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Preferred Hotels & Resorts has a lifelong passion for travel and immersion in different cultures and people. The Preferred Family Programme designs holidays for multi-generational families to make memories that last a lifetime. This festive season, check out top suggestions across the United States.

By ShuQi Liu

Retreat into the picturesque Montage Kapalua Bay, Lahaina, Hawaii

Set along the picturesque Kapalua Bay in Lahaina, Hawaii, Montage Kapalua Bay is a family-friendly, Hawaiian luxury retreat. For children five to 12 years old, the blend of adventure and creativity at Paintbox, the resort’s activities-based children’s programme, will keep them occupied for hours. Offering themed days, the young can experience arts and crafts, games and creative activities at the pool, beach and events lawn.

With invigorating activities like tennis, standup paddle-boarding and snorkelling, teens will be spoilt for choice. The resort also offers lessons in Hawaiian culture and history, such as lei-making, ukulele and dancing the hula. For adults, Montage Kapalua Bay is also within close proximity of two championship golf courses, perfect for a little friendly tournament among family members.

For living, the spacious three-bedroom Garden Residence offers a cosy abode for eight people. Surrounded by lush garden views and tropical landscaping, both young and old in the family can enjoy a large sheltered patio, expansive living room and full gourmet kitchen to feel right at home.

Experience American history in Cavallo Point, San Francisco, California

Families who want to experience a slice of American history will enjoy Cavallo Point on Fort Baker, a former U.S. Army Post that has been renovated into comfortable guest rooms. Previously officers’ residences, the historic property was impeccably restored for guests to comfortably explore the San Francisco Bay area with guided walks.

The hotel is located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, and offers a daily shuttle service into Sausalito, San Francisco’s Union Square and the famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Other nearby attractions include the popular Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Golden Gate National Park, and Slide Ranch for children to pet sheep, milk goats and chase chickens.

For a family of four, Cavallo Point’s Frank House has two bedrooms with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and the city, a private glass-enclosed sun porch, living room and fully-equipped kitchen.

Immerse in a Southwestern oasis at The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Arizona

Stretched over hundreds of acres in the Sonoran Desert, The Wigwam beams with Southwestern charm. As the Yuletide season approaches, this is a festive oasis for families to bond over daily events like evening train rides through the vibrant holiday light displays, outdoor ice-skating and breakfast with Santa.

Multi-generational families can also indulge in the renowned Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, visit nearby attractions like the Challenger Space Centre Arizona and Desert Botanical Gardens, or spend an afternoon horseback riding through Estrella Regional Park and rock climbing at the indoor gymnasium.

Well equipped to address every travel need, the Bacabi and Oraibi Presidential Suites are filled with three bedrooms, a large living room, butler-style kitchen, dining room and two additional adjoining guestrooms.

Relax by the Ocean at Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, Florida

Surrounded by clear aquamarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the Hawks Cay Resort is an idyllic holiday destination in the Florida Keys. The main highlight is the Dolphin Connection programme, which allows the entire family to interact with a pod of friendly bottlenose dolphins at the resort’s ocean-fed saltwater lagoon.

A full schedule of supervised activities is also available to occupy the young with nature hikes, scavenger hunts, fish feedings and a splashing good time in themed swimming pools. Teens can pick up water sports like kite boarding, kayaking and snorkelling, or just hang out at the Coral Cay Club’s games room.The onsite Calm Waters Spa also offers signature massage therapies and treatments to relax and rejuvenate.

To experience a home away from home, book the spacious three-bedroom townhome villa, featuring a spacious living room, full kitchen and dining area.

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