Family

Water park complex at Wailea Beach Resort-Marriott, Maui.

Memorable Family Moments

From sleepovers with dolls to getting wet and wild at the water park, here’s a handful of family vacations your clients will be speaking about for years to come.
Tonnara di Scopello in Sicily.

Ancestry Vacations: Family Roots and Routes in Europe

With the popularity of sites such as Ancestry.com and its DNA tests for ethnicity and genealogy, heritage travel or ancestry vacations—exploring the origins of one’s family tree, searching through local archives and with luck even meeting a long-lost relative—has boomed in popularity.
Sailing lessons at Bitter End Yacht Club in BVI.

8 Resorts Whose Kids Programs Teach Real Skills

“I don’t care what they do; just keep my kids busy,” said no parent—ever. The following, therefore, are resorts whose camps and other programs don’t just keep children out of their parents’ hair, but actually impart knowledge and/or
The newly expanded kids club at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun.

Kids Rule!

The kids are in charge—or at least they think they are—at these resorts where sandboxes, bunk beds and splash zones rule.
Exploring the surroundings at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji. (Photo courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.)

From Tykes to Grandparents: Multi-Gen Family Travel

Lucky for your bottom line, multi-generational family travel has proven to be a megatrend, not just a passing one, but finding the right fit for a variety of ages always has its challenges.
Captivating views from our room at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

Multi-Gen Staycation in Sunny Isles

I packed up my Jeep with my parents in tow, as my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew led the way to our destination— a staycation at Newport Beach Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles.
Kennedy Space Center's NASA Now attraction. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Space Center.)

Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Now Attraction: A Must-See for Space Fans

Space fans won't want to miss Kennedy Space Center's NASA Now attraction, which allows guests to get an up-close look at vehicles that have traveled in space.

Nick Jonas Performs Aboard Two Carnival Cruise Line Sailings

Nick Jonas, multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated recording artist, will be performing on board Carnival ships.
Nightime at Eden, a new venue on board Celebrity Edge.

Cruise Lines Enhance Offerings

We've gathered a roundup of what's new across the cruise line industry for your guests to enjoy.
The Commodore Suite.

Globetrotting: The Perry Hotel Key West

Key West’s latest property opening, The Perry Hotel Key West, brings a chic vibe to Stock Island, an area known for its fishing and artist community.
The Four Seasons At The Surf Club opening in March.

Discover Miami Beach’s Up-and-Coming Town of Surfside

From the newly opened Four Seasons At The Surf Club to a range of local events, there's a lot to discover in Miami's uptown destination of Surfside.
Guests can get up-close and personal with five species of shark at Discovery Cove in Orlando. 

Swim with the Sharks at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is known for its dolphin interactions, but now guests can get up-close and personal with five species of shark.
Travelers can take a trip to Uncle Qu’s home to find priceless ceramic treasures through the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing's Family First Program.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Invites Families to Explore Chinese Culture

With the Family First Program at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, guests can choose from a variety of family-friendly activities that give a glimpse into the Chinese culture.
Pandora—The World of Avatar.

Onsite Review: New Openings in Central Florida

For the start of summer 2017, two of Central Florida’s theme parks—Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal Orlando Resort—enticed crowds with new fun-filled offerings: Disney opened the enchanting Pandora—The World of Avatar, and at Universal, the high-adrenaline Volcano Bay water theme park made its debut.
Walt Disney World is saluting Independence Day with fireworks displays and more at each of its park.

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks Display at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is saluting Independence Day with fireworks displays and more at each of its park.
SeaWorld Orlando's new virtual reality roller coaster, Kraken Unleashed, is now open.

SeaWorld Orlando Debuts Kraken Virtual Reality Experience

Just in time for family summer vacation, SeaWorld Orlando has debuted its first-of-its-kind virtual reality roller coaster, Kraken Unleashed.
San Antonio River Walk

What’s New in San Antonio

There’s more to San Antonio than The Alamo and great tacos. Through the end of 2017 and into 2018, this fast-growing city will see a host of new offerings, from restaurant openings and site renovations to hotel developments.

Eye on the World: Pandora—The World of Avatar

Last week Recommend had a sneak peek of Pandora—the World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Snowbasin Resort's kid-friendly line-up of summer activities includes the Bark at the Basin event on Sept. 10.

Summer Happenings on the West Coast

Help your clients make the most of their summer vacation on the West Coast with these outdoor activities.
Bahia Principe Fantasia Castle

Grand Opening of a Bahia Principe Resort And How to Sort Out Its Six...

The 512-room Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection on Bavaro Beach began welcoming guests in November and celebrated its grand opening May 2.
Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on recommend.com to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is Small Luxury Hotels of the World's first Ibizan outpost.

New Island Escapes

Plan the perfect island escape for your clients at one of these new idyllic properties.
Backroads offers active family-friendly tours in Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Italy’s Dolomites and the Swiss Alps. (Photo credit: Backroads / Kathy Kawakami)

Family Cycling Adventures in Europe

Active travel company Backroads has announced it will be running nearly 450 family departures this summer to top destinations for multigenerational travelers.
Jimmy Fallon at the grand opening of the new Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon ride at Universal Studios Florida.

Jimmy Fallon-Inspired Ride Opens at Universal Orlando Resort

Join “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on an action-packed race through the Big Apple at Universal Orlando Resort, where an all-new ride inspired by the popular comedian just opened.

Jungle Island’s Extreme Makeover

Jungle Island, the 18-acre landmark attraction on Watson Island in Miami is getting an extreme makeover.

Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program—Family Course

If you are selling FAMILY vacations throughout the state of Florida, or are interested in delving into this market, the Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program—Family Course is the course for you.
Hot air balloon festival at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Vermont.

A View from the Top

Beyond stunning bird’s-eye views, crisp air, and outdoor adventures, mountain vacations offer a bevy of experiential activities, as well, including hot air ballooning, Western adventures and visits to whisky distilleries.
The Bristol Cathedral, Southwest England

Eye on the World: Southwest England

Eclectic towns, cultural cities, street art, captivating castles, and memorable meals filled my days while touring Southwest England during this year’s ExploreGB.
Adventures by Disney's Rhine River Cruise includes a visit to the famous storybook Heidelberg Castle in Germany.

Adventures by Disney’s Themed European River Cruises for 2018

Adventures by Disney is offering new, themed European river cruise vacations for 2018.
Modern sculpture at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens. (Photo credit: Discover The Palm Beaches)

What’s New in The Palm Beaches

The Palm Beaches—a collection of 39 cities and towns located in South Florida—wants to entice your clients to book their next getaway in this little slice of paradise with new hotels, attractions and wellness offerings.
SeaWorld Orlando is launching a new Dolphin Days show.

SeaWorld Orlando to Debut Dolphin Days Show

On Saturday, April 1, SeaWorld Orlando will launch a new Dolphin Days show, replacing the popular Blue Horizons animal show after an 11-year run at Dolphin Theater.
Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas will offer new overnight itineraries to Havana.

Princess Cruises Announces Caribbean Princess Renovation

Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation during a 2-week dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas, March 26-April 6.
A child enjoying an Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise excursion.

Raising Globally Minded Children

I always tell my clients that when thinking about the cost of travel, they should put it in their budget as an educational expense, rather than a recreational expense.
Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana

Globetrotting: Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort

The flavors of the Dominican Republic took center stage when Recommend recently visited the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana during its annual culinary week.
The Marvel Day at Sea on board Disney ships will debut this fall.

Sailing the High Seas, Family-Style

A look at the 2017 crop of seagoing vessels reveals such a wave-making bounty of family-friendly features that your clients likely can’t resist the urge to round up the tribe and set sail.
Luxury Junior Suite Swim Out accommodations.

Globetrotting: Royalton Blue Waters

Royalton Blue Waters is just one of Blue Diamond Resorts’ recent additions in the Caribbean. Although the company only launched in 2011, it has already grown to 23 resorts in eight countries.
Ukulele lessons at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island, Hawaii.

Family Focus Across the U.S.

These properties across the U.S. are not only packed with fun for the kiddos, but offer parents spas, lots of dining, and some adventure too.
Signature Eco Junior Suite accommodations at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Riviera Maya.

Five Fun-Inclusives

It’s fiercely competitive in Mexico’s resort landscape. If a hotel company isn’t building a new resort, they are renovating or upping the ante in terms of onsite amenities. And when it comes to their family-friendly properties, hotel companies are constantly adding offerings to please each member of the family.

D-Boat Experience in Antigua

In Antigua, D-Boat offers families a high-energy water park experience.
UnCruise Adventures offers itineraries in Central America.

Beyond Alaska

UnCruise Adventures, with eight ships that range in size from 22 to 88 passengers, recently debuted the remodeled 62-passenger Safari Voyager.
Ziplining in Antigua. (Photo credit: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority)

Antigua’s Multi-Generational Appeal

When it comes to family fun, Antigua means business.
Florida's Historic Coast is offering dozens of attractions, tours, events and adventure are sure to satisfy all ages this spring.

Springtime Activities in Florida’s Historic Coast

Midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville lies Florida's Historic Coast, a celebrated area encompassing historic St. Augustine and golf-centric Ponte Vedra, where dozens of attractions, tours, events and adventure are sure to satisfy all ages this spring.
A rendering of the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Experience Spring Training in the Palm Beaches

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is celebrating this month’s opening of the new The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with a Spring Training package.
The star attraction at Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay will be the Krakatau Aqua Coaster.

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Roars to Life

Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando’s new water theme park, roars to life May 25.
Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida on May 27.

Pandora – The World of Avatar Poised for Spring Opening

On May 27, the highly anticipated Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings next year.

Star Wars Day at Sea 2018

In 2018, Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Makes Its Coastal Debut

Reservations are now open for the 343-room Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach in Central Florida.
This year, grandparents can stay for free at Generations Riviera Maya, by Karisma, because when guests book a 2-bedroom suite, they’ll receive a complimentary 1-bedroom oceanfront suite.

Grandparents Stay Free at Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma

This year, grandparents can stay for free at Generations Riviera Maya, by Karisma, because when guests book a 2-bedroom suite, they’ll receive a complimentary 1-bedroom oceanfront suite.

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos Ups the Ante

Gansevort Turks + Caicos, a full-service luxury resort on Providenciales, is offering a few enhancements to up the ante on it's Penthouses or Suites stay experiences.
Poolside at the renovated Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa. (Photo couresty of Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa)

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa Debuts in January

January 2017 Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa debuts with 310 guestrooms and suites. After completing a $40 million renovation,
Poolside at the Palapa Royal Service Restaurant. (Photo courtesy of Paradisus Los Cabos.)

Paradisus Los Cabos Opens

Paradisus Los Cabos, an all-inclusive resort, is set to open December 23, 2016. The 350-guestroom property, formerly Melia Cabo Real, recently went through a multi-million dollar renovation to transform it into a Paradisus by Melia hotel.
View of Mount St. Helena from Cardinale Winery.

Expect the Unexpected

These three hot destinations—California, Florida and Nevada—offer your clients more than the conventional travel opportunities.