Letís Take a Trip: The Best Baby-Friendly Hotels
By: Pamela Brill
Ah, summer vacation! It's a time meant for relaxing, rejuvenating and breaking away from your regular routine. But if you're a new parent traveling with an infant or toddler, you may have to readjust that mental picture slightly. Trying to sightsee around naptime or dine with a nursing infant can throw a bit of a curveball into your itinerary.
When booking a getaway with little ones this summer, consider these more family-friendly lodging destinations where babies are more than welcome.
Club Med, assorted locations across the country: This adult hot spot is also known for catering to kids. Its Petit Club Med program features age-appropriate activities such as a baby gym and toddler-aged crafts and games. There are also a variety of dining facilities that are ideal for feeding little ones, include the Baby Corner, an out-of-the-way buffet area, the Baby Restaurant, whose menu features kid-friendly options; and the Biberronneries, bottle rooms complete with a blender, bottle warmer and microwave. www.Clubmed.us/l/kids-petit
Crown Paradise Club Cancun, Cancun, Mexico: The resort's Baby Paradise program offers professional on-site childcare services for babies and toddlers. Additional programming for eighteen months through three-year-olds includes story time, game and toys and outdoor play during the day. Parents looking to enjoy a dinner out without their baby in tow can take advantage of after-care until 9:30 p.m. for an additional fee. www.Crownparadisecancun.com
Harbor View Hotel, Martha's Vineyard: Families visiting this coastal Massachusetts inn can forget about having to lug their baby gear with them. The hotel partners with Bear Baby Equipment Rentals to provide young families with cribs, strollers, high chairs, beach wagons and beach toys. A certified babysitting service, Nanny Kate and Company, lets parents enjoy some alone time during their stay. www.Harbor-view.com
Grand Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Babies are pampered at these Mexican resorts during their very first haircut; afterwards, parents will receive a certificate celebrating the milestone. A 25-minute Sunrise Massage for 1 to 3-year-olds stimulates children's senses, allowing them to recognize the differences between textures and sounds. At these three resorts, guests can reserve a crib prior to arrival and at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, they can partake of Mexican toys, baby floats, baby clothes and baby bath products. The hotels will also prepare organic foods and beverages on request. www.Grandvelas.com
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia. This Caribbean resort boasts three CocoLand Kidz Klub programs designated by age, including one for ages 3 and under. Babies through two-year-olds stay in the resort's infant room, a colorful, air-conditioned space with cribs and playpens. Parents will receive a complimentary local cell phone to stay in touch when their children are at the Kidz Klub. So, if they're on the beach, kitesurfing, at the spa or on a tour they can be in touch and have peace-of-mind anytime. Additional private babysitting services are available for a separate fee. And when families want to bond together and cool off, the resort's zero-entry Splash Pool has fun fountains for parents and babies. www.Cbayresort.com
Great Wolf Lodges, select U.S. locations including Boston, MA; Pocono Mountains, PA; Atlanta, GA; Anaheim, CA and Colorado Springs, CO. Known for its entertaining waterparks, this family-friendly resort is ideal for parents traveling with babies and older siblings. A toddler-friendly water area features a zero-entry splash pad, while older kids can take advantage of the shallow "deep end" and kiddie slides. Parents will also appreciate the resort's Diaper Den service, an in-room Diaper Genie Elite for easy disposal of dirty diapers during their stay. www.Greatwolf.com