Savvy hotels know that you can’t just surprise and delight adults when it comes to outstanding perks. Truly great service extends to a property’s tiniest hotel guests, too. Whether your family’s hitting the beach, skiing the mountains or exploring the city, these Travelocity hotels and resorts ensure that kids are king!
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago: Get the Scoop From the In-house Ice Cream Man
Located smack dab in the heart of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, the five-star Four Seasons offers the ultimate in urban luxury. Think gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and close proximity to kid-friendly attractions like Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park’s “The Bean” and, of course, American Girl Place. Kids will give a thumbs up to the game room, teen spa, indoor pool and the hotel’s “Passport to Adventure” game.
HIGHLIGHT: Hear that bell ringing? That’s the sound of the ice cream man pushing his cart past your guestroom. Yep. Every night, the hotel’s very own ice cream man will swing by to satisfy the sweet tooth of your little ones with build-their-own sundaes.
Nickelodeon, Punta Cana: Sleep in Sponge Bob’s Pineapple Villa
Total pampering awaits the entire family at this all-inclusive Nickelodeon resort, where the fun never stops at the Aqua Nick Water Park with winding water slides, splash pads and a lazy river. Hang out together at slime-making classes and at Splash Mob, one of Nick’s iconic game shows. Or, party in your PJ’s with SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer or Paw Patrol. Kids can chill out at Just Kidding — part clubhouse, part artist’s studio —as they hit the mega ball pit, two-story slide and a whole lot of do-it-yourself Nickelodeon fun. Daily supervised activities for kids 4-12 years old are also in the mix.
HIGHLIGHT: Yes, your family can really bunk under the sea! This sumptuous villa is the resort’s signature dwelling with 2-bedroom/3-bath accommodations, the Pineapple’s infinity pool and private butler.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Colorado: Camp Out in Your Own Room
Your kids will never want to leave this amenity-packed resort! At Park Hyatt‘s super cool Kids Club, kids go hiking, play mini-golf, jump on a bungee and trampoline, and hear starlight storytelling, followed by dinner and a movie. In season, kids ages 3 and up can try ski lessons, too. Every Friday evening in peak summer, families enjoy “Fridays in the Park,” with live music, a gourmet “S’moregasbord” and free gondola rides on the kids’ lift.
HIGHLIGHT: Before the lights go out, kids get a unique turndown service with a personalized tent, sleeping bag, and a faux fire pit to stay “warm.” Sweet dreams!
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui: Learn How to be a Mermaid
Kids rule at the Fairmont Keiki Lani Kids Club! Here they become immersed in all things Hawaiian as they discover the history and culture of the islands. Watch as they navigate an ocean adventure on a Hawaiian canoe, take Hula and ukulele lessons, make a lei, help feed the hotel’s koi fish and taste Hawaiian Shave Ice. Building erupting volcanoes and sand castles, exploring tide pools, and learning the Hawaiian language enrich their experiences.
HIGHLIGHT: Mermaid wannabes will get their kicks at Mermaid University. Guests ages 7-12 learn how to swim in their tails, hear mermaid myths, take selfies with their new BFF and receive goggles, mono fin, tattoo, video and a diploma.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester: Train with Top-notch Pastry Chefs
Ritz Kids get the cool factor in suburban New York with programs that encourage their exploration of water, land, environmental responsibility and culture. Designed by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, the Ritz-Carlton‘s kids’ program offers fascinating and exciting adventures in music, local history and cuisine. Add in an indoor rooftop pool, special treats for kids at check-in and other surprises for a memorable getaway.
HIGHLIGHT: Kids 11-18 can whip up great desserts at the Crème de la Crème Junior Chefs Academy taught by Ritz-Carlton pastry chefs. After a tour of the kitchen, junior chefs will create a delicious treat, going home with a monogrammed chef’s apron, chef’s hat and set of baking tools.
Eau Palm Beach, Florida: Take Surf Lessons
The whole vibe of the luxury Eau Palm Beach near Palm Beach on Florida’s Atlantic side shouts A-list party, right on the beach. The hotel’s AquaNuts program is a kids’ paradise that’s more like a non-stop activity camp focusing on science, creativity and surf. Kids 5-12 can dive into art projects, practice at the DJ booth, take on the climbing wall, and dig into a treasure chest of costumes for dress-up. The Oyster Pearl Theatre lets kids perform on stage, while girls get hip with a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the Coast Beauty Salon.
HIGHLIGHT: Kids ages 12 and up won’t miss out at the Coast Teen Club featuring surf lessons, paddleboarding and snorkeling from on-site experts. Families get in on all the fun at their DiscEAU Dance party with kids manning the DJ booth and challenging each other to group games.
Westin Kierland Resort, Arizona: Go bodyboarding in the Desert
Reflecting Native American and rich Arizona history throughout the grounds, the Westin Kierland resort in Scottsdale is the premier family-friendly destination. While the kids chill in a 900-foot-long lazy river and a 110-footlong waterslide at their Adventure Water Park, adults can escape to the Agave Spa for a relaxing botanical treatment. The resort’s FUN team offers pottery painting, LEGOmania, swimming, crafts, science labs and digital experience for kids 4-12. Head to the OK Corral for lawn chess, basketball and game tables. In the evening, gather at the area’s fire pit for “Kierland Kampfires” and Arizona S’mores.
HIGHLIGHT: At Surf Camp, kids at least 52 inches tall can learn how to surf and catch a wave on the exclusive Kierland FlowRider wave simulator.
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