Family Ties

With these multi-generational escapes, outside-of-the-box is defined by unique retreats.

These days, time with the entire family is one of the most coveted luxuries. Unplugged adventures are paramount in keeping a family healthy and happy. These authentic Journese adventures will get the kids joyfully shunning screen time.

HAWAII > Take the entire family to Maui, where quality time equals black-sand beaches, trekking across volcanoes, and discovering the best pineapple on the planet. Here, your base camp is The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali. Given its 87,000-square-foot aquatic playground—with five pools, waterslides, tropical gardens, waterfalls and a cave with a hidden jacuzzi—your clan may be hard pressed to leave the property, but there’s plenty of temptation beyond the resort. Claim bragging rights after daring hairpin turns on the road to Hana. A little hippie town that’s big on personality, Hana feels like a step back in time. Refuel with tacos from a local food truck prior to discovering one of its many beautiful pineapple fields. The following day, take your aspiring Jacques Cousteaus to snorkel the famous Molokini Crater, a small underwater volcano located just a few miles off Maui’s shore with mesmerizing aquatic life.

COSTA RICA > This playful country prides itself on eco-tourism and family fun. Expansive zip line parks are peppered throughout its lush jungles, while adventures to Arenal and Tenorio Volcano National Park are fun and educational. Stay at the Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge. Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, it sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. Adventures are endless, including whiter-water rafting the Savegre River and a “4-in-1” excursion to Arenal, which includes hanging bridges, a safari float, waterfall access, and a dip in the healing springs. Lastly, a visit to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge reveals one of the most important global wetlands, with incredible wildlife and diversity.

MEXICO > With the Grand Velas Riviera Maya as your headquarters, discover the famous ancient Mayan archaeological sites of Tulum. Though the area has fast become a stylish Bohemian hot spot (think chic yogis and a revolving circuit of international DJs), there’s still plenty of action for the entire family. Located on the south end of the Riviera Maya, discover the incredible Parque Nacional de Tulum and its Mayan archaeological sites. Hugging a seaside cliff that overlooks the sea, the archaeological wonder will impress any young adventurer. Take a family swim at Playa Ruinas, one of the best beaches in Mexico. Spend the day at Xel-Há, where the kids can practice snorkeling among hundreds of brilliant fish that inhabit its cove and cenotes. Or visit Chichen Itza archaeological site, one of the new seven wonders of the world. Located 75 miles east of Merida, it covers nearly six square miles and features the 75-foot Kukulkan Pyramid. Back at the all-inclusive Grand Velas Riviera Maya, the kids can enjoy the Kids club, snacks and more, while mom, dad, and the grandparents can unwind at the spa prior to dining on French fare at Piaf.

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