Beyond The Room

Beyond The Room

Because it’s not just about the room. These properties have that extra something for families.

Disney’s Aulani Resort
A stay at the Aulani Resort is nothing short of enchanting. Cozy up for storytelling at the Mo’olelo Fire Pit with tales told by Uncle, a master storyteller. Experience Makaikai, the nature and wildlife of Aulani Resort with a guided walking tour. In the Pau Hana Room, or Community Hall which is packed with activities and amusement for all ages, your family can unwind with games, crafts or movies. But in Hawaii, the fresh, floral-scented outdoor air lures you. The Waikolohe Pool, boasting 8200 square feet, zero entry and a tunnel body slide, the Volcanic Vertical, is the crown jewel of pools. There’s also the Waikolohe Stream where tubing gets adventurous from atop Puu Kilo with extreme rapids twisting through caverns, as well as a lazy river that meanders along the tropical landscape.

Marival Residences Family Emotion
No two families are the same and Marival’s All-Inclusive Family Emotion knows it. Customize your vacation from the accommodations to the activities, food, and down time. Stay in 2 or 3-bedroom suites, the Demi-Pool room, or a penthouse with a rooftop pool. All accommodations feature kid-friendly amenities and toys, and the conveniences of home– like a stocked refrigerator and laundry facilities. Upon check-in you’ll personalize your stay by selecting features such as Beach & Pool Essentials, a Family Picnic (you also choose the food, blanket and location), Mom’s Bath & Beyond Accessories (complete with a spa saver), Family Entertainment items which include an XBOX with games, a DVD player with movies as well as additional games and toys. Take it all home with the Keepsake Memories, a feature that provides a complete photo album and CD of professional photographs taken during your vacation. Oh, and through it all, you’ll have a Family Concierge at your service for all your arrangements and activities.

Royalton Riviera Cancun
With a 2018 Travelers’ Choice award from Trip Advisor, this all-inclusive means luxury for the entire family. The Kids’ Clubhouse (ages 4-12) is a playdate in paradise. There are meet and greets with on-screen characters Max & Ruby, a playground, themed activities and evening entertainment options. At the Teen Club (ages 13-17) besides the most popular activities like scuba lessons in the pool or dance lessons, there are plenty of games and hang out spaces. But it’s at Splash Safari where they’ll spend most of their time. This large water park offers slides, waterfalls and water walkways shaped by large animals. There are plenty of other swimming pool and beach front options. Enjoy non-motorized water sports, beach sports and excursions. Take a boat to nearby Nichupte Lagoon for an impromptu marine biology lesson. During summer and over Christmas break, the Seaside Camp for the little ones is a bonus. This educational expedition includes language, cuisine, art, music, history and dance with activities like scavenger hunts, nature hikes and sand castle contests.


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