11/11/2014 01:16 pm ET Updated Jan 11, 2015

America's Best Family Hotels (PHOTOS)

Quick: imagine you and the kids in Hawaii. Hiking to a waterfall. Snorkeling through a lagoon. Lounging beachside. Dining at a luau.

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on Oahu, makes this kind of family vacation seem surprisingly easy, from the bassinets and baby-proofed balconies in most rooms to the complimentary kids' club and volcano-themed pool area with a lazy river. And that luau? You'll be joined by Mickey and friends.

T+L readers found Aulani's combination of Hawaiian cultural touches, kid-friendly activities, and a spectacular beach setting to be pretty magical, ranking it America's No. 1 hotel for families in our annual World's Best Awards survey. Overall, the top 25 hotels range from coast to coast, mountaintops to valleys, each offering plush, spacious accommodations and fun for both kids and grown-ups.

This year's crop of top-ranking family hotels is further proof that luxury and multiacre water parks can seamlessly coexist. Book a room or suite at one of these 25 properties, and you just might make it a new family tradition.

--By Helen Zook

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