Located atop a dramatic bluff with sweeping views of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor and royal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, Frenchman’s Reef offers unparalleled services and premier accommodations ideal for every type of traveler—including you! Frenchman’s Reef is the perfect jumping off point for all St. Thomas excursions.
While you’re there, try:
- New activities from the Adventure Center such as a half-day snorkeling trip to Turtle Cove to swim with sea turtles, night kayaking with clear bottom, LED-rimmed kayaks, SUP - - Yoga in the Charlotte Amalie Harbor
- Shopping in downtown Charlotte Amalie to fully take in the sights and sounds of the city (no need to pay for a cab, when you can zip across the water to downtown in the resort’s affordable shopping ferry!)
- Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment at Lazule Sea Spa, including access to the spa’s private pool which is for spa guests only
- Sample new menus from the resort’s five dining options, including Coco Joe’s, which sits directly on the private Morning Star Beach.
Explore the island-life outdoor activities we mentioned above like stand-up paddle boarding, swimming with sea turtles, snorkeling excursions, night kayaking with clear bottom kayaks and more, for an actual “FaceTime” vacation with family. With starting rates as low as $257/night, the travel package offers up to 58% savings and includes:
- Room accommodations
- Choice of night kayaking tour with Adventure Center OR 1/2 catamaran sail trip on The Cat to Turtle Cove, including snorkeling with turtles
- Admission to the St. Thomas Coral World Ocean Park for family of four ($300 value)
- Access to the private Morning Star Beach, resort pools, full-service spa, dining and more
The package is only available through December 19th, so make your reservations soon! To book or get more info, contact 1(800) 228-9290 or visit www.frenchmansreefmarriott.com and use promo code: ZJL.
Our tech is here to stay, and so is the need to digitally detox every once in a while! Escape from your screens, immerse yourself in tranquil environments and connect with nature and locals. And we think the best places to take a digital detox are the tropical destinations of Montserrat, Trinidad & Tobago, and Costa Rica. It’s time to live in the moment and take a vacation from reality!
Known for its serenity and lack of mega-resorts, Montserrat makes it easy to detox, because wi-fi availability is limited once away you’re away from the hotels. So instead of checking email, relax and head to Oriole Walkway Trail where you’ll fall in love with the giant trees, exotic plants and birds. This hike is guaranteed to make you feel closer to nature! To go further from civilization (and miles from cell phone reception) visit the exclusion zone where you can explore the island’s former capital city and witness a city frozen in time.
The sister-island to Trinidad, Tobago, is another great location for getting your digital detox on. With unspoiled beaches, breathtaking waterfalls and friendly locals, Tobago’s off-the-grid personality allows visitors to experience natural beauty and vibrant culture. Some of the best places to disconnect are Tobago Cocoa Estate where you can see how cocoa pods are turned into chocolate bars, and Argyle Waterfall, the largest waterfall on the island. These two are conveniently located just minutes apart, so it’s an easy-peasy trip!
Digital detoxing is best done while detoxing the body, which is why Costa Rica’s hot springs are the perfect spot for completely ridding the mind and body of daily toxins. Immersing in hot springs has the added benefits of cutting stress, alleviating sore muscles, improving blood circulation and enhancing the skin with its exfoliating effects. For visitors who want the full experience, a world-class yoga retreat can be found in the heart of the rainforest and many spas are scattered throughout the country featuring unique treatments like coffee exfoliations, rainforest aromatherapy, volcanic mud wraps and chocolate indulgence massages with an indigenous cacao scrub.
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You might remember Havenly from my Home Office Eyesore to Gorgeous Guest Suite adventure earlier this year. Now the design site that helps your home go from disaster to perfection in four easy steps has made redecorating even more fun! (If that’s even possible!) They launched their new app for iOS 10 yesterday, and I’m obsessed!
Whether looking for furniture recommendations to complement a modern living room or advice on the trendiest floral prints, Havenly’s team of real-life experts understands the challenges you face when designing a room from beginning to end. The Design Advice Service is the big new feature, and I love it! Anyone who downloads the app can chat with a designer for free—but it’s only free for a limited time. Use the app to get the support you need to bring your dream space to life. So now you can create the perfect room redesign, starting from $79 per room, right from your phone. No more excuses!
The Havenly app features:
Design Quickie: Chat with a professional to get answers to any of your individual design questions and purchase recommended products directly from your messaging feed. Custom Interior Design Packages: Book a personal designer that specializes in your style. Work with them to complete a full room redesign or small room refresh based on renderings. Continue to subscribe to get access to continued help while shopping for your ideal space Effortless Room Profiles: Batch-upload photos of your space using your camera phone and share inspiration with your designer to kick off your redesign. Mobile Messaging: Connect with your designer on-the-go. View design concepts, layouts, and suggested products instantly with rich notifications, a new feature on iOS 10. One-Stop Shopping: Refine your shopping list with your designer, then add your favorites to the cart. Checkout with products from 100+ vendors in one place.
“A Fashionable Weekend” at the St. Regis Mexico City
Fun with fashion! Fashion is on the itinerary at the St. Regis Mexico City... The hotel is offering the opportunity to visit, discover and shop at a selection of Mexico City’s top independent designer boutiques and stores with your very own Cultural Curator. If you just can’t get enough fashion, this is the weekend trip you’ve been dreaming of. You’ll get to explore the city’s top emerging fashion designers, jewelers and homeware shops with a pro!
Explore this season’s offerings from award-winning designers like Carla Fernández and Giovanni Estrada. Both design wearable textile art—a developing movement unique inspired by traditional indigenous designs blended with contemporary techniques. Fernández is a recognized designer internationally who has exhibited in Boston’s Museum of Modern Art and Mexico City’s Jumex Museum. She’s also a winner of the Prince Claus award. Estrada is the Winner of Who’s On Next in 2015 by Vogue Mexico and is the creator of the brand Simple by Trista
—Overnight Accommodations in Deluxe Room
—Breakfast daily, to include Sunday Champagne Brunch
—Curated full-day tour of independent designer boutiques with private transportation
—Two-hour bicycle rental on Sunday
—Welcome signature Mezcal cocktail
Thanks to Christina Montoya Fiedler for sharing her awesome getaway experience at the Westin Verasa Napa! She and her husband were guests at the hotel for their ten-year anniversary and loved everything about the property.
Where do you go when you’ve been everywhere in Europe? Finding history and beauty isn’t exactly difficult, but there are some off-the-beaten-path locales you just don’t want to miss!
The Rhone-Alpes area of France is most famous for the Alpine ski areas, but intrepid travelers who want to explore should schedule a vist to Annecy. Annecy, the largest city in region, sits on the northern tip of a the beautiful Lake Annecy. There’s no shortage of things to do from water sports, shopping and beaches to restuarants and so much more! Culture and heritage play a big role in the city with castles, forts, basilacas and museums all ready to be explored.
Polperro, Cornwall, England
Polperro is a quaint Cornish fishing village that has turned into a cozy tourist area. Along the coast from Looe, the village is full of character and color. With a long history of smuggling, the village has a bit of an exciting side too! There are plenty of places to stay and visit, so you may end up not wanting to leave!
A popular day trip from Lisbon, Sintra was a refuge for the Portuguese upper class. Although the town is small, it’s host to incredible homes, historic monuments and a Gothic-styled National Palace. You can the train or tourist bus for a quick visit, but there is enough there to keep you busy for a longer stay.
Dolceacqua, Liguria, Italy
Close to both Imperia and Genoa, Dolceacqua is right on the Italian border with France. Cobblestone pedestrian walkways pass by old stone houses, restaurants that sell fresh, simple food and shops where you can buy high quality olives and olive oil. The village boasts a castle and ancient walls that were built to protect from invaders. The castle is the main attraction, so most only visit for the day, but for those who want to get a real taste of village life there is an option to rent a farm house or villa.
Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent is offering an exclusive family travel deal for those looking to book the ultimate holiday adventure to Antarctica. For a limited time, guests can book the December 13 departure of Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands and save 25% on suites (Cabin Categories 4 & 5). Additionally, the first child saves 50% and the second child sails completely FREE. The 15-night itinerary offers a luxurious, panoramic expedition across the Southern Ocean, stopping at wildlife-rich South Georgia, the unspoiled Falklands and the vast, wild shores of Antarctica.
Why is this journey perfect for families? A&K’s Young Explorers Program, of course! Designed for ages 7-18, these programs include dedicated Young Explorer’s Guides leading groups of kids and teens in engaging activities like squid dissection, Japanese fish printing and deep sea presentations with a marine biologist. The journey takes travelers deep into the polar latitudes, led by a knowledgeable and captivating Expedition Team to experience a truly wild place that most never see in their lifetime.
This deal is perfect for adventurous families looking for a remarkable destination holiday to end 2016!
Newport, RI is by far one of the best summer destinations on the east coast, and with two new attractions you’ll be sliding on your boat shoes and your best fake pearl set and heading on over!
One of my favorite hotels (full disclosure: I was married here) The Hotel Viking, now has a great kid’s club! During busy seasons pop-up activities are happening, including a recent Pokemon game night when this writer was visiting. Another bonus? Kids collect a cute tote bag upon arrival with a coloring book, water bottle and cute stuffed animal. Even better is your little munchkins score free breakfast in the newly renovated One Bellevue restaurant.
For your budding scientists, try the recently-opened Fish N’ Tales Adventure boat, a working fishing boat that departs from Bowen’s Wharf in Newport’s bustling downtown harbor. The boat has a touch tank in the middle with lobsters, and my boys had a blast helping the captain haul up his traps and peer inside, screaming with delight when they got to place colorful bands on the lobster’s claw. They learn terms such as “crusher claw and pincher claw,” and get valuable information from an onboard fish and wildlife expert. I recommend ages four and up for this ride, as I brought my newborn in a sling, and the sea was rough that day.
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.
Now is a fantabulous time for a visit to the UK! There is a promising dollar exchange value, and with the help of the great staff at St Martins Lane and their new Cool Kids package, we’ve found tons of exciting things to do.
The Cool Kids Package at St Martins Lane
The Cool Kids package really is cool! If you’ve ever been desperate to figure out what the kids can do (that they’ll actually enjoy!) at your destination, this is the answer. Kids get the opportunity to sit with the hotel’s concierge and discuss what they want to do and see in London based on what’s available. This lets little ones develop their own itineraries to fit their desires with the assistance of someone who is knowledgeable about the area. St Martins Lane is all about flipping the script on family travel!
The package includes:
—Accommodation in a Superior Double Double or Loft Double Double room (two beds in each);
—Breakfast for up to two adults and two children in Asia de Cuba;
—Complimentary in-house kids movies, milk and cookies; and
—a planning sit-down with the hotel concierge.
What’s there do to do?
Besides the usual beautiful parks and museums, there are a few activities St. Martins Lane staff recommends for the younger crowd.
Top 10 On-the-Road Workouts for a Fit and Healthy Vacay with Kids
Staying in shape while vacationing with kids is as easy as doing push ups in your hotel room or taking advantage of the free use of the gym. But what if you’re always on the road? What if your itinerary doesn’t leave room for exercise at the gym?
Well, you can always do workouts on the road (literally!), and the kids can join in. Do a circuit that doesn’t require equipment wherever suitable, such as a park or a basketball court. Push-ups, dips, alternating lunges, squats and sit-ups will give you a good body workout without requiring any equipment while the kids are entertained and active in the park.
But wouldn’t it be better if your fitness routine didn’t feel like you’re still doing it at home? You’re supposed to be on vacation, so plan your itinerary with a workout integrated, and you can make sure your kids enjoy it as well!
1. Trail Running
Running is good, especially when you do it with your loved ones. But you can do it better with trail running. Not only does it burn more calories, but also works out your entire body for a burst of energy and steady level of fitness. What makes trail running more challenging is the textured, uneven terrain that you need to go through. You’re not just pounding pavement. You need to achieve balance, find your footing and survive the incline changes. So if you want to run with more intensity, try trail running. What is even better is that you can trail run while trekking to a campsite or climbing a mountain! Note: Just make sure you all run at the same tempo and your kids can easily catch up.
2. Sailing or Rowing Classes
Instead of hitting the gym in your hotel, why not go out and take sailing or rowing classes? Your kids will love it for sure! This is one way to enjoy the water get your workout in. Sailing can burn around 200 calories, while helping your upper body build agility and muscular endurance. Rowing, on the other hand, works your legs and core, so you burn around 800 calories/hour.
3. A little Light CrossFit on the Road
Let your kids find a nice spot by the pool or the park, and perform CrossFit on-the-road workouts with them. These activities don’t require equipment, so they are perfect for vacation. An entire circuit is divided into two workout rounds that involve push-ups, sit-ups, squats, burpees, bench jumps and lunges. With this workout routine, you’ll stay fit even when you move from one place to another on a daily basis.
4. Do HIIT
If you only have a few minutes to spare before you need to join a tour or excursion with your children, find a volleyball or basketball court nearby and do some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This involves sprinting, lateral hops and side shuffles, all done throughout the entire court. Can you imagine how many buckets of sweat you’ll be drowing in when you jump over and back an entire court line?
5. Stand-up Paddleboarding
Paddleboarding already gives your body a good workout, but take it up a notch with stand-up paddleboarding. This outdoor activity focuses on core stability and control. Although it’s usually done across flat, calm waters, staying balanced on top of the board will require all your muscles to work, giving you a good workout in the process.
6. High-Knees Running
High-knees running is guaranteed to get your heart rate going and improve your running form at the same time. It’s similar with running, except with exaggerated knee lifts. When added to a fitness routine, you’ll get the boost energy needed to complete your workout.
7. Mountain Climbers
Get a full-body exercise wherever there’s room for your entire body to stretch with mountain climbers. Your kids will totally love it! This plyometric exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system and multiple muscle groups. You’ll also burn belly fat and strengthen your abs.
8. Outdoor Cardio
Looking to do a full cardio without the need for equipment or to visit a gym? Choose the right spot in your holiday destination to do long jumps, push-ups, sumo squats, burpees, mountain climbers and bicycle crunches.
9. Side Burpees
A variation of the regular burpees, side burpees uses the same idea, except you jump your feet laterally out to the side. The combination of squats, jumps and plank positions will definitely help you stay fit while on the road. Just keep on moving with your kids!
How about adding a flying experience into your exercise routine? A private lesson in trapeze will give your body a full workout, while inducing endorphins that help you burn 500 calories/hour!
With these workouts on the road, you’ll avoid gaining weight during a vacation, and you’ll definitely keep the kids entertained and active!
Our guest poster this week is Agness She’s a world traveler and healthy lifestyle freak, currently based in China helping other find the perfect English teaching jobs. She stays lean and healthy when travelling to different countries across the world. She writes travel stories on Etramping and shares healthy international tips and recipes on Run Agness Run. Check her out if you want to stay happy and healthy when hitting the road and still enjoying different local cuisines!
Imagine yourself on a beach lit by amarantos (traditional Mexican candles) with drinks, snacks and Maya-themed cocktails settling in to watch the stars! Grand Velas Riviera Maya has launched a new stargazing series for guests lead by an expert astronomer from the Astronomic Society of Quintana Roo (SAQROO). The Maya used the alignment of the stars and planets to help with agriculture, time keeping and the creation of their calendar and believed that celestial events allowed them to communicate with the gods. When you stargaze at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, you’ll get to explore these connections against the backdrop of the beautiful Caribbean Ocean. State-of-the-art telescopes are provided so you’ll be able to get a close look at constellations, planets and the detail of the moon. SAQROO’s experts unravel Mayan mythology and will help you take pictures of what you discover as you journey through the skies. Stargazing is offered weekly and is part of a series of complimentary activities focused on ecological issues and nature. There’s also an Ecological Tour and Mayan show that both explore the importance of the stars in the Mayan culture.
A new sea turtle experience also debuted recently at Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s sister resort Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In this experience, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in conservation training, hatchling releases, nesting patrol and cleaning of hatching nests. Available through December, the new program at the EarthCheck-certified Gold resort is in addition to on-site behind-the-scene Eco Tours.
This post is sponsored by Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
We’re heading into the final days of the #FamilyTravelTruth contest! I hope you’ve been Instagramming all those crazy, fun, sweet and LOUD moments from your travels, because they could win you a two-night stay at one of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ family-friendly luxury hotels around the world and 25 Instagram photo prints from Artifact Uprising.
The winner is weekly so share as much as you want through August 23rd for a chance to win! To qualify, use hashtags #FamilyTravelTruth and #contest in your photo caption and tag @PreferredHotels. If you’re chosen as the winner, you’ll get to pick from a variety of destinations worldwide for a fun-filled, two-night getaway. All winners will be announced on Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ Instagram page before August 31, 2016.*
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This week guest poster Amy Moeller, is sharing all about her wonderful three-day adventure of relaxing at Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Casa Velas is an adults-only resort with fabulous dining, beautiful beaches, luxury accommodations, an incredible spa and, if you somehow get tired of relaxing, there’s yoga, golf, cooking classes and more for entertainment.
If you’re headed to the Caribbean, you definitely want to stay at best beach in the world, right? Well, you don’t have to wonder which one it is anymore! TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards tells us exactly where to go based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from discerning travelers all around the world. This year, they’ve named the stunning Grace Bay Beach not just the number one beach in the Caribbean but also in the world.
So where to stay when you get there? Ocean Club Resorts is chock full of gorgeous landscapes, luxury accommodations and engaging activities. The resort is comprised of two all-suite properties, Ocean Club and Ocean Club West, located just one mile apart on Grace Bay Beach. The beach is 12 miles of powdery white sand and crystal clear, turquoise waters, with average water temperature ranging from 79-84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Sign me up!
The award-winning beach offers Ocean Club Resorts’ guests the ideal tranquil environment to lounge in total relaxation under one of the resort’s signature pink umbrellas. Ocean Club is located on the widest section of the pristine beach.
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