Why you should travel with children

Often times we must decide whether our dream vacation has room for the kids or if they, and us, are better off sending the kids to stay with Grandma. There are many times you should vacation alone and reconnect as a couple and often times you choose this too because of expense or a complicated itinerary. But those who take the extra time to plan and include their children will have an infinitely enriched experience, producing life-long memories.

Family time– American children are over scheduled with school activities, sports, and parties. They need to recharge and relax as much as, or more than adults sometimes. Parents also find it hard to have quality family time with the kids running in all directions. A vacation together gives you all a chance to slow down and catch up with one another. Imagine just lying on a beach with your teenage daughter and she actually talks to you about her friends. Imagine having dinner together every night and talking about your day. Imagine your child holding your hand as you stroll through a quaint village or store. We need to slow down and spend time together.

Experience the world through a child’s eyes–  your ideal view of Paris may include museums and fine dining. Your children may enjoy the same but most likely they will allow you to see more of the real city. Travelling with children forces you to seek out interesting things for them and in doing so, you see things you may have never put on your list. Without kids in tow, you may never have found the amazing park and gardens that you enjoyed as much as they did. By looking for a kid’s menu , you may try a restaurant that was not on your radar, but end up with a fantastic meal at a local undiscovered gem. And in looking at art, you may over analyze it while your son tells you why it is pretty and you begin to see it through his eyes.  Children also make friends very easily and will readily talk to locals.

Expose your children to a bigger world– good parents prepare their children for the world. You give them tools and lessons for survival and growth. By exposing them to travel, they become more comfortable with the world. You also instill a sense of curiosity and wonder.  Having a real sense of how things are in other parts of the world can help them in school, work and just their everyday conversations.

Traveling with children can be tricky. You have to plan more, pack more , and spend more. But the return on the investment you make will pay off immensely. My children learn and experience new things on our vacations and I truly love that they have such good memories. Each time they recall a detail from a past trip it tugs at my heartstrings and I know it was worth it.

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Virtuoso Preview Properties: Exclusive Access and Extra Amenities at New Properties in Miami and Florence, Italy

Two exciting properties are opening soon and we have the details.

The Metropolitan by COMO, Miami is soon to open January 27, 2014.


Metropolitan by COMO Miami Lobby


The 1930’s historic property underwent an extensive remodel to create the Metropolitan by COMO hotel. It is located in the Art Deco district and is walking distance to cultural venues such as theaters, ballet, and museums.


Guest Room at Metropolitan COMO Miami


There are 74 Guest rooms decorated in cool green and white. The property faces the intercoastal waterway on the front and the beach on it’s backside, with direct beach access. It has a pool, two restaurants, a spa with yoga terrace and juice bar, and a private boat dock. The hotel is also pet friendly.

Virtuoso Exclusive Opening Offer– Book a stay by April 30, 2014:

   Usage of rooftop cabana daybed for one day
   A COMO Shambhala spa gift bag
   One COMO Shambhala specialty juice at the rooftop juice bar

That’s in addition to these Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities:
   Breakfast buffet for two daily
   A room upgrade upon check-in, if available
   Early check-in and late checkout, if available
   $100 resort credit (longer stays may qualify for additional credit)

Introducing Portrait Firenze opening in Florence, Italy April 16,  2014.

The hotel will feature 6 rooms and 30 suites that draw inspiration from the city’s art, history, and fashion.


Ponte Vecchio 2 Bedroom Suite

The hotels prime location overlooks the Arno River,  the Ponte Vecchio and the Florentine countryside. The hotel is perfect for couples or families.


Signature Suite with view of the Arno River

Virtuoso Exclusive Amenities Available through us:

Room upgrade upon arrival, if available
A bottle of Italian sparkling wine upon arrival
Breakfast daily for two
EUR50 food & beverage credit
One-way transfer to airport or rail station
Entrance to Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Early check-in and late checkout, if available

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New Ritz-Carlton Aruba to open November 22, 2013

The highly anticipated new Ritz-Carlton Aruba is set to open this week.  The new resort is the only 5 Star property on Aruba. It is situated on popular Palm Beach on the northwestern tip of the island.


Divi trees on the beach

The resort offers 320 oceanfront rooms and suites all with private balconies and stunning bathrooms.


Guest room at Ritz-Carlton Aruba


Bathroom at Ritz-Carlton Aruba

The resort will feature 4 restaurants, a 15,000 sq. foot spa with 13 treatment rooms, 2 pools, a 24 hour casino, full beauty and nail salon, a fitness center with yoga, spinning, and pilates, and meeting facilities. The resort is near famed golf courses, water sports, shopping and nightlife. The resort also offers the family friendly Ritz Kids Club program.

The Ritz-Carlton trademark elegance and service are sure to be evident here. I am a Ritz-Carlton Stars agent and can offer special amenities :

4pm late checkout upon request

continental breakfast for 2 daily per room

welcome amenity in your room

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