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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Hottest Hotel Takeovers For Your Next Big Bash

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Dispatches from around the world

Hottest Hotel Takeovers For Your Next Big Bash

Henley Vazquez

For a destination special event50th birthday, anniversary, massive family reunionwhy not make the destination your very own? Consider Passported’s picks for the best hotel takeovers to hole up and have the run of the place.


 

 

Scope

6 one bedroom bungalows (that can include 2 twin beds along with the king) and 3 three bedroom houses, all with unique design schemes, dot this magical estate.  

Vibe

Personal, picturesque, and perfectly boutique, at this north coast DR destination, you feel like a guest at your most fabulous friend’s private estate.

 

 

Reality Check

Only regular direct flights from the east coast are to Puerto Plata airport, an hour and a half away.  Jet Blue flies twice a week to Samana, an hour away.  

Party Trick

Bohemian in spirit and luxurious in execution, this mini resort is tailor made for a tailor made takeover.  


 

 

Vibe

Laid back, cool music moguls hideaway with plenty of Blackwell’s Rum produced by the resort’s owner, Island Record’s Chris Blackwell.

Scope

A mix of one-two bedroom beach or lagoon villas, cottages and newly built affordable “beach huts” (breezy cross ventilation but no a/c) plus the Fleming Villa (see below).

 

 

Reality Check

Golden Eye is a 90 minutes plus taxi ride from Montego Bay- turn the trick into a treat...party bus anyone?

Party Trick

The guest of honor and entourage can tap into their inner Bond and rent the Fleming (as in Ian) Villa and invite the rest to party on the villa’s private beach front.


Barefoot Chic

Esencia, Mexico

 

 

Scope

All rooms here are suite-like and spacious or villas, 2 of which are mini compounds on their own sleeping 10 or 20 people respectively.  For private events, used in full combination, the resort can sleep up to 300 people. 

Vibe

Former home of an Italian duchess turned boho beach hideaway north of Tulum- impeccable taste without the attitude.

 

 

Reality Check

Most of the rooms are island facing jungle view rather than ocean.

Party Trick

If you are willing to leave your shangri-la, a 30 minute taxi will take you to ancient Tulum ruins and lunch on the beach nearby.


Jackson Cool

Amangani, Wyoming

 

 

Scope

There is no bad room here as all are suites with urban cool design and decidedly non-urban vistas. There is also a separate 4 bedroom residence minutes away in case you prefer the privacy of your own 600 acres.

Vibe

Signature serene Aman sensibility in the midst of Wyoming rugged mountain wilderness.

 

 

Reality Check

Aman-esque quiet sophistication might not lend itself to raucous bachelorette-esque parties, but the cowboy watering holes in town are happy to oblige.

Party Trick

Book a villa or one of the two suites like the Spring Gulch with a private terrace and make your soiree sensationally scenic.


Ultimate Tuscan Villa

La Bandita, Italy

 

 

Scope

With a total of 8 guest rooms, the only question for a private party is: who gets invited?

Vibe

Private Tuscan farmhouse with authentic palazzo exterior and modern minimal interior: what’s old is new.  

 

 

Reality Check

Gorgeous rural  landscape makes for a beautiful but potentially endless drive when your GPS fails.

Party Trick

At this truly boutique gem of a hotel, it takes a small group to make it a private home- albeit one owned and run by a hip NYC ex-pat couple who know what you need and want before you do. 


 

 

Scope

Up to 44 guests can stay in the various cabins if you “rent the town” of Dunton Hot Springs and up to 60 guests if you include the river camp in the summer months.

Vibe

Former ghost town turned hidden, upscale, rough and tumble Colorado retreat.

 

 

Reality Check

Part of the appeal is the truly remote setting.  Getting here likely requires more than one plane to one of four airports within reach and a long drive.  Once you do, hunker down and stay awhile

Party Trick

What’s more of a takeover than taking over the entire town?! And take it outside...in style when you move down the river to the hotel’s glamping campsite.