Great travel deals for vacationing abroad with the kids
By Sonia Esther Soltani
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in Africa (Courtesy Ulusaba )
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If you’ve decided it’s time to get more foreign stamps in your passport and explore the world with your children, here are some great vacation packages in family-friendly overseas destinations you might enjoy. What they have in common is that communication won’t be an issue as English is either the country’s official language or widely spoken. Each in its distinct way will create exotic memories, broaden your kids’ horizons, and enable your family to discover new cultures and landscapes.
Kids stay free at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa
What: Up to two kids, ages 0-11, can stay for free at Rock Lodge (one of the reserve’s two lodges), with nights starting at $2,000 per room, per night. The offer is valid through December 18, 2015.
What’s included: The Ulusaba Private Game Reserve offers stunning views over the African bush and as you’d expect from a Richard Branson property, all the trimmings for a fun and exceptional stay — think spa on top of a hill, great wine cellar, and pools. Guests, ages 6 and over, can participate in twice daily game drives and safari walks. Family-friendly accommodation is available at Rock Lodge, standing on top of a koppie with picture-perfect panorama. Accommodation is on an all-inclusive basis in Rock Suite with full breakfast daily for all guests. A special promotion includes two spa treatments per room per stay and upgrade depending on availability.
3rd night free + $50 lunch credit at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London (Courtesy Mandarin Oriental)
What: Stay two nights at the fabulous Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and get a third night free with prices starting at $1,396 for three nights, per room. The promotion is valid through April 19, 2015.
What’s included: A perfect base to explore London, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is offering this package that comprises accommodation in a courtyard room, with upgrade depending on availability, continental breakfast buffet, complimentary internet, and $50 lunch credit. Not only does it offer complimentary cots, fold-out beds, mini bathrobes, kids’ umbrella (after all, it’s London we’re talking about!), storybook and crayons to its young guests, the five-star property also has babysitting services and one of the most knowledgeable concierges in town to recommend the best spots for families. The Mandarin Oriental is home to a restaurant by acclaimed chef Heston Blumenthal and a sumptuous spa — a dream city break.
Special rate + $100 spa credit at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi (Courtesy Shangri-La)
What: Stay at this modern 1,001 nights style property from $258 per room with this special rate available through May 15, 2015.
What’s included: The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, offers families an exquisite base for their vacation in Abu Dhabi. With access to a private beach, close reach to the famous Corniche and city center and superb modern Arabic style accommodation, the 8.5 hectare resort is sure to wow parents and children alike. As part of the offer, accommodation is in a Deluxe Room with guaranteed room upgrade and guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast for two and $100 spa credit per room, per stay.
Fifth night free and $100 food and beverage credit at The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico
The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico (Courtesy St. Regis)
What: Pay for four nights and get the fifth free at this idyllic resort with prices starting from $3,292 per room. The promotion is valid through April 5, 2015.
What’s included: Stay at the St Regis Bahia Beach Resort in beautiful Puerto Rico to enjoy stunning ocean views from the stylish rooms and suites, swimming pools, a gourmet restaurant, spa, and Robert Trent Jones Jr golf course. The property is set in lush surrounds, featuring many opportunities for hiking on nature trails or sunbathing on its two-mile stretch of sandy beach. The resort’s Iguana Children’s Club offers educational, adventurous and ecological activities for kids ages 4-12. Turtle feeding, treasure hunts, and arts and crafts are among activities your young ones can partake in. Accommodation with the offer is in a Superior Tropical Garden View. In addition to a fifth night free, travelers booking this special deal can benefit from a $100 food and beverage credit, upgrade depending on availability, and daily breakfast for two.
Special rates and Kids Stay Free at Club Med worldwide
Club Med in Val Thorens (Courtesy Club Med)
What: Club Med has launched its “#appy Sale” to offer travelers getaways from $129 per person, per night. The promotion is valid through August 21, 2015.
What’s included: Club Med has more than 45 family-friendly resorts worldwide that feature a wide range of activities for the whole family. Resorts are home to varied eateries, fantastic pools, spas, and entertainment. Popular destinations the chain is present in include Val Thorens in the French Alps, the highest and largest ski domain in the world, Columbus Isle in the Bahamas, and Cancun in Mexico. The offer applies to travel during peak spring dates. Kids ages 4 and under stay for free.