Forget those glorified babysitter offerings that can make your child or teen feel as important as their luggage. Today’s top hotels have rolled out a roster of one-of-a-kind programs that are educational, inspirational, and oh so fun!
1. Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland
•“Be Our Concierge” program where kids assume the role of concierge, welcoming guests, handing over room keys and getting behind-the-scenes insight into the role of concierge.
•Pastry-making alongside Beau-Rivage’s chef to learn how Swiss chocolates and sweets are made.
•Flower-arranging with the hotel florist inside her veritable forest of flowers.
2. San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice
•Kids experience insider access to the ultimate Venetian craft – hand-making the masks that adorn the faces of every Venetian and visitor to Venice for Carnevale.
3. Soneva Resort, Maldives & Thailand
•Snorkel with manta rays in Hanifaru Bay, home to one of the world’s largest populations of manta rays, with the resort’s resident marine biologist
•Boat excursions to neighboring islands in the Maldives to swim with local kids and learn about island history first hand
•Astronomy lessons with Soneva’s resident astronomers inside their own observatory
4. Schloss Elmau, Bavarian Alps
•Dog Sledding workshops
•Soccer camp: Learn from some of the best trainers from the world renown German Bundesliga
5. Heckfield Place, Hampshire, England
•Mud & Guts Adventures where kids explore Heckfield’s giant woodlands through games and quizzes.
6. Royal Malewane, Kruger National Park, South Africa
•Junior Ranger Course includes identifying animal tracks, bird watching and plant identification under the direction of expert trackers and bush guides.
7. Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
•Learn to fly a hawk at Ireland’s first school of falconry
•Zip-Lining Adventure through the property’s emerald forest
8. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Southwestern Pennsylvania
•Jamaican Dog Sledding: A wheeled cart pulled by Nemacolin’s very own dog sled team will take you for a thrilling ride throughout the property. The experience lasts approximately 45-minutes and includes a kennel tour.