By Josh Kafka
It’s hot. School’s out. The timeless questions every parent asks: Where in the world should I take my kids? And how much will it cost me? Physically, emotionally and of course financially?

Well happily, not much. There are several reasonable local options that make for a wonderful, easeful family escape—without too much cost. All of the resorts below come with free bonus perks (if booked with Blisscape) that make staying there much more affordable.


Ojai Valley Resort and Spa (OVS). With beautiful gardens, orchards, fields to play in and a wonderful kids swimming pool, OVS is a perfect family resort. This is the place to go when parents want to slow down and relax while still offering the kids a wonderful time. We love the spa, the many bunnies running around the property, and the location—just an hour from the city. Blisscape bonus amenities: free upgrade to Fireplace Shangri-La room, full breakfasts for two, and free entrance to the spa.

Lisa Niver Rajna



Terranea, nearby in Palos Verdes, is a wonderful family resort overlooking the ocean, and only 30 minutes from LA. With its beautiful spa and adult pool, Terranea invites parents to drop the little ones off at the kids’ club and then indulge in their own pleasures. Lots of bonus amenities (full breakfasts for each guest, $50 resort credit, welcome amenity, upgrade, early check-in/late checkout) plus children under 6 eat free.

Lisa Niver Rajna



Want to play in the sand? St. Regis Monarch Beach offers elegance, rejuvenation, and a beautiful private beach. This is the place to come for perfect sandcastles and the magic of children at play in the sand and the surf. Great kids club and for Blisscape clients, excellent bonus amenities: Full breakfast for four daily (even with room service), $100 resort credit and of course, a free upgrade. Just South of Laguna, so the St. Regis is still freeway-close.

Lisa Niver Rajna


San Diego Amusement

From the moment you arrive at the lovely Park Hyatt Aviara, you feel special. With one of the best trained staffs anywhere, Park Hyatt welcomes you with gifts for each of your children. (They pull out a wagon loaded with toys and the children get to take their pick.) From then on, it’s all joy. Beautiful grounds (we love the sculpture garden), excellent cuisine, great kids pool, fun playground, and a kids club with so much cool stuff that the parents may find themselves sneaking in. Plus it’s just a few minutes from all the amusement parks— Legoland (practically next door), SeaWorld and the SD Zoo. And of course, lots of free Blisscape bonus amenities: daily breakfast for two, per each room daily, $50 Resort credit per room, free wifi, a welcome amenity and a guaranteed upgrade on booking.

Wherever you choose, bring a good camera with you… Even a quick local summer escape will make memories for a lifetime. Reach out anytime for more information…

Lisa Niver Rajna

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