Family-friendly vacation essentials include plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, alone time for parents, and something the entire family can enjoy together. Take these hotel packages for example.
A Wilderness Adventure in South Africa
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, a five-star Relais & Chateaux lodge situated 167 miles away from Cape Town, is offering guests the opportunity participate in three days of excursions on the reserve with the Family Fun: Wilderness Adventure package. The 3-night program includes luxury accommodations, all meals (high tea, dinner, light continental breakfast and brunch), and daily evening nature drives with sundowner drinks and snacks, plus daily guided rock art excursions, children’s activities such as night walks with a guide and all lodge activities, which span hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, archery, star gazing, painting, birdwatching and fly-fishing. Rates for the Family Fun: Wilderness Adventure package start at $490 per adult; the price per child depends on age and children under two stay free. For more information, visit bushmanskloof.co.za.
Milk and Cookies in Miami
The upscale Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami is re-launching its Family Fun package in collaboration with the hotel’s newly initiated Biltmore Buddies program, which offers interactive programming for children and teens ages 4 to 12. The Family Fun package, starting at $519 per night, includes Junior Suite accommodations, daily buffet breakfast with kids under 12 years of age dining free with an adult meal purchase, and special discounts to area attractions, plus 20 percent savings at the Biltmore Spa and the hotel’s signature Donald Ross Classic golf course, nightly turndown of milk and cookies and daily admission for one child to Biltmore Buddies.
The Biltmore Hotel’s Biltmore Buddies program, which began last June, features daily themes and activities that focus on play in the areas of Art Adventures, Fitness Fun, Team Training, Sports of Sorts and Performance Play. Think scavenger hunts, music video shoots, paddle races, and arts and crafts. While the kids are away, parents can play at the iconic Biltmore pool, indulge in some body scrub, massage or facial at the Biltmore Spa or dine at one of the property’s four onsite restaurants. For more information, visit biltmorehotel.com.
Big Fun in the Big Apple
Your client’s family will want to get an early start when staying at the 463-guestroom Conrad New York in Lower Manhattan, because the hotel’s ongoing Family Fun package features a full day of activities, including four general admission tickets to the Children’s Museum of the Arts and four, all-day bus and boat New York Water Taxi hop on/hop off Enjoy the Ride passes with a guide. The package also comes with guaranteed suite accommodations with a pullout sleeper sofa, daily continental breakfast for two adults and two children, and daily self-parking. After tuckering your tykes out with the day’s activities head back to the Conrad New York, where chef Cordoso has created a brand-new kids’ menu which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert items such as ATRIO brick oven kids’ pizza, little chicken paillard and lady liberty chocolate hot cakes. Package rates start at $488 per night. Regular room rates start at $349 per night. For more information and rates, call (212) 945-0100 or visit conradnewyork.com.