Come to the home of the Miami Dolphins, Art Deco architecture and the famous Ocean Drive to soak up the Florida sun at the best family-friendly hotels in Miami.
With 40 miles (64km) of white sand coastline, Miami is the ultimate beach resort destination – with a slice of city life on the side. Whether you’ve come to snorkel at Biscayne Bay or just lap the outdoor pool, Miami knows exactly how to pamper families looking for sun, sea and sand. Book one of these top family hotels for ocean-view rooms, private poolside cabanas and first-class kids clubs.
1 Hotel South Beach is Miami’s number one choice for discerning families who want an eco-friendly, luxury stay when traveling. This chic, all-white hotel has salvaged driftwood bedheads, organic cotton bedding and in-room yoga mats. Start your day with an Immunity Golden Yogurt Bowl dotted with citrus fruit (plus buttermilk pancakes for the kids) – there are eight farm-to-fork dining options here. Drop them off at Seedlings kids club, where your young ones can plant trees, hunt for seashells and settle down for story time.
Unlike many upscale hotels, the St Regis Bal Harbour resort goes above and beyond for families who prefer the finer things in life. Children are welcomed to the St Regis with a personalized pack – including coloring books, a mini bathrobe and library card – plus they offer a nightly turndown service with bedtime stories included. Alternatively, book a VIP tour of the Jungle Island eco-adventure park, home to real kangaroos and Capuchin monkeys.
Located right on the beach, this elegant Miami resort caters to adults as well as families. Picture plush white rooms with traditional furniture; some even have ocean views from the bath. Kids can book into the complimentary AcquaMarine children’s center, with fun marine biology activities – from sizing up whales to creating an edible coral polyp. Meanwhile, you can sneak off to the 20,000-square-foot (1,860sqm) spa for a deep tissue, hot stone massage.
Check out of the office and into paradise at the family-favorite Loews Miami Beach Hotel, where every aspect of kids’ entertainment is covered. While your tiny travelers are preoccupied making pizza or diving for treasure at the SOBE Kids Club, you can indulge in quality time with your other half. Reserve a rooftop cabana with margaritas served to your bedside after enjoying a grilled Florida mahi mahi sandwich at Bar Collins for lunch.
The ultra-modern, lively Fontainebleau Miami Beach has pulled out all the stops to welcome your family with the wow factor. Let the hotel’s certified Adventure Guides unlock your children’s imaginations with activities including making tie-dye T-shirts and glittery slime. Disappear off to the adults-only Arkadia Day Club to sunbathe by the pool or peruse Fontainebleau’s boutique shops. Regroup in the evenings for Miami-style entertainment at BleauLive, where everyone from Elvis to Lady Gaga has previously performed.
Although downtown Miami is moments away, the acclaimed Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne transports your family to a secluded island. The Ritz Kids guides await to play kickball and teach your little ones about sharks – they even have a special American Girl package, so even the dolls get pampered. You can relish in grown-up activities, like tennis or a round of golf. Just remember to leave time for your complimentary professional family photoshoot on the hotel’s private beach.
Get back to nature at the Palms, an independently owned resort with family at the core. This hotel has a strong eco-message – from its beach clean-up program to a true farm-to-table philosophy. Take your younger members along to the family yoga and meditation sessions before lunch at the kid-friendly main restaurant. Top off the afternoon with a nourishing Miami Smoothie before you hit the beach in style with a private tiki cabana.
The Savoy Hotel & Beach Club blends the glamour of its 1930s Art Deco origins with tropical elegance, creating a stylish retreat for your family. The hotel has only 31 suites in total, so you benefit from maximum space and attentive service. Quality family time is guaranteed at the Savoy, as the hotel has two acres (0.8ha) of beachfront to enjoy. Rent a bike and cruise down the Lummus Park promenade before returning to the beach club for a sunset cocktail (or soft drink) by the pool.