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Multigenerational Travel: Preferred Family

By  Lynn O'Rourke Hayes   

Preferred Family Multigenerational Travel

We all know that family life is hectic.

But who ever thought it would be a challenge to carve out time to plan a vacation, let alone take one. That’s among the long list of reasons multigenerational travel is one of the fastest growing trends in the travel industry today.

Given that our families are more spread out geographically than at any time in history, a trip that includes grandparents, siblings, cousins, even aunts and uncles, is a popular and time-wise option for the modern family.

The pros at Preferred Family understand how difficult it can be to make time for memories. Their collection of 260 (and growing) certified hotels and resorts worldwide at is a great place to discover dreamy multigenerational travel destinations.  (You can complete a booking there too.)

All hotels in the collection meet Preferred Family Certification standards based on their age-specific offerings for children in five categories: hotel amenities, facilities, programs, services, and entertainment.

Because sometimes getting started is the hardest part, we’ve researched a few options within the Preferred Family Collection that may be just right for your extended family vacation plan.

Hawks Cay Resort

Activities galore. 

Located in the Florida Keys, Hawks Cay Resort offers plenty to keep every member of the family smiling. Choose from five swimming pools, a saltwater lagoon, fly fishing, spa treatments and jet –ski tours. Reserve villa rooms or connecting hotel-style rooms, some with kitchens.

Still need help planning? The on-site concierge can help coordinate activities to keep your extended clan relaxed and enjoying the natural beauty of Duck Key.

Tuscan Castle Preferred Family Photo by Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Sleep in a castle.

Who doesn’t want to explore the Tuscan countryside?   Stay in a reconstructed farmhouse surrounded by vineyards. Others may opt for a suite adjacent to the negative edge pool and spa in the center of the 4200-acre Castello di Casole estate. Oozing with charm, the restored castle, dating back to 998, and picturesque grounds provide a fairytale-like backdrop for your extended family holiday. Who’s up for horseback-riding, fishing, or hiking? Others will find their Zen in the yoga class held in a restored church, exploring neighboring villages or learning to create local specialties. (Think kid-crafted, oven-fired pizza) In the warmer months, gather the clan for evening concerts on the lawn as the sun drops below the rolling Tuscan hills.

Santa Barbara Curacao Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Catch some rays.

Check into this 27-acre seaside gem on the island of Curacao for sun, sea and sand inspired family fun.  The Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort’s Camp Arowok paired with National Geographic Kids to offer eco-friendly and locally-inspired activities, including the chance to feed the resort’s resident iguana. Play golf on a championship, seaside course, learn to dive with the onsite scuba pros or relax at the spa. Catch up on family news during a stroll along the private beach or grab the snorkels and count the colorful fish in the swimming lagoon. Connecting rooms and suites provide accommodation combinations to suit individual family needs.

Sundance iPrefer

Breathe Mountain Air.

Are you a peak-loving clan?  You’ll want to explore the Sundance Preserve, founded my film maker and conservationist Robert Redford, where, at the base of the 12,000 foot Mount Timpanagos, winter and summer sports, art and creativity are encouraged.

Your crew's home base is the luxury Sundance Resort where accommodations include connecting rooms, cottages, suites and luxury mountain homes. During the winter months, head for the slopes on skis or snowboards or make your way to the Nordic Center to access cross country gear and trails.  Children ages 4 and up can join the Wild Bunch for winter fun. Summertime brings wildflowers, hiking, and fly-fishing. Spa services are popular and youth-friendly pottery, beading and printmaking classes are available year round in the Art Shack.

There is no time like the present to plan a multigenerational family trip. Your whole family will thank you for taking the first steps toward a grand and glorious family getaway.

Let the fun begin! 

Also note: You’ll want to find out more about Preferred Hotel Group’s iPrefer program. It’s a points-based loyalty program that offers benefits at more than 500 independent hotels and resorts worldwide – of which more than 200 are Preferred Family Certified. Families that join the program start earning status, special benefits, and points from their very first stay and have the flexibility and freedom to choose the reward that works best for them, whether they want to redeem their points for free stays, dining, spa services, and more.

This post was sponsored by the Preferred Hotel Group. As always, the opinions are my own.

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