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The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
If you find yourself in the middle of planning a family vacation right now, you are not alone. July is National Family Reunion Month and, apparently, many families are getting on the trip train.
If you want to jump in on this multi-generational trip trend here are five hotels that have things ready to go for the kids, the parents and the grandparents.
Getting In Touch With Nature
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch sits in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with plenty of room for the kids to romp and enough flora and fauna to make you breathe a sigh of relief that you're finally on vacation.
For the Kiddies: The hotel just announced their new signature Ritz Kids program so little ones aged 5-12 will not be bored from a lack of activity: they can pan for gold, make mountainside ice cream (with a former Park Ranger no less), paint a masterpiece and hunt down treasure.
Days are themed around Nature, Mountains Around the World, the Art of Colorado, Western Day, Wild Animals, Leave No Stone Unturned, and Sports and Wellness. You can choose to sign the kids up for a full-day ($115), half-day ($65) or an evening ($85) but get this – if you’re a guest of the hotel, a half-day per kid, per day, is included in your resort fee.
For Mom and Dad: With the kids fully occupied, the day (or evening) really is yours to do with it as you will. Have dinner at Spago – just the two of you with wine and everything – or take a pizza-making class there instead, have a spa treatment and then relax in the rock-lined watery grotto, or go on a personalized Perfectly Paired Picnic for two ($225).
For Grandma and Grandpa: Have some of your own quiet time during a Stargazing Hike ($115 for two) or get in a game of golf at the championship Beaver Creek Golf Course. When it’s family time, keep the memories of this trip alive by enlisting one of the photography concierges to memorialize it in pictures (the photo session and one 8” x 10” print is free, we repeat, free).
Rates start at $319.
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Are you a parent who prides themself on being cool, not frumpy? Does your heart sink if you check into a family-friendly-but-mediocre resort? Do you have too much self-awareness to run the gauntlet of wrathful looks if you chance it with the kids in a trendy place?
If so, you need to get to Portugal. Specifically, Praia Verde, in Castro Marim, on the eastern coast of the Algarve. It’s the latest property for the Design Hotels portfolio, and it’s family friendly. No, apparently that’s not a contradiction in terms.
The all-suite property opened in April, and goes for a look that will complement, rather than dominate the landscape: a low-rise building with neutral colors and natural materials – wood, slate, even straw – to keep the focus on the outside, even when inside.
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A new hotel in the UK has found a way to take all the interactive hotel tech stuff we've come to love (and expect), and use it for more kid-friendly purposes. So nevermind boring grown-up things like room service, e-concierges, and controlling the TV from your iPhone: the Wave Hotel in Bognor Regis is all about games, gadgetry, and fun.
Shaped like a cruise ship, and with plenty of ocean views, the 215-room Wave offers a Kindle library, a games room outfitted with iMacs, Wii consoles and PS3s, 3-D-augmented walls, iPod docking stations and individual TV screens at the foot of each bed.
Oh, and the WiFi is free.
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Guess the hotel revealed!
Alright, then. For anybody who guessed Tryp Times Square after seeing Friday's mystery QR-coded mirror, you are correct! The two-month-old hotel is keeping right on top of its tech amenities with free WiFi in all the rooms, a pioneering hotel meetup app known as LobbyFriend, and of course those smartphone-friendly mirrors...
Now, we're taking a look inside one of the brand's signature Family Rooms, of which there are 23 in the hotel. While other signature suites like the Fitness Room and the Media Room might appeal to gym freaks and video gamers, these oversized loft-style suites are perfect for families traveling together, or a group of friends who just all want to hang out and scan mirrors together at the same time.
Scroll down for our photo gallery!
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Loews Santa Monica isn't about to let kids get away with saying "I'm booooored" during their stay. Through its brand new Fit For Fun wellness program, families wanting to get in a little exercise during their stay can choose from over a dozen outdoor activities offered at the iconic beachfront hotel.
Kids age five and up can try doing yoga on the beach, surfing in the Pacific Ocean, or hiking through the Santa Monica Mountains—they'll even get a taste for celebrity life in the "run from the paparazzi" jogging tour. Parents are of course encouraged to join in on the fun too, but the bulk of the activities are geared towards keeping kids fit and healthy.
As the hotel puts it, "Muscle Beach’s newest body builders are four-feet tall and weigh in at 46 lbs," which is probably true ever since word got out that one of the Jonas brothers likes to work out here too.
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Considering a family outing before the thaw? Omni Mount Washington Resort, which apparently has the longest zip line in all of New England (who knew?), might be a good place to consider.
Set amid the snowy peaks of White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, the 200-room historic resort has a whole slew of "winter wonderland" activities that you just can't do in your own backyard. Ideal for adventurous families, the list includes Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, canopy tours, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice skating and, yes, historic sleigh rides through the woods.
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Here's why Hard Rock Orlando is a great home base for a visit to Universal Orlando: The vibe is "cool parents", at least that is what we liked to tell ourselves while we were on the grounds.
The giant pool, complete with sand and water slide is such a hit with kids it may be hard to drag them away from the pool and get them to the parks, so save the pool for an end of day activity.
Real rock music, not "Kid's Place Live", permeates the lobby and the common spaces, as it does at all Hard Rock's, however, as expected, this property is far more family friendly than some of the other Hard Rocks. Aside from the pool, kids will also be treated to magic tricks at dinner (Thursday nights) if you eat at Kitchen, the on site restaurant. Oh, and most important? Your room key serves as an express pass at the parks allowing you to avoid the lines -- sweet.