16 Resorts That Are Perfect for Family ReunionsEven During COVID
From resorts that promise adventure at every turn to a few laid-back beach options, these hotels have something that everyone can get excited about.
It’s been a long time since people could see their extended family. In fact, some are still waiting for that epic reunion. Now that COVID travel restrictions are easing up, it can be easier for families to come back together again. And when they do, it should be an experience that should be remembered and cherished. Looking into holding a family reunion may get overwhelming, too. Not everyone has the same interests, and not every family likes to vacation the same way. However, some places will be able to meet your family’s needs no matter how varied they are. Here, we’ve put together a list of excellent resorts and hotels that promise to cater to your family’s needs—all while helping you feel COVID safe.
WHERE: Paso Robles, CA
Surrounded by mountains and many grapevines, Geneseo Inn is the perfect place for a post-COVID family reunion. Situated on the grounds of Cass Winery, Geneseo is a hotel made up of shipping containers that have been beautifully designed to create a sanctuary out of a small space. Every family can have their own space, but come together for a plethora of activities— both outdoors and in—based on your comfort level. Outside, you can enjoy horseback riding, archery, beekeeping, and cozy nights around the fire pit, telling jokes and making family memories. Inside, take a stab at a chef-driven cooking class, wine tasting, blending and olive oil pressing. Another perk of Geneseo Inn? Every morning, gourmet breakfast baskets are sent straight to your door.
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WHERE: Governor’s Island, NY
Need to escape from the city but don’t have a ton of time? Collective Retreats on New York’s Governor’s Island is perfect. Picture an open-air setting with the dining room, common area, and bar all outdoors or semi-outdoors, which works if you are taking extra COVID precautions. Separate families can enjoy distinct living quarters, choosing between a tent set up or a small shipping container. Just a word of caution: while the shipping containers are outfitted with their own bathrooms, tent dwellers share a common area for restrooms and showering. However, with attendants and cleaning protocols, this retreat is top-notch for safety. Collective Retreats also takes safety to another level by creating “to-go” meals for those who aren’t comfortable dining semi-indoors. Add to that all of the outside amenities Governor’s Island has to offer, including a lavender field, a beautiful walking park, and sports fields, and you’ll have a family reunion to remember.
WHERE: Riviera Maya, Mexico
If you’re looking for a tropical escape to plan your family reunion, Grand Velas Riviera Maya is for you. With something for everyone, there is no reason to leave this all-inclusive Mexican resort. And, because the weather mostly cooperates, you’ll be able to enjoy a lot of time outside in the sunshine.
Grand Velas offers up different types of accommodations, depending on budget and desire. Perfect for couples or those who aren’t comfortable being out and about, the Zen Grand Nature View rooms offer a private plunge pool and private terrace for sipping cocktails, sunbathing, and general relaxation.
For families with little ones in tow, the two-bedroom family suite includes a welcome bag of beach toys and fun turndown service each night, as well as a private terrace for meals. Want the whole family together? The Presidential Suite has a dining table made for eight, a private plunge pool and garden, and a private concierge. Experience paradise without having to leave the room. But, if you do, beautiful dining spaces, a large family pool area, a smaller adult-only pool, and white sand beaches await.
WHERE: Skytop, Pennsylvania
A member of Historic Hotels of America, this Pocono Mountains paradise Skytop Lodge sits amid 5,500 forested acres. Deer graze on the property, and guests connect with nature on guided hikes to waterfalls, time spent on the lake, and through wildlife programs. There is so much to do at Skytop Lodge that you won’t need to leave the property; rock climbing, archery tag, paintball, axe throwing, kayak tours, and biking are just a few of the activities on offer. There is also a full-service spa and golf available at the resort, making it a place where there is truly something for every family member.
WHERE: Callicoon Center, New York
Nestled in the Catskills, Callicoon Hills is perfect for year-round family reunions. In the fall, there are apple and pumpkin picking. In the winter, there is skiing. There are plenty of places to hike and enjoy the fresh air in the spring, while in the summer, a king-sized pool is perfect for swimming. Three types of rooms— boarding house, pool house, or ridge rooms— allow you to create the perfect scenario for your family. If you feel comfortable venturing out, try the beer at Callicoon Brewing Company or Catskill Brewery, and don’t miss Catskill Provisions for delicious food and cocktails.
Le Taha’a by Pearl Resorts
WHERE: Tahiti, French Polynesia
If you’ve been waiting to head to an exotic location for the last two years, Tahiti is it. Now open to international travelers, Le Taha’a by Pearl Resorts is perfect for a family getaway for a few reasons. Besides being, well, perfect, Le Taha’a is located on a small islet, allowing hotel guests to feel extra safe knowing the population is small. Additionally, the hotel’s array of suites and villas allow families to spread out without having to interact with other groups. Three restaurants are on-premises, as well as a bar, but visitors can also choose to eat in their own space too.
Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel + Spa
WHERE: Vero Beach, Florida
One of the only luxury properties in Vero Beach, Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel + Spa, provides multigenerational families the perfect Florida oasis. The oceanfront property boasts uncrowded beach access where adults and children can enjoy paddleboarding, snorkeling, boogie boarding, and kayaking. The hotel also offers a ‘stargazing on the sea’ experience year-round, where guests can book a boat ride and star talk led by a local astronomer while cruising the Indian River (at no extra charge).
courtesy of Vero Beach Hotel & Spa
WHERE: Friday Harbor, Washington
Between the beauty outside and the beauty inside, your family will leave Lakedale a little more grateful for each other. Located a ferry ride away from Seattle, you’ll leave the hustle and bustle of the city for the calming and refreshing outdoors. The Lakehouse holds up to 10 people, making it a great option for families who want to stay and play together. However, there are also log cabins, yurts, and even glamping cottages just in case everyone wants to have a different experience. Having a huge family reunion? Lakedale’s banquet hall can seat up to 80 people, while more than 150 can be accommodated via the expanded lodge deck. Outdoor activities here include stand-up paddleboarding, lawn games, bike riding, and kayaking.
WHERE: Manchester Village, Vermont
Unsure you’re ready to stay at a full-blown resort and unsure you have enough people to rent the whole thing? Cue the Equinox Resort, where you can live the suite life. The Meadow House has five bedrooms with all the comforts of home, while the Dormy house has four bedrooms and a golf course view. Want something smaller? You can also rent three-bedroom townhomes for your family, ensuring that everyone is as comfortable as possible no matter what. Besides golf and a lux spa, you can take the Land Rover off-roading experience, which is definitely as cool as it sounds. Hike, bike, skate, or sled, depending on the season. S’mores by the firepit is always a good idea here, too. Also, don’t miss out on Cooper, a golden retriever that has been dubbed the resort’s Chief Happiness Officer.
Courtesy of The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa
WHERE: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
With a focus on the outdoors and local food and beverages, Le Germain Charlevoix is a delight for families looking for a retreat. The hotel comes outfitted with dormitory-style rooms, including bunk beds to ensure everyone can stay together. Visitors can also enjoy a trip to the spa or a seasonal heated outdoor pool. The summer months allow for hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing outdoors, while the winter months are all about skiing and sled dog riding. The hotel sits on the Charlevoix Flavor Trail, which no epicurean will want to miss.