• Bring On The Sunshine

    From A Legendary Cape Cod Resort To A Rustic Refuge In Provence, Great Destinations For Summer Travel

    By Chandni Rathod

    Wequassett Resort and
    Golf Club

    , Massachusetts
    Why not spend your next family vacation in a charming
    seaside town at Cape Cod? Nestled in historic Chatham
    is the secluded Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, with breathtaking views of Pleasant
    Bay and the Atlantic
    Ocean. In addition to leisure sports for active parents, the
    resort provides a multitude of activities to delight kids ages 2-12. The
    Children’s Center features a nautical-themed playground with a “tot lot” for
    little ones and “children’s area” for those over five. The outdoor facility is equipped with pirate
    ships, treasure chests, run ramps and swinging ropes, as well as an interactive
    aquatic playground. The high-tech indoor center boasts a 135″ HD screen, Wii,
    PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for rainy days. Daily activities include “dive-in” movies,
    teen gaming nights and lessons in swimming, sailing and tennis.

    Charleston, South

    Last year, a Travel and Leisure poll ranked this quaint southerly
    town as their No. 3 travel destination. Charleston’s
    unique blend of historical sites, assorted shopping (antiques, anyone?), and pristine
    beaches makes it a worthy summer vacation destination. Upon arrival, families
    are invited to join the Charleston Explorers Club, where they can pick up a
    keepsake passport at the visitor’s center, collect souvenir stamps and win
    prizes. History buffs and adventurers alike will have a blast discovering Charleston’s
    historic forts, homes, plantations and gardens.

    Resort and Spa

    , New Hampshire
    Families can take an eco-conscious excursion to the Mountain
    View Grand Resort and Spa, located in New Hampshire’s
    bucolic White Mountains. City parents
    will appreciate the resort’s green initiatives, which include installing a
    wind-turbine, using energy-saving light bulbs, recycling cooking oil to make
    diesel fuel, using its water tower to irrigate the golf course and grounds,
    growing its own vegetables and flowers and more. Kids can enroll in the
    complimentary Mountaineering Club where they can take part in activities like
    cardboard boat races, frog hunts and horseback riding. An on-site greenhouse also gives little ones the chance to
    plant maple tree seedlings and veggies

    Bristol Buenaventura

    A slice of paradise can be found at Central
    America’s Bristol Buenaventura, with its deep blue waters and lush
    vegetation. Considered a playground for parents and their kids, the resort allows
    children under the age of 17 to stay free and enjoy a daily complimentary
    breakfast. Bristol’s own Kids Club
    features a weekly schedule of events designed to educate children about Panama’s
    culture and natural environment. Little adventurers can set out on supervised
    explorations in search of local insects, reptiles and plants. The club also hosts
    treasure hunts and sand castle building on the beachfront. Kid-friendly amenities
    also include a children’s pool and a game room.

    Hotel Crillon le

    , France
    Spend your summer holiday overseas at the rustic yet
    refined Hotel Crillon le Brave. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in
    time at this refuge, made up of seven restored stone houses dating back to the
    16th and 17th centuries. The hotel offers generous family
    packages with large suite-style rooms and activities for young children. Kids (and
    parents) can learn to speak French, make delectable signature French desserts,
    and learn how croissants are made at a local bakery. What’s more, the resort
    offers plenty of fresh air and outdoor recreation with horseback riding around
    Mont Ventoux, golfing and kayaking on the
    Sorgue River.

    Photo: The Aquatic Playground at Wequasset Resort and Golf Club.

    Kimberly’s Pick Of The Month

    Located on the Riviera Maya where the jungle meets the ocean, Rosewood Mayakobá is the heart of a 1,600-acre luxury resort enclave just south of Cancun, and is reachable via a non-stop flight from NYC. Rosewood Mayakobá’s children’s program, Rosebuds, features a wide range of activities. My children so enjoyed the eco-tour of the mangroves that they took it twice. The highlight of our stay, though, was Pirate’s Night: all the children dressed up as pirates and scoured the property during a scavenger hunt. Off-property, Riviera Maya offers water parks, boating excursions and an eco-archaeological park dedicated to Mayan and Mexican cultures, along with sophisticated shopping and fine dining.

    Kimberly Wilson Wetty, co-president of Valerie Wilson Travel, regularly contributes her family travel tips to New York Family.