These days, most hotels cater to kids in one way or another whether its through a welcome gift, a pool with a slide or a tailored menu. Some, however, go above and beyond. Check out these 3 AWESOME GETAWAYS offering families a fabulous, full experience that they won’t soon forget.
3 Kid-tastic Hotels You Won’t Want To Miss
Bacara – Santa Barbara, CA
This oasis nestled along the bluffs and beaches of the Santa Barbara coast mystifies you from the moment you arrive. With three pools (one adult, 2 for everyone), a poolside kids beach with a treasure chest of toys, and a scenic stretch of ocean, sand and trails, there is plenty to do and see. The activities are endless from free movie nights in the resort’s 211-seat Screening Room to fireside cocoa and s’mores to stargazing with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. And don’t forget the kids camp. Check out the resorts Monarch Kids’ Club, a place for kids 5-12 looking for some extra fun and exploration available on a full or half day basis. Activities include ceramics, bubbles, archaeology, magic and even butterfly training.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai – Manele Bay, Hawaii
The luxury property, located on a pristine island a few miles west of Maui, offers a little bit of everything from a day at the beach to hiking to a 4×4 off-roading adventure. If you can tear your kids away from the ocean view pool, check out the property’s complimentary Pilialoha Keiki Camp. Translating to “close friendship and beloved companionship” in Hawaiian, the program offers a full range of organized indoor and outdoor activities for children ages 5 – 12 years which are intended to encourage appreciation of Lanai’s unique environment. Children learn about petroglyphs, the spirit of aloha and how the Hawaiian islands were formed. They can even build their own erupting volcano, go hunting for lizards or watch a keiki (child) hula show. For the under 5 set, the resort has beach and pool nannies available.
Mission Point Resort – Mackinac Island, MI
The ultimate getaway for families resides at this stunning, top rated lakeside hotel located on an island at the intersection of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The properties’ unique family suites are comprised of two separate bedrooms with one entry door from a shared foyer offering parents and kids the perfect amount of privacy, space and relaxation. Got picky eaters? Kids under 12 can eat free at two of the properties restaurants and as for activities, there’s no shortage. Check out the movie theater, arcade, putting green and Kids Club (ages 4-12) offering a variety of daily activities from kite building to soccer to arts and crafts. Fridays and Saturdays, be sure to put the kids in their pj’s and end their day with a bedtime story from the resorts’ mascot, Mac the Moose.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elise Edwards began her career writing, producing and reporting for CNN. She later served as the Supervising Producer of E! Networks, “The Daily 10″ and has most recently been freelance writing for websites and magazines including LA Weekly, Los Angeles Confidential, JustLuxe, and San Diego Family. She lives with her husband, two children (ages 3 and 4), and Tibetan Terrier in beautiful Santa Monica, CA where she enjoys days at the beach, long walks along Montana Ave and writing for her parenting blog, LuxeAngelesMom.com. Follow her on Twitter @luxeangelesmom