The first time I was fortunate enough to visit the Bahamas was when I orchestrated a spring break girls trip while at the University of Michigan (Go Blue). We were fortunate to pay only $492 for round trip airfare (Vista Count) was the airline, and I am not even sure it still exists. However we were fearless and had the most amazing week staying at the half moon hotel but going to the other major hotels and beaches to chill, hang out, find beaches and party. Fast forward with several cruises, family stays, and marketing jobs, Nassau has become a staple in our Caribbean.
Located on New Providence Island, Nassau has an attractive harbor a colorful blend of old world and colonial architecture, and a busy port. The tropical climate and natural beauty of the Bahamas have made Nassau a popular tourist destination.
Nassau developed directly behind the port area. New Providence provides 200 km² of relatively flat and low-lying land intersected by low ridges (none of which restricted settlement). In the center of the island there are several shallow lakes that are tidally connected.
The city’s proximity to the United States (290 km east-southeast of Miami, Florida) has contributed to its popularity as a holiday resort, especially after the United States imposed a ban on travel to Cuba in 1963. The Atlantis resort on nearby Paradise Island accounts for more tourist arrivals to the city than any other hotel property. The mega-resort employs over 6,000 Bahamians, and is the largest employer outside government.
When in the Bahamas you must try the local staple, Conch.Here is a variation of a conch salad recipe.
How To Please Everyone On Your Next Family Vacation!
If you are like me you may have very different personalities and hobbies to cater to in your household. For example my son Kingston and I absolutely love the warmth of sunshine, reading by the pool or ocean and relaxing with good music. While Colin and Ace love snow, food and ANYTHING with a high level of adventure with a slight tinge of danger on the side.
So what’s a mom to do when planning vacations? Compromise. In our household where budgeting is a crucial factor in determining where and when we travel we have incorporated a few different ways to choose our family vacations. Here couple of fun options that keep everyone happy and excited for every trip!
Grab a Mason Jar and have everyone write down where they would like to go and what they would like to do on a sheet of paper. Place inside the Jar. Now take a sheet of paper and make several blank boxes. When anyone in the family completes an amazing task or accomplishes something cool, or worthy (ie. great grades, community work, promotion, etc..) They get to enter their name in the jar. Everyone must agree on when the contest begins and ends so at the end of the quarter, 6 month mark or year, the person with the most name entries in the jar gets to have their vacation request honored. This is a great way to promote hard work dedication and unity within the family. It’s a great way to achieve a hard-earned vacation and family time and also encourages creative ways to be of help in the family and community at large.
Grab Bag. This is a much more laid back and fun approach to picking your family getaway. And in my opinion works well with weekend getaways. With the grab bag vacation option, as a family you write down multiple places you have yet to visit and place them in a hat, and then you just reach in a grab a slip and off you go!! Spontaneous, fun and sure to raise the level of excitement.
Lastly and most often used by the Loftus Crew is good ole fashioned research for places that contain the most of everything we are looking for in one. While you can’t please everyone, there are a few areas and resorts that come close to providing most of what everyone would enjoy!
Here are 5 Amazing Resorts and Locations That Are Sure To Please Everyone In The Family!
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.
So many things to do like relaxing on the beach with a pina colada, sliding down an amazing see through water slide in between sharks, water-skiing, parasailing, gambling in the casino, shopping, getting a massage in the spa and much more make this a can’t miss family vacation spot.
Waldorf Astoria, Bonnet Creek, FL
This lavish luxury hotel is only about 5 miles from Epcot and 6 miles from Magic Kingdom, and offers free shuttle service to both parks!! What a win-win. Perfect for pleasing the parents with 5 star accommodations and restaurants but yet a stones throw away from Mickey Mouse, Jackpot!!
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island, HI
For those of you already familiar Loft & Learn you know what a fan I am of this resort. As mentioned in a previous post this is hands down the most amazing resort I have ever seen. It serves as much more than a Hotel. It is also offers world-class art museum, fine dining, dolphin experience, luau, water-sport lagoon, waterfalls, and so much more. Our family loved every minute of it and is definitely on our places to frequent list when on that side of the Island. When visiting the Big Island, HI make sure to tour the award-winning Kona Coffee Belt and take a tour of one of the amazing coffee farms. See how the beans are picked by hand roasted with care.and Order a little Paradise in a cup and have some of the Big Island, HI everyday with Naturally Kona Coffee.
Ritz Carlton, Cancun, Mexico
Located in the Hotel Zone on an expansive white beach along a beautiful stretch of coastline. All guest rooms and suites boast ocean views to take in the cerulean waters. Rooms are exquisitely furnished, spacious, and well-appointed. Attentive staff provide outstanding service for all of your needs during your stay including twice-daily housekeeping. Children can stay busy with the Ritz Kids Mayan Adventures program providing physical and creative activities. Colin and I can attest to the fact that while beautiful and top-notch if you are looking for more local flare then head to (ciudad) downtown Cancun where you will find food with more local flare and moderate prices to balance this tremendous vacation out.
Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado
Look no further than Beaver Creek if you have any ski enthusiasts. They have an award-winning kid friendly ski programs, ski school, nursery, and white glove fast track adventure not to be missed. Spas, shopping, ice skating, sledding, are just a few more of the many things to do at this stunning vacation spot. And don’t get me started on the accommodations, from beautiful condos to luxurious stand alone family cabins the Beaver Creed Resort has it all.
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