When you have a family, spring break is a little less MTV and a little more Sesame Street. In other words: You get to relax, but with your kids in tow.
Luckily, we’ve uncovered these five fun destinations for family-friendly spring break trips in locales all across the country (and even one in Bermuda!). Some are all-inclusive, and some are just regular hotel stays with extra deals and freebies for families, in honor of spring break.
5 Surprisingly Affordable Luxury Destinations
You’ll know which is which, depending on whether we’ve cited the price per night or the price for a set number of nights.
Special inclusive deals can be great if you don’t want the pressure of planning every last detail of an incredible vacation all by yourself—they come complete with unique kids’ activities and discounts on high-end meals, which might be predictable spending for your family, anyway. If that’s the case, then it might make sense to spare yourself the hassle and reap the potential savings compared to paying for every last add-on yourself.
We’ve also provided some options to book a hotel room à la carte and cherry-pick activities within your budget, so you only do what you enjoy and have total control over your family’s itinerary. We’ve talked about whether all-inclusive packages are actually worth it to help you through the math of what makes sense for you and your brood.
Either way, it’s time to get packing.
Where: Irvington, VA (Chesapeake Bay)
The Place: Guests literally sit on a dock of the bay at this waterfront resort on a private peninsula that overlooks a brand new marina. Activities abound for history buffs, sailors, spa-goers and rambunctious kids.
The Deal: The “Family Vacation” package includes accommodations at a 20% discount and daily breakfast for families of up to four, who may dine at the restaurant or en suite (yes, that means pancakes in bed!).
As for nearby activities, take a one-hour cruise down Carter’s Creek, sign up for sailing lessons, or rent kayaks and paddle away. Prefer to stay dry? Visit the nearby Steamboat Museum, wine taste on the Virginia Wine Trail or take a day trip to Williamsburg, just over an hour away, where you can visit Busch Gardens amusement park or Colonial Williamsburg. Children under 12 years old may also join the Crab Net Kids Program with superhero-and-pirate-themed local activities from crabbing to croquet, while parents relax at the onsite Chesapeake Bay Spa, which has signature treatments like Wild Jasmine Mist and Ginger Essence Massages.
From $379 per night for two adults and two children; www.tidesinn.com or 800-843-3746.
The Place: If turquoise water and pink sand sound like a tantalizing combination, then run (well, fly, since it’s less than two hours from the East Coast) to this heavenly retreat, where you’ll loll beneath coconut palms and visit the Willow Stream Spa for some dreamy rubdowns.
The Deal: The “Family Getaway Package” (available through March 31, 2013) includes “two rooms with a view” for the price of one. The resort offers all types of activities, from jet skiing to exploring historic forts. With this package, all children get complimentary access to Explorer’s Camp with treasure hunts, kiddie pool time, beach Olympics, eco/nature lessons, a “Survivor”-themed night with s’mores around a bonfire (inspired by the TV show … loosely), pajama night with cupcake decorating, “Karaoke Idol” and more.
From $269 per night (second room is complimentary); www.fairmont.com/southampton-bermuda or 866-540-4497.