The leading news source for travel executives Skift reports that this holiday season will be a boom in family travel as a direct result of kids 5+ being approved for vaccinations. With demand expected to spike, we are looking at holiday destinations and hotels that promise a fun-filled family break.
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel – Beverly Hills, California
If you and your family members want to escape the winter chill without missing out on the holiday festivities, then Beverly Hills is the place to travel to. What can be better than festive light displays and pop-up events among palm-tree-lined boulevards and fountain-clad parks? Beverly Hills will usher in the holidays with a lighting ceremony on Rodeo Drive, the center of the city’s holiday celebrations.
This year’s over-the-top lobby decorations at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel include live Christmas trees, glittering lights with red and gold garlands, holiday florals, oversized Christmas ornaments, and welcoming Nutcracker statues. On select evenings, the Beverly Hills High School Choir will perform carols for guests. Hanukkah is commemorated nightly with a menorah lighting by local rabbi Dovid Begun.
Families can choose from six different specialty suites that each have separate living and sleeping areas and the extra space larger groups need to entertain or unwind.
ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki – Honolulu, Hawaii
Multi-gen families can “Holiday in Honolulu” at the 9-suite boutique luxury hotel ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki where each 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom suite occupies a full floor. Families can take advantage of a spacious ocean-facing balcony equipped with a Jacuzzi, in-suite dry sauna, fully equipped chef’s kitchen, and generous living and dining areas.
Memorable holiday meals including Liberty duck, Miyazaki A5, and Sasanian osetra caviar, from onsite French-Japanese tasting concept Mugen can be served on the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool deck. Suites can be garnished with Christmas décor upon request, and contactless holiday gifting may be arranged through the hotel’s partnership with Neiman Marcus Ala Moana, whose personal stylists can curate an extraordinary vacation wardrobe available in-suite upon arrival.
Villa La Estancia – Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Situated in the exclusive resort community of Nuevo Vallarta on the white sands of Banderas Bay, the AAA Four-Diamond Resort Villa La Estancia introduces multi-gen families to authentic Mexican holiday traditions. The 4,316 square-foot Sunset Residence includes three oversized bedrooms, four bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and spacious hacienda-style indoor-outdoor living and lounging areas. A private oversized terrace features an ocean-facing Jacuzzi, fireplace, state-of-the-art grill, and lush outdoor furniture.
Throughout the holiday season, Villa La Estancia offers its guests a variety of celebratory meals and traditional dishes at the acclaimed steakhouse La Casona. They can expect expertly paired wines with fine cuts of local beef on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, in addition to a sensual brunch event on Christmas Day.