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July 23, 2014

PreferredFamily.com: Helping Families Plan Travel Adventures (Review + $100 Giveaway)

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School is nearly out, so let the summer vacation planning commence. Well, maybe not commence, since I already feel like I’ve been planning our family travels for months already. To make my life easier, I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest planning resources, so finding a family-focused planning tool, like the Preferred Family website, has been unbelievably helpful.

Not only does PreferredFamily.com focus on family-friendly properties with pools and kids clubs, but these properties are Preferred Family Certified, which means that these luxury independent hotels go above and beyond to offer the best experiences for families. Many of these hotels and resorts offer playgrounds, children’s dining options, swimming lessons, even cooking lessons. The site also lets you search and filter your preferences by the ages of your children (e.g., 0-2, 3-4, 5-8, etc.) to find properties tailored to their age-specific needs and interests.

Take a look at just a few of the highlights of the Preferred Family travel planning website that make it easy for moms, like me, to plan and coordinate fun family vacations in a snap:

family travel plannerFamily Travel Planner 

It’s never easy to quickly find out whether a hotel or resort offers babysitting services, has a kids club and/or will let you bring your pet with you. Usually I find that I must place a phone call to the front desk of my desired hotel before I know for sure whether there are amenities to meet my needs.

Fortunately, the Family Travel Planner on the Preferred Family website makes it easy to quickly search top family-friendly hotels and resorts with kids clubs, water sports and/or beach access, for example. I searched for properties with all three of these amenities and was pleased with the selection of properties that turned up, including Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys (we recently stayed there and had a fantastic time) and The Cloister at Sea Island in Georgia.

The Family Travel Planner also has a “Take a Chance” feature. Check that box and results will appear that have been tagged with a certain style or amenity, such as “Tranquil” or “Spa.” I liked browsing the properties, and especially looking at the pictures, to see if any might be a good fit for a future family vacation.

kid golfingSpecial Offers 

We all like getting great deals on family vacations, right? Look to the Special Offers section for exclusive offers and family rates at top family hotels and resorts around the world.  For example, at select Preferred Family properties, guests can receive a second room for half-price. For those with big families, this is a really great deal since you just can’t fit six in a hotel room (at least not comfortably!).

At some resorts, Preferred Family even offers “Kids Play Free” golf packages, which means a free round of golf for one child when playing with an adult. What a fun way to spend the afternoon together with your child (assuming golf doesn’t frustrate you the way it frustrates me!). They also offer special rates when you book with your MasterCard (book four nights, get one free) or Visa (get 20-50% off rates plus complimentary breakfast).

eiffel towerThree Days In… 

The Three Days In… section is one of my favorite areas of the Preferred Family website. I recently took two of my daughters to Key West, Florida and this compilation of great places to explore, tour and eat couldn’t have been more helpful, particularly since a lot of the suggestions, like the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, as well as the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, are both educational and fun.

This summer, we’re headed to Ireland and France, so you know I’ve already pinned Three Days In…Paris and Three Days in…Dublin. When you don’t have a lot of time, or when you’re looking for just the must-do activities, these are great family itineraries. Each of the itineraries also highlights family-friendly hotels to consider for each destination, which is incredibly helpful when you know where you want to go but aren’t quite sure where to stay.

More than 230 hotels are a part of the Preferred Hotels group, including beautiful properties situated on the beach, in the mountains and amongst the hustle and bustle of some of the most popular cities around the world. Be sure to check out the properties on the Preferred Family website, and also peruse some of the blog posts from Family Blogs, like mine, for more scoop on what to do on your travels.

So, do you want the chance to win a $100 VISA gift card just for checking out PreferredFamily.com? Go have a look and let me know your favorite Preferred Family hotel and why it’s your favorite. They’re all over the world, so it may be tough to choose! Just enter below by Friday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Disclaimer: I was compensated for this review. However, the views and opinions expressed here are my own. 

Photo Credit: Myrtle Beach Golf (boy golfing), David Dearman (Paris)


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Comments

  1. Mary Happymommy says:

    I like THE SANCTUARY AT KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT because our family loves vacationing in South Carolina.

  2. Elena says:

    I like the Grand Del Mar hotel because it’s a nice place not far from my home

  3. rebecca shockley says:

    The Pfister Hotel because it’s close to home and it’s local kind of!

  4. Janelle says:

    The makena beach and golf resort. I need to get back to Hawaii one of these days!

  5. Laura says:

    The Hotel Angleterre & Residence in Geneva. Visiting Lake Geneva is on my wish list!

  6. stephanie says:

    i like to go to Montage Laguna Beach

  7. Ashley says:

    TWELVE Atlantic Station
    because they have many services for families with small kids

  8. A says:

    I’m gonna go with Chicago, because I’ve been wanting to take my family there on vacation for a couple years now. Loved all the tips the site had too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. lana says:

    KIAWAH ISLAND

  10. Laura Jacobson says:

    I would say Hawks Cay Resort! I love that its the Florida Keys…and on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico! A huge plus that its certified for preschoolers! The sunset cruises would be so neat too! Sounds like a place we would love to stay!

  11. RobRob says:

    I’m split. I would normally prefer the Surf & Sand Resort because it’s in one of my favorite places, Laguna Beach! And because my family loves both surf and sand. However, we’re heading to LA for college visits this summer and need something convenient to a broad area, from Santa Barbara to Long Beach, so it looks like the Boulevard Hotel might suit us best. Plus, I love that area above Hollywood. Nice nice nice!

  12. meredith says:

    my dream is to go to italy and i would pick the Capri Tiberio Palace Hotel & Spa

  13. D SCHMIDT says:

    My favorite is the Samoset Resort just south of Camden, Maine because its on 230 acres of land, along the ocean and perfect for families.

  14. Janet W. says:

    I like the Sandpearl Resort because it’s certified for my grandson’s age group and is right on the beach for us to enjoy!

  15. Sunnie says:

    I would pick the dunton hot springs in Delores CO.

  16. Jess says:

    Boston Harbor Hotel would be a dream to stay in during our trip to the city this summer.

  17. Kari says:

    I would love to stay in The Peninsula Chicago. Our kids are teens/tween and we have been wanting to take them on a family trip to the city of Chicago. Lots of fun things to do there!

  18. courtney b says:

    i would visit the grand del mar in san diego because its gorgeous and i’ve been there before….

  19. Wild Orchid says:

    I would pick HAWKS CAY RESORT because I have always wanted to go to the Florida Keys!

  20. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would go to the Montage Laguna Beach Resort because its gorgeous and its 5 stars

  21. phxbne says:

    Fullerton Singapore – heading there in July!

  22. Jennifer Marie says:

    Makena Beach & Golf Resort b/c I love Hawaii!!

  23. Ashley Tucker says:

    The Grand Del Mar in San Diego..because I want to go to California!!

  24. Thomas Murphy says:

    Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach, Florida because I love that area

  25. Tabathia B says:

    the Old Edwards Inn and Spa because it’s near the mountains