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The Westin Princeville Ocean
Resort Villas on Kauai offers a
main pool and a children's pool, as
well as two plunge pools.
Hawaii's Family Fun
Families tie into sweet deals, free meals and plenty of perks.
As multi-generational travel continues its
upward trend, Hawaii remains among the
leaders of the pack. "We hear all the time that
a vacation here allows families to unwind,
slow down and really open up to the things
we value most in life," says Jay Talwar, Hawaii
Visitors and Convention Bureau's chief
marketing officer. "In most cases, that's
balance and quality time with our loved ones."
Talwar adds that agents have access to a
flurry of Hawaii properties offering special
concessions for children, such as Kids Eat
Free programs and multiple room discounts.
"Hotels and resorts are also putting a lot of
thought into their kids programs to offer
activities and experiences that are fun,
educational and unique to Hawaii."
Case in point is Four Seasons Resort
Hualalai's complimentary Kids For All Seasons
that engages with canoe paddling and eagle
ray feedings. At The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua,
Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the
Environment shares Hawaii's natural wonders,
including native flora.
"We have terrific, agent-friendly packages
that are easy to sell and present a great value
for families, including our Ocean Promotion
and Suite Life offers," says Dale Carstensen,
regional director of sales, leisure for Starwood
Hotels and Resorts' 11 Hawaii properties.
Select programs allow kids 5 and younger to
eat free with paid adults, while several broaden
it to children under 12.
On the Kohala Coast, it's all about robust
recreation. Waikoloa Beach Resort's Family
Golf Days lets offspring and parents swing
away at its Kings' Course (from 3 p.m.) for $25
and $50, respectively. Juniors 6-17 also enjoy
complimentary club use, while adults pay $25.
At Mauna Kea Beach Hotel's Beach Club,
manta-mania is fueled by nightly snorkel
excursions and new Glow SUP (stand-up
paddleboarding) revealing these rays and other
ocean marvels in pristine Kauna'oa Bay.
On Kauai's lush north shore, the resort
fee-free Westin Princeville Ocean Resort
Villas keeps up to eight connected in luxury
style. Families booking a Deluxe Island View
One-Bedroom Villa with nightly rates from
$550 can boost the space with a connecting
Studio Villa for an additional $100 nightly. A
3-night minimum stay is required on bookings
through Dec. 25.
Perched on the south shore, The Villas at
Poipu Kai provides daily rental car use on
7-night rack rate stays in select categories from
April 20-May 30, Aug. 15-Nov. 15 and Dec.
1-15. Homey conveniences include a gourmet
kitchen, separate living room, lanai, in-villa
laundry and WiFi.
On 3-night minimum stays through Dec.
15, Koloa Landing Wyndham Grand
Resort's Family Vacation package covers 20
percent off select villa rates, rental car use,
$100 activity credit and daily breakfast for two
(kids under 12 eat free).
Eco-diversions thrive as well, with the
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa engaging
all ages along its nature-centric Wildlife Walk
and Kawailoa hydroponic farm tours.
"This is a wonderful destination for families
to get away together and enjoy the sunshine,"
says John Yeadon, director of sales and
marketing at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort
& Spa. With a mother lode of year-round
activities and add-ons from $379 nightly, the
Ultimate Maui Family Vacation covers daily
SUV with self-parking, daily buffet for two
adults and two kids, plus ticket discounts for
top Maui excursions.
Destination Residences Hawaii's Your
Vacation, Our Destination says aloha with up
to 30 percent savings on vacation homes,
plus $155 in gift cards from restaurants and
spas. Select properties extend the pleasure on
2- and 3-bedroom bookings with free rental
car use. Through Dec. 19, nightly rates are
from $249 at Wailea Grand Champions
Villas to $1,799 for a 3-bedroom with plunge
pool at Wailea Beach Villas. "A lot of our
guests actually return each year and request
the same villa or condo; it's become their true
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend March 2016
Hotel Desk: Growth of Barcelo
Tour Talk: Are We There Yet?
The New All-Inclusives For Families
Onsite Review: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
New Happenings at All-Inclusives
2016 Delta Air Lines Europe, Middle East, and Africa Travel Guide
Spring into Hawaii’s Family Fun
New Choices for Families in Florida
Onsite Review: Icy Strait Point, Hoonah
What’s New in Alaska
Adventure-Lands Ripe for Family Travel
Recommend March 2016