Traveling with children and teens can present a challenge to globe trotters in private jets. Lounging by the pool and fancy restaurants are only fun for the first five minutes; then the vacation is boring. Solve this problem by staying in a luxury hotel that you love that also offers attractions for its young guests.
One Ocean Resort | Jacksonville, Florida
The One Ocean Resort comes to life during the summer with its Sea Turtle Kids Club, which offers half- and full-day activities for children and youth ages 3 to 15. The club follows a structured lesson plan with activities like Sea Turtle Tuesday, Fitness Fridays, Kids in the Kitchen Wednesday, and Magical Sea Sunday. Additional activities include themed parties, crafts, movies on the big screen and ice cream socials. (http://www.oneoceanresort.com/kidsclub.aspx)
Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma | Cancun, Mexico
Azulitos Play House offers kids ages 4 to 12 face painting, balloon fights, sand castle building and lots of toys. The dedicated children’s area of the hotel was designed by Fisher-Price® and features the latest educational toys to encourage early childhood development. Activities include story time, singing, Spanish lessons, dance classes and weekly piñata parties. For the older kids, the hotel offers a full schedule of activities and challenges, including treasure hunts, water wars, movies, video games, crafts and yoga.
The Azul Beach Hotel also offers families with children a children’s fitness center and Fisher-Price® Family Suites. The oversized suites feature Little People décor and accessories, and are stocked with age-appropriate Fisher-Price® DVDs, CDs and toys.
Also available at select Azul Hotels by Karisma is the Mini Mayans Program.
Raffles Praslin Resort | Praslin, Seychelles
The Sugar Palm Club for children ages 5 to 12 and teens ages 13 to 18 is a complimentary amenity that the resort offers to its young guest. The club features age-appropriate outdoor activities and themed rooms for toddlers, children and teens.
Activities for children include kite making, shell collecting, nature trails, painting, dance classes and crab hunting. Teens can participate in sand castle competitions, Wii competitions, dance classes, tours of the beach, Creole fishing and beach football. All participants receive a memento of their stay. (http://www.raffles.com/praslin/about-hotel/services/)
The Homestead | Hot Springs, VA
If you charter a private jet to Virginia, you and your kids will love The Homestead. Historic accommodations are quaint and charming for adults, but even more fun for kids. The Homestead KidsClub at the Homestead Resort is open all year round for young people ages 3 to 12. During the spring and summer, the club has themed days such as Cooking Monday, Science Thursday and Nature Day Saturday. Activities include cooking, ice cream parties, stable tours, hiking, swimming and scavenger hunts. (http://www.thehomestead.com/kidsclub)
Beginning this summer, the Homestead will start offering spa treatments for kids and teen, too. Kids’ spa treatments (http://www.thehomestead.com/kidspa) include a Stars Facials, Kids’ Spa Massage and the Sparkles Manicure & Pink Bubbles Pedicure. Teens spa services (http://www.thehomestead.com/teen-services) for youth ages 14 to 17 include personal fitness training, nutrition classes (including a cooking class), facials, salon services, massages, mud wraps and makeovers.
The Plaza | New York City, NY
The Plaza is the hotel for socialites and their children. The luxe hotel offers three different experiences for kids: the Magic Tree House Experience, Knights of the Plaza Package and the Eloise Suite Experience.
The Magic Tree House Experience (http://www.fairmont.com/the-plaza-new-york/special-offers/hotel-offers/family/magic-tree-house/) takes its young guests to the corresponding NYC sites found in the namesake book series. The kids get a Magic Tree House Plaza Passport to document their adventures throughout the year, a copy of the book Stallion by Starlight, a Fact Tracker book, pins and special NYC in-room amenities.
The Knights of the Plaza Package (http://www.fairmont.com/the-plaza-new-york/special-offers/hotel-offers/family/knights-of-the-plaza/) gives brave kids the opportunity to stay in the signature Tower Suite. During their stay, the young guests receive a royal welcoming amenity, picnic lunch at Central Park’s Belvedere Castle, medieval-themed DVD, disposable camera, dress-up outfits and a pin. Kids also get to enjoy the book The Knight at Dawn and a gift card to FAO Schwarz.
The Eloise Suite Experience (http://www.fairmont.com/the-plaza-new-york/special-offers/hotel-offers/family/eloisesuiteexperience/) channels the Plaza’s most famous resident, Eloise, the hero of Kay Thompson classic book. The suite, which Betsey Johnson designed, is filled with various shades of pink, including candy-striped walls, custom Eloise bedding and a pink chandelier. A young Eloise guest gets to have an Eloise Tea at the Palm Court and receives a framed picture, a gift card for the Eloise Shop, Eloise bathrobe, USB stick and a book.
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