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The best way to keep kids happy on a summer vacation? Make sure there’s plenty of water, whether that’s by the pool, on the beach or at the lake. Take the plunge from these water-centric family destinations.

Muscat, Oman

Inhale the sea air in this ancient port city where the turquoise Gulf of Oman is the resplendent foreground to a backdrop of mountains and desert. At Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, both water sports and relaxation opportunities take center stage. Six glittering swimming pools, including a dedicated one for kids along with an infinity pool and lagoon pools, ensure ample splashing—or freedom therefrom—for the whole family. Kids can dive, sunbathe or swim along the resort’s private beach or be introduced to snorkeling, body boarding, kayaking and paddleboarding with help from expert guides.

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Tenerife, Spain

A magical land-and-water paradise awaits little (and not so little) ones at The Ritz-Carlton Tenerife, Abama. In this coveted corner of Spain, the largest of the Canary Islands, lush gardens and Moorish architecture will feel like just the elegant icing on what kids consider the cake: massive, dreamy swimming pools that take their cues from the stunning landscape, and the magnificent Atlantic Ocean beyond. Whale watching, zip lining and thrilling waterparks are among the many popular attractions families will find in close proximity to the resort.

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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Ensure your water-loving brood has at least one Caribbean vacation under their belts, and you may find yourselves returning again and again … and again. The sun-kissed haven of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman pays homage to its treasured location with design, amenities and cuisine inspired by the beachfront setting. The exhilarating flavors of Blue by Eric Ripert will convert even the most stubborn of young seafood skeptics, while the only resistance you’ll encounter to renowned Seven Mile Beach is when it’s time to leave—might we suggest another dip in one of the resort’s sparkling pools, or an in-suite movie over homemade churros from Saint June restaurant, to coax them through it?

Seven Mile Beach
Orlando, Florida

No water lover’s childhood is complete without a trip to a water park, where the lazy river and splashpad offer leisurely fun for all ages and the exhilaration of zooming down massive waterslides awakens an adventurous side in bigger kids. Whether you’re in search of rip-roaring family fun or in need of a little relaxation and escape, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Waterpark.

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Dallas, Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, a tried-and-true cliché you’ll appreciate as kids take in the generous expanses of The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas: swaggeringly spacious rooms and suites, an eye-popping 48-ounce dry-aged porterhouse steak at Knife Italian and, of course, the resort’s showstopping central pool. Newly open in May 2024, this spectacular oasis is the splashy star of an opulent deck where parents bask in stylish loungers and private cabanas while little swimmers get their kicks in the water or scamper on deck for elevated snacks, fruit plates and beverages.

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