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4 Family-Friendly Accommodations That Will Blow Your Mind

by Susan Finch

Jul 28, 2018

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All-inclusive resorts and cookie-cutter hotels are often ideal for family travelers, but can start to look pretty generic for the seasoned family. Shake things up and get off the grid when it comes to family-friendly accommodations. There’s plenty of places in the world to sleep, from yurts to teepees, to give your kids a unique adventure on the road.


If the idea of camping on the ground in a sleeping bag with your kids sounds like a punishment, you can embrace the great outdoors in a high-end luxury yurt. Glamping is all the rage around the world and even comes with private bathrooms and electricity. Many glamping properties offer a permanent floor, fabric walls and open-air ceiling, along with real beds and furniture to bring the great outdoors to you. Start with Westgate Resorts to find family-friendly yurts and glamping adventures.


Treehouses were designed with adventurous kids looking to pass the hours on a lazy afternoon in mind. But now you can actually sleep in one overnight, and without throwing your sleeping bag in your own backyard treehouse. Modern treehouse hotels come with complete amenities like WiFi, TVs and real beds and, of course, spectacular views. After an evening watching the stars, you can hike among the trees or take part in wilderness excursions. Start with the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Resort for a true B&B adventure in the trees. Bonus points: It has zip lining.


If your family loves unusual adventures and hiking in caves deep underground, jet set over to a luxury cave hotel. Cave hotels can be found carved into the sides of real caves in Turkey, Spain, Italy and beyond. Amenities from on-site restaurants to cave excursions abound, along with decor and architecture that embraces your underground accommodations for the night. Start with MDC Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey. 

Wigwam Motel, Arizona

Wigwam Motel, Arizona © Reinhardt | Dreamstime.com


Although they’re not the most historically accurate symbol of American history, teepee motels and yurts are popular at family-friendly properties across the United States. Among the first is the Wigwam Village motel in Arizona on Route 66, made up of concrete teepee-style structures with private bathrooms. There’s even an on-site museum to take in a collection of Native American artifacts, Civil War memorabilia and Route 66 collectibles, along with a petrified wood collection.

The best part of family-friendly accommodations that will blow your mind is the adventure starts when you check-in. Take plenty of selfies for social media fodder and create memories your kids will never forget.


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