Best for Families: The Great Outdoors in The Golden State
Posted: 20 May 2016
California is famed for its radiant sunshine, glittering beaches and wealth of vibrant attractions at every turn, and so action-packed itineraries are the order of the day. Families are also amazed to discover the impressive array of family-friendly facilities available even before you’ve set foot out of the fabulous luxury hotels. Exceeding every expectation for a typical children’s club, our selection of California’s finest family hotels feature activities, facilities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to turn your child’s California dreaming into a glittering reality. With such an impeccable array of exciting, invigorating and absolutely unforgettable activities on offer, we can help you get the most out of your luxury California holiday by highlighting some of the most prestigious experiences available.
The Resort at Pelican Hill, Orange County
The Resort at Pelican Hill is dedicated to showing guests that ‘perfection is possible’. It is hard to think of a more ideal setting for the perfect luxury family beach holiday than the beguiling Newport Beach but it is the endless array of family activities available within this renowned resort that wins guests over time after time. Starting with Camp Pelican for guests aged 4 to 12 years old, each week day has a distinct theme ranging from ‘Space Exploration’, ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Murdock’s Carnival’. Everything from magic shows, bubble jet fountains and an exclusive clubhouse filled with inspiring activities ensures your young ones are guaranteed to love their luxury Newport Beach adventure. Latitude is designed for teens aged between 13 and 17 years old, seeking some independence and entertainment during your luxury family holiday. Teen travellers can enjoy a specialist spa experience, coastal photo hike, karaoke night, computer game challenges and a unique ‘Wifi Party’ designed for budding DJs and would-be film buffs. For adventurous adolescents, The Resort at Pelican Hill’s expert team also offer energising outdoor camps including surfing, kayaking and hiking tours for a truly thrilling adventure guaranteed to be the highlight of your child’s summer. With so many beautiful beaches and sun-drenched towns within easy reach of The Resort at Pelican Hill, you can uncover some of California’s most captivating highlights, as a family, and hit the surf together for some authentic-American family fun.
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point
Not content with their reputation as one of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands for grown up travellers, Ritz-Carlton ensure even the youngest guests are indulged beyond their wildest dreams. This summer The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is offering some of California’s best family holiday experiences, and there is sure to be something to tempt your young travellers away from the electronics and back to nature. Starting with a world-class partnership with surfing super-brand Billabong, your water babies can learn to surf under the watchful eyes of seasoned professionals, in a true surfer’s paradise. Staying on those glorious golden sands, the hotel’s Beach Butler service is a perfect way to indulge and experience a day on the A-List. Your personal Beach Butler will organise your transportation to Salt Creek Beach and take all of the stress out of a day in the sun by setting up your beach chairs, umbrellas, towels and sunscreen. Should you choose to turn the day into a beach picnic, your Beach Butler can prepare food and beverages for the whole family upon request. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, also offer a special Eco-Activities programme that includes whale watching tours, unique excursions to local points of interest and a hands-on ‘learn through experience’ lead by expert ecologists. Other not-to-be-missed activities include the Creative Kitchen, based in the resort’s fragrant organic gardens, Thursday Night Movies by the Pool, including complimentary popcorn and soft drinks, plus outdoor firepits for roasting smores.
Beach Village at The Del, San Diego
The iconic red turrets and elegant Victorian architecture of ‘The Del’ make this fabulous resort something of a local landmark on San Diego’s beachfront. Equally noteworthy is the exemplary dedication to impeccable service and family-friendly hospitality. Upon arrival, every child will receive a signature DelVenture Survival Pack containing exclusive amenities and a Scavenger Hunt Map for use within the resort. Enjoy an active day in the California sunshine by cycling around the charming village of Coronado on one of the resort’s rental bikes, scavenger hunting, sailing lessons, speedboat rental or fishing. For a more sedate pace, families can rent a poolside cabana. A nod to California’s luxury lifestyle, these ultra-cool contemporary cabanas come complete with L-shaped sofas, large televisions, a fridge stocked with soft drinks, an amenities basket and fresh fruit will be delivered at midday. If your young travellers would prefer some American independence, The Del’s dedicated Kidtopia activity centre is brimming with enticing activities whilst the DelVenture children’s club is available for guests aged 4 to 12 years of age and hosts plenty of supervised activities guaranteed to have them happily worn out by bedtime in your luxury beach villa.
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Santa Barbara
Rather than spending your luxury California holiday organising activities and booking events for the whole family to enjoy, why not leave it to the experts? At Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, a dedicated concierge is on hand to create a customised activity itinerary for your family. Once you’ve met the friendly and helpful concierge to discuss your family’s interests, they will compile a bespoke diary of activities exclusively for you. It is up to you how you spend your days and there are a vibrant variety of activities both on and off site, whilst children aged between 5 and 12 years old are invited to enjoy a range of complimentary activities within the plush resort grounds. Located on the ‘American Riviera’, Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara boasts some of the finest outdoor activities including horseback riding, mountain biking, kayaking tours or botanical walking tours. The resplendent resort also offers many exclusive experiences just for families, including olive oil blending, smores making, drive-in movie night and a juice bar dedicated to providing energising, healthy refreshments for the whole family. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara also features a ‘Kids Outdoor Fun Zone’ designed to entertain guests of all ages with sporting activities, outdoor games and even a pizza ordering service! The legendary Four Seasons hospitality is world renowned for making every guest feel like a star and their endless array of fabulous family facilities is sure to add the all important five-star finish to your luxury beach holiday.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe
A luxury family holiday to Lake Tahoe is a real feast for the senses, with stunningly scenic backdrops, fresh open air and endless space to explore. With nature and adventure at the heart of this incredible region, it is understandable that our luxury featured resorts are rich in outdoor activities that uncover Lake Tahoe’s tantalising wonders. At Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, families can enjoy exploring the great outdoors in any way they choose; from hiking, cycling or admiring the mesmerising mountain views from the great Lake itself by enjoying the resort’s renowned watersports. Exclusively for children The Ritz Kidz seasonal programme incorporates the best culinary, creative, sports and recreational facilities to ensure every child can enjoy a thrilling day’s play in a truly unforgettable setting. The Ritz Kidz Summer Programme is offered daily from 9am to 4pm for children aged 5 to 12 years old. Additionally, the resort’s unique game’s arcade is home to plenty of iconic games, with a special ‘Family Night’ hosted here every Friday from 6pm. It is a traditional American adventure to camp at Lake Tahoe but the indulgent luxury of your Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe guestroom is sure to make it impossible to part with all your home comforts. As a perfect compromise, The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe offer a unique ‘Indoor Campout’ experience that combines the magic of camping with signature Ritz-Carlton style and comfort. Designed for children aged 4 to 8 years old, the Indoor CampOut package includes a 4’x4’ tent complete with Ritz-Carlton linens and featherbed, camp light, teddy bear and a smores kit that can be enjoyed by the whole family at the Fire Pit – as you can imagine, this activity is hugely popular all year round and we recommend booking well in advance.
Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel
Where to begin? Being set in nearly five-hundred acres of lush Californian countryside, you’d expect a fair few outdoor activities exclusively designed for families but Carmel Valley Ranch surpasses every expectation. Just about every activity and interest is catered to in the sublime ‘Play for All Ages’ Programme but the essence of these unbeatable activities is ‘discovery’; Carmel Valley Ranch seeks to open young guests up to the beauty of nature and aid their understanding of their own abilities by introducing them to a range of activities they might not have experienced before. From spending the day as a beekeeper, to getting up close with the ranch’s family of chickens, expert equine lessons, bird walks to archery; this is a real opportunity for young guests to try it all! The best way to get to know the ranch is by booking on to one of the three hiking tours, which vary in length and level of difficulty, then decide which of the many activities appeal to your family. Spend the day as a budding naturalist and learn about the ranch’s rich flora and fauna or live like Bear Grylls by exploring the property with a guide and foraging for edible foods ready for a ranch buffet that night. The Ranch Hands Kids Club takes care of the sporting fun with swimming, tennis, golf and music tuition packed into a fun day that includes a freshly prepared lunch. Parents can enjoy an evening to themselves during the weekly ‘Kids Night Out’ event that includes dinner, games, movies, arts and crafts, ping pong, foosball, Wii games, and more! With five-hundred acres of fun, there’s no such thing as being bored on this luxury beach holiday!
With so much on offer, it is impossible to pack everything into one article. For full details of our featured properties’ fabulous family facilities, or to discuss any of these exclusive experiences in more detail, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants, in our dedicated Americas Team, on 01244 897 221.