Thursday, April 30, 2015

A TRUE Ice Palace

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Baby, it's cold inside. If your kids love Frozen, or you're looking for an excuse to do some serious snuggling up with your honey, this ice hotel in Quebec, the Hotel de Glace, might just make the perfect getaway. The ENITRE hotel is built of ice and snow and is kept at 23 to 27 degrees Farenheit at all times. Hot tubs, saunas, and thermal sleeping bags on are on hand to keep guests as toasty as possible, but as the property is part of a tourist attraction, guests must be out the door by 9 a.m. so that their rooms can be toured. 

Unlike some hotels that never renovate, the Hotel de Glace is completely bulldozed and reconstructed every single year. This year's theme is "Time and Space," and the ice sculptures and carvings throughout the property depict scenes from history, as well as the (potential) future. This year is the hotel's 15th anniversary, and in celebration, artisans built an ice slide and ice staircase by one of the bars. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Discovering Amsterdam Part Three: THE Model?

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With its reputation as an island of tolerance and progressive social policy, Amsterdam draws global fascination. This Amsterdam city walk explores the myths and realities of the so-called Model City, taking in topics from the red light district and thriving LGBT culture to the squatting movement and social housing.

The walk engages critically with Amsterdam's image as a pioneering metropolis that has supposedly been a model for other cities throughout history. By exploring fragments of the urban fabric of the city center and close-by eastern neighborhoods, we delve into the city's history, urban and architectural development and contemporary urban life. 

Start at the of Hotel Prins Hendrik, with its plaque commemorating Chet Baker, who regularly spent time in Amsterdam from the mid-1970s, recording and performing, often inconspicuously and without any publicity, in dark jazz bars. From there you wind through De Wallen, the red light district, exploring issues of leniency, as well as the accompanying criminal underside.

In the company of an insider expert, you’ll make your way far from the crowds of the centre to Plantage Dok, a hub of the influential squatting movement of the 1980s and 90s. Then cross the mighty River IJ to explore islands of reclaimed land that are today considered by some the flagship of Amsterdam's urban renewal success story.
Throughout the walk, you’ll discover how progressive urban policies and traditions have often been contested, have fluctuated over time and contrast strongly with some dark episodes of the city's history. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Discovering Amsterdam Part Two: Rembrandt

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Rembrandt van Rijn was arguably the greatest Dutch painter. His life (1606-1669) provides a unique lens through which to understand the Dutch Golden age. In this three-hour walk, one of your tour guides in Amsterdam will lead you through the neighborhoods where he and his clients lived, thereby providing a view of the heady era of Dutch expansion and growth.

You'll begin in Rembrandt’s House, a small museum dedicated to the artist aen nd his time. One theme that will invariably arise is the diversity of religious groups living side-by-side in Amsterdam at the time. Rembrandt himself hailed from a Catholic and Protestant household, and many of his clients were Jewish, Mennonite, Calvinist, and from other groups. Using his artwork as a kind of textbook, we’ll discuss Dutch tolerance and how it laid the groundwork and tableau for social and economic success during the 17th century.
The walk will continue to the Nieuwmarkt, Waag, and East India House all of which connect Rembrandt to the economic miracle of 17th century Holland when the Dutch dominated world trade, particularly in Asia. Rembrandt’s work closely connected to this history, and many of his best-known paintings, such as the Night Watch, portray significant people of the time.
Then visit a number of less-well-known squares, streets, and buildings, each of which relate to the period or the painter, and along the way build a conversational portrait of Amsterdam during this period. 
At the end, you'll finish with a strong understanding of Rembrandt and his ability to reflect the period in which he lived.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Discovering Amsterdam Part One: Jewish History

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An ancient city with an altogether modern outlook, Amsterdam can surprise and enchant in equal measure. Rich colonial history fuses with a pioneering contemporary culture to create a charismatic destination whose art and architecture spans the centuries to unique effect.

Family Travel Concierge is excited to offer special interest tours such as exploring Amsterdam’s rich Jewish History.

Jews have lived in Amsterdam since the 14th century and earlier. They participated actively in the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century when liberal social policies in Amsterdam, in contrast to restrictive or Antisemitic laws elsewhere, attracted a large population of Jews to the city.

In the course of this three-hour walk with your Amsterdam tour guide, you will explore Jewish life in Amsterdam, from the 1600s, through the traumas of the 20th century, to today, painting a detailed portrait of Jewish contributions to Amsterdam’s civic culture.

Your program will begin with a look Jewish economic life, visiting a famous diamond seller and the union of diamond cutters, one of the first in Holland, and discuss how Jews entered this trade.

Also visit the birthplaces, homes, or other monuments of famous Jews who worked in other trades and disciplines, such as the philosopher Spinoza, the entertainment entrepreneur Tuschinksi, or the feminist Aletta Jacobs.

In order to understand Jewish spiritual life in Amsterdam, you’ll visit both Sefardim and Ashkenizim synagogues, including the historic Portuguese Synagogue, a massive structure in the Jewish district. This will give an opportunity to look closely at daily life and organization of Jewish life and how social laws in the city provided opportunities for Jews that didn’t exist in many other European capitals at the time.

You’ll also turn your attention to the ravages of World War II and the Holocaust, which destroyed the Jewish community in Amsterdam. Pass by the Monument to Jewish Resistance and visit Hollandse Schouwburg, where thousands of Jewish children were loaded onto transport ships for German concentration camps. Your docent will help you grapple with the scope of destruction from the Holocaust, sharing data and stories in equal measure, and answering our questions with sensitivity.

Although the famous Anne Frank House isn’t included in the walk, for the simple fact that it is so easy to visit on one’s own, we’ll discuss the centrality of her story to the Jewish experience in Amsterdam during the Holocaust and provide a basic introduction for further exploration.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Vacationing XXL Style

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Sometimes you don't need an entire island to have fun but rather, one place such as these private compound megaresorts- supersized for fun on a grand scale. 

Barceló Maya Complex
Barceló Maya CaribeColonialTropical, or Beach? You have to choose one, but you can play at all four on this long stretch of beachfront. With a Maya Mall for shopping, Strikers bowling alley, mini–golf, Pirates Island Water Park, Surf Ride Pool, Dolphinaris, Plaza Mexicana shopping center, 12 restaurants to accompany a baker's dozen of bars, and even its own church, you'll never want–or need–to leave the grounds.

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
When a resort is big enough to have their own dolphinarium to swim in, 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature golf on premises, FlowRider surfing simulator, 15 restaurants, 39 spa treatment rooms, 11 different themed game rooms in "The Playroom" kids club, 140,000–square–foot convention center, and golf carts to get you from one point to another, there are no other words but "mega" and "wow" to describe it.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
As the only resort destination on Waikiki, this property sets the bar high for anyone seeking to challenge that claim. A 10,000–square–foot Super Pool and multi–layered Paradise Pool are only two of five, and 20 restaurants and bars keep you in full view of 22 long acres of oceanfront, gorgeous gardens, and a private lagoon. Over 90 boutiques and shops beg to be browsed, and if you over–shopped? No worries—it has its own post office.

Meliá Caribe Tropical Resort

Ten pools–including exclusive ones just for The Level, the luxury resort within the resort–and two huge spas; a full casino; golf course; shopping center with international brands; children's area with a zip line, climbing wall, super jumper, and workshops; 1,138 rooms; 13 meeting rooms; and gathering space for up to 1,000 people – all this resort is missing is its own zip code!

Atlantis, Paradise Island
People don't just travel to Paradise Island in the Bahamas—they go to Atlantis! Over–the–top begins with "under the sea" with Aquaventure, a 141–acre water park with 18 thrilling slides; ruins and coral to snorkel; swimmable 7 million–gallon Dolphin Cay; and 14 lagoons filled with over 50,000 creatures representing over 250 marine species, creating one of the world's largest open–air marine habitats. The experience on land is no less impressive, with 21 restaurants—including celebrity chef–helmed ones—and 19 bars and lounges, giant casino, and six Atlantis resorts to rest your head in.

Venetian & Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino

In a city of excess, this resort pair still manages to shine amid the bright lights. All–suite accommodations here are nearly double the size of the average room in Vegas, starting at 650 square feet to start your trip right. An incredible 15 celebrity chef restaurants, including names like Emeril, Batali, Puck, Boulud, and Keller, headline a total of 38 dining options, and if fortune favors you in their humongous casino, over 160 international luxury brands can be shopped from a gondola ride through its grounds.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya
"Living large" is how rockers roll, and this resort takes that lifestyle seriously. Home of the largest spa in Mexico with a jaw–dropping 75 treatment rooms, its 1,264 rooms are split into adults–only and family sides, convenient to two massive pools with a splash park and waterfall, full gym and even a Yoga Temple. The star treatments even starts young with the Little Big Club™ and a Music Lab, creating megastars in this megaresort.

Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort
This isn't just a resort–it's three entire distinctive villages built on over 100 acres. Stay at the beach club, garden paradise, or plantation–style Great House on the mountaintop, and play at a whopping 16 restaurants, ten bars, and a jaw–dropping 105 pools and 22 whirlpools–many of them private. Their saying that "Love Is All You Need" is definitely true when this is the luxury that's included.

RIU Hotels & Resorts
When six entire resorts—including Riu Palace MexicoRiu Palace Riviera MayaRiu Playacar, and Riu Yucatan—take over part of prime Playa del Carmen beachfront, there's no denying its mega–status. Shop all day or lay on the beach, then swap flip–flops for dancing shoes at Pacha nightclub. Eat your way through over 30 restaurants and buffets, wait half an hour, then swim in nearly a dozen pools. Big? You betcha.

Universal Orlando Resorts
When you can take a starring role in some of the biggest movies and TV shows ever created at Universal Studios, ride into Universal's Islands of Adventure, get the gang Wet 'n Wild at the water park, then find yourself ending the day with shopping, live music and out–of–this–world restaurants at Universal CityWalk, you know you're at a resort destination huge in both size and wonder. Themed on–site hotels, unique in their own ways, do even more to transport you to an entire universe of fun.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pack Your Bags and Leave the Munchkins at Home!

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One way to ensure a TRULY relaxing vacation is to head to an all-inclusive resort where you don't have to reach for your credit card every time you want a cocktail or burger with fries. And if you really want to up the relaxing vibe of a vacation, limit the possibility of kids running around the property or splashing in the pool by booking an adults-only stay. We've summarized our favorite adult only resorts below that let you cut loose!

The Caves, Jamaica
Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape, the Caves' 12 unique, private cottages and suites are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs (there's no beach). High-quality, locally focused cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and intimate, incredibly attentive service make it Jamaica's best all-inclusive. From the moment they arrive, guests are welcomed with the resort’s signature cocktail, the Cliffhanger, and for the remainder of their stay they’re free to indulge in one of Jamaica’s best all-inclusive liquor selections. Rick's Cafe is close by, so if you're feeling a little adventurous, take the famous cliff jump! 

Club Med Turkoise, Turks & Caicos 
As the island's first resort, the 290-room, mid-range Club Med Turkoise has lost a bit of its original sex appeal. But even though its small rooms (with no balconies) are slightly dated, and have begun to show some signs of wear and tear, the hotel's bar still throws some of the island's liveliest parties. The village-sized property stays packed, thanks to the stretch of pristine beach just off the back of the hotel, the nightly live entertainment, and the huge variety of water and land activities offered (including trapeze sessions and scuba diving). All food and drinks are included in the all-inclusive rates.

Zoetry Paraiso, Mayan Riviera
With only 90 suites, the Zoetry Paraiso offers a romantic boutique experience in the Mayan Riviera. The pool area and beach are relaxed with double-wide lounge chairs (perfect for couples), and the on-site dining keeps the resort's wellness theme alive with delicious, healthy meals. Included amenities not standard at most all-inclusive resorts -- such as "welcome" bottles of tequila, daily bottles of champagne, one-hour Catamaran sunset sails, three-times-daily maid service, and private chauffeured airport transfers -- make this resort a standout among Puerto Morelos' finest properties (though expect the price to reflect that).

Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica

One of the island’s first resorts and a former playground for 1950s Hollywood A-listers, this 226-room, 19-acre Ocho Rios all-inclusive is still a sophisticated option. The pools are also unexceptional, though they do have ocean views, and one has a swim-up bar. The gorgeous spa, robust all-inclusive offering, beachfront location, and mellow vibe are the highlights here. Of particular note is Couples’ all-inclusive booze policy, which includes top-shelf liquors in addition to the usual beer, wine, and rum punch.

El Dorado Seaside Suites, Mexico  
El Dorado Seaside Suites is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort located on a secluded beach halfway between Playa del Carmen and the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum. There are many spots here to relax, including three pools and a total of 12 restaurants and bars. The spacious suites have whirlpools big enough for two, terraces or balconies, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players.

Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antiqua 
The relaxed, tranquil environment of the Galley Bay boutique resort is a major part of its appeal. This isn't Antigua's fanciest property, but it doesn't need to be: simple Caribbean style (picture thatched roofs, stone, and rattan), a truly gorgeous beach, and all-inclusive food that's better than average for the island make for a winning combo. All meals, alcoholic beverages, and water sports are included in the rate. Minibar drinks are included -- until the minibar has to be refilled.

Iberostar Grand Resort, Jamaica
The best of the three Iberostar resorts in Montego Bay, this 295-room all-suite hotel is light years beyond its neighbors in terms of decor, food, and features. While some elements remain shared with the lesser Iberostar Rose Hall Beach and Iberostar Rose Hall Suites -- for instance, the spa, fitness center, casino, nightclub, and shops -- guests at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall get the pick of the litter with free access to all three resorts’ restaurants, bars, pools, and beaches. All meals (including specialty restaurants and room service), drinks, and non-motorized water sports are covered in the rates.

Excellence, Riviera Cancun
This adults-only resort lives up to the Excellence name, offering the standard amenities of the luxury chain: multiple attractive pools, dozens of activities like snorkeling or private yacht excursions, and a solid spa with beachside treatment huts. A big pro of the property are the 8 restaurants and 10 bars, which don't require reservations. 

Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta
There are neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta that feel like Palm Springs or Beverly Hills, and the Casa Velas inhabits one of them. Lush, manicured gardens and streets, high-priced, terra cotta tile-roofed houses and condos, and the green grass of a well-tended golf course define the locale. The 80-room adults-only hotel is perfectly situated amidst this quiet luxury. For dining, options include gourmet Mexican cuisine at Emiliano and Asian fare at the Ocean Club, or 24-hour room service. There are two bars and premium liquor is served at both. 

Desire Pearl, Puerto Morelos

The Desire Pearl is a couples-only, clothing-optional, all-inclusive resort located on a beautiful white-sand beach right outside quiet Puerto Morelos. It draws a range of young and middle-aged couples (strictly heterosexual) looking for some adult fun in the sun. For dining, options are more limited than at other nearby resorts, but the food is more than decent and reservations aren't required. Drinks are included in the all-inclusive package, and guests can grab a cocktail from the lobby bar, two swim-up bars, or the racy nightclub that opens after dinner. In addition to a welcome drink, snacks are available throughout the day, and the minibar gets restocked daily -- but room service is not included.

Secrets Silversands, Riviera Cancun
With a minimum guest age of 18, the 433-room Secrets Silversands Riviera allows anyone looking for a romantic getaway to book without fear of rambunctious kids or noisy families. The beach is smaller and rockier than the ones at many hotels in Cancun, but the incredible pools that sprawl the entire property offer ample swimming space. There are nine dining options and eight bars on-site, and premium wines, beers, and other top-shelf beverages are included in the rates.

Princess Resorts, Punta Cana
Out of the four Princess properties in Punta Cana, this 263-room all-inclusive is the pricier, adults-only option. Sometimes the resort can feel like an adult party, especially considering the afternoon pool scene, lobby entertainment, and 24-hour beach bar. Those looking for a quieter experience can hit the beach, snag a day bed and have drinks delivered from a server. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

4 Reasons to Explore Tuscany...

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With its beautiful scenery and incredible food and wine, Tuscany has always been a traveler’s dream destination. We wanted to share a few reasons (as if any more were needed) to escape and head for the hills.

1.  It’s not all country

Tuscany is dotted with cities that are repositories of amazing art, each with their own distinctive style that intersect and overlap. Whether it’s Etruscan artefacts, Medieval towers, or Renaissance churches, comparing and contrasting Pisa, Lucca, and Siena, to name a few, is a culture lovers delight. An added bonus is that while they may attract crowds, they are often much reduced in comparison to the lines you’ll find at Florence’s Uffizi or Accademia.

Top pick: Siena
Nestled in the southern Chianti hills, Siena is, indubitably, one of the most gracious and alluring cities in Italy. To get a taste of tradition, enjoy our Siena Palio experience. Tied to one of Italy’s most loved and historic sporting event, we’ll first get a lesson on the history of this 350 year old race before heading out to the stables in order to visit one of the winning horses.

2. Slower pace, village like

Most medieval hill-top town centers are closed to traffic, making you feel suspended in time ambling through the narrow streets and looking up at stunning church facades or the surviving medieval towers.

Top pick: Lucca
We love Lucca for its quiet charm and rich history.  Evidence of Etruscan, Roman and Medieval civilization are all contained within the city’s fortress-like walls. This wall, which is still completely intact, is the pride and joy of the Lucchese people. During our half-day walk through Lucca, our expert docent brings to life the layers of history contained within this quaint town.

3. Food and wine experiences

Meet the cheese maker or the wine maker, experience the landscape where olive oil and wine are produced, let your eyes gaze in the distance to take in centuries/millennia of human effort to shape nature

Top pick: The Val D’Orcia countryside
Located just south of Siena, is an idyllic valley, with gorgeous emerald green rolling hills lined with cypress trees and a medieval past.  In our full-day Val D’Orcia excursion we skip from Pienza to Montalcino and explore their rich area, which is the cradle of pecorino toscano cheese and the famed Brunello di Montalcino wine.

4. Get active
The stunning landscape of gently rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards and the unmistakable cypress trees of Tuscany are its trademark. This man made landscape is the result of millennia of dedication to the place, making trekking and cycling a top activity.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Adventures by Disney Presents River Cruises on the Danube

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Adventures by Disney is launching family river cruises along the Danube through the heart of Europe–exclusive sailings with AmaWaterways, a leader in luxury river cruising. These 8-day/7-night all-inclusive vacations are a new way to travel for families with Disney.

8 Destinations in 4 Countries
With so many destinations along the way, such as Budapest and Vienna, in legendary countries like Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia, each stop along the Danube River is a new adventure. The Danube River Cruise vacation is designed for families to see all that each destination has to offer from off the beaten path adventures to culinary delights and iconic gems. By sailing at night, you'll wake up in a new city and maximize your time in each destination.

Adventures in Each Destination
With a wide range of choices designed with families in mind included in your vacation, you'll experience the best of each destination. From active adventures that thrill to iconic gems brought to life in exciting ways, there are great activities to choose from—and you won't have to choose until you arrive on-board. Exciting options include exploring a salt mine, hiking among the treetops, trying your hand at archery in a private lesson, and making your own Austrian strudel! You can also enjoy complimentary bicycles to blaze the trails along the river or roam the land on a planned biking excursion. Whatever activities you choose, your daily excursions will surely make a fun filled, unforgettable adventure.

Cultural Immersion
On a river cruise, you'll sail close to shore and truly be immersed in the destination. Local experts will introduce you to their culture on authentic excursions.
Whether you're visiting a local apricot farm, taking part in a waltz lesson, or touring ancient castles, you will be immersed in the culture and traditions of the places you visit. Each stop brings new cultures and experiences—authentic offshore adventures are just a step away.

And finally, everything is All Inclusive
With an Adventures by Disney River Cruise vacation, you can rest easy knowing that the essentials for an unforgettable family vacation are included with your stay:
· Deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom
· Your choice of multiple excursions daily
· Services of Adventure Guides, on-board Cruise Director, on-board staff, and many local experts
· All Gratuities
· Fine dining with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on-board the ship
· Unlimited local wine, beer, and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on-board
· Select meals off the ship for added experiences with regional cuisine
· Cocktail reception, special welcome dinner, and Captain's Gala Dinner
· All entertainment on-board the ship such as a nightly piano lounge, baking class for kids, karaoke nights and more
· Bottled water in all state rooms replenished daily
· WiFi

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Coolest Kids Clubs Top 10

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Childcare that's included and providers that can be trusted? That's a treat parents may not even be able to get at home! These are the brands and properties you’ll definitely want to consider if you want to fully relax, knowing that the kids are safe, entertained, and tuckered out just enough for everyone to sleep tight.

Beaches Resorts

All of the Beaches Resorts are renowned for being amazing for families, but only one can claim the title of TripAdvisor's 2015 Traveler's Choice for the Caribbean: Beaches Ocho Rios. Newly renovated, kids won't be able to decide between the certified nanny–supervised Kids Camp, XBOX 360 Play Lounge, Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street, or the incredible 18,000–square–foot waterpark, Pirates Island, and its countless slides, Treasure Isle and Water Crawl Cargo Aqua–Play Areas, and more.

Ritz Club Resorts

Luxury doesn't have to be an acquired taste—you can start young with unique Ritz Kids programs at The Ritz–Carlton, Aruba; The Ritz–Carlton, Cancun; The Ritz–Carlton, Grand Cayman; The Ritz–Carlton, San Juan; The Ritz–Carlton, St. Thomas; and Dorado Beach, a Ritz–Carlton Reserve! Ritz Kids encourages children ages 4 – 12 find the answers to favorite questions, such as "how?" and "why?" with the help of Jean–Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society, based on the pillars of water, land, environmental responsibility, and culture, to enlighten young their minds and lights up their faces. Guests are also invited to enrich their travel experience with our Jean–Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment programs at The Ritz–Carlton, Grand Cayman; The Ritz–Carlton, St. Thomas or Dorado Beach, a Ritz–Carlton Reserve for interactive, fun and educational programs for children and adults based on each resort's natural environment.

Bahamas Atlantis Resort
There's a whole world under the sea, where 250 species of denizens go about their day spreading delight for kids of all ages at Atlantis, Paradise Island, an ultimate aquatic paradise. But if 14 lagoons and 141 acres of slides and rides aren't enough, this resort also offers the fully–hosted, LEGO–partnered Atlantis Kids Adventures; a Sea Squirts program just for kids ages 3 – 6; Junior Ultimate Trainer for a Day; and all kinds of amazing children's workshops and events.

Riu Jalisco

Kids ages 4 – 12 find a new best friend at RiuLands across Mexico and the Caribbean, including Riu Jalisco—Calú! A character exclusive to this resort brand, this friendly dancing sea turtle is only one of the features of a program that teaches values such as cultural diversity and care for the environment. A full roster of entertainment programs for children runs alongside the non–stop action of pool slides, water games and competitions, outdoor recreational areas, and indoor play areas.
You can still have dinner for two on a vacation for all at The Breakers Palm Beach. Kids ages 3–12 can eat and play together while the grown–ups enjoy the quality time and sunsets they came to Florida for. During the day, campers can ride the wave of outrageous fun as they enjoy their own vacation time to be active, explore their surrounding and make new friends. Special golf and tennis camps, available during select times of the year, provide comprehensive instruction in a fun and positive learning environment. Let your imagination run free in our 6,160–square–foot Family Entertainment Center featuring an arcade, video games, bicycle rentals, outdoor sports court, and playground sure to excite guests of all ages.

Hyatt Resorts Hawaii
Looking to add a bit of culture to your kids' stays in our most exotic state? Camp Hyatt is all about that, featuring fun and interactive programs that dive into the flora, fauna, culture, and geography of the Islands with games and activities. Sand castle–building, lei–making, and hula lessons are only the start; add on a visit to the aquarium or zoo at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, interactions with resident parrots in Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, or fishing on the private stream at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.

Now Resorts & Spas
Part of what Unlimited–Luxury means at Now Larimar Punta Cana, Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, Now Jade Riviera Cancun, and Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun is the opportunity to let go. That's why all parents of Explorer's Club for kids guests are provided with a pager or cell phone while those aged 3 – 12 have the time of their lives under the watchful eyes of Red Cross–certified staff. The supervised Core Zone Teens Club keeps the fun going into the next stage of their lives, with pool games, evening bonfires, disco mixers, and more.

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort 

Princes and princesses need their own rooms in any proper palace, and the Moon Palace is no exception. The new 11–room kids club, The Playroom, features various game rooms, iPlayrooms for toddlers, a beauty salon and mini runway for developing divas, an impressive dollhouse, kitchen, Xbox room, toy room, arcade, two playgrounds, and a theater with seating and concessions, all besides a list of activities as long as a royal scroll.

Generations Riviera Maya
Gourmet Inclusive isn't just a buzzword at the Karisma Hotels & Resorts, and at the AAA Four Diamond Generations Riviera Maya, it's clear that it's a privilege for all ages. Little Eko Chefs introduces kids 4 – 12 to fine dining while letting them play with their food, from touring and picking ingredients from the greenhouse to learning techniques with a complimentary cooking class every weeknight. They'll expand their palates with this program, but expand their minds with the Eko Kids Club and its art projects, ball pits, movies, crafts, video games, and indoor playground. This 144–suite beachfront resort boasts everything from a la carte restaurants to infinity pool balcony suites, complete with attentive butler service. Eko Kids Club offers supervised activities for children ages 4–12 while Little Eko Chefs provides an educational experience. This All Suite, All Butler, All Gourmet offers true multigenerational fun.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya

Seasonally complimentary Ultimate Playtime and three hours of included baby–sitting for three days are just some of the VIP perks the Hard Rock Riviera Maya provides, where artists in residence at the Little Big Club™ include Barney™, Angelina Ballerina™, Bob the Builder™, and Thomas the Tank Engine™. But the most impressive stars are the kids 12 and over that get on stage for a real performance with the complimentary Music Lab, featuring jam band and spin sessions, and even a personal music video shoot.

The Breakers Palm Beach
You can still have dinner for two on a vacation for all at The Breakers Palm Beach. Kids ages 3–12 can eat and play together while the grown–ups enjoy the quality time and sunsets they came to Florida for. During the day, campers can ride the wave of outrageous fun as they enjoy their own vacation time to be active, explore their surrounding and make new friends. Special golf and tennis camps, available during select times of the year, provide comprehensive instruction in a fun and positive learning environment. Let your imagination run free in our 6,160–square–foot Family Entertainment Center featuring an arcade, video games, bicycle rentals, outdoor sports court, and playground sure to excite guests of all ages.