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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.
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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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Summer's here and school's out which means your summer travel plans may involve schlepping the little ones along with you. Same goes for new parents who aren't quite ready to compromise their jetsetting lifestyles. While it definitely requires more planning and more organization, a dream vacation can still be had. All this week, we'll be looking at a few hotels that are making it not just fun but easier for families to have a summer trip to remember.
Kids clubs are an important part of a hotel stay for families--sometimes even more important than the hotel room--as they offer parents a chance to engage in some real deal R&R while the kids burn off their crazy energy.
But the specific activities offered at a hotel's kids club are important too. Parents don't want their kids sent down to some windowless rec room in the hotel basement for a few hours each day or similarly, just lazing around by the beach or pool all day getting fried by the hot sun. So if you want your kids to have an experience worth remembering, consider booking a stay with a Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.
Personality Hotels is the master of creating crazy packages—after all, it was the brand that gave us snuggie sutra. But this time it's setting its sights on wooing a younger crowd, a much younger crowd.
The hotel chain is offering Kids with Personality, a new year-round program that gives children some complimentary check-in swag. For the summer, it will offer regal-themed goodies in honor of Prince William and Princess Kate, two people kiddies probably don't know.
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Your little one may not be excited to be dragged along to Provence's medieval villages, but he will be pumped to play on a pirate boat at the Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche. The poolside pirate boat is only part of the French hotel's new free kiddie offerings this summer.
That pool also has a water slide, water-shooting dinosaurs, a wading splash pool and a kids-only snack bar. Aside from the water options, the hotel partnered with Lego to build a new Kids for All Seasons Centre with two playrooms, one for tykes between 2 and 5 and the other for children 6 to 12, which of course come with Wiis and PlayStations.
If you're in desperate need of a destressing holiday spa treatment or if you're Camille Grammer and one of your four nannies for your two kids has gone AWOL, you won't have to worry about trying to find a babysitter at the Montage Beverly Hills.
The hotel will take care of kiddies ages 5 to 12 with its new Paintbox program, which offers daily themed activities that will keep them occupied while you go off doing more adult things at the hotel. Except we're kinda curious if we can partake in Paintbox, just check out some of the offerings:
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Amanda Jet with her younger brother, her uncle Johnny and the hotel's director of PR, Christine DiRocco.
UPDATE 3.10.10: Looks like the Petite Blogger has been "put on hold for a little while." The hotel promised to let us know as soon as they are able to move forward with Miss Jet.
Last week, we were obsessed with Racked's child fashion blogger, Katie, who was really just a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the preteen and teen fashion bloggers that have captivated the fashion world. (See: Tavi.)
But kiddie bloggers can do more than pontificate on short hemlines and Rodarte for Target. They can write about kids programs at hotels! Thus The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach has appointed their own child blogger--12-year-old Amanda Jet, niece of the very popular travel expert Johnny Jet.
Amanda's official title is Petite Blogger and her role is to, duh!, blog about her adventures at the hotel and the resort's kids program, Coast and AquaNuts.
Embassy Suites is catering to families instead of business travelers with their Kids-Eye View Passport program which highlights the most kid-friendly attractions in the city such as Best Pizza, Best Burger, Best Ice Cream, Best Outdoor and Education activities and Best Shopping.
For example the Best Pizza in NYC is Lombardi's, the best burger in Austin is the Hut's Hamburgers and the best family outing in Boston is the Duck Tours.
The kiddie passports look almost like real passports and even include a spot for kids to paste their photo and fill in their information. Plus they can keep their passport for future trips and collect a "What to do in..." sticker from each Embassy Suites they stay at. Right now the program is available at the Embassy Suites in major markets including the newest property in Mexico City.
Other reasons why Embassy Suites could be considered kid-friendly? The hotels offer two-room suites with a Playstation console, and the complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast.