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Send your kid to camp, return with diminutive Rachael Ray that cooks for you for once.
One minute, your seven-year old daughter is cooing innocuous pop songs into her hairbrush. The next, she’s twerking in the schoolyard and taking duckface selfies. Thanks a lot, Miley Cyrus. Are there no TV stars our children can safely treat as role models anymore?
Luckily, the era of food TV has elevated a pantheon of comparatively wholesome celebrity chefs to “rock star” status — something that The Essex, a “culinary resort and spa” located just outside Burlington, Vermont, has clearly noted. The result: Camp Cook, a series of weeklong immersions in the food world for the budding Bobby Flay in your family.
Package rates start at $1,295 per room for a five-night escape that lets you send your kid to daily from 9am to 4pm to activities that include gathering eggs from a chicken coop and harvesting herbs and veggies from the resort’s gardens, learning about basic kitchen skills and local farming, practicing everything from basic kitchen skills to sushi making, and even cooking dinner for a local community service program.
Meanwhile, mom and/or dad kicks back with discounted spa services or, if you feel like joining in the fun, enrolling in classes (from “Italian Basics” to “Mad About Maple!”) offered a la carte daily through the resort’s Cook Academy.
Scrolling through the in-room television programming at The Quin the other day, something caught our eye. Not the $12 gourmet peanuts on the list of provisions, nor the in-room menu of luxury items from the lobby's Bergdorf Goodman Vitrine, but something a little less grandiose. A charming tale of a girl and her new friend, as told by her dog, Peppermint, "a fun-loving, fast-talking teacup Yorkie".
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While Four Seasons is readying their biggest resort to date near the Magic Kingdom, Universal Parks & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts are working on their own massive new resort, adjacent to Universal Studios Orlando, and which is being built specifically with families in mind.
The Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the fourth hotel within the Universal Orlando Resort, will open 600 of its planned 1,800 rooms on March 31st. The first rooms to open will be in the North Courtyard, which consists of three separate buildings. These rooms will also be all family suites which start at 430-sq.ft. and can sleep six people with two queen beds and a queen pull-out sofa bed. There's even a small kitchenette and a bathroom area that partitions the toilet from the sink and the sink from the shower. Especially helpful when all six of you are trying to get ready for you day at the park.
Another 300 family suites and 900 standard rooms (slightly smaller square footage but still with two queen beds) will open later in the year in two other towers. All rooms and suites will feature a retro 1950s and 1960s design, meant to invoke the family resorts and motels of yesteryear.
We toured the hotel site yesterday and it was crazy cool to see something that looks so old school but is totally new from the ground-up. Don't worry, the amenities and services at the hotel will be brand-new with the most modern technology including WiFi and flat-screen TVs.
Warning: parents with young children may cry over this view at Viceroy Zihuatanejo
When it comes to family-friendly hotel stays, those of us who are parents at HotelChatter can’t help but to be hyper aware of what works and what doesn’t. Is there a place for the littles to burn off energy, will they really find this or that fun (or is it just another backpack with crayons), do the sleeping arrangements make sense, and, hey, what's in it for the parents?
Which is why we're anxious to tell you about what we saw recently at Viceroy Zihuatanejo. While lounging in the sun and looking out at lovely Playa La Ropa, the happening beach on which the resort sits, we spied a young family with an adorable curly-haired daughter, say two or three years old, enjoying a chill afternoon at the beach. Families on vacation with kids this age are rarely as relaxed as these folks were and while we may never know for certain why, we're banking on one reason: a great family-style cabana.
Arranged by request at Viceroy Zihuatanejo, cabanas consist of a huge floating bed with towels and pillows under a generous palapa, all right at the water's edge; ask for the family style touch and for no extra charge you also get beach toys in a basket and a table set up that includes a high chair (yes, a HIGH CHAIR!).
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Holiday Inn has kicked off a new multi-million dollar advertising campaign today called "Change Your View" and judging from the new 60-second commercial, the hotel chain is trying to reach a whole bunch of different groups--families, millennials, and business travelers.
Indeed, Holiday Inn says they wanted to "reintroduce an iconic brand to a new generation of guests who are not as familiar with the Holiday Inn brand offering today." So what exactly is Holiday Inn offering today? According to the new commercial--pretty much everything from swimming pools to fitness centers, workspaces (powered by free WiFi), lobby bars and restaurants, and fire pits for late-night socializing. The spot even suggests that the rooms might even be conducive for sexytime. (Watch the look the lady gives her hunky lover from the bed at the :44 mark.)
The campaign will be airing across the U.S. in 15 major markets so you'll be seeing a lot more of the "Change Your View" ads. We just wish the ad could have changed the view from our last Holiday Inn Express stay in NYC.
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With family travel being an ever increasing market these days, hotels are doing the right thing by expanding their services to accommodate younger visitors. We've recently written about a few hotel services designed to keep the kids occupied while you're chilling on your vacation, but we are just bowled over by the St. Regis' commitment to creating a home away from home for families staying at their resorts.
Case in point: the St. Regis, Bali had been seeing a family from the Asia-Pacific region stay for three to five weeks in a two-bedroom villa between Easter and Christmas. The family would settle in, sans the father, who, as a surgeon, travels a lot for work and would always arrive a few days later.
The resort noticed the father's busy schedule and responded by creating personalized programs for the children and even, get this, arranging for their butler to dress up as the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus to deliver gifts!
Our hearts are warmed and we are utterly charmed by the St. Regis for this ... and maybe just a little envious of those lucky kids.
[Photo: St. Regis Hotels]
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If you ask most teens, family trips can be pretty lame and boring, as evidenced by their audible sighs and eye rolls captured on home video and in those embarrassing vacation snaps. We've already seen Omni Hotels cater to some of the toughest teen-travelers, and now it's time for Marriott Hotels in Australia to make them feel right at home with a dedicated concierge suited for their tastes.
The entire portfolio of Aussie Marriotts will be recruiting their youngest concierges in the hopes of creating a hotel stay that any teeny-bopper will enjoy. These won't be your traditional hotel-helpers that sit behind a desk and make dinner reservations for you, these are virtual concierges that can be reached on--what else?--social media.
Properties in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast will call upon the teen experts to create original content and compile the best of social media in city-guides that are geared towards visiting teens. These "
hot cool tips" will then be passed along to the guests, hopefully, eliminating a nightmare argument with their parents when the inevitable "what do you want to do?" question gets asked. We wonder if parents can tailor-fit the recommendations prior to check-in?
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No pressure, kid, but this better taste good.
Parisians: aren’t they just so chic? The thought of them makes us want to fly over there right now in the hope of some of that je ne sais quoi rubbing off. Now, thanks to Le Royal Monceau, our kids stand a chance of getting polished up as well.
The program includes a big line-up of art workshops held during Saturday brunch at the hotel’s Michelin-starred La Cuisine -- and we just love the idea of the kids creating masterpieces while we take our time over a spectacular brunch. The workshops, led in French and English by professional artists, are timed to coincide with current exhibitions in the city. The first workshop on September 28th, for example, will look at the work of cubist Georges Braque as a major retrospective of his work opens at the Grand Palais, while the November 30th class focuses on Pablo Picasso just as the Picasso Museum reopens after two years of renovations.
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If Kim Kardashian wants to take her daughter, North West, (LOL) back to Kanye's home turf, the only hotel she should consider right now is the Hard Rock Chicago. That's because the hotel has just unveiled its brand-new Nursing Mothers Amenity Program in partnership with Medela, a well-known brand to new moms and moms-to-be alike.
Nursing moms staying at the hotel can have hospital grade Symphony breastpumps and Medela accessory starter kits available in the guest rooms which include the Quick Clean™ Micro Steam™ Bags, Quick Clean Wipes, Pump and Save™ Bags and Disposable Bra Pads. The guestrooms will also be specially prepped for mama and baby with microwaves, mini-refrigerators, ice packs for transportation and mini-cooler bags. (Just remember, never heat the breastmilk in the microwave!)
All these super helpful amenities are available for just an extra $30, with proceeds directly benefiting local families with children in Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago through The Jackson Chance Foundation.
Room rates at the Hard Rock start at around $229 a night.
[Photo: Hard Rock Chicago]
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· Flash Sale for the Orlando World Center Marriott: Starting tomorrow, May 22, the Disney World resort is offering 50 percent off peak season rates as part of a 48-hour flash sale. Rooms start at just $109 a night. You must book your room within 48 hours of the sale's start for travel from now through December 25. The sale will pop up on the hotel's home page here but if not, then use code XPZO to book.
· Boston By Land and By Sea at the Hotel Marlowe: The Cambridge Kimpton Hotel is offering a fun sightseeing package that includes an overnight stay in a deluxe room, guided bike tour along the Charles River (bikes included), two tickets on Old Town Trolley Tours, two kayaks to explore Boston and Cambridge via the Charles and boxed lunch from Bambara’s Executive Chef Jay Silva. Rates start at $409 a night. Go here to book or call 1-800-Kimpton and mention rate code ONE TWO.
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Bad-ass player pictured here can be found with his friends in the Atlantis Predator Lagoon
For those who have never been to Atlantis on Paradise Island, the sprawling megaresort can be daunting.
Like Disney World, there is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world. And like DisneyWorld, Atlantis has the power to strike fear in the hearts and minds of parents who shudder the thought of wearing adult mouse ears almost as much as they dread hemorrhaging endless streams of cash.
To complicate matters, Atlantis is hard to describe as it's so many different things rolled into one: a gorgeous five-hotel Caribbean island resort, a 140-acre Aquaventure water park, the largest open-air marine exhibit in the world complete with dolphin and seal habitats, countless beaches and pools, a casino, a true culinary scene with restaurants from Bobby Flay and Nobu Matsuhisa, a seriously pimpin’ marina, and more.
All the confusion can make it hard to wrap your head around a visit. Where should you stay? How should you spend your day? What’s awesome and what’s overrated? How expensive will it be? Is there a shred of hope for some adult downtime or is it a kid bonanza all day all the time? You might be tempted to throw in the towel.
Just back from a recent visit, we thought it was time—at long last—to demystify the epic resort. The ins and outs, the highs and lows, and every reason why we’ll be back, slide wedgie and all; find it here in our Atlantis Survival Guide.
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Somehow a new Residence Inn opened in NYC on March 1st, and we heard not a whisper about it, until we were invited to their grand opening last week. The day happened to coincide with the brands third annual "Resident Mom of the Year" celebration, which always occurs near Mother's Day.
So, who was bestowed the honor of spokeswoman for Residence Inn's, all-suite, family-friendly properties? None other than Iron Chef, tv-host, and mama extraordinaire, Cat Cora.
Cat dazzled the crowd with her cute southern twang, warm personality, and ability to convince the crowd that cooking quinoa, stir fry, and parfaits is simple as pie in the hotel's kitchen.