Places to travel with extended family that won’t break the bank or your relationship!
With the winter blahs arriving, everyone from mommy to dadi is going to think about flying the coop and escaping towards the sun. For some families it may mean winter vacations back home with South Asian winter weather being preferred over the blistering summer heat. For others, it may mean running away to an all-inclusive resort where everything is taken care off. Before you get the itch to hit click on a winter getaway, we’ve got three things to consider before booking that all-inclusive winter vacation with your kids and grandparents.
Location: Some families love the usual spots, Mexico and Cuba, while others prefer to venture a bit off the beaten path towards Turks and Caicos or Bermuda.
Figure out what everyone in the group prefers and try to strike a balance.
IF you’re lucky, the older and younger generations will have no preference and you can choose a destination that speaks to you and your partner.
Activities: Determine the mix of activities the group might enjoy. Many resorts have kids clubs and some such the Beaches properties, has kids camps for all ages from infant to teen. This means that grandparents and parents can have a few hours of R&R for some golfing, visiting the spa or just relaxing at the swim up bar sans kids. Generations Riviera Maya offers the Little Eko Chefs program which is an unprecedented experience for kids aged 4 and up to truly immerse themselves in the local culture through food.
Families can relax while their little ones are in the hands of certified professionals at Eko Kids Club. If the family likes adventure, check out what options are available in the area as most resorts offer plenty of water activities such as sailing, diving and fishing.
Choose your destination and resort based on the activities you enjoy.
Lodging: The beauty of an all-inclusive resort is that it gives you plenty of options when it comes to lodging. If you like things cozy ask for interconnecting suites or at resorts such as Azul Fives by Karima, you can book 3 bedroom suites so that everyone can comfortable live under one roof.
Keep in mind that having the grandparents close by may mean that you get to sneak out to the club whilst the young ones and the older ones sleep the night away. Alternatively if you prefer some distance, book yourselves into separate towers or areas.
On the same property in Punta Cana, the Palladium complex of hotels is ideal for multi-generational vacations.
You and the little one can enjoy the kid-friendly facilities at Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort and Spa Imperial Club while daadaa and dadi enjoy the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of the luxurious Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium. The family can then spend time together at dinner!
No matter where you decide to spend your winter getaway at, remember to keep your kids’ ages in mind. You want to choose a resort that caters to your children so that you (and the grandparents) can get some free time while the kids are at the activity clubs. If you’re travelling with babies, some resorts such as Generations offers in room baby items, think strollers, cribs, changing tables, baby monitors and even bottle warmers, which will make your travel easier.
Have these suggestions got you dreaming of some fun in the sun?
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