Marriott's Aruba Surf Club Rating: 4.0 Pearls

For teens, there are ping pong tables by the pool and a Nintendo Wii Lounge.

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 For teens, there are ping pong tables by the pool and a Nintendo Wii Lounge.
From a great playground to a mini-golf course to horseback riding stables to a private dolphin cove, Half Moon's 400-acre property offers ample resources for families, including full-time nannies. Kids under 16 eat and sleep for free. Anancy Children's Village has a series of colorful cabins that house supervised activities like video games, arts and crafts, and stories with nap time. Anancy Children's Village also includes a well-maintained playground. All guest rooms at Half Moon are large, but the multiroom villas (shown here) come with private chefs and private pools. But the beautiful (and safe) beach might be the resort's best asset. Half Moon takes its name from the two miles of prime, crescent-shaped beachfront that span the 400-acre property. Larger-than-life Atlantis is home to an exceptional water park and 11 superb pools, several of which are just for kids. One of the hotel's main pools is seen here. The 141-acre Aquaventure water park features two slides with vertical drops over 50 feet, a mile-long lazy-river ride (with waves, tunnels, and rapids along the way), a tube that gushes past sharks, and a plethora of other scenic slides. Kids can glide past sharks -- in a tube running straight through the tank -- as part of their Aquaventure experience. Kid-friendly restaurants range from the extensive buffets to on-site Johnny Rockets and Jamba Juice franchises. The Atlantis Kids' Club (for kids ages three to 12) runs morning, afternoon, and evening sessions with activities like arts and crafts, water sports, karaoke, and video games. Other kid-friendly activities include Gamer's Reef video game arcade, the Atlantis Speedway, and a even an on-site pottery studio and an 18-and-under dance club for older kids. And, like Half Moon, Atlantis also has an on-site dolphin habitat. And a beautiful beach on Paradise Island. An extraordinarily elaborate pool complex -- a veritable water park, in fact -- makes Maui's Grand Wailea one of the most spectacular resorts for families in Hawaii. Water park highlights include: four waterslides, whitewater rapids, caves, a lazy-river pool, rope swings, and a "water elevator" inside a man-made volcano. Add in the incredible beach, near-perfect year-round weather, and 20,000-square-foot kids' camp, complete with video arcade, Playstation room, and a small movie theater, and the only open question is whether your family will agree to return to ordinary life. A well-priced, amenities-packed hotel right on the beach in Sunny Isles, the Trump International Beach Resort offers service that's extremely friendly and professional, but more casual than at other Trump properties. The grotto-style pool comes with a broad shallow area that's great for little swimmers. Plus, there's always Globie -- the hotel mascot -- who entertains kids around the pool. The large, family-size guest rooms come with a kitchenettes, and many suites also include washer/dryers. And unlike at most other Miami hotels, the Kids Club at the Trump is free. The largest resort in Hawaii, the amenities-packed Hilton Hawaiian Village has more to offer families than any other property on Oahu -- or Maui or Kauai for that matter. The crowds are big. But if you can make a pre-breakfast detour to stake out chairs by one of the four impressive pools -- one is Waikiki's largest-- your kids will be thoroughly entertained. Among the top-shelf attractions are the dozens of species of animals on the grounds, including parrots and penguins, and the calm, coral-reef-protected waters at the beach. A chance for kid-free relaxation comes with the Hilton's Rainbow Express Keiki Club, which plans field trips to the aquarium or zoo and activities like sandcastle building, for kids ages five to 12. Marriott's Surf Club has "family-style" figured out. At the Natural Pool, screeching kids wearing floaties shoot down the on-site waterslide again and again. The hotel has a "Lazy River "-- a long, slow-flowing pool that carries half-dozing rafters from one side of the property to the other. For teens, there are ping pong tables by the pool and a Nintendo Wii Lounge.
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