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Why Beaches is Better than Most All-Inclusives

While Turks & Caicos is known for its clear turquoise water, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa offers more than just sun, sand and surf; thanks to a menu of activities, eateries and amenities that ratchet the resort above the usual all-inclusive experience. EDITORS NOTE:  Beaches Turks & Caicos will...

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Free and Fabulous! Public Art Supports Summer Learning

Ah summer. A time for sun, sand, sea and -- art? Even kids who regard museum visits as a form of punishment can enjoy some of the season’s most inventive art installations without setting foot indoors. Here are a few favorites from a nation full of outdoor -- and free -- public art that's sure to keep minds of any age engaged. Middlebury College, Vermont Middlebury College...

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Life Hack: De-Stress By Celebrating Family Holidays At Sea

Thinking of spending the holidays (any holiday) on a family cruise vacation; here's my report on the stress-free pluses and minor minuses of cruising over an Easter school break. As much as I love to travel, I have always preferred to spend the holidays at home. Baking, decorating, cozying up to the fire with loved ones are hard to beat. But this year when an invitation arrived to spend a week cruising...

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The Sherry-Netherland Redefines Old School with Fresh Family Deals

Looking for a trendy Manhattan hotel with exposed brick, stainless steel furniture and live DJ music? The Sherry-Netherland on New York’s swanky 5th Avenue isn’t it -- and the hotel aims to keep it that way. This iconic, Grand Dame property, which has been pampering guests since 1927, makes a point of offering the kind of Old World elegance you might find in a vintage Cary...

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Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica

A previous winner of FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Luxury Family Travel, Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica, offers the ultimate splurge vacation: a high-end experience for adults that welcomes and embraces young guests.  This super luxe resort gets a fresh look in 2015:Travelers who are reluctant to abandon the more traditional elements...

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Three Hotels, Three Ways To Do New York

One of the joys of visiting New York is its cheerfully chaotic blend of the old and the new. Cutting-edge architecture sits cheek by jowl next to historic properties, many of which have been repurposed into restaurants and hotels.And while shiny new hotels have their appeal, we thought it would be interesting to descend on a handful of historic properties to see how they fared with families....

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The Loews Regency New York

The Loews Regency Hotel boasts a newly-renovated and family-friendly property in the heart of Manhattan. The imposing Park Avenue hotel has been famous since its grand opening in 1963 for drawing long-term guests -- from movie stars to political figures -- who use the property as a home away from home. It's easy to see why. With its understated decor and omnipresent staff -- the ratio of staff...

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Stoweflake At Stowe, Vermont’s Spa Resort

Summer is approaching, and parents with Vermont on their vacation radar will find an entire menu of kid- and adult-friendly activities at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.Not just for leaf-peepers and skiers only -– in fact, the town of Stowe was a popular summer resort long before it became a mecca for...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – The Grove, Great Britain

Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, our Top 10 awards in 2006 focused on the latest travel segment to embrace young guests: the super luxe resort. Honored in the 9th annual roundup that year as...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – Evian Royal Resort, France

In 2006, FTF's 9th annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored Evian Royal Resort, Evian-les-Bains, France as a Top Luxury Spa. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, this year's awards focus on the latest travel segment to embrace young guests: the super luxe resort....

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New York Grand Hyatt Woos Kids with American Girl Big City Deals

Embarking on a family trip to Manhattan takes a little planning, and perhaps more than in other urban destinations, a key consideration is hotel location. Do you want to be in a relatively quiet neighborhood like Gramercy Park, hipster heaven like Soho, or smack in the hubbub of mid-town?On a recent trip, we decided to tackle the latter by staying at the 1,306-room

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Weekend Adventures with Kids Around the Bay Area

We love San Francisco’s Bay Area and the Monterey Peninsula and return often with our family to sample new hotels, restaurants and the ever-changing scene.  Fans who have been leery of attempting a vacation with the kids can rest assured that there are enough family-friendly hotels -- and activities -- to please even the pickiest young traveler or the moodiest teen.Here are three of...

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, which emerged brilliantly from a major renovation of one of Maui's top beach and golfing areas, keeps on getting better, partially because the AAA five-diamond property takes its commitment to Hawaiian culture seriously.   It has its own Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Clifford Nae’ole, whose mission is to share the spirit of ohana...

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From Norwegian Cruise Line, A New Dawn

To say that New Englanders are excited to have the newly renovated Norwegian Dawn plying the waters off Boston Harbor to Bermuda is an understatement. Formerly served by the smaller Norwegian Spirit, this route is popular for a slew of reasons, not least of which is that sun-starved passengers can avoid pricey air fares and use the money they save on shore excursions, specialty dining...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Island as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Island as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion,...

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Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Of The Seas – How It Fared

Our cruise specialist reports on whether size matters on the new Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas - the largest cruise ship sailing the seas today.As a family travel specialist, I often preview new ships, and friends who are not in the industry will sometimes casually ask for feedback. However, the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the...

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Atlantis Resort’s AKA Tropical Family Paradise

When you have a mega-resort that thrills all ages and you add a new kids club, tween and teen entertainment, and a Lego playroom, you get paradise.LEGO fans, mini divas and pint-sized chefs are among the young guests we predict will swarm the new Atlantis Kids Adventure (AKA) program at Atlantis, Paradise Island. The resort teamed up with Lego and Jet Blue to inaugurate the...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – One And Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored the One&Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico as a Top Luxury Golf Resort.In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored the One&Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico as a Top Luxury Golf Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for...

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Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's newest and biggest ship plies the Caribbean Sea and gets a full inspection from FTF's cruise admiral and her kids.I admit it was the promise of on-board surfing that inspired us to try a seven-day Caribbean cruise on the new Liberty of the Seas. But once on board, my 14-year-old daughter Chloe and I discovered that surfing is just part of the ship's new...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – Sandy Lane, Barbados

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award winners honored Sandy Lane, St. James, Barbados as a Top Luxury Golf Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, our 9th annual awards focus on the latest travel segment to embrace young guests: the super luxe resort. Sandy Lane St....

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – Hotel Del Coronado, California

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, California as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, our 9th annual awards focus on the latest travel segment to embrace young guests: the super luxe resort. Hotel...

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Wailea Beach Villas, Maui, Hawaii

Upscale Maui condos where an opulent at-home environment helps families who want to play together, stay together.Wailea Beach Villas on Maui’s south coast is a great choice for families who prefer condo and villa rentals to traditional hotels, as long as they are not looking for a drop-off children’s program. The property is actually a residential community of luxurious and eye-popping...

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The Long View: Coping With Carry-On Regulations

FTF's cruising expert examines carry-on regulations and how family sailors can cope with leaving the liquids and gels behind.I haven't willingly checked a bag in 10 years, even for a weeklong cruise. With some strategic packing in my regulation wheelie suitcase and an oversized tote that I pretend is a purse, I haven't had to. My motto is that most fellow cruisers are more interested in...

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The Long View: Seeing Europe By Sea

FTF's cruise expert weighs in on the benefits of touring Europe by sea in an era of foreign exchange malaise and inflated prices.Back in our great-grandparents’ day, a trip to Europe was often a once-in-a-lifetime event. Families who could afford it would embark, steamer trunks in tow, for weeks or even months at a time to sweep through the great capitals of the Continent, knowing...

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Top 10 Getaways for Luxury Travelers

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners highlighted the most exclusive resorts that offer a genuine welcome to families.In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners highlighted the most exclusive resorts that offer a genuine welcome to families.Remember when luxury and family travel were considered mutually exclusive concepts? Fast forward to today’s...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – The Breakers, Florida

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, our 9th annual awards focus on the latest travel segment to embrace young guests: the super luxe resort.

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The Long View: Shore Excursions

FTF's cruise expert examines the whole business of shore excursions, and if your days in port by escort are worth their cost.Just as there are people who cruise and people who don't, a subset also exists of people who take prepackaged shore excursions and those who prefer to go it alone. Because cruise passengers are typically only at a port for one day or, in some cases, for less time...

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Reunions Afloat

Extended Families find fun at sea with a Carnival Cruise Lines sailing up the New England coast to Canada.Everyone talks about how wonderful cruises are for families, but we recently put the concept to the test by defining "family" in its broadest sense. That is, we decided to take the plunge with our own three children, aged 8, 9 and 11; our brother- and sister-in-law, who were traveling without...

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa, Hawai’i

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 109 survey of award-winners honored the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa, Mau'i, Hawai'i as a Top Luxury Spa. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved for a special occasion, our 9th annual awards focus on the latest travel segment to embrace young guests: the super luxe resort.

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Top 10 Getaway for Luxury Travelers – Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay, Hawai’i

In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, Lana'i, Hawai'i as a Top Luxury Beach Resort.In 2006, FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners honored the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, Lana'i, Hawai'i as a Top Luxury Beach Resort. Whether a high-end vacation is a matter of course for you and your family or a treat reserved...

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Are Luxury Cruises Worth the Big Bucks?

FTF's cruise expert explains why luxury cruises cost so much and why they are sometimes worth every penny.If you've always wanted to wallow in the elegance of a super luxurious cruise, but held back because of concerns that your kids either won't be welcome -- and/or -- won't have anyone to play with, this might be your year. Crystal Cruises, which caters to upscale travelers and exudes...

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The Long View: Zipline Excursions – Safe or Scary?

FTF's cruise expert examines "adventure" shore excursions to determine whether they are good value or safe for families.As frequent cruisers know, a ship's optional shore excursions can make or break a cruise vacation. One of the hottest shore excursions -- popping up in such destinations as Hawaii, Mexico and Belize -- is the zipline adventure, generally billed as safe for tweens and...

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The Long View: Cruising’s Specialty Restaurants

Hear what FTF's cruise expert has to say about what passes for "fine dining" aboard today's major cruise ships.Lately, when I mention cruising to friends and family, the topic of dining comes up almost as often as questions about destinations and children's activities. I think the reason people are starting to talk about cruise cuisine is simple: it's increasingly worth talking about....

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Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida

Recently renovated, this ultra-ritzy Gulf Coast resort retains its Old World style while catering to families with new programs and amenities. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is proof that this venerable hotel brand is giving more than lip service to its youngest guests. Friendly front desk staff on the lookout for newly arriving kids, separate pool areas for the active set and the serenity seekers,...

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The Norwegian Gem Sets Sail

Read about our cruise expert's sneak peak at a brand new ship during an inaugural "cruise to nowhere."Whether it’s shaking up cruise cuisine with its Freestyle dining concept or adding ultra luxury villas to its newer ships, Norwegian Cruise Line has never been afraid to take risks and go its own way. With that in mind, I was eager to check out the new 2,400-passenger NCL Gem,...

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SoCal, Where The Del Guarantees Happy Tweens And Teens

Here's a long-time classic Southern California resort that's reinvented itself as San Diego's coolest spa and sports getaway, with class and style.Looking for a way to amuse the kids while indulging in a pampering spa treatment? Here’s a twist – why not let them indulge along with you? While we’ve seen a rise in spa programs designed for children and teens in...

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Hawaii By Sea

Cruising the Hawaiian Islands on NCL's American-flagged ocean liner means never packing and unpacking the kids as you tour around a state made to be seen by sea.Is exploring Hawai'i by sea the best way for families to gain in-depth knowledge of the destination? Okay, probably not, but first-timers to the region can get a taste of the major attractions and a sense of the Aloha spirit for...

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Pride of America

NCL's newest vessel to ply the Hawaiian Islands gets a full inspection from FTF's admiral and falls short on "aloha-ness."Frankly, cruise ships that ply the Hawaiian Islands have a hard time competing with the destination itself. Who has time to explore the ship and take advantage of the on-board programs for kids and adults when some of the best excursions in the industry await on...

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Connected At Sea

FTF's cruise expert analyzes the best and most cost-efficient ways to stay in touch on the major ships.Half the fun of going on a cruise is getting away from it all, but sometimes you just need or want to stay connected to the world around you. Cruise lines realize this, and in the last decade the options for keeping in touch have morphed from the creakily slow email at the Internet café...

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Caribbean Princess

FTF's cruise specialist rates a new Caribbean-bound Princess ship to see how well it fares with families. Today’s cruise lines draw rave reviews for appealing to children and even moody teens, but what about that even more elusive subset – tweens aged 10 to 12? With this in mind, I embarked on a recent seven-day voyage with my 12-year-old daughter Chloe aboard the Caribbean...

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Carnival Triumph

Join FTF's cruise expert as she boards the Carnival Triumph for a cruise with tweens and teens up the East coast to Canada.Been to an island destination with the kids lately? If so, you have probably been bombarded with pirate face painting and hair-braiding vendors – so is it any wonder that youth spas would be far behind? Sure enough, manicures with funky flower decals, special...

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