Remember when multigenerational travel was all about three generations traveling together? Well, now the latest trend is “gramping,” that is, grandparents and grandkids taking off on adventure while leaving busy parents at home. Here are a few properties reaching out to that market.
Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, for example, is offering an immersive turtle release program available through October. Families can take part in a behind-the-scenes tour of the resort’s aquarium and fish hospital and meet with one of the resort’s 165 full-time marine biologists, aquarists, veterinarians, lab technicians and water safety specialists. Guests will be able to name a turtle, ride a motorboat to the nearby release location and be in the waters during the release. Snorkel equipment is included, and a portion of the proceeds goes back to the Atlantis Blue Project.
DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. created a new menu of family tours that mix culture and adventure geared toward fit kids and grandparents. Activities include sea kayaking in Greece, zip lining in Provence, mozzarella tasting in Puglia and bread baking in Holland.
At Playa Cativo Lodge, in Costa Rica’s rainforests on the coasts of Golfo Dulce in the Osa Peninsula, animal lovers and conservation-minded families can enjoy an upscale, full-board, eco-lodge experience. Accessible exclusively by boat, Playa Cativo offers open-air casitas with 360-degree views of the rainforest. Grandparents and grandkids can join guided property hikes with prime access to the Piedras Blancas National Park, home to an estimated 750 species of trees, 140 species of mammals, 367 species of birds (with a number of species endemic to the region), 117 species of reptiles and almost 10,000 species of insects.
Excursions range from dolphin and whale sightseeing excursions to Rio Esquinas Mangrove ocean kayaking. There even is an off-grid Alternative Energy Tour to learn how Playa Cativo Lodge operates at 100 percent clean energy, and a Nocturnal Rainforest Guided expedition for the truly adventurous.
The Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Massachusetts, is a great way for grandparents to introduce their grandchildren to Colonial history. Home to the Lexington Battle Green, where the American Revolutionary War began, families can explore the 11-mile Minuteman Trail, Walden Pond and historic residences of various literary authors, all located within easy walking distance of the property. The 22-room Inn at Hastings Park also offers afternoon tea, two on-site restaurants and loaner bikes.
Or take to the water with Sunsail Sailing Vacations, where grandkids can learn to sail aboard a yacht. Families can pull into tiny ports inaccessible to large cruise ships, and itineraries range from the Mediterranean and the South Pacific to the Caribbean. Experienced grandparents can captain a bareboat Sunsail yacht themselves or book a skippered charter yacht for a vacation of fishing, treasure hunting, kayaking and snorkeling.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, opening June 1, introduces a collection of immersive ocean experiences through Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program and Fari Islands Collaboration. The property is situated on the northeastern rim of the North Malé Atoll of the Fari Islands.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Travelers are ready for some rest and relaxation this spring break. Travel insurance company Allianz Partners surveyed travelers on their upcoming spring break travel plans. The study found Florida to be the top domestic destination. Mexico took the top spot among international destinations.
Everyone is itching to get back to travel. Travelocity is making that step back into exploring easier with its Early Bird giveaway, offering winners of an online contest a chance to win a $1,000 vacation package voucher.
Holding on to travel memories can be hard for younger travelers, whether they travel a lot or only once in a while. There are many ways to keep memories alive, like telling stories, looking back at pictures or having a keepsake for the kids to have for years to come.