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Kid’s New Trends
They may not be footing the bill, but kids are growing in importance in the luxury hotel industry. Children’s clubs, activities, menus, and babysitting are standard at most family-friendly resorts. But some luxury hotels are going above and beyond for smaller guests. Five Star Alliance has rounded up the top 5 trends.
The Rubens at the Palace and The Goring Hotel, both in London, have full-time children’s concierges, who are experts at planning stays for kids. Omni Parker House has a Teen Concierge, as does Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay. Hyatt Resorts has a nationwide kid’s concierge program, featuring kid friendly activities that spotlight regional culture and traditions. Boca Beach Club even has a kite concierge.
2-Chocolate and Candy.
Move over, Willy Wonka. At Four Seasons Hotel Boston and Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, little guests can be visited by the Hot Chocolate Doc or the Ice Cream Man. At the Ritz-Carlton Chicago and Four Seasons Hotel New York, The Candy Man delivers chocolate bars, gummy bears, and more, via a traveling candy cart. Soneva Kiri’s chocolate parlor serves free chocolate and there’s a s’mores snack kit and hot chocolate bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Hotel Hershey’s Cocoa Club House features ice cream making and kids get a coupon for a chocolate surprise.
3-Dedicated Spa Treatments.
The Mandarin Oriental Miami has a teen spa for kids aged 14 and above, with manicures, pedicures, and facials. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has a menu of specialized teen treatments. Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park’s myGeneration program at mySpa has customized treatments for teens and pre-teens. At Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, kids can sample 25-minute versions of signature treatments and at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, teens ages 13 to 17 can relax at the Kayanta Spa.
4-Bed, Bath, and Beyond Time.
Trump SoHo gives kids enrolled in the Young Entrepreneurs program personalized business cards, stationery, and a child-size robe. At The Benjamin, there’s a pillow menu for the whole family, a stuffed owl to snuggle, and a lending library of bedtime favorites. Trump International Beach Resort holds a star-filled Saturday Night Pajama Party every week. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago has a Bedtime Stories Butler, and Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas offers a bathrobe and bedtime milk and cookies. Substitute pets are also popular. Kimpton Hotels offers “Guppy Love,” overnight visits from goldfish, The Fairmont Copley Plaza and The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver have canine mascots for petting and walking, and Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, The Oberoi Vanyavilas and Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort all have baby elephants for kids to play with.
5-In-House Water Parks.
Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is a five-acre salt-water lagoon featuring a state-of-the-art water circulation system. Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island’s water park, is a 141-acre waterscape with twenty million gallons of water, Atlantean-themed towers, high-speed water slides, and 11 pools. Wequassett Inn’s aquatic playground has fountain, sprays, and dive-in movies. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has a 6.5 acre pool complex including 4 pools, 3 whirlpools, and waterfalls.
For more child-friendly hotels, see the Five Star Alliance site for recommendations.