The Top Experiential Family Travel Ideas For The Holidays And Beyond

Planning for holiday travel can be daunting, especially if you missed the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals (although some are still around). Travel is rebounding incredibly fast, and airlines, hotels and cruise companies are ready to entice travelers back. And that includes a good percentage of travelers looking to upgrade their experience to something better than what they have done in the past.

The recently debuted Fall Luxe Report from The Leading Hotels of the World confirms that travelers are continuing to “trade up” with their travel purchases. President and CEO Shannon Knapp says the luxury hotel group’s suite and villa bookings are 36% above 2019 levels. The report also showed a continued interest in domestic travel, despite international borders having reopened.

The group’s metropolitan properties have seen a 100% increase in revenue since 2021, and U.S. outbound travel to Europe is up approximately 225% YOY and flat to 2019. No matter where you are traveling, these are some of the latest holiday offers to upgrade your experience.

Margaritaville “Tis’ the Season” offers

In the run up to the holidays and even after, Margaritaville properties are offering their annual tis’ the season offers. These vary by property, but can include a variety of valuable benefits. Among them are a $75 resort credit at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs plus a welcome gift bag packed with welcome treats. The resort will also donate $5 to a local food bank for every package booked. At the Hollywood Beach property, the package includes a $50 resort credit, welcome gift and a $10 local food bank donation. Nashville’s property provides welcome margaritas, a $75 resort credit and $5 charity donation.

Over-the-top holiday at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

The hefty $23,000 price tag of the “over-the-top” holiday offer delivers plenty of value for those taking advantage of this four-night stay. Guests can choose between the Presidential Suite perched atop Lahaina Tower or the beachfront Palace Suite. The package includes four VIP tickets to the resort’s luau, access to Halona Kai Holiday Village for a night, airport transfers, daily breakfast and access to the Regency Club, water sport experiences, a photography session, a cabana on the beach and massages for four people. The suite comes decked out in Christmas decorations complete with a tree and gingerbread house making supplies for a private class.

New Year’s Eve Spanish language countdown in Puerto Rico

For the second year in a row, Puerto Rico and its entertainment-heavy DISTRITO T-Mobile destination will be home to the Spanish language portion of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023. The party will be packed with party music, concerts and great food and drinks. Intermittent interviews with the New York celebration will put Puerto Rico and attendees front and center on the TV screen. Boricua talent Roselyn Sánchez will serve as host with Farruko performing live. It promises to be a fun and educational experience for families that want to celebrate in a festive atmosphere without bearing the cold weather.

Fairmont El San Juan Embrace the Season package

Fairmont El San Juan, the beachfront luxury resort that participates in the Accor All Live Limitless program, will host its own Christmas and New Year’s Eve events. The Embrace the Season package will deliver savings based on the number of nights a guest chooses to stay. Guests can receive a 15% discount when staying 1-2 nights, 25% discount when staying 3-4 nights and 30% discount when staying more than 5 nights. It is available to book until March 29, 2023 for stays through April 30, 2023.

Super Bowl LVII Moments With Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy, the loyalty program for Marriott’s 30 hospitality brands, has a platform known as Marriott Bonvoy Moments. It allows members to use their hard-earned points to bid on for hard-to-replicate experiences instead of hotel stays. These can be popular with families and include a variety of VIP Super Bowl LVII packages with tickets to the big game, a stadium suite, hotel stay and pre- or post-game field access. Other options include music concerts with VIP access, celebrity meet-and-greets and Radio City Music Hall performances among many others.

Regent Seven Seas “Double the Joy” offer

Families or couples who have sailed with Regent Seven Seas in the past can take advantage of the line’s “Double the Joy” offer. Available between now and Jan. 6 2023, the offer includes double savings, double loyalty nights per person, $1,000 shipboard credit per suite and welcome gift. This is available on three popular sailings in 2023 including those around South America and the Caribbean.

AYANA Segara Bali opening deals aplenty

Overlooking Jimbaran Bay, the new AYANA Segara Bali is offering 25% off stays booked between now and March 31, 2023. There are other benefits, too. They include 10% off in-room spa treatments or Spa on The Rocks plus a complimentary 1-hour thalassotherapy experience for two on stays of at least two nights. Also part of the deal is 10% off at the restaurants and a complimentary 30-minute photo shoot by a professional photographer. Use the booking code SEGARA to take advantage of these offers.

Live like a Puerto Rican with Marriott Bonvoy

The “Live Boricua” Experience Package is available now through Jan. 15, 2023. Cooking lessons and heritage tours provide guests with the opportunity to learn more about Puerto Rican culture. Families may love this affordable cultural experience as a way of both vacationing while also teaching kids about a new culture. This is one of many Marriott Bonvoy properties on the island to offer this package.

Flight cash back offer in Panama

Guests at The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort in Panama can earn some of the cash back on the cost of their trip with this offer. The package includes receiving $400 as a refund for the cost of the flight to the hotel as well as daily bottled water, breakfast for two, and daily bike, tennis and volleyball access. If you were considering a warm-weather vacation this winter, any destination that helps to pay for your air might be just what you need.