Traveling with Kids

by Susan

Do you remember when I told you how fabulously family-friendly the Four Seasons hotel in Houston, Texas is?

Since Sophia is still nursing, I brought my girls with me to the Mom 2.0 Summit. (My mom came along as a babysitter to look after the girls while I was at the conference.)

If you didn’t catch the fun video we made, you can watch it now.


The Four Seasons is Fabulously Family Friendly from 5 Minutes for Mom on Vimeo.

So it turns out the Four Seasons is totally into making their hotels and resorts child and teen friendly.

Since summer is just around the corner and you might be planning your family summer vacations, we thought we’d let you know about how the Four Seasons can make your hotel stay extra cool for the teenagers and young children in your family.


Here’s some of the cool activities and amenities that the Four Seasons has set up…

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

Spend days surfing the waves and nights surfing the ‘net at the Tuanis Teen Center at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. Keep it low-key and shoot a game of pool or horse at the basketball courts or become a rock-star via the top-end video game systems at this hangout whose name translate to “too cool” in English. For those wanting to go beyond the club walls, quiz the dedicated concierge about on- and off-property activities such as rocketing through the jungle on a zipline canopy tour or tailored spa packages.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers the chance for 10-17 year-olds to immerse themselves in the world and ways of the “Alaka’I Nalu,” the local water men. These “Leaders of the Waves” are known and respected for their mastery of ocean- and shore-life knowledge. Budding biologist can take a three-day Junior Alaka’i Nalu course and study alongside these masters, learning about snorkeling, fishing, and canoeing, as well as water safety and rescue skill basics.

Four Seasons George V

Working with creative tour companies, the hotel can organize personalized child oriented tours of Paris and its monuments, to enjoy with their parents (i.e. treasure hunt in the Louvre, painting workshop at Monet’s House in Giverny, etc.) The aim is of helping children discover the wonders of Paris through their interests and games.

Four Seasons Aviara

Located poolside the resort has an authentic surf shack where their Surf Concierge is based. They offer guests the latest updates on wave conditions, water temperature, and the ‘411’ on all the beaches in San Diego. They’ll also arrange professional surfing lessons that include teaching the proper surf lingo and etiquette.

Four Seasons Punta Mita

Oasis Family Complex: Opened April 2007. Guests at Four Seasons Punta Mita are now going in circles – around the Lazy River, that is. The Resort recently introduced its newest fun for children and adults alike with the new cooling and relaxing Lazy River experience. The “river” has a mild current which enables guests to drift around on a variety of floating apparatus including inner tubes, float boards and noodles as the current gently glides them along. A full bar and light snacks are available while lounging. The Lazy River encircles the new family-oriented Oasis complex which houses 23 rooms and suites.

Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay and at The Lodge

Teen Center – Designed especially for teens, the Surf Shack Teen Center at Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i at Manele Bay organizes activities and entertainment suited specifically for the teens, giving them their own place to enjoy and a sense of independence. A cyber café area features video game stations, while an entertainment area comes complete with state-of-the-art sound system, 46-inch (116-centimeter) LCD television, pool table and a lounge area. Teen programs such as beach parties and fishing expeditions are organized on a seasonal basis, introducing participants to various aspects of Hawaiian life.

Have fun browsing around the various Four Seasons locations and planning your next family trip.

And definitely write to us and tell us if you stay at one of their hotels… we’d love to hear about it and see your photos and videos!



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Erica April 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm

The Four Seasons WAS wonderful for kids. With the bedtime cookies, lending library of games and videos, and a free Douglas stuffed animal at check in, I was sold.

Not to mention, kids could eat free in the restaurants, the rooms were child-proofed. Such GREAT amenities.

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2 Felicia - I Complete Me April 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

The Four Seasons is great! I will keep that in mind on my next family oriented trip. I would love to stay in a nice hotel but sometimes the price may not be worth it if it’s not family friendly. Thanks Susan!!!!

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3 Heather (Blessedw5mom) April 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm

This sounds GREAT! And we travel with lots of kids! Once a year my parents and sisters and I travel all together with our families. A BIG family vacation … 8 adults 10 kids … we are quite a site, I’ll put in a recomendation that we try a Four Seasons next trip

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4 Stephanie April 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Yes, I definitely remember your original review. I loved watching your video and seeing all of the fantastic family features of Four Seasons. I will definitely consider that hotel chain for our next family vacation.

The top things that I look for when selecting a hotel include:
1. Roomy, clean, and bright suite-style rooms, preferably with a kitchenette
2. Exceptional customer service
3. Proximity to attractions that we want to visit
4. Complimentary hot breakfast
5. Reasonable price

We also love hotels that have pools/water slide, complimentary happy hours, complimentary transportation to area shopping centers and beaches, and free kids packs or snacks upon arrival.

P.S. Hooray for grandmas! I don’t know how I would do what I do without my mother-in-law.

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