At The Leading Hotels of the World Children Take the Lead

From Falconry Lessons to Flower Arranging Members of the World’s Leading Luxury Brand Offer Innovative Activities Geared to Young Travelers

NEW YORK, March 24 /PRNewswire/ — Today’s travelers — and their children — demand more than just a rollaway in the parents’ room and a menu with child-sized selections. Members of The Leading Hotels of the World are attuned to this trend and are setting the standard in sophisticated, 21st-century family travel, with special activities and packages that are as varied as their destinations.

Here is just a sampling of how, at The Leading Hotels of the World, “Children Take the Lead”…

Hotel Royal — Royal Parc Evian, Evian, France — Children of all ages will receive a personalized “welcome guide” at time of check-in containing a list of programs tailored just for them at this renowned resort. The Children’s Club, open daily, is situated in the heart of the park, and offers a heated swimming pool, restaurant, indoor and outdoor play areas, workshops, a dance studio, multimedia room and a theater. Activities are supervised by professionally trained staff. The Mini-Club is for youngsters from 2 to 5 years old, the Juniors’ Club for children 6 to 11, and the Fun Club for ages 12 to 18. Access is free of charge, as are activities such as mini-Olympics, water sports and games, music workshops, pony riding, dance classes, golf, tennis, basketball and archery, to name just a few.

Hotel Meurice, Paris, France — Children and their families can sample the City of Light with a package that provides a welcome bottle of wine and petit fours for the parents and a special Meurice Kids Cake and milk on arrival. There is also a Meurice Kids Kit in the room, complete with child-sized robes and slippers, puzzles, a special room service menu, and a DVD player with a selection of DVDs. A dedicated Kids Concierge attends to the needs of the younger traveler, including organizing a Meurice treasure hunt through the hotel, topped off with an exclusive gift and a certificate. Also included are tickets to the Jardin d’Acclimatation, a children’s park with a mini-zoo, merry-go-round and puppet theater. (Booking code PK9P02)

Ritz Paris, Paris, France — Discover whether or not you have a budding Escoffier in your home. One Wednesday each month, the renowned Ritz Escoffier Cooking School offers special programs for children: Les Petits Marmitons for ages 6 to 12, and Les Toques Juniors for ages 13 to 18. Designed to introduce youngsters to the basics of French Gastronomy, they provide the ideal groundwork for the school’s adult courses. The hotel also has accommodation packages (booking code PROFAM), which feature special rates and child- appropriate gifts.

Hotel Royal Riviera, St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France — This summer the hotel will launch its new “VIK: Very Important Kid” program. Among the features will be swimming competitions, a watersports program for children, and films in the evenings, all free of charge. Other highlights will be a mother-and-daughter spa experience and specially supervised children’s dinners, both available at an additional charge and bookable through the hotel.

The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Scotland — A true family retreat, Gleneagles offers a range of appealing diversions to keep younger travelers entertained. Make-up, hair-styling and manicure sessions in the spa; supervised off-road driving experiences (in age-appropriate vehicles); falconry lessons; cooking classes; watersports; squash; tennis; golf (with child-sized clubs, of course); horseback riding and archery, are just some of the activities designed for children. Please note, certain activity fees may apply.

Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona, Spain — This city resort helps families get acquainted with one of the country’s most beautiful and culturally rich cities. A half-day guided tour includes such highlights as the renowned Gaudi buildings, the Spanish Village, the Olympic Area and the historic Montjuic Castle. Children will be fascinated by the variety of activities at the Tibidabo Funfair, while parents can enjoy the magnificent views of the city. In the evening, the whole family will marvel at the sound and light show at the historic Montjuic fountains. Fitness and spa classes are also available. (Activities offered during weekends)

Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland — Here “Kids are Kings”, with personalized check-in, special amenities and entertainment in the room and an exclusive menu at the Cafe. Children over the age of 6 can join the Chef in the pastry kitchen to learn how to make chocolates, cookies, sweets, cakes and breads. The in-house florist will also teach them about the art of flower arranging. And later this year, mothers and daughters (age 12 and older) will be able to indulge in a pampering experience at the Cinq Mondes spa which is scheduled to open in the fall.

The Milestone Hotel & Apartments, London, England, United Kingdom — The Kids Getaway Package is an ideal introduction to the delights of London. Based on a two-night stay in a two-bedroom apartment, the program includes full English breakfast daily as well as tickets for the family (maximum four) to a leading theater production. Current choices include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion King, or Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. And at the end of a busy day, small travelers will tuck into bed with their Miles Stone teddy bear. Rates start at GBP 392.77 per night, tax additional, two- night minimum stay required. (Booking code PKGKGW)

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town, South Africa — The entire family will enjoy this three-night offering which, in addition to accommodations in a luxurious one bedroom suite, provides tickets to the Aquarium, a trip to the picturesque waterfront and free in-room movies from the hotel’s collection. Parents are given a little respite with three hours of babysitting one day. Younger family members are treated to children’s films plus popcorn and sweets every afternoon in hotel’s theater. There are also goodie bags of toys and child-sized bathrobes to enjoy during the stay, kiddie turndown service with milk and cookies nightly, and a menu geared to younger tastes and smaller appetites. (Booking code PKGKID)

The Jumeriah Beach Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Sinbad’s Kids Club is dedicated to entertain children throughout their stay 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. The club itself is in the shape of a giant boat next to fantastic fun pool, with adjacent indoor and out-door play areas. Everything is on offer there from aerodynamic kites to scavenger snorkeling. Children are transformed into mini-Chefs while learning to make various dishes from cup cakes to salads. Moms can enjoy yoga classes with their babies and belly dancing is available for those of all ages. For little ones interested in creating their own souvenirs, ethnic jewelry classes are offered, and karate seminars are taught for those who are looking to improve their self defense techniques.

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The KidsOnly program offers a variety of activities that showcase many of this region’s cultural highlights. During school holidays, children can explore Al Khoufa, the resort’s magical Arabian fortress set among the rolling landscape and palm trees, that boasts both indoor and outdoor spaces, providing guests from 2 to 11 a safe and supervised environment for fun. Henna hand painting and pony rides are just two of the activities available.

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, Cancun, Mexico — The complimentary Club Fiesta Kids program allows parents to spend time by themselves, knowing that their children are entertained under the watchful eyes of trained supervisors. The special Fiesta Kids Backpack amenity includes a logo cap, logo T-shirt, water bottle, coloring book and crayons, Fiesta Kids Medal and name tag, and a diploma. Among the sports and creative activities available are swimming contests, pinata-making classes, board games, sandcastle building, painting lessons, drawing classes, memory games, sea shell hunts, soccer, volleyball, basketball, art shows, and more.

Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico — Young travelers to Mexico will find it hard to be bored here. The hotel emphasizes healthy physical exercise through The Penguin Club, with activities such as jogging, aqua aerobics, water volleyball, water polo, and soccer. Other programs to stimulate creativity include cooking classes and lessons in painting, drawing, ceramics, and Mexican handicrafts. The hotel offers family experiences in the Spa del Mar, where parents can enjoy a balancing massage while children are treated to a special children’s express facial and foot massage, gently introducing them to the pleasures of the spa life.

The Beverly Hills Hotels and Bungalows, Beverly Hills, California — Children will feel like celebrities when they arrive and are greeted by name and presented with their own VYV (Very Young VIP’s) card, which entitles the bearer to complimentary sodas at The Fountain Coffee Shop and the Cabana Club Cafe. A personalized welcome letter awaits in the room, along with chocolate chip cookies. A cuddly teddy bear — wearing a Beverly Hills Hotel T-shirt — sits on the bed, while a pink rubber duck and colorful animal faucet pals make bath time more fun.

Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado — Summer or winter, families will revel in a three-night program with attractive rates and fun-filled amenities. Children are greeted with a special welcome gift, and meals for those 12 and under are free. The whole family will enjoy two outings in the area — such as a summertime tour of the famous Maroon Bells and gondola passes to the top of Aspen Mountain. Golf camp, horseback riding, archery, football and falconry lessons are all available. In winter, it could be admission and equipment rental at Silver Circle Ice Rink or passes to the Aspen Recreation Center with its 32-foot climbing wall and indoor aquatic center. One evening, there is a free in-room movie rental, complete with popcorn. Milk and cookies are presented nightly at turndown. Rates vary by season. (Booking code FAMS01)

Hotel Plaza Athenee, New York, New York — Introducing the next generation of luxury travelers to the Big Apple is easy, with the hotel’s family offering which includes special rates on two rooms, as well as a children’s welcome bag containing New York-themed coloring books, toys, treats and baseball caps; along with tickets to the Central Park Zoo and tickets for either ice skating or boat rides in Central Park (depending upon the season). In the evening, youngsters can unwind with milk and cookies while watching a video (one complimentary movie rental). This program is available through August 31, 2005 (booking code PKGP01).

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