Summer is finally here—and we can’t stop thinking of the beach. In this edition, what better place to highlight than Mexico’s Mayakoba Resort, with its beautiful beaches and amazing amenities. While we’re talking about Mexico, we also give you the lowdown on Mezcal, a traditional drink that’s becoming popular with a new generation. And after coming back from a wonderful company retreat recently, our specialists are here to offer some advice on planning one of your own.
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
In search of an upscale summer vacation that caters to your kids as well as you? More and more family-friendly resorts are treating youngsters like VIPs, with incredibly diverse kids programs. In some cases, they run all year long. These five winners offer organized and supervised activities that make the most of the great outdoors.
Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Costa Rica is famous for its variety of wildlife. For kids that translates to creepy-crawly heaven. In the Kids for All Seasons program, resort guides take young explorers on eco-adventures in search of local insects, reptiles and birds. Supervised beach fun includes hermit crab hunts, sand castle contests and treasure collecting. At the end of a long day, young guests can unwind by their own private pool or enjoy nightly story time.
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Grand Velas, Mexico
These all-inclusive luxury resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit specialize in fun for all ages. Youngsters can fill their days with sand castle building, cooking classes, water balloon wars, and foam parties. Teens can sign up for non-alcoholic mixology classes, and urban dance classes. The entire family can make lasting memories over surf and paddle boating, eco-cycling tours, sushi making classes and drive-in movie night.
Courtesy of The Cloister on Sea Island
The Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia
For guests ages 3-14, Camp Cloister comes alive in the summer, over spring break and holidays. In the Junior Naturalist program, young campers shadow an expert for the day, learning about the islands ecosystems. Teens and tweens can learn how to build a tent, make a fire, and read a compass. Kids ages 8-15 can even visit the spa for a facial or massage. Family get to bond over salt marsh kayaking, sailing, horseback riding, and bingo. After dark, everyone can unwind with s’mores by the fire pit.
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Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
With classic southern charm, this family-friendly resort encourages kids to explore the great outdoors. Camp themes rotate daily. From bird and bug watching along nature trails to treasure hunting and pirate boat building, activities spark imagination and discovery. Favorite pastimes include fishing and crabbing as part of the Waterway Wonders program.
Courtesy of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico
Thanks to a partnership with renowned oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, the Ritz-Carlton’s Ritz Kids clubs offers children ages 4-12 one-of-a-kind environmental experiences. At stunning Dorado Beach, families can discover the City under the Sea with guided snorkeling (ages 9 and up) and sea creature spotting. Fun land-based activities include the Creatures of the Night forest hike, an eco-arts & crafts program called From Junk to Funk, and pizza making classes using “solar ovens.”