Hotel Amenities for Kids That Adults Secretly Want to Do
These are hotel amenities and activities for kids make parents jealous and ask, “Can adults use that thing?” By Yahoo! Travel
Your little one can learn to surf like a pro. (Courtesy Four Seasons Punta Mita)
It’s not news that resorts and hotels have been upping the ante on kids’ clubs and activities. They’re not just glorified daycare and not just educational programs. Plenty of art classes, water sports lessons, and cultural lessons are still offered, but there’s a new breed of activities that has our attention. These are adventures that make parents — and nonparents — jealous, the kind that leads us grown-ups to ask, "Can adults use that thing?"
Assisted surfing at Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico
"Luxury surfing" pioneer TropicSurf runs the program at this resort on the Riviera Nayarit. Its instructors are so skilled that they can paddle out with a 4-year-old on the front of the board, catch a wave, stand up and pick up and hold the kid in surfing stance — all of the thrill and none of the skill. Sadly, they can’t (or maybe just won’t) do it with a frustrated 5-foot-5, 112-pound woman.
Bungee trampoline at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, Colorado
Right behind the Park Hyatt, children can harness up and bounce more than 30 feet in the air, executing backflips on the way up and down if they want. Adults can jump, too, and they may be told when signing their waiver that the staff has seen very few adults do a double backflip. Consider it a double-dog dare.
Glamour photo shoots at Eau Palm Beach, Florida
Along with the professional-quality DJ booth, beauty salon, videography studio with GoPro, and dance floor, the teen club Coast has a fashion closet with stylists and a photographer on hand. It’s teens-only during club hours, but when the occasional group of adults gets after-hours private access, selfies ensue.
Kite making at the Peninsula Beijing
One of the city’s premier kite masters teaches workshops — originally for kids but now for people of all ages, thanks to adult demand — on shaping bamboo, paper, silk, and rattan into dragonflies, swallows, butterflies, fish, and centipedes. Once people have made their crafts, they decamp to nearby Temple of Heaven Park to fly them, a Beijing tradition.
"Be Our Concierge" at the Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland
This is the perfect spot for the future concierge in training. (Courtesy Beau-Rivage Palace)
Even if they haven’t seen The Grand Budapest Hotel, young guests pick up on the glamour that comes with working at a grand hotel. That's why the Children’s Corner here offers not only classes in flower arranging, pastry making, and fruit cocktail making but also a chance to play Gustave H. for half an hour, handing out room keys and helping the main concierge with other requests. Sure beats being a lobby boy.
DJ lessons at the Hotel de Rome, Berlin
What’s cooler than being a Berlin DJ? If you’re traveling with moody teenagers, sign them up for an activity that even they will think is cool. Let them scratch to the beats of their favorite musicians as you partake in a little spa relaxation.
Extreme desert adventure, the Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
A little outdoor adventure for your risk-taking child. (Courtesy Resort at Pedregal)
Adult adrenaline junkies are jealous: The excursions at Pedregal, among the first high-end resorts to reopen after Hurricane Odile, include zip lining through canyons, heading out on an off-roading Jeep expedition, and encountering wildlife and hundreds of species of cactus and other plants along the way.
Little Chefs Pizza Class at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Florida
Who doesn’t like tossing a spinning Frisbee of dough into the air? And eating fresh-from-the-oven pizza? We think they should start a "Big Chefs Pizza Class" for the rest of us!
Dune-boarding at Morukuru Ocean House, De Hoop, South Africa
Outfitter Asia to Africa Safaris reports that while this activity was originally marketed as a kids’ adventure, quite a few of its 35-going-on-13 guests who book into this four-bedroom oceanfront villa want to strap on boards as well. The white dunes on the beach (about three hours from Cape Town) aren’t crazy high — maybe 30 feet — and the landing area is soft, so it’s safe and beginner-friendly. And whales often breach in the bay in this coastal nature reserve.
Treasure hunts through the Louvre’s Egyptian Galleries with Le Royal Monceau, Raffles, Paris
The Louvre Museum (Photo: AP)
Part of the hotel’s Le Petit Royal children’s program of weekend workshops — which also includes art workshops inspired by Jeff Koons and abstract artist Sonia Delaunay, pizza making with a Michelin-star chef, movie screenings, pirate boat trips down the Seine, and a chance for girls to shadow a prima ballerina for a day — is a romp through the museum. The children’s mission is to protect the Louvre’s treasures from a ghost, and their journey takes them to solve riddles and perform amusing tasks as they go from the medieval moat to antique statues to the Mona Lisa. The program can be booked along with a reservation for Sunday brunch, which should lessen the sting for parents who can’t go along.
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa’s Glamping Experience, Carlsbad, Calif.
As kids, we all loved building forts and pretending to camp in our living rooms. But today, your kids can pretend to camp in your hotel room! The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa’s "The Great Indoors" room amenity sets up a camping space in your hotel room complete with a tent, canvas folding chairs, and sleeping bags that kids get to take home after the vacation. Oh, and did we mention that they provide all the fixings to make s’mores? Those comfy beds are definitely inviting, but something tells us a few parents might want to sleep in a tent of their own instead!
By Ann Abel
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