Luxury resorts serve up more than just swanky guest rooms and exceptional customer service -- they are also home to some of the best restaurants in the world. But with young kids in tow, chowing down white-tablecloth-style can be a challenge. While grownups attempt to enjoy fine wines and decadent fruits de mer platters, fidgety toddlers may clank silverware in protest. But with so many gourmet meals at your fingertips when staying at a posh spot, you hate to put the brakes on dinner plans just for fear of "making a scene" -- I mean, we've all been there...right? Luckily, the restaurants at these family-friendly resorts manage to keep frazzled parents stress-free (and their kids content) with restaurant features such as kiddie menus and more.
JW Marriott Chicago
Don't let the marble fool you, this chandelier-crazed Chicago hotel rolls out the red carpet for junior jetsetters. The JW paired up with renowned nutritionists to create a yummy (and healthy!) menu in its restaurant that will appeal to both kids and adults. From turkey meatballs to 'mini' adult offerings for teens, these comfort meals are sure to please mom. While parents enjoy selections from the dinner menu, kids can chomp on low-fat yogurt ranch dip paired with fresh cucumber and carrot sticks while exploring activity books provided by the staff.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Youngsters will definitely work up an appetite in Mickey country. After spending the day visiting Orlando's top theme parks, families can expect the smooth ride to continue at the Waldorf's Harvest Bistro restaurant. Guests under 12 eat breakfast and dinner for free when ordering from the children's menu. Kids can take their pick of all the classics like PB&J, mac 'n cheese, chicken fingers, and hot dogs. Aquamarine, the poolside restaurant, is another half-pint pleaser with pizza and grilled cheese. If Mom and Dad prefer a romantic dinner for two at the award-winning Bull & Bear, kiddos can enjoy an adult-free finger-lickin' meal at the Waldorf's After Dark kids club.
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
With the "Forecast For Fun" family package at Hotel del Coronado, younger guests feel extra special as soon as they enter the front door. After check-in, kids will receive an explorer pack with a treasure map and clues to guide them to a sweet treasure. For a sunset supper, the fam can head to Sheerwater's umbrella-dotted patio to indulge in fresh seafood before toasting s'mores at your private beach bonfire. The San Diego sweetness continues at the spa, where teens can indulge in a Teen Spa Sundae that features an Ice Cream Float bath, Sugar Scrub and Frosting Massage.
Pompano Beach Club, Bermuda
Pompano scores points for creating a family-friendly atmosphere with babysitting services and box lunch options for guests. This beach club also boasts a pretty extensive kids menu with sandwiches, burgers, and kid-sized desserts. It is one of the few resorts on the island that offers the 12-and-under crowd free meals when their parents book an inclusive stay.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
At the Loews in South Beach, Mom and Dad can finally take a chill pill. This sandcastle-friendly hotel designed a Loews Loves Kids program to keep your baby shrimp as happy as clams. At dinner, children are entertained with crayons and coloring book while taking nibbles of 'beach ball' fruit kabobs and junior steaks. When back at the room, parents can rely on the mini-bar for kiddie snacks, and tots can borrow toys and kids' gear from the front desk.
Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod
This New England hot spot is known for its monster lobster rolls and classic clambakes. At Chatham Bars Inn's Beach House restaurant, family fun is always on the menu. Parents are encouraged to bring the kids to this fine-dining spot, especially on family themed nights. Order the lobster nachos and fish taco, and we promise your little crustacean won't act all crabby.
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