Last year I posted DeluxeFamily Vacations and Bonding Italian Style. The travel industry continues to capitalize on family vacations. Time for an update.
In addition to family vacations becoming more expensive, it appears that hotels and resorts are beginning to offer special programs for kids beyond free breakfast, a program pioneered by Holiday Inn. The emerging trend is to offer special luxury perks for children to facilitate private time for Mom & Dad. Detailed below are two classic examples:
- The Pierre Hotel in New York, part of the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces now offers a special kids evening turndown service complete with milkshakes and cookies. They also have a dedicated kid’s concierge who organizes special educational itineraries. So while parents relax in the hotel’s Jiva Spa, their children can either enjoy an art tour or take a private cooking lesson with the hotel’s pastry chef.
- In Florida, at the Acqualina Resort and Spa (winner of Fodor’s Choice 2010 Gold Award as one of the Best Hotels for Kids and Families), the children’s activities have been expanded beyond arts and crafts. They now offer a marine biology program, local ecological tours and beach scavenger hunts.
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