Family Travel Ideas: Best Resort Kids’ Clubs

 In what will be welcome news for harried parents desperately in need of a break, HotelsCombined, the world‘s leading hotel discovery and price comparison website, has announced the hotels around the world boasting the best kids clubs.

“A great kids club is a win-win for parents and their children – kids have a ball and parents can enjoy some much deserved quiet time. When ranking each kids club we considered offerings like type and range of activities, whether the staff are qualified child-care workers, opening hours and age range of children welcome at the club,“ said HotelsCombined‘s Head of PR and Community Relations, Kristen McKenzie.

“The kids clubs on our list offer activities ranging from camel riding to ice skating, glass bottom boat cruises, cooking lessons, reggae jam sessions and everything in between. Some kids clubs are happy to look after babies and others will keep teens aged up to 18 years amused.

“Travellers with young children really do have a wealth of choice – whether it be a glamorous family trip to Barbados or a getaway to Australia’s Gold Coast.“

Winners for World’s Best Kids Clubs:

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort, Honolulu: The Camp Penguin club offers supervised activities for children aged five to 12 years with a focus on Polynesian life. Every day of the week has a different theme and different activities. Children learn the “Hawaiian Word of the Day” and can enjoy excursions to Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, Bishop Museum and Children’s Discovery Center. A lending library provides books, toys, and games. There’s also a children’s swimming pool and a large outdoor pool with water slides.

Beaches Turks and Caicos: The all-inclusive resort offers an infants program, toddlers program, pre-teens and teens program led by certified nannies that are members of the International Nanny Association. To become accredited, nannies at this resort must have met the minimum of 2,000 hours of child care services.  Three to five year-olds can enjoy shell collecting, treasure hunts, magic shows and sand castle building. Pre-teens are offered sailing, snorkeling, beach volleyball, glass bottom boat rides and reggae jam sessions. Teens can take part in water sports, boat cruises, karaoke and dance parties. Children with special needs can have a one-to-one coordinator arranged.

Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel, Portugal: Raposinhos Creche and Kids Club looks after children in segmented age groups aged from six months to 18 years. “Raposinhos” means “little fox” and at the club children are encouraged to be the same – active and inquisitive. The Club provides wind-surfing, dolphin watching, junior lifeguard courses and bike trips. There is also a tennis academy and football (soccer) academy.  The Club’s “Blue Room” allows older children to absorb themselves in the latest video games or table football. There is also a baby concierge, offering babysitting and baby equipment such as door protectors, baby cots, baby baths and prams.

Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland: The Kids ‘Club Palazzino’ offers a slide, a sandpit and swings and two tennis courts, which are converted into a skating rink the winter season. Children are offered cooking classes, horse carriage tours, dogsled excursions, tennis lessons (summer), theme days, painting competitions, craft competitions, dance lessons, children’s disco, walking and cycling excursions, gymnastics, swimming and figure skating (winter).

Liss Ard Estate, Cork, Ireland: Liss Ard Country Estate is a haven for family trips, encouraging day long interaction between parents and their children. Parents don’t go without a break though, with the Estate’s Oisin’s Kids Club operating daily from 9.30am – 1pm. Oisin is the club’s ambassador, a five foot long dog otter who lives in the Estate’s lake. The Kids Club caters for children aged four to 12 years with sports, treasure hunts, creative play, painting, baking and activities such as Ping Pong. Each night the club reopens from 6.30pm – 8.30pm so parents can enjoy dinner together uninterrupted in the Estate’s dining room.

Paradise Resort, Gold Coast, Australia:  Facilities that will appeal to kids include a brand new ice-skating rink, giant Zone 4 Kids Waterpark, Zone 4 Kids Club. The resort‘s Z4K holiday care program offers a range of fully supervised sessions daily for babies aged up to 12 years. Z4K is a mini fun park featuring themed play spaces such as Tiny Town with pedal powered cars and working traffic lights, Under Water World with submarines and slides, and the Magic Garden with its colourful ball pit. All staff are qualified.

Sandy Lane, Barbados: The Treehouse Club at this five-star Caribbean resort offers plenty of fun for little ones with pool parties, outdoor movies and specially themed children’s dinner parties. The Den, located on the lower level of The Treehouse Club, is especially for teenagers. Teens can enjoy their own lounge with adjoining games room, featuring pool tables and foosball – not to mention popular electronic and board games, jukebox and computer stations. Two large screen televisions and DVD selections are available. Additional activities for teenagers include island tours, sports clinics, water sports and coastal cruises.

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island, Australia: Children can feast their senses on all kinds of adventure and educational activities at Kingfisher Bay, such as low ropes course and canoeing, sand sculpture, art and craft, spotlighting for bats, sugar gliders and frogs, stargazing and campfire songs and telling of Aboriginal legends.  

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Memorable Spring Break Getaways: These 5 Mobile Apps Make Planning a Cinch

With the help of smartphones, booking a spring break trip just got easier for travelers. From searching for the best flight and hotel deals, to finding activities to pursue outside of your hotel that can involve the entire group, there are several mobile apps that help make planning a vacation simple, organized and efficient.

Here are five “must have” mobile apps that can help you plan for a memorable spring break getaway.

CheapOair

When deciding on the perfect destination, let CheapOair’s app find the best flight and hotel deals and even last-minute vacation packages (perfect when traveling with a large group.) With the app’s new 24/7 Live Chat option, there’s no need to worry about flight delays or lost hotel reservations because a helping hand is always available to sort out any complications.

TripIt

No more frantic searching through emails on your phone for airline and hotel confirmations. With the TripIt mobile app, users now have an easier way to organize and share travel plans. TripIt takes all of your trip details and creates one helpful itinerary at the palm of your hands. Once you receive a confirmation email from anywhere you book, simply forward it to plans@tripit.com, where the app instantly recognizes reservations from over 3,000 booking sites and organizes into one site.

GetPacked: packing list

Once you’ve booked the travel plans for your destination, the last and final step before you leave is packing your luggage and making sure not to leave any essentials at home. The GetPacked: packing list mobile app helps make packing quick and easy.  With the checklist, you can choose from over 600 items to put on your list, with the ability to even add your own items.

Goby

While on vacation, it’s important to spend quality time outside of the hotel room. The Goby mobile app allows you to explore your surroundings by finding local sightseeing tours, festivals and more, to keep everyone occupied during the trip.

LocalEats

When you’re in an unfamiliar city and are looking for a nice restaurant that everyone can enjoy, the LocalEats app allows you to search through recommended restaurants that have been reviewed by local food critics near you.

7 Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

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School’s out and travel season has finally arrived! Here are seven apps that should be a part of every smart device when traveling. They’ll make it easier for you to relax and enjoy your vacation without having to worry about the little things.

 

7 Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

TripIt— TripIt links to your e-mail account and picks up every confirmation number that comes into your inbox. Any flight, hotel, or even dinner reservation that contains a confirmation number will be put into an organized itinerary, all in one place. Flight delays and last-minute changes sent to your e-mail will be updated automatically.

Google Translate If you’re headed anywhere outside the English-speaking world, chances are this app will come in handy on your trip. Even if many of the people in your intended destination speak English, they really prefer if you take a stab at it in the native tongue.

XE Currency XE Currency is a useful tool for converting money from all over the world, helping users to better understand just how much cash they should expect to receive in the event of an exchange.

Flight Aware There is nothing more frustrating than making an hours-long commute to your airport only to find out your flight has been delayed for half a day or cancelled altogether. You can track flights with amazing maps, and receive real-time info on departure info, delays and gate assignments.

OpenTable— OpenTable lets you make reservations at more than 13,000 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and abroad, and shows you what reservation times are available before you put in your request. You can also read diner reviews and view menus, both especially valuable when traveling.

HotelTonight — This app could save you from spending the night on the airport floor should a summer storm ground your flight. It works equally as well for those on a road trip or travelers inclined to book getaways at the (very) last minute. One important note about HotelTonight is that it’s good for same-day hotel bookings only.

Friendthem — is a revolutionary location-based connectivity app, with fine-grained and easily-configured privacy controls, which is changing the way the world connects in a seamless and fun manner by helping them send Facebook friend requests to people they meet in the real world. A great tool for connecting with people you meet along the way.

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Cabo San Lucas Family Resorts – Discounts

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Seeking the ultimate family getaway at great savings this summer? Here are some good family deals from Solmar Hotels & Resorts, a hotel collection located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula that offers fun in the sun for the entire family. Each of the five Solmar properties feature spacious accommodations, family-friendly activities and great savings to suit the needs of any budget.

Playa Grande Resort
Playa Grande Resort
Playa Grande Resort is located on Solmar Beach on Cabos Pacific side, just a short walk from downtown Cabo San Lucas. Playa Grande Resort and Spa recently revamped its Kid’s Camp program, featuring fun-filled activities such as arts & crafts, sand castle making, pool and beach games, treasure hunts and much more. The cost of the new program is $15 per hour, $49 per day or $185 per week; special promotions are available when enrolling more than one child and the cost of lunch is included in daily and weekly enrollments. For an additional $45, Playa Grande Resort offers Kids Disco Night every Tuesday and Friday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm where children can enjoy dancing and pizza while parents can take advantage of one of nine fine dining restaurants within the Solmar collection.

A variety of family-friendly packages are always available at Playa Grande Resort & Spa, including a $200 Resort Credit to be used toward services at the property’s premier Thalassotherapy Spa, the on-site mini golf course, and on-site dining venues.

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa
Another great option for families is the collection’s newest and most luxurious property, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa. With 119 ocean view suites, several winding infinity pools and access to the vast array of amenities at Playa Grande Resort, Grand Solmar offers the best of both worlds – a naturally exclusive beach getaway that is within a five minute walk from some of downtown Cabo San Lucas’ most popular attractions (including Cabo Adventures, where you can swim with dolphins, experience a desert camel safari or zip line through canyons.)

See more family travel ideas and discounts at Momscape’s family travel page: http://www.momscape.com/travel/

Free Amazon Kindle from Hotels.com

The Hotels.com Summer Sale is offering either 30% off bookings, a $25 gas card, or a free Amazon Kindle.

Two of our most favorite things: a family getaway and a new book on the Kindle.

Hotels.com – which has long been one of Momscape’s favorite sites for travel deals – is encouraging reading this summer by providing suggested reading lists and free Amazon Kindles as part of its summer GIFTAWAY sale.

This summer, Jamaica Tourist Board’s Dian Holland suggests summer reading choices from her personal bookshelf for your beach bag:

For families and parents who still hasn’t planned alone time with a book and some sand, the hotels.com Summer Sale offers either 30% off bookings, a $25 gas card, or a free Amazon Kindle to read the above books digitally.

Book a trip to Jamaica or to the closest local beach at hotels.com. And learn more about the Summer Giftaway: Save up to 30% + Get Great Gifts!
This promotion is valid on select hotels only. Minimum spend required, while supplies last.
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Book an Adventure Travel Tour: “Historic Parks of the American Southwest”

Here’s something new and exciting to do this summer:



Discovery Adventures, the adventure travel brand developed in partnership with Discovery Channel and Gap Adventures, was honored as a tour of a lifetime by National Geographic Traveler magazine in their annual “50 Tours of a Lifetime” issue.

Discovery Adventures was chosen for one of their 31 trip itineraries, “Historic Parks of the American Southwest.”

Each year National Geographic Traveler magazine’s editors comb the world to find the 50 most authentic, innovative, best-guided and most sustainable trips for their “Tours of a Lifetime” list.

“Historic Parks of the American Southwest” excursion offers a personalized look at five National Parks led by expert guides.
During this 12-day adventure, participants will discover the rich history and Native American culture first-hand from a local Navajo guide. Included are entrance fees to all National Parks with hiking and walking excursions, a ranger guided tour of the Mesa Verde ruins, a Navajo guide and tour by 4×4 vehicle in Monument Valley as well as a ranger guided hike of the Navajo National Monument including Keet Seel and Betatakin cliff dwellings. Tours are limited to 12 people.

Things we Love: Family Adventure Travel ala the Discovery Channel

If your family gets hooked into those Discovery Channel shows like we do, you’ll love this!

The Discovery Channel has just launched a brand new adventure travel company: Discovery Adventures.

Tour themes tie in with places featured on Discovery Channel programs such as Man vs. Wild, Out of Egypt, Discovery Atlas, Dirty Jobs and Into the Unknown With Josh Bernstein.

As a participant, you’ll have the opportunity to explore ruins and historic sites, as well as to do volunteer work in the destinations and experience local cultures. And Discovery Adventures says all trips are suitable for families.

These adventures will be going to destinations including Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, the Amazon, the Galapagos, India, Thailand, Cambodia, China, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Alaska and the U.S. Southwest.

Itineraries range from cruises and safaris to exploring the ancient civilizations of the Incas, the Egyptians and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Departures began in December. The trips run from three to 24 days and are being offered in partnership with the tour company Gap Adventures. Prices start at $800 per person, including lodging, breakfast and some other amenities. Airfare is extra. Groups will be small, just six to 15 people depending on the destination.

Here’s the first adventure:


Travel to the Galapagos Islands with Andy DeHart

Exclusive departure: June 19, 2010

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Walt Disney World Savings for Momscapers


United Vacations is offering an exclusive savings no one else is offering:
You can save up to 30% on your Walt Disney World® Resorts stay. Plus, save up to $100 off by booking through this link and using promo code DISNEYSAVE.

Here are the details:

Deal #1: Savings up to 30% at Disney Resort Hotels
Note: If you choose a Deluxe Disney Hotel you will get the highest discounts.

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Deal #2: Take up to $100 off your vacation package price
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$100 off Family Getaways

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FamilyGetaway.com is where families go to plan their next vacation, and find exceptional values on family resorts.

Through FamilyGetaway.com’s Auction and Buy Now offers, you can purchase the perfect package – often up to 65% off the retail value.  FamilyGetaway.com hand-selects and showcases each property, making sure it meets family standards.

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Memorial Day Travel Coupons and Savings

Travelocity has just announced some special savings for fun travel ideas over the Memorial Day weekend:
Memorial Day Coupons and Travel Savings

Learn how to hula this Memorial Day Weekend in Hawaii! Save $150 on Last Minute Packages.

$150 Off Your Puerto Rico Vacation When 6+ Nights + Hotel are Booked with a MasterCard.

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Escape to Los Cabos for the Long Weekend. Click Here for Great Deals on Los Cabos All-Inclusive Vacation Packages.

Craving Warm Weather and White Sandy Beaches? Book your trip to Cancun, MX today for a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend.

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SAVE $50 This Memorial Day Weekend on Las Vegas Last Minute Packages!