Are you feeling the winter chill? Consider sharing warm rays of sun with your family and friends at these places.
1. Sandy Lane, Barbados.
Visit this island nation and its famed resort for a British-inspired blend of luxury and nature. Relax by the expansive pool or treat yourself to a day at the 45,000-square-foot spa. Kids will love the Treehouse Club, where games, sports, rock climbing and island safaris will keep them busy. Teens will find their way to the Den for a technology fix after a hike or an afternoon on the beach or golf course.
Contact: 1-246-444-2000; www.sandylane.com
2. Anthony's Key Resort, Roatan, Honduras' Bay Islands.
Swim with dolphins in the open sea, explore tropical rain forests and learn to snorkel and dive in the warm waters off the world's second-largest reef system. This family-run, all-inclusive resort offers family-friendly, comfortable cabanas that serve as home base for an active vacation in an extraordinary natural setting.
Contact: 1-800-227-3483; www.anthonyskey.com
3. Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico.
Fly south of the border and warm up in this seaside resort locale known for tropical beaches, jungle-strewn hillsides and vibrant culture. The hotel's 15-story Aztec-inspired, pyramid-shape building serves as the heart of this 480-acre enclave. Lush landscaping, inviting pools, a golf course and sandy beaches will be enjoyed by the whole family. That includes the four-legged members, too: Dogs are welcome.
Contact: 1-800-441-1414; www.fairmont.com/acapulco
4. The Breakers, Palm Beach, Fla.
Consider a vacation that includes bonfires on the beach, hayrides, a catamaran cruise, an outdoor carnival, kayak races, snorkeling, drive-in movies on the golf course viewed from golf carts and dive-in movies in the pool. Add laser tag and magic shows, and it may be tough to pile the kids back into the car or plane to head home. Parents will appreciate the Family Entertainment Center, a self-contained multiplex adjacent to the resort's Italian Restaurant, offering "play & dine" opportunities for families.
Contact: 561-655-6611; www.thebreakers.com
5. Prince Resorts, the Big Island, Hawaii.
Explore the island of Hawaii's 266 miles of coastline — more than double that of any other Hawaiian island — via traditional island outriggers, via catamaran for snorkeling or diving, or by sturdy craft for close (but safe) views of lava spilling into the sea. Adventurous families can also rent kayaks. Then find your way into hidden coves for easy snorkeling or a sumptuous picnic. Take advantage of Prince Free Night promotions at either the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel or the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
Contact: 1-866-774-6236; www.princeresortshawaii.com