Archive for the ‘Family Travel Deals’ category

Four Family Hotel Packages in Honor of National Grandparents Day

August 24th, 2014

Grandparents and grandchildren pose for a picture together at homeNational Grandparents Day is September 7 — just two weeks away! — and hotels around the United States want to honor our wise relatives with special hotel packages. Pack up the entire family and take a multigenerational vacation during the month of September as a way of saying thank you to Grandma and Grandpa.

Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort
The Create Magical Moments with Grandparents and Kids at Disneyland Package at the Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort will allow the whole family to have fun. Package includes a $25 Disney gift card, daily parking for one vehicle and Disney’s Magic Morning admission for one day. The Disney’s Magic Morning experience allows guests to enter Disneyland early and interact with their favorite characters before it opens to the public. Rates start from $194 per night. Offer valid for stays of three or more nights, now through Sept. 30, 2014. Use promo code THM when making your reservation.

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort
Celebrate your grandparents at the KeyLime Cove Indoor WaterPark Resort this September with a special rate all month long! The Gurnee, Ill., resort’s special rate includes overnight accommodations, admission to the Lost Paradise Indoor Waterpark, a 15 percent discount on food and beverages during your visit and daily “fun-tivities” at Leapin’ Lizards. Rates start from $110 per night. Offer valid now through Sept. 30, 2014.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort
Book the Grandparent Package at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando this September and celebrate with special amenities and more. Package includes one coffee mug with unlimited refills, discounts at Cravings on specialty beverages, 15 percent off accommodations, 10 percent off cabana rentals, 10 percent off food, drinks, snacks and other items at the onsite store, 10 percent off all 4D experiences and $50 off the Ultimate SLIME Experience. Rates start from $102 per night. Offer valid for stays Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014. Use promo code GRAND when making your reservation.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Stay connected with the grandparents at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort with the Grandparents and Families Connect Package in honor of National Grandparents Day. Package includes 50 percent off a connecting room when booking one guestroom at the standard price. Plus, when your family stays at this resort, they receive special Disney benefits, like early entry to each of the Walt Disney World theme parks, complimentary transportation, character dining and more! Rates start from $145 per night for the first standard room, with connecting room rates starting from just $109 per night. Offer valid for stays Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014. Call 888-828-8850 and mention promo code GRPRNT to make your reservation.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Four Hotel Packages for Families in the U.S. and Europe

August 21st, 2014

Exterior view of the Omni Rancho Las PalmasAre your kids bummed about going back to school? Surprise them with a family vacation — plan a two-night stay in Palm Springs, Calif., during a long weekend in October or a trip to Europe in December when they’re off from school. Start planning it now and have something to look forward to!

Omni Rancho Las Palmas
Enjoy Palm Springs, Calif., into the fall with the Stay Cool Package at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas. Package includes a one-night stay with a $50 breakfast credit, two inner tubes to use in the resort’s lazy river and access to a personal concierge. Enjoy Dive-In Movies every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night, too. Rates start from $189 per night. Offer valid now through Sept. 30, 2014.

Hotel Plaza Athenee
Explore Paris with the kids and then retreat to the Hotel Plaza Athenee and book the Family Package. Enjoy two connecting guestrooms or suites, a daily children’s breakfast, a daily breakfast for the parents, a special gift for each child from the Plaza Athenee’s Red Collection and cookies in your room upon arrival. Rates start from 1,630 EURO per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 28, 2014.

Hotel Eden
When in Rome, stay at the Hotel Eden. This year, book the Family Time Package and enjoy a 30 percent discount on connecting rooms, a daily buffet breakfast for the family, a welcome gift for the children, complimentary Wi-Fi access, a choice of a family lunch or three hours or babysitting, milk and cookies at turndown and the choice of two complimentary tickets to the Bioparco Zoo or the children’s museum, Explora. Rates start from 390 EURO per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 28, 2014.

Omni Homestead Resort & Canyon Ranch SpaClub
Book the Adventure Package at the Omni Homestead Resort & Canyon Ranch SpaClub this year and enjoy a Southeast getaway that will keep the kids active. Package includes a lazy river inner tube to keep, a round of mini-golf for the family, a 30-minute trail ride, skating tickets, access to the historic Jefferson pools, and archery lessons. Plus, receive up to 50 percent off admission to the KidsClub and an additional 15 percent off any extra outdoor activities not included. Rates start from $245 per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 31, 2014.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Airline Celebrates 7th Anniversary with Virgin America Day and More

August 14th, 2014

Virgin America Airlines plane taking off on runwayVirgin America Airlines is celebrating its seventh birthday this year with Virgin America Day on Saturday, August 16, at the AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco. The California-based airline first launched in 2007 and has since become known for its luxury service and low rates. As the official airline of the San Francisco Giants, the airline will host Virgin America Day at AT&T Park and invites families to attend with the chance to pick up a flight discount during all of the fun. The first 40,000 attendees to the ballpark for the game against the Philadelphia Phillies will receive a two-for-one flight voucher, which can be used when booking your next domestic flight.

When traveling on Virgin America, families can expect sleek leather seats, on-demand entertainment with live TV, kid-friendly movies, music and more, personal outlets and on-demand Wi-Fi, and snacks and drinks. The airline is also currently offering deals from San Francisco to a number of cities in the U.S. Book by midnight tonight for select trips from the New York area or by Monday, August 18, for all other cities and regions, and enjoy airfare from just $73 per person, per way. For more information, visit the Virgin America website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Four Pet-Friendly Hotels for the Dog Days of Summer

July 31st, 2014

We’ve almost made it through the Dog Days of Summer, or the steamiest part of the season traditionally recognized as July 3 to August 11, but it’s not over yet. In honor of the Dog Days, here are four pet-friendly hotels for your family and your furry friend to enjoy.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Cool off in Chicago, otherwise known as the Windy City, and book a stay at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. The hotel’s newest Waldorf Woof program is perfect for your four-legged friend. Your dog will enjoy a bed, bowl, doggie bags and a toy. Plus, they can order from a gourmet, dog-food menu. After enjoying the hotel’s amenities for your pooch, head to Tails in the City — a luxury pet boutique and enjoy 15 percent off your purchase. Rock out during the entire trip to a special “dog pod” playlist, with pet-friendly songs like Hound Dog and Who Let the Dogs Out.

Rates start from $395 per night. A $45, non-refundable deposit is required per pet. Maximum weight per pet is 30 pounds.

TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort
With 48 pet-friendly suites offering gulf front views along St. Petersburg, the TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort is a great place to escape for the entire family. The Pet Play Zone offers an area for owners to relax while their pets do the same with 4 Paw massage treatments. The Doggie Accessory Center is also available for all guests (via a room key) and contains toys, leashes and doggie bowls so your pet is truly comfortable on vacation. Pets must not exceed 80 pounds and there is a two-pet maximum per room. A nonrefundable $30 per night fee will be charged to the suite.

Rates start from just $200 per night with the Family Package.

The Cloister Sea Island
Enjoy a seaside getaway in Savannah & Golden Isles and bring your pet along! Stay at The Cloister Sea Island and your pet will receive the proper treatment, with “Happy Dog” shampoo, a gourmet food menu, doggie bowls, treats and a bed. The resort requires guests to keep pets on a leash at all times outside of the room or suite. A $175, nonrefundable pet fee per room is required and pets may not exceed 35 pounds.

Rates start from $505 per night, but take advantage of the resort’s current Beach Club Package for even more savings!

The Muse Hotel New York – A Kimpton Hotel
Let your animal friend feel like a VIP (Very Important Pet) at the Muse Hotel New York. Part of the pet-friendly Kimpton Hotels brand, this New York City property, located in the heart of Times Square, offers complimentary accommodations for pets. And when your pet accompanies you to the hotel, they’ll enjoy a comfortable bed, a VIP amenity delivered to your room, food and water bowls, a leash and plastic bags for pups and pet-sitting, walking, massage and acupuncture services can be arranged for a fee. Rates start from $339 per night.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz





Summer Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza Hotel in New York City

July 13th, 2014

New York City’s famous luxury hotel is once again offering families summer activities that are fun and educational. The Plaza Hotel is partnering with Random House for the third year in a row to offer the Magic Tree House Experience starting July 1 and running through Sept. 30, 2014.

Inspired by the Magic Tree House book series, the experience includes family-friendly activities centered around author Mary Pope Osborne’s newest book, “Midnight on the Moon” and the hotel’s history and surrounding landmarks. Book the Magic Tree House Experience Package, pick up your Magic Tree House passport and Fact Tracker and set out on a journey through the Big Apple with your family this summer.

Magic Tree House Experience Package
Offered year-round, with activities and events changing quarterly, the Magic Tree House Package includes luxurious accommodations, one Magic Tree House Passport per person, a special Magic Tree House pin for young adventurers to wear and a New York City welcome amenity. Guests can also get a Space Fact Checker and are encouraged to visit the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Remember to get your passport stamped at every attraction in order to remember your adventure! Pick up a Magic Tree House Fact Tracker for even more activities and family fun centered around the book series. Package rates start from $825 per night.

Families who cannot participate in this summer’s Magic Tree House Experience can look forward to booking the package in the fall and winter when the experience will include all new activities and Magic Tree House themes.

For more information on The Plaza Hotel, read our hotel review. For more information on the Magic Tree House book series, visit the Magic Tree House website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz





5 Places for Kids to Get Pampered this Summer

July 6th, 2014

A relaxing getaway with the family could be even more rejuvenating with a trip to the resort or hotel spa! Stay at one of these five hotels and take advantage of the spa services designed specifically for kids. And while enjoying the sweet treatments, take advantage of the sweet deals they are offering, too!

1. The James Chicago
The James Chicago is already known for its renowned Lil’ James Program, which offers kids special amenities and activities, but the hotel in the center of the Windy City has new spa treatments for children. The Spa by ASHA at the James Chicago is offering two new KidSpa treatments, including Pure-Fume Aroma where children can select scents perfect for a signature smell all their own ($45) and a Banana Split Facial with banana, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla flavors infused in the mask ($85).

Allow your child to enjoy one of these treatments and more with The Lil’ James Family Adventurer Package, too.

2. Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The resort’s children’s program, Camp Grande, helps forge life-long friendships between little ones and its no wonder because kids between 6 and 12 can take part in cool activities, like spa treatments together. The Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui offers the Keiki (Kids) Spa Packages, with everything from chocolate coconut massages ($98) to chocolate-coconut manicures and pedicures ($38).

Plus, with a $100 resort credit to use at the spa with the Best of Waldorf Astoria Package, families will be able to relax and rejuvenate all together.

3. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Set amidst Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort allows families to get close to nature – and to experience it in new ways, too. The Grove, Kidz Spa offers kids and teens between 5 and 15 a chance to experience services with natural ingredients for rejuvenating the body and mind. Enjoy Sweet Streams mini-services for kids 5 to 8, or Waterfall Wonders for those between 10 and 15. From facials ($45 to $90) to reflexology massages ($45) kids will be pampered and will learn to love the skin they’re in.

And save while spending at the spa with a three-, four- or five-night package at the resort that offers up to $1,500 in resort credit during your vacation!

4. Cape Codder Resort and Spa
With activities for parents and kids galore in Hyannis, it’s no wonder the Cape Codder Resort and Spa also offers kids spa services that are sweet. Children can enjoy the Kids’ Corner, with services for those under 18 years of age, including a Strawberry or Chocolate Ice Cream Manicure ($23) or a Chocolate Milkshake Pedicure ($45). Plus, parents and children can enjoy bonding during a Parent & Child Massage ($190).

And with the Family Vacation Package, you’ll be able to save on meals for the whole family while enjoying the spa and all the activities at the resort.

5. Wintergreen Resort
The Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Va., knows what your teen wants on vacation and spa treatments are just the start. After ziplining and tubing, teens can relax with spa services just for them. Enjoy a facial ($80), a back and foot massage ($65) or a Footloose Pedicure ($35). And if you want to get close to your teen, enjoy a Diva Day with Mom package with two massages and two pedicures ($225).

And with a deal for up to two free nights at the resort this summer, the money you save can be spent at the spa!

For more information on resorts with spa treatments for children, read about the 11 Best Kids’ Spa Resorts. And for more family-friendly savings, see all of our deals.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz