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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.

 

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4 Home Rentals for Hotel People

Henley Vazquez

Anyone who’s traveled with kids has probably lamented the lack of space in a hotel room. But if you’re like us, you’ll choose hotels over home rentals because it just ain’t vacation if you’re shopping for someone’s favorite cereal, making beds, and booking your own dinner reservations. So, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite houses that function like tiny hotels. These aren’t villas attached to resorts — there are plenty of those — but rather a hotel in a house, the kind of place that lets you spread out a bit without sacrificing the amenities of a resort. Read on for four of our favorites.


MUSTIQUE, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Villa Carissa via Mustique-Island.com

Villa Carissa via Mustique-Island.com

What: Fully-staffed houses on a pristine private island in the Grenadines, complete with great hiking, amazing beaches, access to resort services, including six tennis courts, a spa, gym, and even a riding stable.

Why: A private chef comes with every home, and you’ll spend less than you would on a couple of rooms at a fancy hotel. You’ll be surprised the kinds of deals you can get here.

Where: A 30-minute flight on a small plane from St. Lucia. If you can handle the St. Barth’s trip, you can do Mustique.

ÀNI VILLAS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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What: Sprawling design-savvy homes with a full staff, including housekeeping, concierge, and chef.

Why: Rates are all-inclusive, so this is an especially good option if you’re hosting an extended family or a group. Eat and drink up! Read our full review here.

Where: Two locations in Rio San Juan in the north of the Dominican Republic (near the new Amanera) and Anguilla.

SON BUNYOLA, MALLORCA

Sun Bunyola

What: Three homes tucked into the countryside of Mallorca, each with its own staff, as well as private pools, walking paths to the seaside, and a tennis court.

Why: Like Ani Villas, prices here include all the services, accommodations, and food and beverage, so you don’t need to worry about what you’re spending once you arrive. Oh yeah, and these are part of the Virgin Limited Edition Collection, so it’s got the Richard Branson stamp of approval.

Where: Mallorca, Spain.

BEACH ENCLAVE, TURKS & CAICOS

Beach Enclave

What: A collection of villas in Turks & Caicos.

Why: With so many quick, direct flights from multiple cities, Turks has become a year-round destination for meeting up with friends and family for some beach time.

Where: Long Bay and North Shore, Turks and Caicos Islands

Kitesurfing and a Kids’ Club

Henley Vazquez

Kitesurfing isn’t a new sport, but we’ve never seen so many requests for family trips that include kites, and not the fly-in-the-park variety. The follow-up question to where to kite surf is often: is there a kids’ club? Which makes sense, since the parent left in charge of the kids while the partner is off pursuing his or her passion is usually looking for a little downtime of their own. To help you fanatics out, we’ve mapped out our favorite resorts that have kitesurfing from their own beach, as well as a few others with the sport nearby.

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Where to Eat in Turks & Caicos

Henley Vazquez

Passported's editor, Nikki, just got back from a family trip to Turks & Caicos. Check out her picks for the best places to dine with kids on Providenciales. Many of the best restaurants are in the resorts that front Grace Bay Beach, so you can plan a restaurant crawl from breakfast to dinner without ever leaving the sand.  

One of the many gorgeous view from Grace Bay Club. 

One of the many gorgeous view from Grace Bay Club. 

Grace Bay Club

Infiniti Grace Bay Club's signature restaurant, it's one of the island's more splurge-worthy options, but the food and alfresco beachfront setting live up to the hype. Just be sure to make an early reservation to catch the beautiful sunset. Toddler-age kids will be distracted by all the fire pits and huge swinging lanterns, so expect to be doing a few laps of the dining areas! Reservations recommended and kids' menus and highchairs are available.

Grill Rouge The hotel's more casual, affordable eatery right next door to Infiniti, so the sea views are just as good. Good option for lunch. 

Beach House Inn

Kitchen 218 Not on the beach, but the excellent food makes it an essential stop for dinner. Order two of the ceviche appetizers, splurge on the steak and skip the tofu! The kids' menu has a red snapper or chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies, which was a nice change from "pasta with cheese." During our trip, the restaurant was packed on Friday and Sunday, but strangely quiet on Saturday. 

Food at the beach restaurant is disappointing and expensive, but there are kid-friendly options like wraps and burgers, as well as the vacation-essential frozen margaritas and piña coladas for parents. 

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos

Zest Very good for light bites just a few steps from the beach. Tasty salads, affordable wines and a friendly cat to keep toddlers entertained. The table next to us was settling in for a long, rose-fueled lunch, which would be the optimal choice here, but kids' are welcome and highchairs available. There's no dedicated kids' menu, but posh pizza should keep everyone happy. Closed between 5 - 6 p.m.

Blue Haven Resort

In case you need a break from the beach, this big resort is in the marina and has a big pool, manmade beach and highly-rated kitesurfing school. Grounds are huge, so good for busy toddlers. 

Salt Bar & Grill Not the best location adjacent to car park, but the fresh fish dish with rice and beans was excellent. There's an affordable kids' menu and lots of outdoor games (horseshoe, giant chess etc.) to play after. The signature restaurant, Fire & Ice, is a better option for dinner. There's also a big market here for any supplies. Like all the supermarkets on the island, however, everything's incredibly expensive. 

Sands at Grace Bay

Hemingway's A fine option for lunch on the beach and $10 kids' dishes. 

Beyond the hotels...

Somewhere Cafe & Lounge A sweet little beach cafe with surprisingly good tex-mex. Fish tacos are excellent and desserts serious crowd pleasers. Bit of a bar vibe and it was definitely getting rowdier as we left around 9.30 p.m., but we saw lots of families and kids running around on the beach. Try and catch the live music on Friday. 

Coco Bistro Provo's best-known restaurant in a romantic, inland setting surrounded by towering palm trees. It was closed on Monday when we tried to go, but everyone we spoke to said it's worthy of the hype. Very pricey, so better for date night if possible.