Winter has felt never ending this year, and what helps get some Canadian families through the long season is planning their next getaway. When choosing a vacation, finding ideal family-friendly resorts that cater to kids, teens AND parents can be a hot topic. One hotel chain however continually comes up in conversation – Palladium Resorts and Hotels.

Palladium delights families every year with perks such as “kids stay, play & eat free” deals, special pricing for teens and for parents travelling solo with kids, shaded playground and pool areas, and spacious rooms to comfortably accommodate the entire brood. Its supervised Kids Clubs entice with daily programs of sports and entertainment that specifically cater to different age groups, and can include unique and ever-so-cool sports such as archery and water polo. There are even large outdoor areas for basketball and tennis, ideal for active kids and teens.

If you’re looking for a resort that caters to the needs of families, here’s a shortlist of family-friendly choices sure to contribute to fulfilling family time. Enjoy the spectacular beachfront location of these stand-out Trip Advisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence winners, located on the superbly family-suitable shores of Punta Cana and the Riviera Maya. With exchange privileges that allow guests to “play” at neighbouring sister Palladium properties, these resorts offer a multitude of facilities and activities to please everyone, literally, under the sun.

Family fun in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic

Located on world-famous Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, are the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, and the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa. Like other Palladium resorts, these properties offer spacious rooms, deluxe amenities, as well as great dining options and a variety of activities. Here, while kids and teens hang out at the age-appropriate Baby Club, Kids Club or Junior Club, parents can relax at pampering on-site spas, tee off at one of the championship golf courses nearby, or enjoy the neighbouring casino.

Family fun in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Situated in charming Rivera Maya, Mexico, are the popular gems Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa, and Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa. These resorts are expansive, so you can wander the ample grounds, enjoy the natural scenery, see roaming wildlife and sunbathing iguanas, discover and explore. If you tire out from too much strolling, fear not, there are delightful trollies that circle the grounds to collect you. Choose from a vast selection of amenities, international buffets and specialty restaurants, where you can eat all day and never eat the same dish twice, and special treats like BBQs on the beach. There are impressive spas, perfect for parents to indulge in, and a variety of bars serving top-shelf beverages at numerous locations throughout. With 25 bars scattered around the resorts, no matter where you choose to spend your time, a cold drink is always in close proximity.

If you’re leaning toward a Palladium property for your family vacation, any one of these resorts would be a delightful choice for you and your loved ones!