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Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World – Not Your Typical Orlando Resort.

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The Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World is the latest five-star addition to the expanding luxury travel scene in Orlando. The newcomer (opened in September 2014) redefines Orlando luxury and offers accommodations that stun with their simplicity and flawless style.

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Located within the gates of the World Disney Resort, the hotel offers sublime views of the Epcot Center, Magic and Animal Kingdom and serves as the perfect vantage point to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks and catch some of the Epcot fireworks. It is also a great jumping-off point for your visits to all of the Disney parks as well as Universal Orlando and other Orlando attractions and offers complimentary shuttle to all of the Disney parks. But be ware, once you check-in, you may never want to leave this spectacular resort and will forget all about your scheduled theme park activities!

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The Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World offers 443 rooms and 68 suites, all with balconies overlooking the Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club. The rooms are tastefully decorated in neutral tones with teal or orange accents. The zen-like bathrooms feature soaking tubs and oversized showers and the master bathrooms in the hotel’s suites are simply pieces of art. And for TV addicts, each bathroom has built-in TVs in the mirrors (I won’t lie – I watched the Federer-Djokovic US Open final as I was putting my make-up on and doing my hair!).

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And what about the little ones?  They will surely love the The Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World just as much as you will! The hotel hosts its signature “Goofy and its Pals Character Breakfast” three times a week where children can interact with Goofy as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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The hotel boasts 2 children-friendly pools and a fun-filled lazy river that will surely steel the hearts of all little ones and has a complimentary Kids for All Seasons kids camp open 8 hours per day that offers a climbing wall, water basketball and volleyball, a video games center and as well as a pingpong table. And the excellent Spa (for which you get a $100 credit by booking with us!) not only has the best massages we have ever had, it also offers the Magical Moments experience where every child can live their dream and get a magical prince or magical princess makeover.  Your child will never forget this magical place!

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For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay

 

 

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When is the Right Age to Travel with Kids?

Xavi flyingClients are always asking me about when is the right age to travel with their kids. They want to wait until the kids are older so they will remember the trip and they are afraid to take young children on long flights.  But I am here to tell you differently – I really think the earlier you get your kids out and about the better!  They will remember more than you think and the more often they travel the easier it becomes.

My son is two and a half and he already knows exactly what to do on a plane.  A few months ago we flew with him to Miami to stay at the Acqualina.  He is still talking about “the yellow house with the beach and pool” and is always asking to go back.  And just a few weeks ago we took him to St. Lucia to Sugar Beach a Viceroy Resort.  Even I was shocked at how well he behaved on the plane.  He remembered everything from this last trip – he knew he had to buckle up and couldn’t watch the ipad until we were “flying in the sky.” A “special treat” (Pirate’s Booty) kept him quiet during take off and landing and he even asked to drink water so his ears wouldn’t hurt (I’ve been obsessing over this since traveling with him as an infant). He is telling everyone that he loved the pool at the Viceroy but the ocean was too salty for him and hurt his eyes.

Our next adventure is taking him to Italy and Spain next month.  To get him excited I have been showing him where we are going on a globe. He is so proud to know these destinations and can’t wait for the trip. Just the other night his grandmother asked him is he was going to Italy and he was quick to respond with “and Spain.” Even though they are young, they can still appreciate the finer things!

Click to see Xavi point to all his favorite destinations on YouTube  Xavi’s Globe

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Best Kids Programs at Luxury Hotels

Here’s our picks for the best kids programs at luxury hotels:

  • Montage, Laguna Beach, California  – Aside from their regular Paint Box program (which we love), the Montage also has something for petites!  Kids aged 2-5 are welcome, and they don’t even need to be potty trained!
  • Acqualina, Sunny Isles, Florida – Kids get to take part in aqua adventures in this marine biology based educational program, specially designed for kinds aged 5 – 12.  Relay races, games, swimming, arts & crafts, eco-explorations, obstacle courses, building projects, trivia challenges, and scavenger hunts are all part of the many activities offered here.
  • Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman – Introduce children to the natural wonders and rich cultural traditions of the Cayman Islands as part of this program. The islands’ ecological resources are a natural classroom and living laboratory in which families embark on eco-adventures.
  • Ritz Carlton, Maui – The program at this recently renovated hotel in Maui features an environment kids’ curriculum, developed with preservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau, which includes snorkeling expeditions, underwater-photography classes, and workshops on turtles, whales, and ancient Hawaiian navigation techniques.
  • Four Seasons, Maldives – This property has an additional program for young adults (age 13 – 18) which will keep your teenagers entertained and happy! Activities include, diving lessons, marine life presentations, day and night snorkeling excursions, windsurfing and private beach dinners for your kids and their friends.

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Travel with Kids

Have kids but still want to travel?

It is easier than you might think. Conde Nast Traveler just did a piece on taking kids to Florence.  I took my son there last year and it was (almost) effortless.

We stayed at Villa La Massa (which is VERY good for kids – complete with outdoor play area on their beautiful, sprawling grounds) in a one bedroom suite. The suite was great because we could put the baby to sleep in the bedroom and my husband and I could drink wine in the living room and plan our activities for the next day.

I was initially worried such an old city wouldn’t be stroller friendly – but the cobblestone streets handled our city mini just fine. It made us feel like locals because they all had strollers too!

Everyone would approach us to tell us how beautiful the baby was – and the servers at restaurants went out of their way to make us comfortable.  I think we got better treatment than we ever would have without a baby.

We’re already planning his next getaway!

 

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