Friday, June 19, 2009

Familiy Vacation Deals

After Continental airlines put two unaccompanied girls onto incorrect Continental Express flights to different cities last weekend, parents are seriously considering taking their children with them on vacation, or at least being by their side while on vacation. "I don’t like for children to be put into adult situations and, in my opinion, flying alone puts a 9-year-old in an adult situation. It can be stressful and traumatic for a child to be alone on a plane. Stuff can happen," said Burnice Drake, who flew Northwest to accompany her daughter to Los Angeles, where she will be visiting her favorite aunt. Drake returned the next day to Washington while her daughter stayed in L.A., but perhaps you're torn on whether to take the kids on vacation. Why not, especially since there are plenty of family deals to be had?

Cap Juluca in Maundays Bay, Anguilla offers plenty of incentives for the traveling family, for example. You won't need to worry about your children getting lost in the bustle, because each Moorish-style beachfront villa has 6 rooms, and you can get breakfast served on your private terrace every morning.. Best of all, if you book one room for five nights, you'll get the second room for free at Cap Jaluca. You can bask on a private resort beach as a Cap Jaluca guest, but you can easily go to shops and restaurants by boat—it's just a 15 minute trip. Grab snacks for the kids at George's, located at the center of the beach and frequented by tourists, and take in the views of the mountains of St. Maarten, only six miles away.

Hotel Le Bristol in Paris also features a special family deal for those who are more interested in checking out Europe than they are staying on an island. You might want to take your teen to this exclusive hotel, known for its gorgeous French garden, which puts you in a prime location for both art (there are plenty of galleries nearby) and fashion (boutiques abound). Take a dip in the indoor rooftop swimming pool while thinking about all your savings: Hotel Le Bristol offers two connecting rooms and a free buffet breakfast daily for families from 1185 Euros per night. With just a two-night stay required, you can book this hotel while traveling Europe with your family, or when you head out for a mini-vacation of London, Paris, and Madrid with your teen for a graduation present. Don't be afraid to take your teen to a few of the countless art exhibitions in the city, because some of them are fantastically funky and interesting, including performance art work and displays like Andy Warhol. There's always Disneyland Paris if you're traveling with younger ones, or you can retire to the quiet Basilique du Sacré-Cœur in Montmarte for a picnic lunch.

Your child won't be flying unaccompanied this summer—not when you can get these deals!

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