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Marlborough, Massachusetts

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Divi Village Golf And Beach Resort Oranjestad

JE Irausquin Boulevard 93, Oranjestad, Aruba

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Babysitting
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave in room
  • Kitchenette or kitchen in room
  • On-site convenience store
  • Outdoor pool
  • Kids' pool
  • Bikes available
  • Beach umbrellas available


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Visited: 2010-03-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-27 19:08:56.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Laid back, good space for families, great beach vacation

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We stayed in a one-bedroom suite, with laundry, kitchen and two bathrooms. Plenty of room to spread out. There was an outdoor pool with waterslide, which the kids used daily. Most of the time was spent at the beach, though -- it's an easy five-minute walk through the property (or you can take the golf cart shuttle if you've got a lot of gear). But it was nice to have the option of ocean, or pool (usually both each day). The kitchen was ideal because we could make a lot of our own meals. There's a grocery store about a ten-minute walk from the resort - although we took the shuttle to the southern-most stop on the resort route, hopped off, crossed the street to the store, then did the same thing to get back. When we stayed there, the resort -- which is adjoining two other Divi properties, both all-inclusive -- had an AI option, which we used. That way, we were able to eat at any of the restaurants at the resorts, and grab a quick bite to eat at one of the snack areas, etc. The Golf Resort has a nice restaurant overlooking the course, where we had dinner one night. One night we took a cab to Palm Beach, where most of the "high rise" hotels are, plenty of restaurants, shops, etc.

Tips for Families

Remember that it's hot in Aruba and the sun is very strong -- and factor that into your planning for outdoor time with the kids. There are a few "attractions" on the island, but for the most part we found that it was really a pure beach vacation. Also, the surf can be strong at times, so keep your eye on the kids.

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Bluenose Inn Bar Harbor

90 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Rollaway beds available
  • Smoke-free property
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave in room
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Outdoor pool


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Visited: 2008-09-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-27 14:54:16.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12)

Great hotel, great location

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Located on the outside of town, which means you'll need to drive into town but it's nice because it's quiet and it's easy access to Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park. Heated indoor and outdoor pools are good for the kids. Not a whole lot of play areas around the hotel, so for that you'll be headed to either Acadia or the beach.

Tips for Families

Bring your bikes, because there are lots of carriageways/trails in Acadia. If you're there in the fall, for a beautiful sunrise head to either the top of Cadillac Mountain or Boulder Beach (classic photo location).

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The Sagamore Hotel Bolton Landing

110 Sagamore Road Bolton Landing, Bolton Landing, New York

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Visited: 2012-08-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-26 15:34:43.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

Pricey but worth it

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Fantastic location. The onsite third-party marina makes boat rental and parasailing extremely convenient. Te staff are helpful and friendly. On a rainy day the options are limited but the onsite activity center provides some choices for all ages. (Don't bother bringing Xbox along because you can't connect to the in-room tv.) We stayed in one of the lodges - they're spacious and provide a kitchenette which cuts down on meal expenses (which are hefty if you're eating in the hotel restaurants for every meal). There's a grocery store in town, just at the entrance to Green Island. The restaurants in town provide options but are not significantly cheaper. Adult pool area is great.

Tips for Families

Bring your tennis rackets, footballs and basketballs. Stay in a lodge -- roomier, kitchen, less formal than the main hotel and provides space for downtime. We rented a pontoon boat for a day and had a blast, spent a great day on Lake George tubing and swimming.

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