Check out the baby sitting services before checking into your next hotel (Photo: Getty Images)
You’re planning a vacation with your children. It’s all fun and games, but sometimes you just need a little break. That’s why you need to choose a hotel that offers good babysitting services.
It often comes as a surprise to new parents that many hotels actually offer childcare, and some have partnerships with local, accredited babysitting service to help you take a break from it all.
So instead of dropping the kids off at grandma’s house, take them with you. But schedule some alone time by choosing a hotel chain or even a smaller, boutique hotel that offers childcare.
Here are some of the best options:
Take the night off and let your kids have fun with the sitter (Photo: Stocksy)
The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., offers babysitting services for $18 an hour for the first child and $5 an hour for each additional sibling. Babysitting is provided in the comfort of your room with the option for your sitter to take the children out and about. A 24-hour advanced registration is required, and all requests are handled based on availability of services. There’s a two-hour minimum.
The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H. has babysitting services for children ages 2 months to 12 years. The resort offers a babysitting referral service, and maintains a list of qualified local sitters. A request/liability form must be completed and received 72 hours in advance of stay.
Omni Hotels also offers childcare services at these locations:
- The Omni Grove Park Inn - Asheville, North Carolina
- Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas - Cancun, Mexico
- Omni Berkshire Place - New York City, New York
- Omni San Diego Hotel - San Diego, California
- Omni Royal Orleans - New Orleans, Louisiana
- Omni Interlocken Hotel - Denver, Colorado
- Omni Charlotte Hotel - Charlotte, North Carolina
- Omni Los Angeles Hotel - Los Angeles, California
- Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort - Cancun, Mexico
- The Omni King Edward Hotel - Toronto, Canada
Loews Hotels doesn’t have in-house babysitting services but they do use an outside company to help guests with all of their childcare needs, according to Sarah Murov, the chain’s vice president of public relations. Just ask the concierge and they will coordinate all the details — and even help you book a reservation for a romantic dinner.
Some resorts offer activities for kids, like junior golf (Photo: Stocksy)
Maybe you can’t get the night off, but you can certainly send the kids off for some fun day activities and get some time alone.
Wyndham Hotels offers summer camps at several of their properties, including one of their high end Dolce Hotels and Resorts properties, Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley. “In fact, last year the resort was selected to host PGA Junior Golf Camps for the summer,” property spokeswoman Gabriella Chiera, told Yahoo Travel. “As one of hundreds of potential camp locations evaluated by the PGA Junior Golf Camps, Silverado was one of more than 25 nationwide locations selected and the only location in Napa Valley.” The camps are led by PGA professionals and designed for kids ages 7-16 of all ability levels.
The golf camp is for kids ages 6-10 and costs $95, including lunch and snack. There is also a five-day program for a $450 fee. There’s also a Junior Tennis Camp.
The Four Seasons offers a program at many of its hotels across the world called Kids For All Seasons that allows parents to drop their children off for the day.
At is Orlando area hotels, the program, for children ages 4 to 12, is complimentary. It’s housed in a building called The Mansion, which is decorated with brightly colored creatures, such as a happy frog and friendly alligator, and features an interactive volcano and a large playground.
In Maui, the hotel provides its Kids For All Seasons program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it includes basketball, computer games, hula lessons and ulu maika (Hawaiian bowling). During peak seasons, a night-time program is available featuring pirate night and crab hunting.
The Ritz Carlton’s childcare program is called Ritz Kids and it’s focused around education. Parents can drop their children, ages 4 to 12, for the day where they will learn about water, land, the environment and culture. Every program is tailored to the location of the hotel. “Whether at a city location or a resort destination, your child is exposed to an array of environmentally focused experiences that foster interaction with the world in which they live. The content is as diverse as the natural world around us, and is tailored specifically to intrigue and thrill bright young minds,” the hotel says on its website.
Don’t just look to the big hotel chains for time away from your munchkins.
When you search for a hotel, just type in childcare, says Taylor L. Cole, a travel expert for Hotels.com. And keep in mind that some of the smaller hotels offer great babysitting services as well.
“Although most people think that major chains are more commonly known for childcare, there are several boutique and independent hotels in popular and exotic destinations with childcare and kids’ clubs,” Cole said.
Here are some more great options:
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, Mexico
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, BC
La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, TX
W Los Angeles, West Beverly Hills, CA
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