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:
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.
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).
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.
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)