Kids Take Center Stage


To join The Leading Hotels of the World—the largest luxury hospitality organization in the world—hotels must adhere to strict quality standards and master the art of extraordinary hospitality. They can’t forget the needs of any guest—not even the littlest ones. Here, we’ve found a few Leading Hotels that are ready to show their youngest guests just how special they are.

The Ritz London offers a Princess for a Day opportunity for all little girls to achieve “Very Important Princess” status. The package begins with a trip to the Ritz Salon, where both the princess and her mother are treated to a manicure. They’ll then enjoy a fruity drink and a cocktail at Rivoli Bar before being treated to a three-course meal at the Ritz Restaurant. The day ends in their room, where little ladies who are part of the Kidz @ The Ritz club can don their bathrobes and slippers while they enjoy a milk and cookie turndown service. The next morning, they’ll enjoy a traditional English breakfast before returning home. Rates for the Princess for a Day package start at $673 per night and are valid through June; refer to booking code SX. For more information, visit

In Sunny Isles, FL, the Acqualina Resort & Spa has created a marine biology program especially for younger guests ages 5-12. Some of the many aspects of the program include Junior Guards, where children can experience what it takes to be a lifeguard with a simulated pool rescue and First Aid Olympics; City Under the Sea, focusing on the importance and value of a coral reef ecosystem; and Wonderful World of Whales, examining the different species and the characteristics that make them unique. In addition, Aqualina offers a 500-sq.-ft. AcquaMarine center, featuring a computer and technology area, arts and crafts center, toys, microscopes, movies and video games.

Families looking for a deal can take advantage of the Leading Families package, which provides 50 percent off a second room for children, grandparents or nannies, a daily $40 spa treatment credit per person up to two adults, complimentary Internet access and the AcquaMarine children’s program. Rates start at $375 per night; refer to booking code P9. For more information, visit

Meanwhile, keep the entire family engaged and entertained with a visit to the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Italy. Kids will have plenty of activities to choose from, including spending time at the children’s playground, pool, soccer field or basketball courts. And to make sure everyone enjoys themselves, the Grand Hotel Excelsior will be offering a Cooking, Snorkeling and Fun for Kids program from May through October.

Including roundtrip airport transfers, welcome amenities, a pizza cooking lesson, a half-day private guided trip to Pompeii, a half-day snorkeling excursion off the Sorrento Peninsula, one dinner for four and additional discounts on meals, spa treatments and spa products, the Cooking, Snorkeling and Fun for Kids offer starts at $1,260 per night for a family of four, with a 4-night minimum stay; refer to booking code P9. For more information, visit