Text compiled and written by Nichola West.
Photo by Damond Brown.

There’s no doubt that a hotel stay with kids is completely different to a romantic getaway. But many hotels are getting better at delivering something for every member of the family. One of them is Acqualina Resort & Spa in Miami.

Having just received a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide for the third year in a row, Acqualina leads the pack when it comes to family-friendliness. Its offerings for children include pizza making classes and dinner and movie nights. Probably best of all is their children’s marine biology programme AcquaMarine which perfectly marries fun activities such as eco-explorations and obstacle courses with learning about the local environment.

Throw in breathtaking views of the ocean and a resort that sponsors students in one of Miami’s less affluent neighbourhoods and this has got to be a top choice for families looking to get away to the beach.

Top tip

Check out the “Junior Guards” beach-awareness workshop at Acqualina, which teaches children all about what it takes to be a life guard.

Beach time picks

Spanish fun

A short hop from Málaga airport lies the fantastic family-friendly hotel of Puente Romano Beach Resort. Kids’ activities vary from tennis or swimming classes to craft activities, games and movies.
Puente Romano Beach Resort, Marbella

Puente Romano Beach Resort, Marbella

Get active

This beachfront family hotel in Dubai is part of the award-winning JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. With everything from horseback riding to water polo on the activities menu, this is a place that you won’t want to leave.
JA Palm Tree Court, Dubai

JA Palm Tree Court, Dubai

Beach Olympics

Jetwing Beach is wonderfully located in the heart of Negombo and right on the beach. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it also has a great kids club that serves up everything from beach Olympics to face painting sessions.
Jetwing Beach, Sri Lanka

Jetwing Beach, Sri Lanka

Children’s meals

You can order a meal suitable for children 2 years and older when you book your Finnair flight.

This article was first published in the April 2015 issue of Finnair's monthly in-flight magazine Blue Wings.