Have you wondered what it is like to get off the plane and not worry about the itinerary for the rest of your vacation? That’s exactly how it is at a Beaches resort. Whether it is finding child care, playing at the water park or heading to a restaurant, everything is hassle free. That’s because it’s all arranged within the resort with the help of hotel staff. A few days at Beaches is a truly a vacation in paradise for working parents. After all, who doesn’t want to leave the kids on Sesame Street?
5 Reasons Why Working Parents Would Love a Vacation at Beaches Negril
When I was invited to attend the 3rd Beaches Moms Social Media On The Sand Conference at Sandals Beaches Negril resort this summer, I hesitated. After all, I had our work schedule to consider. But my husband was unequivocal in his desire to make this a much needed family vacation.
The key word here was “vacation.” As parents who work outside the home, my husband and I travel quite a bit with our two kids aged 4.5 and 1.5 years. New York City, Atlanta, Disney and Italy are some of unforgettable adventures from 2016. Though each trip was a great experience, they were business trips. They were far from being vacations, with almost no down time for us adults where we could sit back and relax.
Having been to Beaches at Turks and Caicos two years ago, we were excited to see what Beaches Negril had to offer. Beaches is the only “real vacation” we have had as a family. Here are the top five reasons why we love Beaches Negril and would love to go back again.
1.No pre-planning necessary
This was a real change from our other trips, where we typically have quite a bit planning to do after the flight and lodging are booked. On this trip, we were saved from having to arrange transportation, book activities and make restaurant reservations. Once we booked our our flights and hotel we were all set.
Beaches provides transportation to and from the airport including car seats for the kids (make sure to specify it during booking). Upon arrival, there is a lounge where you can get refreshments and relax while waiting for your shuttle to the resort. Dining reservations or special dietary concerns, child care, off site excursions can all be arranged with the help the concierge once you arrive.
2. All-inclusive at its finest
As travelers who try to immerse in the local culture, all inclusive resorts are typically not on our radar. But having visited Beaches, we really appreciate their appeal. To have everything we would need or want at our fingertips is a truly luxurious experience. Dining, kids’ camp, a range of water activities are all included in the room cost. This completely eliminates the stress of carrying around money for tips. Instead of monetary tips, the guests can leave feedback for the staff via an online survey so they could be rewarded by the management.
3. Camp Sesame Child Care
Beaches resorts have an exclusive partnership with Sesame Street. That extends to the kids camp, Camp Sesame, which hosts themed activities and interaction with characters.
The staff at the kids camp are all certified members of the International Nanny Association. There are separate programs for infants, toddlers and the older kids (ages 5 to 10). From our first interaction with the staff we felt at ease and comfortable about leaving our kids there for an extended period.
The camp is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (with an hour closed for clean up between 5-6 p.m. for cleaning). For working parents who are used to dropping off kids at day care, this works similarly. We dropped off the kids along with their diaper bag of essentials. We also had the option to pick them up during the day for fun activities and take them back when we needed a break. Since the staff was so great an engaging with the kids, it was a fun experience for them too. After four days, I was so touched to see that my daughter had really bonded with two of her care givers.
Nannies are also available for one on one care at an additional and very reasonable price. At Beaches Negril, it was $10 an hour.
4. Easy way to give back while on vacation
Beaches resorts support The Sandals Foundation, a way for all Sandals resorts to give back to local communities. The Beaches Moms conference organized a special event, “The Reading Road trip,” where families visited local schools and interacted with students. Even as a regular guest, you can take advantage of this opportunity to give back while on vacation. Bringing school supplies with you to Beaches is one way to involve the kids and teach them about the supporting local communities. While handing over the supplies, you can ask the concierge to share some insight with the kids on the needs and challenges of the local Caribbean people.
5. Make unforgettable family memories
This is a stress free vacation that all working parents need at some point. My son and I had an amazing time going on the water slides without a care in the world. I didn’t have to worry about my baby. I knew she was in good hand at Camp Sesame. We had several choices for meals that suited everyone’s taste. Drinks, snacks and ice cream were available at close proximity. All we focused on was relaxing and spending quality time together.
I really wish that we had taken advantage of the free Snapshots photo shoot (includes a sunset session on the beach) to capture these amazing memories. The photo shoot is free. You only purchase the pictures you like. Next time, I would certainly take advantage of this as scheduling a photo session during our packed schedule at home has eluded us for the past couple of years.
The snapshots studio do capture moments during character meets and greets, so even though we didn’t have a photo shoot we got to some family photos from professionals. They cost about $20 a piece (prices vary depending on how many you purchase). In addition, you can also have a more stylized studio photo session done by Epic studio an additional cost.
Beaches Negril was a truly a vacation in every sense. We hope to include at least one trip like this to our yearly travel schedule. What are some of the best all inclusive resorts you have visited?