While the kids may have their summers planned, heading off to camps, new careers and vacations, it’s a great time for empty-nesters to get away. Treat yourselves to a luxury retreat in a destination brimming with activity and attractions, but also that easy pace you can take at your leisure, like Italy.
While that could describe nearly any city in Italy, Venice has luxury in spades, especially with a stay at San Clemente Palace Kempinski. Retreat to a private island in Venice with a couple’s getaway to remember. The all-inclusive package is a one-of-a-kind stay, complete with exclusive culinary, cultural and top-notch experiences — all in the lap of excess that is the hotel’s San Clemente Suite.
The Gilded Venice experience offer holds up to its name with amenities, including a four-night stay in an award-winning suite (spanning the entire floor of a secluded wing); round-trip airport transfer by luxury vehicle; and access to the luxury boat located on a private pier, prepped and ready to take guests around the lagoons, and anywhere in and around the city they would like to explore. Oh, and a round-the-clock personal butler.
Any trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without memorable cuisine and homemade everything, but this is the Gilded Venice package, which brings the world-class dining experiences and over-the-top luxury of the city to your doorstep or bedside. All meals and drinks at the hotel’s restaurants and bars are included in the package, as well as breakfast by personal chef in the privacy of the San Clemente suite, or an option for the hotel buffet; dinner for two on Sunset Hill; private dining for two or four in a 12th-century church; and VIP amenities with Champagne each night at turndown.
In addition to the 5-star accommodations, treatment and cuisine, guests will also enjoy a private fitting for two pairs of bespoke Italian shoes, made by a local leather artisan; a private tour of a local glass-blowing factory; a fitting and photo session for two with traditional Venetian handcrafted masks; a guided tour of the city’s 58th International Biennale Art Exhibition; a tour of San Clemente Palace; and a personal photographer at the ready for your trip — with a slew of additional gifts and surprises along the way.
This four-day itinerary and all-inclusive experience comes to the tune of about $112,000 for two people.
West Hartford was named one of the country’s best cities for raising a family and one of the best cities of the decade. See all it offers with the family and explore this small Connecticut town, five miles west of Hartford.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Thinking of booking a cruise with your grown children? Or are the kids wanting to take your parents on a trip to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary? When we mention “cruise” your thoughts probably turn to the Caribbean, Bermuda or the Bahamas. But we suggest setting your sights farther west, to Princess Cruises’ seven-day Mexican Riviera Cruise.
The Americans With Disabilities Act made it possible for people with disabilities to go places beyond what was previously possible, but traveling with a family member with disabilities still poses some challenges, especially when those disabilities are severe. All hotels are required to have wheelchair-accessible rooms — usually limited to extra-wide doors to accommodate wheelchairs and roll-in showers with benches. Thankfully, some hotels go to great lengths to make sure all families get to visit fun destinations without leaving anyone out.
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In Southwest Germany, close to the Swiss and French borders, the Black Forest region is best known to travelers for its beautiful, half-timbered villages. But for savvy European families, the Black Forest Highlands is known for its winter sports and money-saving Red Inclusive Card.