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What’s New at Family-Friendly Resorts
Hotels and resorts are always upping their game when it comes to appealing to families and kids. We’ve covered some of the best, but as the desire for family travel grows, new additions pop up every day. As you’re planning your summer getaway this year, keep these awesome locations in mind!
We covered Le Méridien’s awesome offering last year, and the hotel is still doing a great job of welcoming kids. Le Méridien makes sure their kids offering is fun and educational for the whole family by focusing on multi-generational travel and inclusiveness. Each location offers a Discovery Guide of family-friendly activities to encourage and inspire curiosity for the local area.
Westin offers Westin Family—a full calendar of interactive activities created with kids’ well-being in mind and designed to inspirie kids to interact with their environment and try something new. And isn’t that what vacation is really about in the end?
The Ritz-Carlton introduces young guests to both the natural wonders and the rich cultural traditions of the local area. With their family offering, designed by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, resorts offer a diverse collection of activities based on the four pillars of the program—water, land, environmental responsibility and culture. (We covered this great program here!) And when you stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, you can get tucked in at bedtime by a Pirate, Princess Amelia and hotel mascot, Amelia’s Treasure!
Even Holiday Inn is getting in on the fun with their KidSuites®. Many of their properties feature a personal space area for kids—within your hotel suite itself! With bunk beds, TV, Nintendo, games and toys, kids will have plenty to do in their very own clubhouse! Not every property offers this option, though, so check before you make a reservation!
Have you run into an awesome hotel for kids? Let us know in the comments below!
Posted by Erin on 04/12 at 08:30 AM
48 Hours in Florida with your Best Friend
from our wonderful guest poster, Kate Rockland
Dana grew up in the house next to me in New Jersey. While not opening windows to shout to one another (there was no texting in the 1980’s!) we would dream about one day travelling somewhere tropical together, without our parents.
Oh, joy! Fast-forward twenty years (okay, thirty) and we were finally setting out on a trip, only instead of being parent-free, we were child-free! Between the two of use, we have five young children, so we were super-stoked to vamoose.
After touching down in Orlando, Dana and I made a beeline for the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes. The spa is 40,000 feet and mixes their own products from a rooftop herb garden. We enjoyed their Citrus Grande Escape which is 120 minutes of ooh-la-la. The treatment includes all-over exfoliation with a home-grown orange peel mixture, a bath and a full-body massage. In addition to their own ingredients, the spa uses Eminence skincare products.
Later that day, we ate dinner at Portobello Country Italian Trattoria in Disney Springs. I had the Rigatoni Calbrese ($22), which has sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives and escarole. The sauce was delicious. Dana wanted to try a signature drink, and had the Mediterranean Mule made from limoncello, fig vodka and ginger beer. I highly recommend making reservations here the day before; the wait time as we were departing was two hours plus. I felt a little guilty being at Disney without my three children, but the feeling evaporated when I was able to duck inside a nearby shop and scoop up the latest Star Wars toys.
The next day we embarked on the second leg of our girl’s getaway, driving 2.5 hours to West Palm Beach. As Palm Beach virgins we were thrilled to score a last-minute room at the world-famous Breakers resort. Built in the 1800’s by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, fifty million dollars a year is put into its upkeep, from the spa (renovated in November) to the new 6,000-foot fitness center that holds spin and yoga classes from its deck overlooking the rolling Atlantic.
The Breakers is such a delight to the senses, such a magical, lovely place, that words can hardly describe the experience of staying there. We were given a tour of the new Flagler club, a 25-room boutique hotel-within-the-main-hotel which opened in October. It has a private entrance, and a stay comes complete with a chauffeur, meals in its exclusive, Mad Men-esque lounge, complimentary mini-bar and Tesla car. While touring we came across grandparents who were once taken to the resort as children, now bringing their own broods.
In the main hotel, we wove in and out of ballrooms like children, gazing at the tapestries and ceilings painted with portraits of America’s founders, including Queen Isabella of Spain and Christopher Columbus. Tapestries from the 1600’s line the lobby, which require a special seamstress who is flown in from D.C. to make repairs.
We shopped for our children in Coconut Crew, one of eleven boutique stores on the property. I like that they place all their clothing down low, so kids have the option of picking out what to wear! I’d never seen mini Lily-Pulitzer dresses for toddler girls before, so that was a treat.
Next on the itinerary, we swam laps in one of the four pools, then had lunch at The Beach Club Restaurant, which has killer views and an even more deadly-delicious gazpacho. One has the option of renting a private bungalow by the pool complete with a private waiter, but if that’s not your cup of tea there are lovely changing rooms located directly behind the restaurant with full-service showers and lockers to hold your possessions.
After lunch we strolled over to the newly-renovated spa. I had a full body massage, and was delighted to be asked which oil “called out” to me for the masseuse to use. Dana had a facial with Tammy Fender products. She particularly loved the AM cleansing milk and the essential C tonic.
Feeling young and happy, we later ate dinner at HMF. The room is named for the hotel’s founder, and it’s impossible not to feel like you’re a Hollywood actress or famous socialite while sitting at one of the tables. Everywhere you look is glitter, glam—even your ears are awash in modern, fun dance music carefully chosen by one of the Breaker’s 2,000 staff members. Although our waitress said people usually share “two or three plates,” we ended up ordering five or six…it was just so delicious! I highly recommend starting with a meat and cheese plate, Artisan cheeses, membrillo and honeycomb. The Swedish meatballs with mushroom sauce are to die-for, and we were brave enough to try the Baked Alaska that is lit on fire at your table. I loved the Mae West quote on the dessert menu: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Living well is really at the heart of the Breakers experience, from its genuinely happy staff to its organic herb garden used in its nine restaurants to its outdoor yoga to its beachfront walkway we strolled along twice daily. It was difficult to board the plane back to New Jersey, but I had a wonderful 48 hours in Florida. I can’t wait to return for more vitamin C!
Summer specials at the Breakers start at $369 a night and include FREE daily summer benefits of breakfast, Kids 12 and under dine free and free golf! ($35 cart fee applies, per person, per round).
Our guest poster this week is Kate Rockland. Kate lives in New Jersey with her husband and three unruly children. When she’s not making forts out of pillows or begging people to buy one of her two novels, she loves traveling through New England.
Find Kate here: http://www.katerockland.com
Posted by Erin on 04/08 at 08:30 AM
From Home Office Eyesore to Gorgeous Guest Suite
When we decided on getting an au pair to help care for our three girls, the looming question was, “Where will we put her?” The only solution was my home office, or the fourth bedroom that had been masquerading as an office/guest room/storage facility.
It was a disaster but with great built-ins, wall color and a great rug. Also, if I may brag, a fabulous glass desk and a white tulip chair upholstered in leopard print. How to make a chic and comfortable guest room/au pair suite while keeping the desk and chair? I had no idea. I love design. I know what I like, I can pick out paint colors, rugs, bedding but laying out a room, arranging furniture and making it all cohesive is not in my DNA. I needed help. And fast.
Enter Havenly. Your new design BFF. I had recently heard about this amazing online professional decorating service that helps you design your dream room, order online and have it shipped to your door. One peek at their site, and I signed up. For $199 a room you receive a complete design experience. Here’s how it works:
1.) Make an account and take a fun design survey so Havenly can better understand your aesthetic and what vendors you like.
2.) Then take photos of the room you want to redecorate along with measurements and upload them to the site.
3.) Add photos of pieces of furniture, lamps, rugs, artwork you want to keep or re-purpose.
4.) Finally, set a shopping budget for your room. I set a budget of $1,500 for the guest room.
I was matched with a professional designer named Eve, who I corresponded with via Havenly messaging on mood boards and looks. A week later, I received two renderings of the guest room. I loved them both, and we went with a combination of elements from both renderings. Eve was very responsive to my questions, respectful of my budget and super-crafty at finding gorgeous case goods and other furniture at reasonable prices.
Ordering online with Havenly is simply a matter of reviewing the products your designer suggests then adding them to your cart. In one case, some bedding was on back-order. With the au pair’s arrival looming, we couldn’t wait, so Eve found a substitution.
The result is that the Havenly room is perfect. Our three daughters were all very jealous (as was I, I admit) and are already asking for their own room makeovers. I was so thrilled that I am using Havenly again – working with Eve on a summer cabin in Maine and may even do the Havenly mini refresh (only $79 fee) for our living room.
You can check out our before and after’s here: (Don’t judge!)
The only good thing about this photo is Hillary!
Is this the same room???
Chic Little Work Space/Dressing Area
A Parisian photo above the dresser to welcome our French au pair!
Eve coordinated all the bedding and pillows. My favorite is the yellow zebra!
Cozy and chic guest room. Perfectly appointed. The little catch all on the side table says “Bonjour.”
Are you ready for your fun, easy and budget-friendly interior design service? Go to Havenly.com and the promo code “POSH25” now through July 1st, and you’ll get 25% off the design fee for the complete experience. Happy Decorating!
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/05 at 08:30 AM
Cancún for Foodies
Who else thinks vacation is a great excuse to eat exactly what you want when you want it? If indulging in culinary delights is one of your fave things about getaways, Hyatt Ziva Cancún is the perfect place for you!
From its unrivaled location at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula to its luxurious Ziva Sky Swim-up Suites, Hyatt Ziva Cancún stands apart from other all-inclusive properties. Unquestionably, the resort’s greatest distinction is the delightful cuisine, because it was literally built for culinary exploration! And the resort is fully committed to authentic gourmet dining, seasonal flavors and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, so you know you’ll be getting nothing but the best.
While traditional all-inclusive resorts feed the masses with standard all-you-can-eat fare, Hyatt Ziva Cancún provides a world of à la carte options to suit every palate. Nine distinct restaurants offer full menus to ensure that guests’ taste buds never tire:
• La Bastille, presenting timeless French cuisine in an elegant, yet relaxed setting for adults only
• El Mercado, a bountiful buffet of gourmet international cuisine with both indoor and outdoor seating
• The Moongate, offering a variety of Asian specialties, from dim sum to an interactive teppanyaki table
• Tradewinds, a casual oceanfront grill by day and a classic steakhouse by night
• Lorenzo’s, serving Trattoria-style favorites for lunch and elegant Italian traditions for dinner, including brick oven pizza
• Habaneros, featuring tacos and fresh ceviche beachside
• Chevy’s, a classic all-American diner with burgers and milkshakes, and even a ’57 Chevy convertible that guests can dine in
• Pasteles, a delightful dessert parlor
• Casa Café, specializing in all things coffee, plus scrumptious pastries and snacks
In addition to the restaurants, mobile food carts roam the pool and beach areas with tacos, burgers, fresh fruit, sweet crepes and cool refreshments. Plus, in-suite dining, is available 24-hours a day.
Choices abound at Hyatt Ziva Cancún, not only for dining but also for nightlife and libations. Adults can enjoy unlimited signature cocktails and a wide selection of beer, wine, tequila, and premium spirits at seven distinct watering holes:
• Juana Margarita?, a tequila tasting bar offering local tequila varieties and an onsite tequila sommelier
• Tres CerveZas, a sports bar and microbrewery featuring handcrafted microbrews and an onsite brewmaster
• Sassil Bar, a contemporary lobby bar inspired by the region’s Mayan heritage, featuring both indoor and ocean-view outdoor seating
• Punta Vista, a rooftop lounge with panoramic views by the adults-only pool
• Dips & Sips, featuring both outdoor and in-pool seating at the swim-up bar
• 24 Horas, a lively 24-hour lounge
• Bar del Mar, the exclusive Hyatt Club Level lounge overlooking the infinity pool, offering both indoor and outdoor seating
It’s a foodie’s dream come true. You will NEVER be hungry—and you have access to tons of different foods. Bon Appétit!
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/01 at 08:30 AM
We Can’t Get Enough Chocolate!
You may have had your fill of chocolate over the Easter weekend, but we sure haven’t! If you love chocolate as much as we do, you’ve probably already visited Hersheypark and many of the other chocolate-related attractions in the United States. So it’s time to broaden your cocoa-bean horizons and hit the international scene with Cadbury World!
Cadbury World in Birmingham, England celebrates anything and everything Cadbury! The park is small, but features a 4D cinema complete with motion seats where you’ll dive into a bowl of liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk, ride the Crunchie Rollercoaster and take to the skies in a Cadbury Creme Egg airship piloted by the Caramel Bunny.
Experience a full-scale replica of 1824 Birmingham where John Cadbury set up his first shop selling cocoa and drinking chocolate made with a pestle and mortar. Live actors set the scene explaining the Quaker lifestyle and why tea, coffee, cocoa and drinking chocolate were so popular.
Cadbury World also offers a digital, interactive play area, the Purple Planet, that lets you play in chocolate rain and grow your own cocoa tree. Visit the Aztec Jungle where you’ll learn the origins of the cocoa bean, amidst trees and waterfalls, deep in the ancient tropical rainforest. And, of course, watch the Cadbury chocolatiers demonstrate traditional chocolate-making skills complete with the opportunity to make your own sweet treat!
On your way out, make sure you don’t miss the Cadbury Café where you can sample some of the most delicious chocolate treats or the world’s biggest Cadbury shop. Plan a visit and learn more about Cadbury World here!
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/29 at 08:30 AM
Tax Day Deals from Kimpton
It’s almost that most dreaded time of year again: Tax Day… To ease the pain a little, Kimpton Hotels is offering some great deals (and puns) no matter what city you’re headed to!
Kimpton Chicago Tax Breaks
Hotel Palomar Chicago, Hotel Monaco Chicago, Hotel Burnham and Hotel Allegro
We’re giving our guests a break this Tax Day. If you’re staying with us on April 15th you can pick a surprise perk for only $10.40! How EZ is that?! Guests can choose from one of the following $20 value perk:
—2PM Check Out;
—In-room social/wine hour – bottle of wine or Prosecco delivered to your room;
—$20 off parking; or
—Free appetizer and cocktail at the adjacent bar.
Grand Hotel Minneapolis
Credits and Deductions Package
Tax Day shouldn’t be a dreaded but celebrated! Book a stay at The Grand the month of April and get great savings with their cute Credits and Deductions package!
The package includes:
—Overnight accommodations in a King or Queen/Queen
—A tax-friendly welcome amenity that includes an assortment of local beverages and candy including Payday, 100 Grand and Chocolate Gold Coins
—Use the code SIX15 to get a $25 Credit
—The room tax is on them! (It’s a Deduction! get it? get it??)
Available April 1 – 30, 2016 all Thursdays thru Sundays
Kimpton Seattle: Tax Day Dinner
Alexis Hotel, Hotel Monaco Seattle, Hotel Vintage Seattle and Palladian Hotel
Did you owe money to Uncle Sam this year? Kimpton Seattle’s got you covered with Tax Day dinner on them. On Friday, April 15, 2016 at the front desk and during the 5-6pm wine hour at all four Kimpton Seattle properties, you can enter their Tax Day drawing to win dinner for two that night at the adjacent Kimpton restaurant.
Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
Relax After You Tax Sale
After the chaos of tax prep, you deserve a little R&R. Take that refund and put it to good use with Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh’s Relax After You Tax sale. Book using the code TAXDAY between 4/15 to 4/18/16 for stays through 6/30/16. The city and state taxes are on them!
Hotel Palomar and Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
Celebrate crossing Tax Day off your list and de-stress with the luxe Relax After You Tax Package.
Book at either the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia or the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia and use the code TAXDAY to get this EZ package for $1,040 (before tax) for stays 4/15-4/18. Includes accommodations in the Presidential Suite at Hotel Palomar or the Majestic Suite at Hotel Monaco, a couple’s massage, an amenity from the chef and a bottle of sparkling wine.
Hotel Monaco Portland
On April 15, sooth your ‘taxed’ nerves with complimentary chair massages during the hotel’s hosted wine hour. Local wines and beer will be served to toast returns or drown your sorrows. Running a little behind? Between April 1 and 14, Hotel Monaco Portland will pick up the postage when you mail your taxes to Uncle Sam.
Riverplace Hotel, Portland
You file, we file. Whether you go hardcopy or digital with taxes, RiverPlace Hotel with help mend paper cuts and carpal tunnel with free express manicures and hand massages on April 15 during wine hour. The post-tax relaxation continues with a visit from the hotel’s Bedtime Butler. The surprise-and-delight porter makes the rounds with a cart full of treats, including nightcaps, tea and fresh towels, plus aromatherapy, stress balls and gold coins special for Tax Day.
Hotel Vintage, Portland
Hotel Vintage will help you treat yourself this tax day with a little fun. Upon check-in April 15 and 16, you can take part in a Tax Day Treasure Hunt. You’ll receive a short list of clues leading to four spots around the hotel. Takes photos (or a selfie) of the places, post at least one to Instagram and you’ll get a $20.16 dining credit to use at Pazzo Ristorante or Bacchus Bar.
With all these Tax Day Deals, I almost can wait to get filing!
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/25 at 08:30 AM
Mother’s Day by Disney
Just in time for spring, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is celebrating moms for the ENTIRE MONTH of May. It’s Mahalo Mamma Month, and the deal is amazing! The Mother’s Day festivities include a blissful spa package at the award-winning Laniwai Spa, a delightful breakfast-in-bed option and other special offers. It’s the Hawaiian resort’s way to say “mahalo”—or thank you—to moms staying at Aulani.
While you’re spending your blissful vacay in what sounds like pampering heaven, you can also enjoy a relaxing trip down the lazy river, a beautiful beach on a tranquil lagoon and some awesome entertainment every night. And if you do decide to come back with the kids, send them to Aunty’s Beach House where they will explore Hawaiian culture, art and music like only Disney can!
Adding to the great reasons to celebrate moms, Aulani is extending a special booking offer through March 21, 2016. Guests can save up to 30% on 5-night stays and up to 25% on 4-night stays…get the details here! Who can resist such a great deal? Not us!!
photos courtesy Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/22 at 08:30 AM
Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Her Travel Secrets
We love hearing how celebrities handle their family travel! Recently, actress turned lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow shared her travel secrets with the New York Times…
Her travel secrets are drinking water, eating well, moisturizing and a trip to the sauna after disembarking. For the kids, she recommends games and tv on the iPad or travel versions of board games. And a great piece of advice, she only checks luggage if she absolutely has to!
Gwyneth’s favorite vacation spot for kids is Cuixmala in Mexico. But their best adventure was an eco-tour in Bali where they hiked with Komodo dragons! What does she think is most important in a hotel? Service, food, good sheets and a comfortable bed.
Her travel goals this year are Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam and Iceland. And she and the family are headed to Buenos Aires for spring break. Sounds like a busy year!
Let us know in the comments below or or tweet us @Poshbrood!
photo courtesy cuixmala.com
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/18 at 08:30 AM
What’s a 5-Star Beach?
How often is the term ‘five-star’ used in relation to the world ‘beach’? Hardly ever but a good beach is one of the highlights of a memorable tropical vacation. This week I’m sharing the five-step process Ocean Club Resorts has for determining the perfect beach.
Step 1: Powder white-sand
Aah…can we say enough about the luxury of sinking your feet into soft, powder-white sand that oozes effortlessly through your toes? A type that’s so refined it doesn’t give you an unsolicited foot scrub or cause uncomfortable blisters after a barefoot stroll. Add a light breeze on your face and the warm caress of the sun to that wonderful combination for a perfect first category score.
Step 2: Calm, crystal-clear water
It’s no secret that water color, transparency and ‘temperament’ can make or break a beach lover’s day. There are few substitutes for enjoying snorkeling and kayaking or other aqua-adventures in gin-clear water that does not hinder your ability to see marine life or the ocean floor. Remember to allot extra points for being able to propel your body through an almost flat, swimming pool-like surface devoid of tempestuous or crashing waves.
Step 3: Water temperature
Water temperature can affect the length of a swim and the overall pleasure persons derive from relaxing in the ocean too. The general rule for non-competitive swimmers is: warm is better. In Providenciales, that box is an easy check. May to October are officially the hot months while November to April mark the ‘cool’ period but even then, the average water temperature ranges from 79 -84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
Step 4: A clean and clutter-free coastline
A clean and clutter-free shoreline where traces of garbage are non-existent and beach chairs aren’t cramped so tightly together that loungers have to be jostling for breathing space are possible but few and far between. Thankfully, that is not the case on Grace Bay Beach. Our advice? Never settle for one that’s les5. s than optimal.
Step 5: Peace and tranquility
Many a beach goer lives for the peace and tranquility during his or her time in the sun. Such serenity translates into no loud music, no rambunctious games and no spirited chatter around barbeque grills and picnic lunches. Of course, interruption exceptions must always be made for friendly staff serving ice-cold island beers or frozen umbrella drinks!
Ocean Club Resorts, a dual property all-suite resort nestled on the world-famous Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos, gets a perfect score!
photos courtesy of Ocean Club Resorts
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/15 at 08:30 AM
Spend a week in Leonardo DiCaprio’s home!
A trip to Palm Springs is just what you need to clear away the winter gloom. And while you’re there, why not stay at long-time meme, social activist and recent Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio’s place? Because you can! His six bedroom, seven and a half bath home is available to rent for $4,500 a night.
What do you get for your money? Quite a bit! The 7,000 sqft home, guest house and casita sits on 1.3 acres of land and includes tennis courts, a heated pool and a chef’s kitchen. The amazing living room features a grand piano, cocktail bar and one of the many fireplaces scattered throughout the house. There’s also daily maid service and, of course, wi-fi.
The property is located in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood where old-time Hollywood celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Dean Martin, Liberace and Elvis Presley had their vacation homes. From the home, you’ll be able to walk to downtown Palm Springs to enjoy fine dining, great shopping, live theater, art galleries and more!
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/11 at 08:30 AM
Do St. Paddy’s Day Right in Montserrat
What is the only only nation in the world, outside of Ireland, to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday? Montserrat, of course! On this Caribbean island, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations go beyond the “ordinary” custom of wearing the color green and drinking beer at the neighborhood pub. Montserratians shake up St. Paddy’s Day Caribbean-style—infusing their African and Irish heritage into the yearly celebrations.
The approximately 39 square mile island is lush, green and mountainous and lies in the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands. Known fondly as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, the pear-shaped island is a traveler’s paradise for nature lovers, divers, adventurers, family and villa vacationers and honeymooners.
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration is a week of feasts, costumed parades, concerts and cultural exhibitions that commemorate the planned slave uprising that occurred on the island during St. Patrick’s Day in 1768. Local bars and restaurants celebrate in the traditional Irish way, by serving Guinness and decorating with shamrocks and plenty of green, but that’s just the start! National exhibitions showcase the island’s history, art and literature. There’s a “Catch the Mermaid” island-wide treasure hunt, a Junior Calypso Monarch Competition, a pub crawl; a Freedom Walk and Run; a Heritage Day Feast, offering samples of local traditional foods, such as bush tea, goat water, stewed yard fowl and the “not-to-be-missed” event Leprechaun’s Revenge.
The harp and female figure on the flag and official seal of Montserrat are derived from the Irish heraldy and in the southern region of the island, there is even a village named St. Patrick’s (located in the exclusion zone). Goat water, the national dish made of kid or mutton and spiced with cloves and rum, is believed to hail from the original Emerald Isle. The Irish legacy is present in the folklore, surnames and even the local speech that is laced with an Irish brogue.
Photos courtesy of Montserrat Tourism by Abi Kamalei
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/08 at 08:30 AM
3 Spring Break Destinations You Don’t Want to Miss!
Spring break is almost here! This week we’re sharing three Poshbrood-approved suggestions for your spring-break adventures. We know exactly where you can find all the luxury, activities and opportunities for relaxing you’ve been wishing for…
Rancho de los Caballeros
We’ve covered ranch experiences before, but Rancho de los Caballeros is one of the best for spring break! Located in Wickenburg, AZ, you’ll find tons of amenities and hospitality at this family-owned and operated ranch. Between horseback rides through the desert, soothing hot stone massages, laid-back games of golf and a fabulous kid’s club.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Not quite ready for winter to be over? Head to the Steamboat Resort in Colorado. The Kids’ Vacation Center won’t disappoint with instruction for kids as young as three! The center was recently expanded and includes five kids-only lifts and two special beginner teaching areas with dedicated Magic Carpet lifts. There’s also a kids-only terrain at Rough Rider Basin, complete with dedicated lift plus teepees, a frontier-style fort and the Beehive - a kids’ terrain park.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
If you’re a true summer baby, head to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Located between magnificent lush mountains and sea, this spot is likely to become your own personal paradise. For activities, head to the Kauai Surf School on Poipu Beach for some professionally-taught surf lessons. The Family Surf Camp is custom built for you and includes unlimited instruction!
Let us know where you’re headed this spring break!
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/04 at 08:30 AM
Moms Know Luxury Travel!
We’re excited to share that more people agree: Moms ARE the new authority on luxury travel—especially when it’s on a private jet! Our new besties at Stratos Jet Charters chose Poshbrood as one of the top blogs for “mom-tested luxury travel experiences and accommodations.” That’s because we know just ‘cause you’re traveling with a kid crew doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style! Read the article here—and share on Facebook!
Posted by Elizabeth on 03/01 at 08:30 AM
It’s an Oscar Time of Year Again!
It’s that time of year again! The 2016 Oscars are THIS Sunday. We’re excited to watch, but even more excited to find out what’s in the annual, exclusive swag bag that’s always filled with crazy, extravagant goodies. The loot this year is worth a total of $232,000—up 43% from last year. In fact, this year’s offering is so over-the-top, the Academy is suing the independent company that creates the bags for going too far…
We still want to know, though, what’s in the fab swag bag? Everything from a Haze dual-chamber vaporizer to fancy bathroom tissue from Joseph’s Toiletries and even $5,530 worth of plastic surgery from 740 Park in New York City. Keep in mind these fancy treats are NOT sanctioned or approved by the Academy!
Travel Worthy of a Celebrity
In addition to the dozens of amazing items we’re dying to get our hands on, there are loads of luxury vacations. How about a 10-day vacation to Israel with all expenses paid? Or a $10,000 Italian trip (returning from last year) with 3-day stays at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento and the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como. There’s also a private 15-day walking tour of Japan valued at $54,000 and a 3-day stay at the Golden Door Spa Resort in San Marcos, CA valued at $4,800. All in all, travel makes up more than half of the gift bag’s price tag.
Things We Love
Some of the coolest non-travel items are a lifetime supply of Pu-erh Tea Nourishing Cream and Cleansing Bars from Lizora and a $300 gift certificate to trendy women’s clothes designer Belldini. We also love the beautiful Sedona Lace makeup brushes!
What’s your favorite? Share in the comments below!
photos by Joseph’s Toiletries, Golden Door Spa Resort and Lizora
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/26 at 08:30 AM
5 UK Attractions that will Inspire Your Imagination!
Sometimes we hear about attractions that sound so fun, we know we’re just using “the kids” as an excuse to visit. Following on from our article last week, we’re looking at 5 UK attractions that will inspire the imagination of even the most jaded kids and adults!
Not that far away from amazingly beautiful Windsor Castle, you can stop by Legoland Windsor Resort—one of the most colorful and lively places in the UK. Just like in the US, this theme park is built entirely with Lego blocks, and they even have working Lego cars! Legoland in Windsor is full of themed rides, mini-models of famous tourists sites, and building workshops where the whole family can express their creativity.
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
If you’re already missing Downton Abby, head to Alnwick Castle in the North of England. The 2014 Christmas show was filmed there, and you can check out their permanent display of costumes and props from that episode. Enjoy a real-life knight experience when you dress up in traditional medieval attires and explore the castle, make some medieval crafts with the Company of Artisans, start an epic dragon quest or just walk around dressed like a Lord or Lady!
Bristol Science Centre, Bristol
Give your kids the chance to fall in love with chemistry, psychics and other sciences when you take them to Bristol Science Centre. Try your hand at crazy, interesting experiments, invent something unique and explore the solar system all in one awesome location. There are tons of special activities for all ages!
Natural History Museum, London
Kids love to check out real dinosaurs skeletons and learn about other unusual creatures, so the Natural History Museum in London is perfect for a day trip. This free museum offers lots of interactive fun for kids with exhibits ranging from beautiful wildlife photography to all-night Dino Snore events for both kids and adults!
Wanted to run wild and have a blast in the woods? Then BeWILDerwood in Norfolk is for you! This amazingly beautiful forest is full of treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, storytelling, boat rides, marsh walks and much more. The park is truly an imaginative adventure where everything has a little magic, and nothing is ordinary.
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Posted by Elizabeth on 02/23 at 08:30 AM