With spring break upon us, many families are preparing to trade schoolbags for suitcases. However, traveling with small children can be difficult, especially when staying away from home for the first time. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to make your hotel experience as painless as pos
Posted February 2,2018 in Travel and Events.
For new parents, it’s tempting to throw everything but the kitchen sink in your suitcase, but many hotels and resorts can lighten your load with on-site products. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana (nickresortpuntacana.com) in the Dominican Republic and 26 Club Med (clubmed.us) resorts have strollers and bottle warmers at the ready. Great Wolf Lodge (greatwolf.com), which operates 15 hotels and waterparks across North America, will even equip your room with a Diaper Genie. (Speaking of diapers, you can always ship a few boxes to the hotel concierge before your stay.)
More and more hotels are offering learning experiences with a sense of place. The Explorer’s Club at Baha Mar (bahamar. com) in the Bahamas immerses children in native marine life. They’ll observe stingrays and nurse sharks, feed tropical fish, and learn about the coral reef system. At Domaine de Manville (domainedemanville. fr), a 250-acre estate with olive groves in Provence, kids can make jelly from fruit grown on site and learn pétanque, a local sport similar to bocce.
Many hotels have been developing mindfulness programming, and some are extending it to children. Niyama (niyama. com), in the Maldives, offers children’s laughing yoga sessions, where young ones chuckle their way through poses on the beach. Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas (sixsenses.com), a pioneer in the field, gets kids involved with nature, a proven stress reducer, through tree climbing and trekking. The company also offers music meditation classes, singing-bowl sessions, and the Grow With Six Senses program, which will debut later this year with new treatments and reflexology for kids.
New for 2018, Wyndham Grand (wyndham hotels.com) is giving families an incentive to power down their devices with its Reconnected package, which includes a timed lockbox for stashing tech toys. In exchange for going off the grid, families will receive a blanket-fort kit, backpacks for each kid containing a copy of the children’s book The Nocturnals, a shadow-puppet guide, an Instax camera, and 5 percent off their total stay.