Fam­ily travel: pleas­ant sur­prises await in un­ex­pected places

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Travel - LYNN O’ROURKE HAYES

The spe­cial touches or the un­ex­pected are of­ten what make va­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ences mem­o­rable. Here are f ive places where you’ll be pleas­antly sur­prised. washed in the evening light, while the chef pre­pares fam­ily din­ner nearby.

Con­tact: 888- 528-7157; ocean­club.one­an­don­lyre­sorts.com.

Learn culi­nary se­crets from Villa Es­tan­cia’s chef Eu­ge­nio Vil­lafana dur­ing a fam­ily-style cook­ing les­son in Nuevo Val­larta, Mex­ico. Re­lax by the pool or lounge on the pris­tine stretch of Pa­cific Ocean beach. Ride horse­back in the surf, en­joy water sports or lux­u­ri­ate in an af­ter­noon at the Tate­wari Spa. Then re­turn to your fam­i­lyfriendly and spa­cious villa suite where a warm bub­ble bath will be wait­ing.

Mom can ex­pect trop­i­cal flow­ers float­ing amid the suds. The kids will de­light to f ind a cheery rub­ber duck.

Con­tact: 888-844-8169; vil­la­groupre­sorts.com/des­ti­na­tions/ riviera-na­yarit

The JW Mar­riott at Cherry Creek in Den­ver is an ideal lo­ca­tion from which to check out the ex­ten­sive shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties in the up­scale Den­ver neigh­bour­hood.

But who would guess the kids can choose to hang out with Clay­ton the Moose on Sun­day morn­ings — in their jam­mies? Pad down­stairs to the Sec­ond Home Kitchen and Bar’s Pa­jama Brunch where there is free food for kids 8 and younger still in their PJS.

While the kids sam­ple good­ies from the Waf­fle Bar and play games, watch movies and do art projects in the Clay­ton the Moose Den, the adults can re­lax with the Sun­day news­pa­per and the hot drink of their choice.

Con­tact: 303-253-3000; sec­ond­home­den­ver.com; mar­riott.com

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