Resorts with Programs for Babies
Many hotels and resorts say they welcome babies and toddlers, but few truly give young families the support they need to relax on vacation. Here's the cream of the crop in vacation providers that get it right.
A mom with a baby on the way wants suggestions for toddler-friendly beach resorts for a babymoon. Here are Suzanne's recommendations.
Franklyn D. Resort, Jamaica
It can't get any better than this, with a baby: at FDR "all-inclusive" means everything, snorkeling trips, scuba, kids' programs, and best of all, a friendly vacation nanny for each family. This pretty mid-sized resort has huge suites, friendly ambiance, great dining options, and many nannies dandling babes in arms while Mom takes a break.
Beaches Resorts- Infant Care
Beaches -- part of the Sandals chain-- is a top name in family all-inclusives, and features nurseries with infant care in addition to kids clubs for different age groups. Families can choose from Beaches Turks & Caicos, and Beaches Negril, Beaches Boscobel and Beaches Sandy Bay in Jamaica. Several resorts have water parks.
Club Med Resorts: Florida, Mexico, Caribbean
Club Med is a top brand of all-inclusive resort, and is known for terrific kids programs. Several resorts have a Baby Club Med, for ages four months to 23 months and/or Petit Club Med for ages two to three years (at an extra charge); Baby Welcome, meanwhile, is an all-included program with amenities, high-chairs, bottle-warmers, etc.
Tyler Place, Vermont
Tyler Place, on Lake Champlain, has 165 acres and myriad family activities, plus programs for many different age groups, including: newborn to 12 months; 12 months to 18 months; and 18 months to 30-month-olds.
Smuggler's Notch, VT
"The most fun your children will ever have - we guarantee it." Snow season and summer time, Smuggs has an amazing array of outdoor activities, plus indoor FunZone. For ages 6 weeks to 2 years, Treasures is a million-dollar 5400 sq. ft. child care center full of toys and games.