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Ideas for 'family reunion' vacation, Summer 2001, (kids under 10 and over 17 years)

Ideas for 'family reunion' vacation, Summer 2001, (kids under 10 and over 17 years)

Oct 17th, 2000, 05:22 AM
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Ideas for 'family reunion' vacation, Summer 2001, (kids under 10 and over 17 years)

I am planning a get together with my sisters and their kids next summer. Any ideas on a destination that would appeal to the group. The youngest is 4 and the oldest is 22. Thanks!
Oct 17th, 2000, 10:46 AM
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Since your main priority is mingling with your family members, perhaps an all-inclulsive resort would make it easier on you. All food, drinks and some watersports are included so you don't have to haggle over bills or figure each families part of the bill, everything will already be paid for!

For the kids, most all-inclusives will have a kids club so that activities will be organized for you already. For the older kids, water sports, pools, volley ball, and other excursions will be available.

For locations that have good value check into Mexico or the Dominican Republic. I have stayed in the playa del carmen area of Mexico and thought it was super...cheap, good attractions, historical sites, great beaches, nice locals...but much more laid back and charming than cancun. I would recommend the Gala resort, which was oriented to people of all ages. They had a kids club when I was there but I would double check. We did the same thing, had a family reunion, with about 15 adults (no kids with us but there were many kids there) and we all had a blast. It was nice not having to worry about bills, when to eat, etc. Expect to pay around $1200 - 1500 per person w/ air and all-inclusive resort stay for 7 days (depending on where you are flyng from - small children may be less)

If you want more delux accomodations try Jamaica, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, St. Thomas, etc. but expect to pay around $2,000 or more per person. If price is not an issue, check into Beaches on Turks and Caicos...I have heard nothing but good things about the islands and that resort.
Oct 17th, 2000, 11:08 AM
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We've had quite a few family reunions in Jamaica - at private villas. Jamaica has hundreds (if not thousands) of privately owned staffed (maid, cook, gardener, driver, sometimes more than that) villas. Most have a pool, many are stunning in their luxury, some are more basic, some on the beach...most are an incredible bargain for larger groups - we paid $3000 for TWO weeks for a 4 bedroom in which we had 10-12 people, including children a couple of years ago. Even if you choose a more luxurious one than we did, the price is almost certainly going to be less than an A/I.

No one has to cook or clean, most villas have a driver to take you out or you can just choose a villa you want to stay put in. They are all over the island, but obviously most are along the coast.

Activities our kdis (from 1 year old to 17 last trip) enjoyed were YS Falls (any waterfalls will be fun), boat trips (snorkeling or sunset)..and the beach of course.

Some good web sites to check out:

(a handful of south coast villas)

(too cool..and not expensive)

(JAVA reps hundreds of private villas and there are photos and info for all of them here)

(just one villa but good info on villa rentals in general)

(tons of really nice ones here, including a castle)

(Blue Lagoon Villas on the east coast - you get a car and a boat with your villa - it's on the lagoon - I am DYING to stay here!)
Oct 17th, 2000, 05:38 PM
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Ohliz - are the cooks and drivers included in the price of the villas? And who shops for the food?
Oct 18th, 2000, 10:13 AM
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Cooks are almost always included - drivers can be but often are not. The villa web site should say specifically what is and isn't included. It is customary to tip the staff 10% of the total villa rate (for all to split, not each).

You can shop, the cook can shop or you can shop together - that's always been the arrangement at the villas we've stayed at. I went along to the market with the cook once - it was a real experience! You don't have to though. Often local fisshermen or farmers will come right to the villa offering fresh food - you can ask the cook to get that stuff if you want.

At our last villa, a lady came by (the staff will tell these people to go away if you don't want to deal - it's totally up to you) with all this fabric and some clothing samples. We had her make dresses, shirts - she could do anything! She took our orders and came back a couple of days later with custom-made clothes! It was neat and the prices were very reasonable, like $30 for a dress, $15 for a hawaiian-style shirt.

The only real drawback to villa life is if you want to meet other tourists and hang out. Obviously, there aren't any at your villa. You can get over this by travelling with fun poeple and sharing the villa, or staying in a villa community like Silver Sands or Tryall (both in JA) where the villas share a beach, tennis court and other resort amenities.
Oct 18th, 2000, 10:47 AM
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Consider a Cruise. Lots to do for everyone. Easy on the travel. Good value for money. You can get great rates with a large group. We have gone twice and everyone loved it.
Oct 18th, 2000, 12:55 PM
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That's the best idea. You can find a great cruise for a LOT less money than an all inclusive. Hook up with a cruise specialist and try Carnival or RCCL. They have great things for all ages. Don't let them send you on Tropical though.
Oct 18th, 2000, 02:28 PM
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Go to Beaches Turks and Caicos. It's great for families! Something for everyone and lots of different types of food and fun for everyone to be happy!
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