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While spring break 2021 may not look the same as it has in previous years due to social distancing requirements, there are still many options for safe, family-friendly fun. In fact, many hotels and resorts are not only ensuring that COVID safety protocols are followed, but they’re offering special deals and packages to enhance your stay. From properties tucked into tropical paradises in Mexico and on Caribbean islands to beautiful beach resorts closer to home, you’re sure to find something ideal on this list.
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One of the best resorts in Maui for families, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is offering a OOO (Out of Ordinary) package designed for families or groups who want to self-isolate in paradise, with all of the comforts of home. The secluded resort sits across more than 22,000 acres and offers accommodation in spacious Residential Suites with up to two bedrooms. There’s even an Aloha Vacation Tutor providing complimentary 30-minute instruction to students and a Learning Lab with distanced study desks. The family-friendly Ritz Kids program includes many special perks like healthy, kid-friendly menus, a welcome toy, activities like searching for sea turtles, and classes where they can learn about volcanoes.
Of course, there are plenty of amenities on-site too, including six different dining options, two championship golf courses, and a 10,000 square foot three-tier pool.
A top-rated resort in the Florida Keys, Hawks Cay Resort caters to families looking for a safe spring break getaway this year with plenty of opportunities to spread out while enjoying COVID-friendly activities and entertainment. In addition to regular rooms, there are two- and three-bedroom townhome-style villas with full kitchens for those who prefer to dine in, and multiple dining venues providing outdoor and grab and go options. Look forward to snorkeling and fishing charters, kayaking, standup paddle boarding and even an environmental education class and astronomy lesson.
Cayo Espanto is a private island resort that makes it easy to stay socially distant while enjoying an incredibly stunning paradise. It features just seven villas, located three miles off the coast of Belize. Each villa comes with a personal butler, private dock area and customized meals that are set by the on-island world-renowned chef, tailored to ensure both the kids and adults are pleased. Enjoy fishing lessons on a private dock, tropical spa treatments and movies under the stars. The resort has also arranged for the island physician to administer COVID testing right from your villa.
Gaylord Opryland is offering a Spring Into Fun Getaway Package with rates starting at $259 for a family of four. It’s the ultimate family-friendly retreat with thrilling water slides, lazy and rapids rivers, a FlowRider® Double, and more. You can take a Spring Riverboat Ride in the Delta Atrium, enjoy lunch and dinner shows at the General Jackson Showboat, and the kids can enjoy cookie decorating and eating their own spring-inspired creations.
Located right along the turquoise Caribbean Sea backed by lush Riviera Maya jungle, Hotel Xcaret offers complimentary COVID-19 antigen tests and a special spring break All-Fun Inclusive package ranging from $285 to $358/night through April 30. It hosts extra-spacious suites, 12 distinct dining destinations, multiple swimming pools, a world-class spa and wellness center. Guests also have unlimited access to Xcaret parks, delicious food and beverages, along with transportation between parks and an airport shuttle.
One of the best resorts in Orlando, the Ritz-Carlton is offering some great children’s programs, ideal for families, including activities like outdoor adventures and educational activities like nature walks, eco-tours led by a naturalist, fishing excursions, and much more. It’s spread over five acres of natural habitats, lakes, and even a farm. There’s a newly renovated pool with poolside cabanas, and even a new Grande Lakes Express train where kids can hop on and off across the property. Just a few of the other highlights include an 18-hole championship golf course, gourmet garden dining, luxury spa services, and activities like kayaking.
Families can book the Splash into Spring Package at this Arizona resort for a spring getaway that includes an incredible amount of complimentary amenities like a $100 resort credit to use towards food and beverage, Revive Spa, golf, tennis and gift shops. Enjoy the Wildfire Golf Club Driving Range, two-hour bike rentals for four, complimentary dining, access to fitness classes at Revive Spa, and much more.
Book the kid-friendly Parrot Play package at this Key West resort and you can enjoy a three-night stay in a spacious villa or suite along with a Caribbean-like paradise. It includes lots of extras like a food and beverage credit, beach games and a family Dolphin Tour. Everyone is sure to love this exciting excursion with dolphins jumping and playing right next to the boat as you head to one of the area’s best reefs for a snorkeling adventure.
Puerto Vallarta is a direct flight from many U.S. cities and offers families mountains-meets-the-ocean landscapes, colorful culture, culinary delights, pristine beaches and lots of fun on the water. The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta is just a 5-minute drive from the airport and is offering families the “Stay Longer, Experience More” package that includes 20% off four-night stays. It has a prime beachfront location, socially distant spaces on the sand, sparkling pools, water activities like sailing, snorkeling/diving, and jet-skiing, the Westin Family KidsClub and outdoor kids playground, and much more. Plus, guests who stay three nights or longer get complimentary on-property testing to meet the travel requirements for returning to the U.S., along with stringent COVID safety protocols.
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla aims to provide a more authentic experience that blends style, adventure, and the local culture, with comfortable, locally-inspired rooms that include extra-spacious suites with spectacular sea views. It has a gorgeous infinity pool and poolside bar, while authentic local specialties are served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, some of the most beautiful beaches and adventure activities are just around the corner. In fact, La Isla Entertainment Village is a three-minute walk away and hosts Interactive Aquarium Cancun. It offers unforgettable interactive experiences with rays and other marine life, along with the chance to swim right inside an aquarium.
Now through April 15, 2021, guests can book a four-night stay in a partial ocean view room and receive a breakfast buffet for two on the morning of their choice, whale watching for two, and a lounge chair and umbrella rental set. The resort provides enriching cultural immersion at every turn, surrounded by royal fish ponds, ancient petroglyph fields, and natural lava plains, while bordered by a collection of swimmable beaches. Families can enjoy everything from a coastal trek following historic paths once reserved for Hawaiian royalty to adventuring out in the Pacific in a traditional Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe. Plus, the Holoholo Kids Crew offers indoor and outdoor cultural-based activities tailored by age group.
Mill Falls at the Lake sits along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and includes a number of inns, with some spacious rooms that include kitchenettes for dining in. All are within a short walking distance, providing guests with access to facilities at each one. Warm weather activities include a sandy beach for swimming and an activity center that offers kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, and stand-up paddleboard rentals. There are also three pools, including an indoor pool and an indoor/outdoor pool, family-friendly restaurants, and many other amenities too.
The Back to Nature Package at this Houston Marriott, located downtown overlooking Discovery Green Park, is ideal for the whole family. It includes vouchers for your choice of paddle boarding, kayaking or ice skating, along with free breakfast for two adults and two children under 12 at its signature restaurant, Walker Street Kitchen. You and receive vouchers for your choice of paddle boarding, kayaking or ice skating. The property also features an impressive list of amenities that includes a Texas-shaped lazy river, six restaurants, an on-site spa and an infinity pool.