What's life really like after kids? Have you given up any of your pre-children favorite things to do like traveling, expensive restaurants or shopping sprees? I must admit that I have never been a big shopper and I have definitely cut down on the restaurants (instead I spend all my money at Wholefoods). Traveling, however, has not slowed down. Last year I became a Local Expert for Conde Nast Johansens. This means I travel to some of the best hotels & resorts in the Caribbean and South Florida, hand selecting properties for Conde Nast's exclusive hotel collection. In any case, now in this new phase of traveling as someone's mom I am excited to explore the best hotels from a new perspective. What's important to moms is totally different than a single 20-something independent traveler.
This winter I will visit several Caribbean islands, staying at lots of amazing 5-star resorts. I am on the search for the best, most creative kid amentity. Yes, you heard right! I've always enjoyed getting personalized hotel amentities. But now I'm even more excited to see what these great hotels do for their youngest, most discerning guests.
This week Robbie & I visited The Setai Hotel in South Beach. The Setai is unquestionably the most expensive, super luxury hotel in Miami. It has even been called one of the "Sexiest Hotels in America". You might wonder, what could they possibly do for kids? Well the answer is LOTS! We had breakfast in the chic, Asian inspired restaurant. (Robbie's favorite was the mixed berry smoothie.) Robbie received one of the Hotel's signature kid amentities- a beautiful stuffed Lion with the Setai tag sown on. As special VIP amenities, boys receive a Lion and little girls receive a stuffed turtle on arrival and milk and cookies at turn down. To top it off the young guests at The Setai get their own kid-size super plush bathrobes and slippers! This is definitely a place to for kids to indulge and be treated like a Prince.
Next month Robbie and I will be in Turks and Caicos staying at Grace Bay Club and visiting other places. Stay tuned for more on 5-Star Kids and feel free to share your favorite kid amenities. :-)