By Josh Kafka
This holiday, what does the whole family really want? The perfect family vacation of course. Somewhere beautiful, with great cuisine, at a reasonable price. It’s what we all want of course.
If you haven’t organized yet, don’t panic—it’s not too late. Here are three ideas that will score mama some extra hero points with the whole fam.
Go East: Dreams Riviera Cancun.
This new resort is the pride of the AMR group (owner of Secrets, Zoetry,Now,etc). Thirty minutes outside Cancun, Dreams Riviera offers beautiful room product, a perfect Caribbean beach, complimentary kids club and is completely all-inclusive. You won’t touch your wallet once you’re there. The Dreams brand was created to rival Club Med — and certainly offers far nicer accommodations. If you haven’t already been, the Riviera Maya area is one of our favorite destinations with so much to do and see: hip Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cenotes (underwater caves), Ziplining, and of course Cancun are all nearby. It’s a true winner.
Go West: Four Seasons Koele Lodge. While the other Hawaiian Four Seasons resorts require a deed to your home during the holidays, rates at the beautiful, lush Koele Lodge in Lanai (a quick ferry ride from Maui) are surprisingly reasonable. Depending on your dates, rooms begin under $600 per night. Of course this includes the usual Bliss Four Seasons perks of breakfasts, $100 credit, VIP status, and upgrade if available. The oracle of Oracle Larry Ellison purchased both Four Seasons resorts on Lanai—the whole island in fact—and has brought some luster and sheen to this quiet, unspoiled tiny refuge from civilization. Besides aesthetic renovations, additional restaurants have been added including Nobu. Guests at Koele enjoy full privileges at sister resort Four Seasons Manele Bay—which offers a kids club in addition to its perfect beach. It’s like having two resorts in one. Coup de grace: kids five and under dine completely free.
If you need excitement, Koele Lodge is not for you…but for a restorative immersion into a natural paradise with the impeccable luxury of every Four Seasons this is a fantastic family escape at a dreamy price.
Go South: Capella Pedregal. While Las Ventanas and Palmilla steal most of the oxygen for the movie star set heading to Cabo, the intimate, stunning, Capella Pedregal is not so quietly catching up in this rarefied niche of uber-luxury and sublime cuisine. Perfect spa, glorious rooms and suites (many with private pools), Pedregal offers an absolutely world class escape for the whole family. Bliss perks include breakfasts, spa credits and roundtrip private airport transfers. Not for the budget conscious, Pedregal’s rates are still quite reasoable. Even during the festive season, rates are less than what their rivals offer during far quieter periods. One of our favorites, it’s a must.
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