Make 2019 a year you won’t soon forget by putting an epic family vacation on the books. There are loads of brand-new hotels and all-inclusive resorts waiting to cater to families, and we’ve got the full scoop on them all. Spend some time stateside or take your adventures to the tropics or Europe. Scroll down to see all of our recs, and book your adventure today!

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts - Riviera Maya, Mexico

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts

You won't be able to wait until mid-2019 for the brand-new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya to open its doors. It will offer 276 oceanfront swim-up pad suites and flat suites, plus four sprawling Nickelodeon-themed signature penthouses (including your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob SquarePants) perched on the top floor of two modern six-story buildings. All-inclusive luxury means you'll spend lots of time at the 500,000-square food Aqua Nick, which includes a lazy river, water slides, a splash park, an interactive water playground for toddlers and mini relaxation pools.

Ritz-Carlton Residences - Paradise Valley, AZ

Five Star Development

Slated to open in March 2019, the 20-acre property in the swanky town of Paradise Valley will feature views of Camelback Mountain, 205 luxury casitas and a spa inspired by the surrounding desert. The resort will focus on local provisions, as the restaurants will source from the citrus orchard and garden. Families will especially enjoy the 400-foot-long pool and the Ritz Kids program.

Moxy Chelsea - New York, NY

Moxy Chelsea

Rising 37 stories high into the New York City skyline, the micro-room, macro-amenity Moxy Chelsea features 349 rooms adorned with floor to ceiling windows. Family-friendly accommodations include bunk beds in the quad guest rooms for the ultimate metropolitan experience. Topping off the hotel is a glass-enclosed rooftop bar featuring views of the Empire State Building; at the touch of a button, retractable windows transform the lounge into an alfresco sky veranda.

Hard Rock Hotel - London, England

Hard Rock Hotel

Set to open in early 2019 in one of London’s most iconic locations, on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane, Hard Rock Hotel London is steps away from the very best the city has to offer. The hotel will boast around 1,000 stylish rooms and suites, a variety of dining options, including two vibrant bars and a lively Hard Rock Cafe®. Hard Rock Hotel London is set to be the ultimate urban hang-out where visitors can experience a true taste of London while paying tribute to legends of the area.

Disney Riviera Resort - Orlando, FL

Disney Riviera Resort

Disney Riviera Resort, the 15th Disney Vacation Club property, is expected to open fall 2019 complete with a rooftop restaurant with views of both Epcot’s and Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ nighttime spectaculars. The resort will be part of the new Disney Skyliner gondola line, connecting the hotel and three others to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Apartment-like accommodations offer families flexibility with kitchens and laundry facilities in the room.

Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen - Mexico

Panama Jack Resorts

Kids at Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen have it made with Camp Jack’s daily activity schedule plus #Hashtag Teen Zone that touts the latest video games and activities to keep the older kids occupied. And while the kids play, parents can indulge in a spa day or camp out in a cabana. The resort is known for roving food carts and unexpected pleasures such as pop-up BBQ’s and in-water kayaks offering guests an array of fruit while they’re lounging by the pool. Panama Jack Playa del Carmen’s accommodations are tailored to large families and include family suites which house bunk beds for kids in addition to either two queen beds or one king size bed and a pull-out couch. The dining options include à la carte restaurants, brimming buffets, beachside grills, funky bars and 24-hour lounges that offer boundless options for foodies and kiddies alike.

Isla Bella Beach Resort - Marathon, FL

The Florida Keys will welcome Isla Bell Beach Resort in early 2019, and you'll want to add it to your must-visit list. The hotel boasts nearly one mile of private beach, five swimming pools, on-site water sports, fishing pier, marina and stunning Atlantic Ocean views from all 199 rooms and suites among its many amenities. Make it a multi-generational trip and bring the grandparents along to share one of the massive suites that sleep up to 14 (some include kitchens for the utmost convenience).

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa - St. Maarten

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

Officially reopening on February 1, 2019, the Sonesta will be welcoming back guests with a refreshed design and newly-updated amenities including a new Teen Zone, a decked-out Kids Club and a new set of loft-style rooms that allow for parents to get a bit more privacy when vacationing with the whole family. The resort is also conveniently located in the Maho Bay area where families have easy access to Maho's strip of shops and restaurants, or can easily zip over to Maho Beach to check out the jaw-dropping airplane landings and takeoffs it's famous for. Animal encounters at Parotte Ville and ziplining at Rainforest Adventures are nearby family favorites.

Four Season Astir Palace Hotel - Athens, Greece

Four Season Astir Palace Hotel

Opening in early 2019, the Four Season Astir Palace Hotel brings luxury retreat to the Athens Riviera. The hotel offers the best of both worlds: just 30 minutes to the city center to discover the wonders of ancient civilization at the Acropolis and a seaside escape for supreme relaxation. Book one of the hotel's suites and your family will be able to spread out. Then take advantage of the property's babysitting service so that you can enjoy a dinner on your own.

Surfside Inn and Suites at Universal Orlando Resort - Orlando, FL

Surfside Inn and Suites

Surfside Inn and Suites at Universal Orlando Resort will open in summer 2019, the first of two new value hotels that will make up Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. The hotels, with rates starting at $100 per night, offer guests a more affordable on-site experience while keeping the perks of Early Park Admission and resort-wide transportation. Beach-themed two-bedroom suites that sleep six are perfect for families looking for the ultimate getaway without breaking the bank.

Nashville Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham - Nashville, TN

Nashville Margaritaville Vacation Club

Nashville's vibrant downtown scene will be home to the new Nashville Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham, scheduled to open in late 2019. The hotel will include 52 Margaritaville condo suites, designed with escapism in mind. A rooftop relaxation zone features spectacular city views, a pool, sun deck, fire pits and, of course, live entertainment. Families will enjoy resort amenities without sacrificing the need for spacious accommodations like separate bedrooms, living and dining areas and washer and dryers (because kids are messy, even on vacation).

Santarena Hotel - Costa Rica

Santarena Hotel

Scheduled to open in February 2019, the Santarena Hotel, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection, is nestled in the peaceful, car-free community of Las Catalinas on the northwest end of Costa Rica. The 45 rooms offer sweeping ocean views and the hotel has numerous dining options to cater to every taste. With hiking and mountain biking trails nearby, the family can get out an explore. A rooftop lounge and pool will make you never want to leave.

Hampton Inn & Suites - Anaheim, CA


Just a 10-minute walk to Disney California Adventure® Park and Disneyland®, this new Hampton Inn will have 178 rooms available in late January. Fuel up for a day with Mickey at the hotel's free hot breakfast (or grab an On-the-Go Bag to take with you) and then enjoy your afternoon in the outdoor pool. Amenities like on-site laundry will make traveling with the kids that much easier.

Halepuna Waikiki - Honolulu, HI

Halepuna Waikiki

Formerly the Waikiki Parc Hotel, the Halepuna Waikiki is undergoing extensive renovations and will reopen in late 2019 with 288 guest rooms and suites, a three–meal restaurant, dramatic eighth-floor pool deck and bar, fitness center and a hospitality lounge. Situated on a serene side street along one of the world’s most popular beaches, Halepuna Waikiki will appeal to visitors who are looking to be in the heart of it all.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort - Orlando, FL

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will unveil a completely reimagined property in summer 2019, featuring hundreds of new guestrooms and a plethora of new amenities. The highlight will be a 15-story tower offering a two-level entrance lobby, 545 guest rooms and a rooftop restaurant and lounge with panoramic views of the nighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks. Cool off at the massive pool with waterslide that surrounds the 50-foot replica of a Mayan pyramid.

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge - Panama

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge

Located on a private archipelago of 14 volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, just 20 miles from the coast of Panama, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is an exclusive outpost for adventurous families. Accommodating a maximum of 18 guests across nine stylishly-designed casitas, the intimate hideaway provides guests with endless opportunities for island adventures and marine safaris. Families can spend the day fishing or snorkeling offshore, or enjoying activities including boating, scuba diving, whale watching, birding, nature trekking and more.

Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard - Miramar Beach, FL


Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard will be conveniently located outside the Grand Boulevard Town Center, putting guests steps from first-class shopping, dining, entertainment and the sugar-white beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Additionally, the hotel will pay homage to South Walton’s thriving arts community and culture with a living gallery featuring local artists’ original works, including painters, photographers, sculptors and more. Families will love that each room or suite comes with a sleeper sofa—plenty of room for the whole family.

Kimpton Barcelona - Spain

Kimpton Barcelona

Watch the sunset over the Catalan capital at this new hotel coming in the second half of 2019. Located in the city’s Gothic Quarter, Kimpton Barcelona will feature 156 rooms, as well as an all-day dining restaurant and a rooftop swimming pool with unparalleled views of the city. The neighborhood, full of trendy boutiques and restaurants, is a favorite of visitors and locals alike and provides the perfect base from which to explore.

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


All ages resort Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana will be part of the greater Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara complex. Located on Juanillo Beach in the private community of Cap Cana, the scheduled completion date is November 2019. In addition to multiple pools on property, there is also a water park that is being built with both kids and adults in mind (large slides, lazy rivers and a splash pad for the little ones). Food and beverage offerings will span fast food, Italian and Asian/Mongolian among others along with an old-school diner offering everything from a robust selection of coffee to ice cream sundaes for kids.

Hilton Washington DC National Mall


Planning a visit to our nation's capital? As of March 31, 2019, you can book your stay at the brand new Hilton Washington DC National Mall. Walk to the White House, monuments, museums and the Southwest Waterfront, or take the elevator down to L’Enfant Metro Station to connect easily with greater DC, Maryland and Virginia. With 367 rooms to choose from, you can grab a suite to sleep the whole family, and you'll also get access to the Executive Lounge, which offers concierge services as well as complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres each day.

Rosewood Miramar Beach - Montecito, CA

Rosewood Miramar Beach

Located 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Montecito’s idyllic seaside community, Rosewood Miramar Beach will offer 124 guest rooms and 37 suites on one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches in Southern California. Amenities will include two swimming pools, a spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and beach club. The resort will feature six restaurants and bars including Caruso’s oceanfront restaurant, an al fresco beach bar, a sophisticated cocktail lounge and a casual poolside burger and ice cream shack. Even Fido can join in the fun—daily dog walking, afternoon pet’s trek, customized pet menu and exclusive pet products and amenities are available.

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda - Dominican Republic

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About an hour from the Punta Cana International Airport, the Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda will open a 93-acre resort in late 2019. Situated along the Dominican Republic’s pristine north shore in an area with limited tourist development, this strikingly beautiful property balances nature preservation efforts with exclusive experiences. It’s a stunning, eco-chic resort featuring four boutique villages with one especially designed for families. Play with your kids all day or let them meet new friends at the nearby children’s clubs. Finish the night with other families at a movie under the stars.

Phoenix Airport Marriott - AZ

Phoenix Airport Marriott

After undergoing extensive renovations in the guest rooms and pool, the Phoenix Airport Marriott is ready for spring training visitors to descend. Many of the 357 guest rooms with balconies will overlook the serenity of Camelback Mountain and the South Mountain Range. The Concierge Lounge offers all-day dining and evening cocktails for concierge-level rooms and suites. A refuge from the desert heat, the redesigned pool has new cabanas as well as food and beverage service to keep the whole family happy. 


WorldMark Portland Waterfront Park - Portland, OR

WorldMark Portland Waterfront Park

Expected to open in the first half of 2019, WorldMark Portland - Waterfront Park is expected to feature 75 condominium-style suites including studio, one- and two-bedroom suites that are perfect for families. Located just across the street from the Willamette River, the resort is ideally situated at the intersection of the downtown and Old Town Chinatown neighborhoods. The original downtown area is a bustling entertainment district, home to the famous Portland Saturday Market, Voodoo Doughnut, Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Oregon Maritime Museum.

Paradisus Playa Mujeres - Mexico

Paradisus Playa Mujeres

Designed in the shape of a crescent, this luxury resort is located off the coast of Playa Mujeres, just minutes from Cancun International Airport, and will feature a pristine private beach for guests to enjoy. The 498-guest room, oceanfront property will debut with Paradisus by Meliá’s newest offering ‘Nature Included,’ which transports guests into a paradise that reflects the natural beauty of the destination, as well as being environmentally conscious and encouraging guests to immerse themselves in local experiences. The property will feature Family Concierge Suites, arcade room, covered theater, an outdoor plaza for shows, coffee bar, juice bar, kids club and luxurious changing room facilities.

The Reef Bahamas Luxury Resort - Atlantis, Paradise Island

The Reef Atlantis

Head to Paradise Island in the Bahamas where you can stay at The Reef's luxurious, apartment-style residences starting in March. Spend your day at the zero-entry Cascades Pool or on the white sand beaches nearby. Even the youngest guests will be amazed by their visit to Atlantis with animal encounters, complimentary movies and special programming for all ages.

Camp Long Creek at Big Cedar Lodge - Ridgedale, MO

Camp Long Creek at Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge will offer the opportunity for guests to get their “glamp on” in the American heartland with the all-new Camp Long Creek, a luxury glampsite that will open in May 2019 along the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake. Camp Long Creek will feature 42 rustic-elegant shepherd’s huts; luxury glamping tents with canopy beds and a chandelier plus a private outdoor space with an outdoor shower, luxury soaking tub and fire pit; and cottages for couples and families. Amenities will include an outdoor pool, lake “beach” access, boat rentals at Long Creek Marina, fishing and hiking, and special touches including s’mores kits upon arrival. The resort is dog friendly and offers pack n’ play cribs for families traveling with young children.

The Farm House at Royal Malewane - South Africa

Royal Malewane

If a family safari is on your travel bucket list then The Farm House at The Farmstead of Royal Malewane is the spot for you. Located in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park, the Royal Malewane surrounds a watering hole popular with the abundant wildlife. Guests at The Farm House will enjoy five-star service and delicious cuisine while experiencing the ultimate Big 5 safari with the most qualified guiding team in Africa. The Farm House will be available for guests of all ages in June 2019. It sleeps up to 14 people and is perfect for a multi-family adventure.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa - Austin, TX

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

In May 2019, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa will re-open following a $150 million transformation. When the property re-opens, guests will be welcomed to a 493-room Hill Country retreat that features a brand new spa, conference center, seven new restaurant concepts, an expanded poolscape, a new golf clubhouse and much more. Kids will be welcomed with the Omni Kids Crew backpack which includes games and binoculars, as well as cookies and milk delivered to their room on the first night.

Sunscape Star Cancun - Mexico

Sunscape Star Cancun

Opening in summer 2019, this beachfront resort offers relaxation and watersports galore. With a prime location near the Mayan Riviera, you can explore this beautiful area off-property if you wish. On-site amenities include an Explorer’s Club for kids, Core Zone Teens Club, a surf pool, an adults-only Sun Club rooftop pool and spa. Bonus: at this all-inclusive resort up to two kids stay, play and eat for free!

Meliá Coco Beach - Puerto Rico

Meliá Coco Beach

After undergoing extensive renovations, Meliá Coco Beach will reopen to guests in March 2019. Travelers can appreciate new programming for guests of all ages, including and extensive kids program offering uniquely-curated children’s experiences. Guests can experience the YHI Spa for a bevy of relaxing spa treatments, three pools including a kids’ pool and THE LEVEL guest pool and access to nearby championship golf course.

Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas - Mexico

Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

Spend some time relaxing on more than two miles of private beach on the Sea of Cortez when you visit the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palma. All of the 135 rooms come with gorgeous sea views. Guests can enjoy a game of golf or tennis and basketball in the sports and activities center, or even horseback riding and ATVs in the desert hills. Families traveling with teens can take advantage of the property’s teen center, and children can take part in Kids for all Seasons activities.

Cannúa - Colombia

Set within a protected forest in the central Andes, Cannúa is a one-of-a-kind ecolodge in the heart of the Andean countryside. This 27-acre mountain-side property will provide guests with the opportunity to explore one of the most biologically diverse and climatic destinations in the world—through natural encounters and excursions into surrounding communities. Families can go on farm tours and day trips to local villages. Located 90 minutes from the innovative metropolis of Medellín, this property is slated to open in April 2019.

Hotel Serra - San Luis Obispo, CA

Hotel Serra

Situated just blocks from the celebrated Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Hotel Serra will open its doors in mid 2019 in downtown San Luis Obispo. Large suites, a rooftop pool and on-site restaurant serving kid-friendly Mediterranean cuisine make this the ideal spot for families vacationing in Central California. Parents can indulge in in luxurious treatments at the on-site spa and then enjoy the scenic vistas with the family on the pool deck.

Lelewatu Resort Sumba - Sumba Island, Indonesia

Lelewatu Resort Sumba

Lelewatu Resort, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X. Collection, will launch in April 2019 with 27 sophisticated Sumbanese-style villas spread over 10 acres of pristine, beautiful landscape. Families will enjoy a secluded stay with plenty of privacy due to the expansive grounds and space between each villa, which come equipped with a private balcony and pool, outdoor shower and magnificent views .The secluded resort also boasts plenty of activities for all ages on-site, including a luxurious Maraga Spa for parents, a horse-riding track, full game room and elegant boutique shopping experience. Families can also participate in afternoon tea, cooking with a chef, a traditional Indonesian archipelago dinner and hike around the elevated land surrounding the property. From traditional villages with ancient architectural digs and rugged, lush landscape to sacred lakes, picturesque waterfalls, and white-sand beaches—there’s no shortage of magic to uncover on Sumba Island!

The Society Hotel - Bingen, WA

This modern-meets-historic, hostel-meets-boutique hotel is slated to open in mid 2019 and we know that families will love it! Located in Bingen, WA, just across the Columbia River from Hood River, OR, the new hotel offers adventurous travelers a unique range of affordable lodgings—from European-style hotel rooms to bunkhouses to standalone cabins—plus spa services and community gathering spaces. This renovated schoolhouse property includes a community building with a soaking pool, sauna, hot tub, cold plunge, massage rooms, as well as a juice bar. Bonus: take the shuttle into Portland for some downtown time.

—Kate Loweth



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