One of the joys of having grandchildren is actually getting to spend quality time with them. What a better way to connect and create last memories than to take them with you on a vacation! But who said that holidays with kids can not be fun for the adults too? Find a destination that has balance of interactive activities with the grandkids, as well some opportunities for a little downtime for yourself, and you'll have a great time with the kids and return from your trip rested and ready to do again!
The first two destinations we recommend are in Florida. Florida has always been known as a great place to take children. The weather is fantastic, and there are many great attractions for young and old alike. For example, at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, you'll relax in one of the TWO spas and your grandchildren can play at "Uzima," the massive pool complete with an impressive 67-foot waterslide. The rooms at the Lodge are African inspired, family friendly, and accessibility accessible rooms are available upon request. If you decide to upgrade to the concierge level, one of the perks is the early morning "Kilimanjaro" safari that is only available to Lodge guests staying on concierge floor. ALL Lodge guests get to tour the wildlife reserve at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in a private guided session. Treat yourself to a "grown-up" dinner at one of the resort's restaurants while the kids (ages 4-12) enjoy a night at Simba's Clubhouse. They can play games, watch movies, and have dinner under the watchful supervision of the hotel staff. This resort also prides itself on its arcade room, massage, fitness center, and 24-hour playground!
Another perfect Florida escape can be found at Orlando's Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn. This resort can get quite crowded during peak season which is during the summer months. If you'd like to avoid the crowds, try visiting during the fall and spring off-peak season. The wintertime can be a little cool for swimming, but it is a great time to visit the area theme parks and attractions. The Nickelodeon Hotel has one, two, and three bedroom family friendly suites complete with a full kitchen or kitchenette. They are decorated in fun colors and the kid's rooms have murals with their favorite Nickelodeon characters. The kitchen is an added benefit as eating out every day can get expensive. Kids will have tons to do with the kids' spa, two pools with water slides, arcade, and mini golf course just to name a few. The "Nick After Dark" program hosts plenty of supervised activities nightly. Another great amenity is the shuttle service that will take you to ANY of Orlando's theme parks, just be sure to make advance reservations.
On the Pacific coast you can find Hotel Del Coronado in beautiful San Diego, California. Rooms at the "Hotel Del" are in three buildings, the Victorian, Ocean Tower, and Cabana Building. Guest rooms and suites are extremely elegant and some have limited and full views of the Pacific. The Tent City Kids' Programs run through the summer. One hour craft sessions take place in the late morning and mid afternoon and run $ 15 per child per session. Two camps are offered each day to keep kids entertained, and there are a variety of themes like Under The Sea, Pirates of the Coronado, and Knights of the Round Table. You can extend your grandchild's stay by signing them up for "a night out". The three hour camp will run about $ 45 and with the extension, $ 65. Kayak tours, surf lessons, and beach bonfires are some of the family friendly activities hosted by the Hotel Del staff. For the adults, make an appointment at the well known salon and spa, reserve a tee time at the resort's golf course, or try one of the many high quality restaurants. Sea World and San Diego Zoo are great day trip options. The hotel offers it guests packages to both.
Our top choices for a Caribbean holiday are either of the two FDR resorts in Jamaica, FDR Pebbles in and Franklyn D. Resort [http://www.fdrholidays.com/fdr/frank_resort.html]. These are 2 all-inclusive resorts that cater to guests traveling with children. Complete with your own Vacation Nanny included in the price, they both offer a multitude of activities for children of all ages. The beaches at the resort are absolutely gorgeous, and some of the one, two and three bedroom suites are ocean front. There is snorkeling, kayaking, and many other family friendly activities for you to choose from. The resort offers day trips to Ocho Rios, Dunn's River Falls, and horseback riding. These are reasonably priced and a spectacular choice if you feel like getting off the resort property. We can not say enough about the Vacation Nanny! These women will befriend your grandchildren and take them to activities as much or as little as you like. They'll watch them by the pool, get them lunch, and make sure they're clean and tucked into bed at the right time. While the kids are off doing fun crafts or going to the beach, schedule a massage or manicure at the spa, lay out by the pool, or just relax on the hammock outside your room. The opportunities are endless! You and your grandkids just will not want to come home!
When taking a vacation, pack up the kids and bring them along! These resorts are completely family friendly and will be fun for your grandkids … AND YOU! Spend the quality time with them you crave, while not completely giving up your relaxing vacation.