Ah, summer. Remember that feeling when you were a kid? Two months of freedom and vacation fun. Whether it was meeting your favorite cartoon characters at Disney World, seeing the pyramids in Egypt or some other magical moment in between, there was no better feeling than being on a long break with your loved ones. If you’re looking to revisit those feelings with a last-minute family summer vacation somewhere, we’ve got five great ideas for you.
In downtown Vancouver, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Rosewood Hotel Georgia offers an urban escape for everyone under your roof. The hotel’s Rose Buds for Children program makes it easy for groups to travel with amenities like baby monitors, full-size cribs and babysitting services. You’ll also find delightful surprises like miniature velour bathrobes and a tasty children’s menu for in-room dining. Explore the beautiful oceanside city this summer by booking the Rosewood Family Package, where you can receive a second room for children 18 or younger at 40 percent off in addition to a teddy bear, coloring book and complimentary daily movie, popcorn and juice.
Inspired by the magic of Mary Poppins, Harry Potter and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Four-Star The Berkeley hopes to capture and inspire the whole family this summer with its Happy Family promotion. From a tote bag full of goodies on arrival (and a bottle of champagne for the adults) to an embroidered bathrobe at bedtime, there’s plenty of fun to be had — not to mention afternoons of splashing about in the rooftop swimming pool. The package includes two bedrooms, traditional English breakfast for four, a selection of entertainment (including Nintendo Wii game consoles) and a choice of tickets to popular city attractions like the London Zoo or Madame Tussauds.
This summer, the family-friendly Four Seasons Hotel Firenze invites you to experience and celebrate the art of the masters of the Renaissance and the Middle Ages with its Discover Leonardo Da Vinci offer. If your child could ever take his head out of his smartphone, he’d notice just how cool this package was. The deal includes a two-night stay; a three-hour personalized guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery to discover the genius of Leonardo da Vinci; a breakfast credit for two; dinner at the Four Seasons’ revered restaurant Il Palagio; and two Firenze Cards, passes that provide complimentary access to other major museums and villas of Florence.
Visit the City of Light with the whole family in style at Mandarin Oriental, Paris this summer. The luxury hotel has teamed up with children’s designer brand Paul Smith Junior to create a fun, extravagant experience for pint-sized guests. The Family Travel by Paul Smith Junior package includes a suite with connecting guest room, daily breakfast for the whole family, a welcome surprise for kids as well as a signed Paul Smith Junior treat and specialized pajamas by Mandarin Oriental, Paris and Paul Smith Junior. But the best gift of them all might be the fact that the hotel is only minutes from Champs-Élysées and the Louvre.
If you’re looking for a summer vacation with European ambience without having to cross the pond, head to this part of Quebec where the cobblestone roads of Old Montreal will almost make you forget you’re still in the Americas. The Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s Family and Friends Getaway offers 50 percent off connecting rooms for families looking to explore the old French city. Additionally, you get complimentary breakfast for kids 13 years and younger. After filling up at the Four-Star hotel, your group can ease its hunger for exploring at Jean-Talon Market, Notre Dame Basilica or other attractions less than 20 minutes from your room.