It seems like I am the queen of last-minute travel, so it goes without saying that I have yet to finalize my plans for Easter weekend and spring break. Sometimes, this isn’t a problem, like last summer’s road trip, it can be a huge success. And, planning at the last minute doesn’t mean sacrificing an exotic getaway. Take the Grand Lucayan in the Bahamas. If families book by April 15, they can take advantage of a Caribbean getaway for rates starting at $125, free meals for children ages 12 and under with a paying adult, 20% off spa services at the resort’s Senses Spa, 15% off golf fees, a late check-out as well as a host of Easter weekend activities.
Grand Lucayan’s Easter activities schedule (availableApril 18-20) is full of holiday fun including Easter egg hunts, sand castle building, scavenger hunts, movie nights, and family relay races. The international buffet-style Willy Broadleaf’s will offer a Good Friday Menu, featuring conch chowder; fried plantains; black-eyed peas and rice; whole fried snapper; and a carving station of baked pork loin with apple ginger sauce. The Good Friday Buffet will be served from 6 to 10 p.m. and is $23 for adults and $12 for children ages 5 to 12.
On Sunday, April 20, guests can indulge in an Easter Buffet at Willy Broadleaf’s, featuring holiday favorites including mushroom bisque with truffle cream; risotto with sliced garlic pesto sauce and mixed vegetables; roasted lamb with marsala rosemary sauce; cornish game hen and more. The meal will end on a sweet note with a selection of Easter-themed desserts, including red velvet cake and Bahamian guava duff. The Easter Sunday Buffet is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 5 to 12, served from 12 to 4 p.m.
For families looking for a last-minute getaway with good food and warm weather, the Grand Lucayan could be the place for an Easter adventure that saves the stay-at-home spring break blues.
The BodyHoliday is best-known as a premiere all-inclusive resort focused on health and wellness and not for family travel. In fact, it’s an adults-only enclave with a dedication to outdoor activities and a fantastic spa. So, why is The BodyHoliday good for families? For part of the summer, the resort will welcome families with its annual Well Fit Families retreat, focused on, you guessed it, getting fit. Encouraging travelers to take a break from the typical all-inclusive vacation, the adults-only resort opens its doors to children age 12 and up between July 6 and August 31. The program, which is hosted this year by professional English rugby player Alex Goode, consists of active challenges, classes to build mental focus, and skill-building activities that are designed to encourage family bonding and friendly competition. Activities include basic first aid, CPR and lifeguard training, healthy cooking classes, a mother-daughter spa experience, father vs. son watersports competitions, abseiling adventures down waterfalls, family quiz nights, and concludes with a spirited family beach-athlon. Pricing from $482/person/night (all-inclusive rates include a daily spa treatment). www.thebodyholiday.com
To help kick off the summer travel season, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is offering families more savings on vacations to Mexico and the Caribbean with its new kids-stay-free promotion available at select properties. When visiting with two or more adults paying full price, families can enjoy a free stay for up to two children (varies by property).
The promotion is valid when booked now through Dec. 23, and reservations can be made through a travel agent or a tour operator, or by visiting Iberostar.com. Blackout dates apply Nov. 23-30, and some restrictions may apply. The offer can be combined with other promotions, is based upon availability and is only valid for U.S. residents.
The Kids Stay Free promotion is being offered at the following resorts:
Two children free for every two adults paying full price:
• Iberostar Paraiso Beach (Riviera Maya, Mexico)
• Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar (Rivera Maya, Mexico)
• Iberostar Cozumel (Cozumel, Mexico)
One child free for every two adults paying full price: