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.
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The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
Disney Parks around the world shut down for months due to the global pandemic. Since then, most parks reopened, but with restrictions like limited capacity, no Fast Passes and more. Guests hoped they would bring back the beloved Fast Pass, allowing guests to skip long lines and head straight to the ride.
The St. Regis Punta Mita encourages guests to take a break from devices with the Disconnect to Reconnect experience. The offer promotes a digital detox, focusing instead on physical and mental wellness.
Before Disney Parks around the world shut down due to the global pandemic, guests were allowed to purchase and enter the parks with an Annual Pass. This ticket let visitors enter the parks multiple times a year, get discounts on food and merchandise, and more. Since reopening, Disney dropped the Annual Pass due to lower capacity and the reservation system. Recently, Disneyland Resort announced a new pass system for frequent visitors: the Magic Key Holder. There are a couple different levels for the passes, so make sure you do your research before purchasing.
Eastern State Penitentiary announced Halloween Nights, a new iteration of its Halloween celebration for 2021. From the creators of its Terror Behind the Walls, Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary transforms abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into newly designed immersive environments, featuring large-scale video projections and other special effects. Sections of the complex will be open to the public for the first time ever.