5 Considerations For Choosing A Beach Resort For Your Family Get-Away

Whether you are planning a relaxing family beach escape or a fun-filled vacation with structured activities, you'll want to choose the right accommodations to suit your needs. Not all beach hotels are alike, and you may have various options to choose from. To help you choose the best resort hotel, consider the following:

1. Choose a Room With a View

Your beach hotel room may overlook the sand and the ocean, in which case it is typically referred to as a beachfront room. A beachfront room will offer the best of both worlds, as you'll be viewing both the beach and the ocean. If you'd prefer a more relaxing view of the ocean waves, choose an oceanfront room. Keep in mind, your room may be located a distance from the beach, but it may offer a lower rate than the beachfront option.

2. Don't Forget the Family-Inspired Hotel Amenities

When it comes to in-room amenities, you'll have a myriad of options to choose from. Just about every resort beach hotel will include complementary WIFI, and for most families, this is a must, but there is so much more to consider. You'll want to be sure your hotel is kid-friendly and pet-friendly, should you decide to take your dog or cat along for the stay.

Did you know that some hotels offer a new amenity featuring in-room tents for the kids? Request an in-room kiddie tent, and your little ones can pretend they are camping out. It will include blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags. Ask about extra fees for this service or if it is included in the rate. If you don't care for the in-room tent idea, you might consider a themed hotel room designed for kids.

When traveling with kids, you'll want to consider hotel daycare or babysitting services. Be sure these services include fun activities for the kids, in addition to supervision. You might also prefer adjoining rooms for the family. A kitchenette where you can prepare light meals and snacks is another important feature to look for.

If the weather turns bad and outdoor activities are postponed, be sure the kids stay entertained. Ask about in-room family movies and video game consoles with complementary games. Some of the resort hotels also feature a library with a vast selection of books or a game room.

3. Request Easy Access to Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment

During your stay, you might want to shop for souvenirs or necessities, so choose a beach hotel that provides easy access (preferably within walking distance) to shops. If your beach hotel is located right by the boardwalk, all the better for shopping excursions and restaurants. As a bonus, access to the boardwalk will provide entertainment for the family, such as arcades and games of chance, as well as thrilling rides the entire family can enjoy.

4. Choose a Package that Offers All-Inclusive Water Sports

Because this is a beach vacation, you might want to choose a resort hotel that offers guided sports activities for the family. This may include kayaking, snorkeling and diving, surfing, sailing, and more. After a day of immersion into water-inspired activities, the adults may enjoy cocktails and live music while relaxing by the sea.

5. Consider an Eco-Friendly Hotel

These days, a major concern for many is preserving the environment and choosing hotels that initiate sustainable hotel practices. Be sure to travel "green" by staying at a beach hotel that is eco-friendly. This may mean more than offering organic food choices in the dining room. Paints and cleaning products may also be natural and organic. Some eco-friendly resorts also recycle rainwater or harness power through solar energy. It's worth investigating if you are environmentally conscious and concerned.

There are so many ways to ensure a satisfying stay at a beach resort. Leave your cares behind, and allow your hotel to guide you into a temporary escape from the daily grind. To begin your search, check out a hotel like Sands Resorts.