One of the Caribbean’s more easily accessible private island resorts (it’s a quick hop from either St. Thomas or the Beef Island airport on Tortola), Peter Island Resort and Spa is everything that’s great about the British Virgin Islands. You can play all day on the water by combining a land stay with a private charter for a few nights, learn to sail, snorkel, or dive, or just relax in a beachfront villa or suite. For dinner, you can choose the formal setting of Tradewinds with wine pairings and fine dining, at go classic BVI beach-bar style at Deadman’s Bar and Grill.
Rates: Start at $550 per night, double occupancy after April 1; $900 per night per night March 31 and earlier.
We’re big fans of the Fairmont for their exquisite devotion to providing a luxury guest experience, and the beachfront Fairmont Grand Del Mar delivers with a Tom Fazio designed golf course, Relais & Chateaux restaurant (Addison by Chef William Bradley), one of the top spas in the U.S., and an on-site equestrian center. Couples can join the party at the Club M nightclub, while families will appreciate the Explorer Kids Club and the guided hikes through Los Peñasquitos Canyon.
Rates: Start at $491 per night, double occupancy.
The all-inclusive Verandah Resort & Spa on Anguilla’s northeast coast is great for couples or families: waterfront suites offer lots of room whether it’s just the two of you or you’ve got the children in tow, and we love how this resort goes above and beyond with kids’ activities that include an 18-hole mini-golf course, an adventure playground, and a great array of water sports that includes sailing on Hobie Cats, windsurfing, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Rates: From $462 per person, per night.
A private beach is a rarity in California, and the Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island — 22 miles off the southern California coast — takes full advantage during their weekly beach party featuring a DJ spinning dance tunes on Saturdays and live music on Sundays. The youthful vibe continues with a Zip Line Eco Tour that dangles you 600 feet above the ocean, and the resort also has the island’s only destination spa and seaside restaurant.
Rates: Starts at $229 per person per night for a package that includes boat transfers, unlimited activities (one zipline per person), and $100 dining credit.
California dreaming? It doesn’t get any more West Coast classic than staying right on Laguna Beach at the Surf & Sand Resort, where you can walk to town or just chillax in Mediterranean style oceanfront rooms, snack on s’mores around the fire pit, or join a complementary fitness class in the sand.
Rates: Starting at $379 per night, double occupancy.
Ask parents what true luxury is, and many might answer, “free babysitting.” That’s just part of the appeal of Capella Marigot Bay, a St. Lucia resort known for its lovely cove beach, chic suites, pampering Auriga Spa, an intimate rum “cave,” and a marina where you can charter the megayacht of your choice or sign the kids up for sailing lessons.
Rates: Starting at $484 per night.
Embrace the beach culture of Southern California with a stay at Santa Monica’s Shutters on the Beach, a family Spring Break favorite that’s just steps from the beach, boardwalk, and Santa Monica Pier and amusement park. Inside, the resort is a quiet oasis with a luxury spa, a secluded pool lined with private cabanas, and meticulously designed guest rooms, each with it’s own private library of beach reads.
Rates: From $575 nightly, double occupancy.
This Old Florida style beach resort stay spry with family spring break activities ranging from the traditional — golf and tennis lessons, shell collecting and sandcastle building — to exciting, like laser-tag tournaments and drive-in movies where you can cruise in with your own golf cart. The spacious new Sharp Houses, with three and four bedrooms, are perfect for larger families, especially if the grandparents are joining the fun.
Rates: From $395 per night, double occupancy.
Do you speak whale? The Los Cabos whale-watching season runs through March, and families can thrill to the sight of humpbacks breaching the waves off the Baja Peninsula with a safari offered by the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. The expert-led excursion includes a stop in Magdalena Bay, a whale calving area where the “little” ones learn how to survive their coming journey to the Bering Sea off Alaska.
Rates: Starting at $295 per night.
Cabo has a reputation as a Spring Break party town for college kids, but The Cape unveils a different side of this Sea of Cortez beach playground: each room at this boutique resort, part of the Thompson Hotel group, overlooks the famed surf break on Monuments Beach, and amenities include an infinity pool, beach cabanas, luxury yacht cruises, and activities like private cooking and mixology classes. Dinner at Chef Enrique Olvera’s Manta restaurant is capped by cocktails on Cabo’s only rooftop lounge.
Rates: Starting at $599 per night.