Luxury Family Suites at Four Seasons
Wherever your travels take you, experience the ultimate in space, privacy and flexibility with a Four Seasons suite.
Last time my family and I stayed in a suite at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, it was bigger than our home.
Think elegant living room with a stone fireplace, wrought iron chandelier, high ceilings and two-storey windows with alpine views. Complete with three plush bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs, a formal dining room, a full kitchen and private balconies, the suite felt like it was created with families in mind.
What we loved:
- Comfortable living. The suite made us feel like we were in a house or apartment, rather than simply visiting a hotel.
- Dining In. The option to eat in is ideal for tired kids or a shared family meal with friends.
- Spacious rooms. With two full-bedroom wings plus en-suites positioned on opposite sides of the living area, babies can nap easily in their own quiet space while the rest of the family watches a show or plays board games. At night, parents can retreat into their own wing with a movie or enjoy dinner for two by the fireplace.
The Royal Suite at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort lends itself to the same luxuries. With up to eight additional connecting rooms, the suite can transform into a nine-bedroom residence, which is perfect for a multigenerational family vacation. Located on the 16th floor of the Resort, guests can also take in views of the park’s nightly fireworks show on the 1,000-square-foot (92-square-metre) terrace.
With luxury, style, privacy and relaxation in mind, Four Seasons spotlights extraordinary suites at its Resorts and Hotels across the globe. Here’s a look at some of the best suites for families.
Location: Bali (Ubud)—This tiny island province boasts dramatic views of rice terraces and the Indian Ocean, aromatic cuisine, romantic tropical beauty, rich artistic traditions and a spiritual approach to life. But it’s the graciousness of the people and unique culture that will entice you and the kids.
Details: Last year, the Resort renovated several one-bedroom suites into new Family Suites, complete with a master bedroom, children’s room and living area. The cozy, cheery kids’ bedroom just off of the living room will make children feel immediately at home. It includes an en-suite shower as well as a Trundle bed and pullout twin bed. The suite is located in the Resort’s main building, which puts you in the perfect place to enjoy the nearby Spa, gym and restaurants. The kids can play at the Pici Pici Club, which includes a tree house and jungle playground.
Noteworthy: Nature-inspired and authentically Balinese, the spacious suite is designed with two separate wings. That means Mom and Dad can enjoy alone time, including an evening on their own private terrace after children are tucked in bed. For parents with toddlers, the single-level layout means there are no stairs to worry about. Families will love the outdoor dining terrace.
Location: Argentina (Buenos Aires)—A family-friendly culture where kids are always included and welcome. This vibrant South American city has park-dotted neighborhoods to explore on foot and enticing family fun along the lines of world-class fútbol (soccer), polo matches, live tango and delicious dining.
Details: The Hotel’s Mansion-View One Bedroom Suite feels like a private apartment with high ceilings and 860 square feet of space. Located in the upscale Recoleta district, the area has plenty of shopping, dining, parks and sights within walking distance. These are the only suites in the neighbourhood with unobstructed views of the city and pulsing 9 de Julio Avenue, plus the historic La Mansión and manicured gardens with Art Deco pool.
Noteworthy: Kids will tap into Argentine style through the room décor, created by international design team Wai. The handsome new suites are the result of a recent USD 49 million renovation, inspired by Argentina’s passions: tango and polo. Family can enjoy a little privacy while still being together, too: the living room is separated from a bathroom and bedroom by a sliding door.
Location: U.S. (Washington, D.C.)—the nation’s capital is filled with incredible museums (mostly free), history and educational sights within walking distance of the hotel.
Details: “Capital Suite”: the richly appointed 1,100-square-feet (102-square-metre) suite is so spacious, it easily converts to a children’s play area, inside “camping” site or family dining room. The in-suite Nespresso machine means parents don’t need leave the room in search of a morning coffee. The suite may also be booked with a connecting room offering two double beds. Living rooms sofas can pull out into an additional twin bed.
Noteworthy: The Hotel is situated in historic Georgetown neighbourhood, and suites look onto the garden courtyard or 29th Street. French doors separate the master bedroom from the living area, so parents can enjoy some privacy.
Location: U.S. (Hawaii, Maui)—Hawaii is both educational and an indulgence. Activities galore, including surfing, paddling, whale watching and heli-touring, and gorgeous beaches make Maui a quintessential family holiday destination.
Details: The Lokelani Three-Bedroom Suite is like a vacation home with all the bells and whistles. The best part for families is the view, numerous bedrooms and spaciousness. The large private lawn provides a “front yard to the ocean” where kids can run and play. Close to the pool, beach, restaurants and Kids For All Seasons kids’ club, it includes two master suites, two separate dining rooms, a large living room and kitchen for accommodating up to six adults with six children.
Noteworthy: Space! These are the largest suites in Maui. The suite includes a media room that seats eight people, three pre-reserved main pool cabanas, a massage for each parent and a personal concierge. The private terrace with an oceanfront vista makes for a memorable family sunset dinner.
Location: Hungary (Budapest)—Like a low-key Paris, this stylish city with a youthful vibe is set in the heart of eastern Europe. You and the kids can tour the historic architecture on foot, savor top-notch classical music and dip into the outdoor thermal baths.
Details: The open-concept Park Suite affords plenty of elbow room for families. The space is divided into a living room, dining room with table seating for four and bedroom with sofa bed. For families traveling with grandparents or nannies, the suite can be expanded into a private two- or three-bedroom apartment by connecting additional rooms. The mini bar is stocked with kid-friendly goodies.
Noteworthy: From the two balconies overlooking the city, you can point out many of the famous sights to the children over an outside breakfast: the Danube River, the Chain Bridge, the Buda Hills, the Royal Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion. Another learning opportunity: the Art Deco décor is typical of Europe in the 1920s. The concierge can arrange classical music lessons for kids, cooking classes with the chef and a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo, one of the world’s oldest (founded in 1866).
Location: Morocco (Marrakech)—Exotic, stylish and mysterious, vibrant Marrakech is also accessible, making it one of the world’s great family destinations. The kids will marvel at the colours, sounds and scents of the medina, just minutes from the Resort.
Details: Blending space with privacy, the Grand Pavilion Suite is a 1,722 square-foot bedroom on the ground floor of the Resort. For families, there’s the option to connect a second room (pavilion area) with twin beds for children. A separate living area means kids can snooze while mom and dad stay up late.
Noteworthy: The suite is steps from the Resort’s Family Pool, which is heated in the winter. The large outdoor terrace is ideal for a special family dinner under the stars.
Location: U.S. (Hawaii, Hualalai)—On the Big Island, this is a place of incredible scenery, history, culture, majesty and warm locals. It’s exotic, but easy. Take the kids swimming with dolphins, exploring volcanoes or swimming at one of the seven pools and take in the gorgeous stretch of lava-strewn coastline right outside your door.
Details: The ‘Ohana Suite is optimal for families because it is positioned on the ground floor in the Beach Tree and Sea Shell crescents of rooms (the most family-friendly), available as one or two bedrooms.
Noteworthy: These suites have direct pool access. Family-oriented games and amenities are in-suite. The stay includes one complimentary night of babysitting, an in-suite movie night, daily in-suite continental breakfast, private airport transfers and a personal suite concierge.
Location: Thailand (Koh Samui)—If you’re thinking tropical island idyll tucked on a lush hillside with boardwalks through the coconut groves, white sand and shimmering sea, secluded Koh Samui is your place. You’ll only need to decide whether it’s crab hunting or kayaking, snorkeling or sailing, a Thai cooking class or tour of the local fishing village.
Details: The Resort’s Family Villas are designed for families with young children. Just a quick walk from the beach and the Kids For All Seasons kids’ club, the villas have a separate kids’ sleeping area with two twin beds; a third child can use the rollaway.
Noteworthy: The kids will revel in their own private infinity pool and parents can relax because the pool is fenced. Another plus is no sandy, wet floors because children can access the bathroom directly from the deck. All villas have a spacious outdoor deck, large day bed and special children’s amenities. Some include a “secret garden” with lawn.
Location: Portugal (Lisbon)—One of the world’s oldest cities, Lisbon is charming, walkable and family-centric—Moorish with a European heart. Tour castles on the ocean shore and dine on fresh-catch seafood and paella. The locals welcome families with genuine delight.
Details: The Residency Suite is a full luxury apartment on the Hotel’s fourth floor with a view of the Eduardo VII Park. The layout incorporates a master bedroom, second bedroom, full kitchen, living room, sitting room, office and three plush bathrooms.
Noteworthy: The Residency Suite was created specifically with families in mind. In fact, the same family has been living in the suite for a year!