Costumed carolers will sing holiday favorites. // © 2016 The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Feature image (above): Spend a winter holiday in Jackson Hole, Wyo. // © 2016 Jackson Hole Tourism Bureau
The holidays can be stressful for many, and clients may have suffer from the winter blues when it comes to planning a vacation. Following are a few deals and discounts perfect for families looking to get festive (without breaking the bank) this season.
Celebrate the Holidays With The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco invites families to join its holiday-themed activities this season. Guests can partake in the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony and watch Santa Claus and a helper from the Make-A-Wish Foundation illuminate a 40-foot holiday tree. Also in attendance will be Dickens-era costumed carolers and trumpeters. Kids’ menus will be available for dining events, including a four-course menu at on-site restaurant Parallel 37 on Christmas Eve.
Kids Sail Free Onboard Crystal
Crystal Cruises is offering a special Kids Sail Free package for select all-inclusive cruises. Throughout the voyages, Crystal’s youngest passengers will have access to dedicated play and gaming facilities and can participate in kid-friendly activities such as fashion shows, scavenger hunts, karaoke, dancing and cookie decorating. As the little ones play, adults can sip wine, champagne and spirits; have an evening of complimentary specialty-restaurant dining; or enjoy an onboard fitness class.
Get Festive in Mexico
Viceroy Zihuatanejo will be celebrating the festive season from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2. Vacationers will have access to a variety of activities and events designed to bring families together, ranging from cooking classes and stand-up paddleboarding lessons to the use of a “Festive Season Kids Concierge.” Through the Kids Concierge, children can collect seashells on the beach, learn to bake with the resort’s chefs and look for sea turtle nests while learning about preserving the ecosystem. Parents can enjoy side-by-side couples massages, margaritas at La Marea Bar or complimentary yoga. The rate begins at $580 for a deluxe room, and guests must book a five-night stay or longer.
Kids Are in Charge at St Martins Lane
St Martins Lane’s new Cool Kids package places the youngest members of the family in charge by encouraging them to help shape their family’s London vacation. The package includes a Superior Double Double or Loft Double Double guestroom; breakfast for up to two adults and two children at the on-site Asia de Cuba restaurant; and complimentary kids’ movies and milk and cookies at the hotel. Additionally, time will be set aside for guests to meet with the hotel’s concierge to discuss the city’s latest family offerings.
Free and Discounted Tours in Jackson Hole
Clients visiting Jackson Hole, Wyo., this season will have access to several outdoor and indoor recreation specials. If families book a winter wildlife excursion through EcoTour Adventures, for example, they will receive a free pass to the Teton Raptor Center’s Raptor Encounter in nearby Wilson, Wyo. Additionally, guests who visit Grand Teton National Park — which is home to elk, moose, bison and several species of birds — and book a four-hour public tour between now and April 30 will receive a 20 percent discount. Several hotels, such as Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Spring Creek Ranch and Jackson Hole Lodge, are offering seasonal discounts on room rates and select packages, as well.