — Lavish 98-room resort within a 51-story tower on four-and-a-half acres fronted by 400 feet of white sand. Rooms and suites have been decorated in a sophisticated style that combines traditional and contemporary elements with a dash of art deco.
Newport Coast, California — Lavish and well-managed resort on 504 acres south of Los Angeles. The property offers golf at two Tom Fazio championship courses and nearby Oak Creek Golf Club, in addition to a stunning circular mosaic glass-tiled pool and a spa.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii — Grand resort in dramatic grounds along a half-mile rocky shoreline on the north Kona Coast. The property features a spa (the island’s best), as well as a gym, seven pools, tennis courts, and a manicured Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.
Maui, Hawaii — Luxurious resort on 15 oceanfront acres at the south end of Wailea Beach. A U-shaped building contains spacious rooms overlooking landscaped courtyards. The property features three tropical saltwater pools and an attractive beach with the usual water sports.
Kohala Coast, Hawaii — Renowned 252-room resort founded in 1965 by Laurance S. Rockefeller, overlooking an exquisite white-sand beach on the Kohala Coast. The property features a revitalized 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course, plus clubhouse.
Walland, Tennessee — Country house hotel of 69 rooms owned by the Beall family since 1976, set on a 9,200-acre estate bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Newly renovated full-service spa, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, tennis, Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing, and riding stables.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands — Eco-resort founded by Laurance Rockefeller amid 170 verdant acres bordered by seven secluded white-sand beaches. The 166 accommodations feature private patios or balconies with views of the landscaped grounds and the Caribbean Sea.
Sea Island, Georgia — Renowned family-oriented resort and golf community on a 10,000-acre island estate. The property offers a full spectrum of resort activities and amenities: a lavish 65,000-square-foot spa; world-class sporting facilities and a five-mile beach.
Santa Barbara, California — Mission-style resort on a 22-acre estate across the street from the public beach. Red tile roofs, lantern-lit brick walkways, courtyard gardens and whitewashed cottages distinguish the 207-room enclave. Spanish Colonial-style spa features 11 treatment rooms.
Tuscon, Arizona — Atmospheric family-owned enclave dating from 1930, tucked behind vine-clad adobe walls in 14 acres of tranquil gardens near the shops and galleries of old Tucson. Casita-style guest accommodations are clustered in a variety of pink-hued adobe structures.
Mexico — Seaside hotel on a scenic 1,200-acre peninsula with two pretty beaches. A dozen casitas contain 173 guest quarters, most sporting a clean, contemporary design and furnished terraces providing memorable views of the sea.
Paradise Island, Bahamas — Beachfront colonial-style plantation resort of 105 guest rooms, suites and residential-style villas on the mainland of New Providence Island. The property features a three-mile beach, nearby golf and children’s programs.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica — Gracious 181-room resort overlooking two beaches from the hilly Peninsula Papagayo. The property features a full-service spa and three pools, as well as seaside a par-72 Arnold Palmer championship golf course and four Har-Tru tennis courts.
Paris, France — Elegant, impeccably serviced 188-room hotel in a mid-18th-century building near the shops of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Each room is individually decorated in a traditional style that features crystal chandeliers, ornate wood moldings and colorful toiles.
Maundays Beach, Anguilla — Stylish resort on its own 180-acre garden peninsula, fronting one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean. Whitewashed archways, domes and mock parapets create the look of a fanciful Moorish oasis. Spacious guest quarters are housed in oceanfront villas.
St. Jean Bay, St. Barths — Chic boutique resort atop a small rocky promontory bordered by the pristine white sands of Baie de St-Jean. Of the 34 colonial-contemporary accommodations, the most atmospheric quarters are on the Rock. Aquatic activities include boating, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and windsurfing.
Rancho Santa Fe, California — Spanish hacienda-style resort enclave 30 minutes north of San Diego in Rancho Santa Fe. The property features excellent golf nearby, an outdoor heated swimming pool and 18 Plexipave tennis courts.
County Mayo, Ireland — Newly refurbished castle-hotel in a 350-acre woodland park on the shores of Lough Corrib, 45 minutes north of Galway. Crenellated battlements incorporate the remnants of a 13th-century castle.
Bluffton, South Carolina — Plantation-style residential resort amid 20,000 scenic Lowcountry acres. Fifty distinctive cottages trimmed by screened porches are set beneath trees overlooking a river and lake. The property features a strikingly designed Jack Nicklaus signature golf course complemented by a timbered clubhouse.
Manchester Village, Vermont — Intimate inn occupying the former home of Abraham Lincoln’s granddaughter, 60 miles from Albany. Outdoor activities include biking, hiking, tennis, fishing, horseback riding and skiing.
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