Warm-weather trips with kids

May 5, 2004
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Warm-weather trips with kids
Question: My wife and I would like to take a vacation with our two little girls, ages 2 and 4. We'd like a warm-weather destination at a resort that has activities and child care so we can spend half our time together without the kids (while the kids are entertained). Any suggestions?

Natick, MA
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Adventure Adviser: Your youngest daughter is still a bit underage to take advantage of most resort hotels' children's programs — they usually start at 4 or 5 years old — but I still managed to track down a few with programs that not only accommodate 2-year-olds, they show them a heck of a good time.

The Club Med in Eleuthera, Bahamas, has shed its singles atmosphere and replaced it with an All-In-The-Family motto. There's enough activity here to make you plan another vacation as soon as you get home from this one.

You and your wife can sail, snorkel, waterski, scuba dive, or just plain laze around in the sun while your 2-year-old hangs out with the Petit Clubbers and builds pink sand castles or takes a boat ride.

In the meantime, your 4-year-old can snorkel, take scuba lessons, or even waterski with her new buddies in the Mini Club (ages 4 to 12).

Weekly rates start at $910 per adult and $590 per kid under 12. One child per parent goes free between April 13 and June 22. Call 800-258-2633.

I hate to encourage telling a fib, but if your youngest daughter was 3 years old by the time your vacation rolled around, you could also consider the Hyatt Regency, Kauai.

On the northernmost Hawaiian island, you'll find howling winds and crashing waves, as well as a really tricked-out swimming pool that includes a waterslide, river-current pool, and an action pool with a basketball and volleyball net.

At Camp Hyatt Kauai, kids from 3 to 12 can learn how to make leis and take nature treks and guided hikes to archaeological sites. While the kids are busy having fun, the grown-ups can rent kayaks or snorkels and head out into the surf, or take a three-hour horseback tour with CJM Country Stables ($71; 808-742-6096).

Double rooms at the Hyatt Regency Kauai start at $365 per night. Call 800-462-6262 for more details.

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