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European Belle Hotels Offer Family Programs

Hotel & Resort | James Ruggia | July 23, 2015

European Belle Hotels Offer Family Programs

PHOTO: The Hilton Paris Opera, pictured, is just one European luxury hotel looking to court families traveling with children. (Photo via Facebook)

Summer time is family travel time and all over Europe they’re reaching out to American families with special offers, activities and packages. We don’t usually associate children and European luxury hotels, as kids seem more at home doing cannonballs in the pool at the all-inclusive, but here is a trio of opulent European luxury hotels that are showing families that they know how to cater to children also.

Located on Cannes’ Promenade de la Croisette, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière tries to make kids feel just as much at home as the celebrities who stay at the hotel during the Cannes Film Festival. This summer, the hotel is rolling out the red carpet for its younger guests, opening the doors of its in-house cinema both for private family viewings and for a Cartoon Festival, a regular occurrence during the school holidays.

Gifts such as coloring books, games, bath toys, backpacks and even specially designed toiletries are guaranteed to bring out a kid’s inner Johnny Depp. Breakfast for all children under 12 is free, and the hotel chefs have created a special menu just for them. The hotel does not charge for children under 12 staying in their parents’ room, and the hotel provides a useful guide of kid-friendly activities available in the region.

The hotel is also offering items from Jacadi, the French children’s clothing brand, to enhance the hotel’s family programs. The Jacadi partnership will allow visiting babies to sleep in beds with valances decorated on the theme of Vincennes Zoo, velvet blankets and Jacadi sleepwear. Jacadi will also provide items from its home collection, including diaper-changing mats, covers and bathrobes. When ordering room service, babies will be provided their own meal as well as a soft Jacadi bib.

The Majestic’s Diwi & Co Kid’s Club on the hotel beach takes care of children between 4 and 12 years old, offering a variety of creative, cultural and fun activities. Swimming lessons are available on request at the hotel pool. Adventurous children can enjoy a wide range of water sports accompanied by their parents, such as parasailing, fly-fishing and paddle boarding, accessible directly off the hotel jetty.

Rugrats on the Right Bank

The Hilton Paris Opera, fresh from a $50 million refurbishment, is working with LEGO this summer on a promotion design for families that will run through early September. The Summer Fun with LEGO Bricks package includes buffet breakfast, a choice of one of three LEGO boxes as a gift, a My Little Hilton backpack and 20 percent discount voucher at the department store BHV MARAIS, and a 50 percent discount is offered for a second connecting room to accommodate parents and kids comfortably.  

During July and August, children staying at the hotel can build their own LEGO projects at one of two fully stocked play tables located in Le Grand Salon. The hotel is also hosting an exhibition made with LEGO bricks featuring Paris’ most famous landmark buildings and international personalities, which will remain open until Sept. 6.

Dromoland Castle is trying to attract families to its 450 acres of sprawling rural acreage in Ireland’s County Clare with its two-night Royal Family Package. The package is offered at a savings of 30 percent or €596 ($660) per night and includes family accommodation in a deluxe room with two queen beds for two adults and two children under 12 with daily full Irish breakfast, dinner in The Earl of Thomond Restaurant and a family falconry experience once during your stay. The grounds of the 16th-century castle sit have a championship parkland golf course. The castle is known for its courtly interiors, fine food and wines that complement its 99 rooms.

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